The procession of movie websites is just as long as the queues that form for a summer release. As movie buffs we don’t mind, because they can give us a continuous supply of trivia which we otherwise would miss. I am an incurable movie buff who has a habit (let’s say obsession) of trying to uncover all the behind the scenes stuff that goes on. Perhaps, that’s why I write some of the film-related stuff here in frequent intervals. From cool movie trivia games to movie websites which help you catch movie goofs and bloopers, the web has satiated my appetite for onion-skinning movies in every way possible.
IMDb and Wikipedia remain my oracles for all movie trivia, but I can only take them so far to whet my gluttony. That’s why I always try to scour the web for tidbits. With the help of these movie websites, you don’t need to fall back on a web search, as they give you the scoops all prepared.
Sometimes movies don’t finish the way we’d like.
We are all opinionated folks, and don’t we come out of the cinema voicing our pleasure or displeasure with how a movie ended. How It Should Have Ended looks at that space with a showcase of alternative endings. For instance, I didn’t have a problem with how The Dark Knight ended. But I think Prometheus could have been better. Well that’s me, just voicing my opinion like the all the other buffs here. The “reviews” are given their unique spin with interactive animated shorts. All in good fun, and that’s what makes HISHE a worthwhile visit if you are a film buff.
Your favorite stars and the roles they didn’t get.
Just like the aforementioned movie website helps us to imagine what another “ending” would have looked like, this one makes us imagine who else would have fitted well in a particular role. Henry Cavill as Superman, or could it have been Matt Bomer? The jury will be out with every casting call you make, but this site is about the roles stars turned down, got turned down, auditioned for, or simply couldn’t do it in the end. You can browse the index by movie or by actor, or take it by year. As a movie fan, you can submit your own entries to grow the database.
Goofs, bloopers, pictures, quotes and trivia from thousands of movies.
We did catch bloopers in an earlier article, but I thought of including this movie website because it’s almost a hobby in itself with film buffs. Scientific inaccuracies apart, every movie has a few bloopers or two because not even multimillion dollar movies are perfect. For instance, cinema watchers caught two mistakes in the latest Man of Steel movie. What I like about the site is that quite a few of the mistakes are well-illustrated with photos.
All about movie soundtracks.
No one can say that they weren’t moved by the classical “Also Sprach Zarathustra” or the haunting violin shrieks of ”Psycho”. That’s the magic of movie soundtracks. In our minds soundtracks may play a secondary role, but the movie wouldn’t be a movie without it. If you like to catch up on the music of the films, Soundtrack.net deserves a look and an ear. The site is one of the oldest in the business out there and down the years it has become an authoritative source for news about composers, movies and TV soundtracks, albums, and original scores.
Looking for more websites on film scores? Try the previously published 10 Websites For TV Show & Movie Soundtracks.
A place for movie related memorabilia.
If you are a collector and share a passion for the movies, then the prop and memorabilia site should be on your online list of places to see. The RPF at its core is a discussion board and community for those who like to collect or just discover the latest props and movie collectibles out there. You can cultivate your hobby while sharing, collaborating, and showcasing with the rest of the crowd on this site. It’s not only movies that get discussed in the forums, as TV shows, comic books, and video games are also covered. The gallery could do with a bit of work as I found it a bit too dark, but the riches lie in the forum where amateurs and professionals discuss their work.
The biggest collection of movie scripts available anywhere on the web.
I bet you have dreamt of crafting your own film script. Who hasn’t! If you are seriously into thinking about films, The Internet Movie Script Database could be a good resource because a good film starts with a screenplay. Studying the screenplays that turned into classic films could be an education in itself. Among the latest, the site has the scripts for Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables. All the scripts are in HTML and you can read them in your browser or turn those into PDF files and carry them along.
The visual delight of digital movie posters.
Let’s end with a bit of eye-candy in the form of film posters. Today, creating a film poster is an art form in itself while the older posters have become a collector’s prized possession. The site is well compiled with good navigational links. There is a U.S. Vintage section too for the classics. You can in fact, filter the posters by country, year, poster category, and poster width. You can also browse by directors and actors who are related to the posters. Posters are available in different resolutions. User contributions are also accepted. The site also has a forum for discussing anything related to films.
Movies don’t end with the credits. The passion keeps burning and the passionate find many ways to continue their love with the motion pictures. These seven movie websites cover seven different aspects of cinema. Which other sides are covered by specialized or niche websites? Are these seven the better among the lot or do you have your own recommendations about your favorites?