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Movie Website Reviews for Weekend of November 28, 2008

November 30th, 2008

Only half-a-dozen movie sites on this week's list, which is very slow. However, we had a couple of strong sites with The Secrets' Official Site coming away with the Weekly Website Award and Australia's Official Site coming in a close second.

Australia - Official Site
All of the usual features are here (synopsis, cast & crew bios, trailers). There is no section for images, but theirs is an interactive section on the themes of Australia that is filled with images, and more than a few video clips. It has a certain style that helps it stand out, and it is one of only two sites that does really stand out. The only possible complaint I can think of is that the movie is epic in scale, so the site should also be epic, and so what we have is no more than expected.

Four Christmases - Official Site
A rather standard site with not a whole lot that makes it stand out. The regular features are here, including a lot of TV spots; however, these TV spots tend to be quite repetitive in nature. There is a behind-the-scenes featurette and a Holiday Survival Guide, which is little more than a series of lame insults. Overall the site doesn't really sell the movie very well.

Milk - Official Site
There is a huge amount of background information on this site, which makes sense given the nature of the movie. It's a message movie and many have sites that spend as much time, or more time talking about the message as they do about the movie. All of the usual features are here, but I was hoping for a few clips as well as the regular features. But even so, it is a very effective site.

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! - Official Site
This site is a little too scattered for my taste. There are a lot of video clips, mostly in the form of promos, and there's most of the regular features (there are character bios not cast & crew bios). But the end result just doesn't work for me.

The Secrets - Official Site
An excellent site, especially for a limited release. All of the usual features are here (synopsis, cast & crew bios, image gallery, and trailer). There are also a number of extras ranging from text based features like Setting the Scene, which gives background information, and Glossary, which defines some of the terms found in the synopsis and other places. The Glossary also has a lot of video clips as well. There are also interviews, both text based and video clips. Finally, there's a section on the music that includes several songs you can listen to. This site is as good as any on this week's list, and since it is a limited release, it wins the tiebreaker coming away with the esoteric Weekly Website Award.

Transporter 3 - Official Site
Slow site, and there's not enough substance here to compensate for the long load times. Most of the regular features are here (the bios are still marked coming soon) while there's a section on some of the driving stunts seen in the movie. There are five background locations you can choose from, which changes the scenes from the movie that are shown in the background, but that is it. Too much flash, not enough substance, which is not only a good way to describe the site, but the movie as well.


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Filed under: Four Christmases, Australia, Milk, Transporter 3, Sodot Ha