Movie Website Updates for April 21 - April 28
April 28th, 2006
The first of the new Friday edition Weekly Website Review column is here, but not without a hitch. We had a bit of a power outage early in the day so I did what any modern man would do when faced with the prospects of going without the Internet for an undetermined amount of time, I took a nap. Fortunately, I was mostly done before the power went out so there was no real affect on this week's list, but I am starting to this that this column is cursed. As for the list, its pretty average with the best of the bunch being A Scanner Darkly - Official Site.
Akeelah and the Bee - Official Site
No real changes since the beginning of the month. It's a good site with all the necessary features and enough sound and animation to keep the surfer attention but not enough to become an award winning site.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Official Site
Just a placeholder site with the synopsis, image gallery and the trailer.
Cars - Official Site
The week we saw another two car added to the show room, Chick Hicks and The King. There are only two cars left, and after that we should be getting some of the cooler features added to the site. I suspect shortly after that the site will win the weekly website awards.
Full Grown Men - Official Site
After a cute intro, there's not much here besides the synopsis and reader submitted horror stories of their childhood. The trailer is online, but you have to head to Apple.com to see it.
The Heart of the Game - Official Site
Placeholder site with no real content.
Just Like The Son - Official Site
Simple site with just the usual features.
Lady Vengeance - Official Site
For some reason the link above no longer works for me, but after checking out the page source I was able to find the actual site, which is here. The site has all the usual features plus sufficient sound and animation. But there's not enough here to put it into consideration for the weekly website award.
Mission: Impossible: 3 - Official Site
The text based features were added to the site this week, as were a couple more TV spots. Update - the site is now down. Not sure why, but it should be up again shortly.
A Prairie Home Companion - Official Site
The new trailer is online and I'm not overly impressed. Don't get me wrong, I'm still interested in the film but I was as soon as I saw the name Robert Altman. I fear that nearly everyone who sees the trailer will either want to see it or not because of its director and this trailer won't change many minds.
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles - Official Site
Just the synopsis, cast & crew bios, production notes, image gallery and trailer. There is a little bit of animation, but no sound.
A Scanner Darkly - Official Site
I've been waiting for this site for a while now, and it didn't disappoint. The usual features are there, of course, synopsis, cast & crew bios, production notes, image gallery and the trailer. There are also extras like character bios, a mental test, (I failed, but there's no surprise there), and other features. But the best part of the site is its style. Lights are flashing, there's humming of a machine in the background, not to mention all the beeping. Sets the mood very well and has increased my anticipation for the film. It all adds up to making the site the winner of the unilluminated introspective Weekly Website Award.
Stick It - Official Site
The site is full fleshed out this week with several new additions including a couple of clips, music videos, as well as regular features like cast & crew bios. Overall the site has a ton of features including a lot of video clips throughout the site. Add in a different sense of style and it was in the competition for the weekly website award but lost out at the last minute to the site above.
Wah-Wah - Official Site
Just the synopsis and the trailer and that's likely all that will be.
Water - Official Site
All the usual features are here, but some are restricted to registered members, (it is a free membership, however). I don't like how the synopsis, cast & crew bios, and production notes are presented. The one big block of text makes it hard to find specific information.
Filed under: A Scanner Darkly, Akeelah and the Bee, Art School Confidential, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Cars, Clerks II, Down in the Valley, An Inconvenient Truth, Jackass: Number Two, Killer Diller, Chinjeolhan geumjassi, The Lake House, Mission: Impossible III, Nacho Libre, Over the Hedge, Poseidon, A Prairie Home Companion, R.V., Stick It, United 93, Water