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Movie Website Reviews for Weekend of October 24, 2008

October 25th, 2008

Not only will High School Musical 3 - Senior Year break records at the box office this weekend, it also has the best Official Site on this week's list. Granted, it wasn't a particularly strong week for movie websites, but it was still the best.

Changeling - Official Site
All of the usual features are here, as well as a number of clips from the movie. The most unique feature is a archival look at the original crime from the Los Angeles Times. I do like the look of the site and its understated style, but it is not award-worthy.

Down to the Dirt - No Official Site
A Canadian movie opening with no official site. I wish I could be genuinely surprised.

Family Life - No Official Site
Bad week for missing sites.

Fears of the Dark - Official Site
There's a lot of images and videos on this site, which makes sense as it is an anthology picture, so there's several stories, each of which deserves its own image gallery / video clip. However, while there's plenty to look at, I'm not happy with the style, or lack thereof, and it doesn't stand out enough.

Heroes - Official Site
All of the usual information is here (synopsis, cast & crew bios, image gallery, and trailer). There are also a number of clips, all three of which are musical numbers. No real surprise there.

High School Musical 3 - Senior Year - Official Site
The widest release of the week, and it has the best site. All of the usual features are here (synopsis, cast & crew bios, production notes, image gallery, and trailer), as well as plenty of extras. These include character bios, three music videos, four behind-the-scenes videos, information on the soundtrack and the video game, and then there's the interactive extras. There's a basketball game, a music mixer, a sing-along with three songs, and plenty more. Add in enough animation, as well as audio clips, used as intros to each section, and this is easily the best site on this week's list and the winner of the mortar board Weekly Website Award.

Let the Right One In - Official Site
A rather bare bones site with just the synopsis, image gallery, trailer, as well as some reviews and theater locations.

Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom - Official Site
Just a redirect to LOGO page, which has the usual information.

Passengers - Official Site
Just the trailer. I'm surprised this site has so little on it give the cast and its theater count. If the studio is going to open the film this wide, they should do more to sell the movie.

Pride and Glory - Official Site
The usual features are found on this site (synopsis, bios, images, and gallery). There are only two extras features, one of the badges carried by NYPD and a photo essay on Washington Heights, where the movie takes place. That's not enough to really stand out.

Roadside Romeo - Official Site
A fun site with the usual focus on music that most Indian films have. There's the usual information, character bios, clips from the movie, plenty of songs (with lyrics), and even a game. Better than most limited releases, but not award-worthy.

Saw V - Official Site
Most of the site is hidden behind an age verification that doesn't take into account the 10% of the domestic audience that lives in Canada. Also, there are a few more bios / features that are still market coming soon.

Stranded: I've Come from a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains - No Official Site
Not the only movie with no official site to review.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Official Site
They didn't update the site for this year's release date, which could explain why it bombed this time around.

The Universe of Keith Haring - No Official Site
No site, nothing to review.


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Filed under: High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Saw V, Changeling, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, Pride and Glory, Låt den rätte komma in, Passengers, Roadside Romeo, The Universe of Keith Haring, Vida de familia