My name is Tim and I’m a cineholic. I know, it’s a terrible
admission, but I’m getting help.
The first step was removing IMDB (the Internet Movie Database) from my
Nokia communicator. That meant I could no longer bring dinner parties to
a halt, while I settled an argument over the second assistant director
on Bullitt over the net.
The second was discovering Film Unlimited from the always impressive
Guardian Online stable, which keeps me continually up-to-date with the
world of film.
There is no substitute for compelling content on the web, so The
Guardian would have done well if it had simply regurgitated old-media
But this doesn’t look or feel like a cynical, content-stretching
Guardian Online products have a cool, cohesive look, and really use the
benefits of the medium with excellent search facilities. My personal
favourite is an ability to check out local cinemas by postcode.
If you do find yourself stuck for dinner party conversation, there is a
full archive of Guardian movie reviews, searchable by title. A quick
pre-prandial surf now guarantees instant credibility.
The ’Now Showing’ section searches an A-Z of all films currently showing
in Britain, so if you just have to see a 35mm print of Visconti’s
Ossessione tonight, you’ll know that you have to get to the repertory
cinema in Nuneaton.
Site: Film Unlimited