Inessential movie-related Android apps - part 1/1

Inessential movie-related Android apps - part 1/1Here we go, Friday feature time. Today I’m going to write about, er, a couple of apps that I use quite a lot. I’m reluctant to lump these in with the Essential Android Apps that I rambled on about recently, in that they’re far from essential (without going off on a huge tangent about the definition of essential again), but I quite like ‘em.

Also, there’s some vague tie-in here with Size Matters, Wednesday’s film-related feature in which I described an argument (sorry: friendly debate) about cinema and screen sizes and junk.



I’m not sure about you guys, but Cineworld is very much the dominant cinema chain in our neck of the woods. Indeed, it remorselessly killed off the Odeon that had served the city centre since 1934. And, incidentally, our Cineworld is the world’s tallest cinema. True story. The view from the open glass elevator is arguably more enjoyable than many of Hollywood’s latest offerings.

Conversely, the Cineworld app looks terrible, right down to the logo. Not entirely surprising, admittedly, given that the app’s unofficial. As such, I didn’t expect much, but I actually now prefer it to the full-blown site.

My favourite feature is the ability to sort by showing time, something that’s not possible on the website. If I want to go see a film tomorrow around midday, I’d have to scan through a full seven days of listings, with the films often displayed in a seemingly random order. It’s a logistical nightmare, but not so with the app.

I’ve currently got it set to display a plain old list of individual showings for the next 24 hours. Easy. And if that doesn’t take your fancy (you weirdo), you can sort by film too.

Inessential movie-related Android apps - part 1/1There’s also a neat feature that notifies you when a new film appears on the listings, and a handy filter (say you want to remove something you’ve already seen, or don’t want to see).

And – as I’ve only just discovered! – if you hold your finger on the movie poster, you can view film info, check out the trailer, or look it up on IMDB. Sah-weet. I did not know that.

Requires: Android 1.6 or above.


Speaking of IMDB (see what I did there?) it’s another film-related app that I use fairly regularly. There are three features I find myself coming back to:

  1. Top 250 movies. It’s based on user reviews, and refined with a sexily complex algorithm ((WR) = (v ÷ (v+m)) × R + (m ÷ (v+m)) × C). Resultantly, it’s a highly credible list, with topical stuff like The Hangover not quite making the cut, while The Shawshank Redemption is – arguably quite rightly - number one.
  2. The episode guides. I often drift away from programs like 24 mid-series and have no idea which episodes I’ve seen. As such, the user-written episode guides are ideal. As long as you don’t accidentally read the synopsis of an episode you haven’t seen yet, like I did with The Shield. Fuuurg.
  3. The cast list. How often do you find yourself sitting watching TV, thinking: ‘Where have I seen that guy before?’? With IMDB you can quickly pull up the cast list and see what the familiar face has been in before, thus satisfying that irksome mental itch.

Inessential movie-related Android apps - part 1/1Number 3 is particularly useful in app format, since you can look up the actor or actress without leaving the comfort of your couch; always a good thing.

Requires: Android 1.6 or above.

Right, I’m away to watch Inglourious Basterds (#92). See ya.

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Andy247  Jun. 17, 2011 at 14:51

So you're based in Glasgow? Any chance of a job? lol

The Ronseal app which is just called Movies is decent, but IMDB is definitely a cut above.

psinnott  Jun. 20, 2011 at 02:06

Thanks for the nice review. Replacement logos are always welcome ;)


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