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Feature Presentation

When Mark was a toddler, he would watch videos and when the previews were over the words, “Feature Presentation” would appear and Mark would excitedly shout, “FEATURE PRESENTATION!  FEATURE PRESENTATION!”  It was so cute!  Those big words coming out of that little mouth.

Today’s web site is all about movies.  I’m shocked at how many people don’t know about the Internet Movie Database, otherwise known as imdb.

This is the go-to site for movie info.  I use it to find out the name of an actor that I just can’t remember, and find out where I might have seen him before, since it lists all the movies and TV shows he’s been in.  (And, yes, it includes actresses too, that whole him/her thing just gets old when you are reading/writing.  See?  You are already tired of it, aren’t you?)

After every movie we watch on DVD, I look it up and read the trivia section for the film.  That is my very favorite part.  I love behind-the-scenes kind of stuff.  You often find out who else was considered for the roles, which scenes were ad-libbed, and all sorts of other great trivia.  Frequently, the trivia also includes how many days it took to film and what the original budget was. 

As a side note, the site includes both old and new movies.  Even ones that haven’t yet been released!  The information on those is sparse, but it is still there if you are interested.

Just last night, though, I found another aspect of the site that will prove very helpful.  There is a section for Parent Reviews.  This area is written by everyday people like you or me, not professional reviewers.  It lists scenes of the movie that feature Sex & Nudity, Violence & Gore (no, not Al), Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs & Smoking, and Frightening & Intense Scenes, all which contribute to the MPAA rating.  This section really helps when Tom and I are trying to decide whether or not the movie is appropriate for our kids.  Anything involving Sex & Nudity is OUT.  😉

There are several other categories of information that you might find helpful, but these are my personal favorites.  The site also includes TV shows, but I have found those aren’t nearly as in-depth as I like them to be.  But, it is helpful when you are looking for that actor’s name and where you’ve seen him before.  (For example, in the show Parenthood, Amber is played by the same actress that portrayed Ann in Arrested Development, which drove me crazy until I looked it up.  She changed her hair color, which threw me off, but I knew I’d seen her before.)

Oh, and if you are a registered user, which, of course, I am, you can post items on there as well.  I’ve posted both a goof and a bit of trivia.  Impressed?  You should be.  I’m officially published.  ha

I have this site bookmarked at the top of my screen since I visit it so often.  If you haven’t visited it, you have no idea what you are missing!  Grab a bowl of popcorn and start searching!

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Comments on: "Feature Presentation" (4)

  1. I love IMDB. If I were the sort to carry pictures of certain actors around in picture frames while doing household chores, I’d use IMDB to find those pictures. Instead I use IMDB to find every movie certain actors (whose pictures I might be inclined to frame if I were the sort who did that–which I’m not; that was someone else) have ever been in so I can watch and enjoy their, um, talent. 😉

  2. I love IMDB too! I also love to look up the fun behind the scenes stuff and look at the pics from production. It’s just fun. Gene and I have a game about trying to guess the guest stars on tv show or the supporting actors and where we’ve seen them before. The loser is whomever has to go look it up on imdb. 🙂
    Actually, we have a funny story about Ted Levine who plays Captain Stuttlemeyer on Monk. He seemed so familiar to us but I never could place him. He drove me crazy the whole first season. Gene figured him out but I just couldn’t place him and refused to look him up on imdb. Finally one night, I was doing something and walked past the living room and Gene said “Hey, come watch this movie with me.” I saw what it was and said “Oh no. That movie scared the crap out of me” and I turned away. Right then I heard Ted Levin’s voice saying “it puts the lotion on its body”. Captain Stuttlemeyer (Ted Levine) played the killer in Silence of the Lambs!!!! Now THAT’S good acting. He was great in both but it still freaks me out to see clips of him in Silence when I love him so much in Monk. 🙂

  3. I love this site too – use it the same way you do – fun! Wish I could live part of my life in a movie – wait – maybe I already do :)!

  4. Melanie said:

    I love imdb. I constantly look up actors/ actresses, movies, etc. I love the trivia part too! 🙂

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