TECH TRENDS : Movie reviews from computer geeks

Gail Eddy, Nederland.  It’s the holiday season and, in our family, we tend to head to the movies more than any other time of year. Usually it’s the Geek blockbusters that we want to see – the newest Star Wars or Harry Potter or Star Trek.  If none of those appeal to us, we head online to see which new movies are highly rated.  Here are some of the websites we use for movie reviews:

The Internet Movie Database is my favorite website for movies and TV shows. It tells you what is playing in the theaters, and how other people have rated those movies. (If you create an account, you can rate movies too.)  Most movies and TV shows have a complete listing of all the actors and directors. IMDb has been very helpful when I’ve forgotten the name of a particular movie but can remember two or three of the actors.  What was that old movie with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?  Head over to IMDb to find out!

Rotten Tomatoes
I have been hearing about this site for years.  For many of my friends, Rotten Tomatoes is their go-to site for movie reviews.  Rotten Tomatoes shows ratings for new movies, movies on TV tonight, and soon-to-be released films.  Their secret? The Tomatometer® is “based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.”

When we know we want to see a movie, now, we head to Fandango to see what’s playing in the next 20 minutes at our favorite theater.  It gives times and descriptions.

NY Times
If it’s a Sunday that I have happened to pick up the Times, I’ll take a look at their movie reviews.  What I like about them is that they’re not just reviewing the big theater movies.  They’re reviewing movies at the little community theaters, the art theaters, etc.  So, you hear about movies that the big sites aren’t reviewing.

Backdoor Theatre
Of course, if I want to know what’s going on in my hometown, I head over to the new Backdoor Theatre website:
Happy Holidays!

Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PC’s for the past fifteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more on our website.  Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service (Tier 3) to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area as well as remote service throughout North America.