Movie Website Updates for May 6 - May 12
May 12th, 2006
There's a better than average selection on this week's list, but for the vast majority of the sites, there are only minor changes. The best of the bunch is Click - Official Site but there are a several other sites on this week's list that are just a update or two away from being an award winning site.
A/K/A Tommy Chong - Official Site
There's not much content on the site, but this is true of most documentary sites. On the other hand, there's more style than most documentary sites including a great background song.
Americanizing Shelly - Official Site
There's no set release date for the film yet, so there's little surprise that the website is a little light on features so far. There's a short synopsis, cast & crew list, image gallery, and teaser trailer. The teaser trailer is little more than a series of scenes with no sound, just a song playing. It is very hard to judge a film's quality based on that along, but since Wil Wheaton is in it, I'm definitely interested in seeing more.
Clerks 2: The Passion of the Clerks - Official Site
One more clip was added to the video journal this week, which is an epilogue for the whole filming. This might mean there will be fewer updates for this section of the site, and more for the main movie website from now on.
Click - Official Site
The flash site has gone live this week, and while it has all the usual features, (synopsis, cast & crew bios, image gallery, and trailer), the heart of the site is the interactive sections. Each section, (yard, living room, work, etc.) has audio clips, video clips, etc. I do have a couple of problems; for instance, the bios are just one big block of text. Also, changing the preferences doesn't change the overall site by enough, just the three buttons in the corner, and all they do it pop Morty on the screen for a quote. Still, these are minor complaints compared to the site as a whole and after looking at all the sites, this one stands out as the best and is the winner of the timely Weekly Website Award.
The Heart of the Game - Official Site
Most documentary sites have are a little light on content compared to those sites for fictional movies. This is true for this site, but at least is has more style than the average documentary site.
Keeping Up With the Steins - Official Site
Small site with just the synopsis, cast & crew bios, trailer, and a guide to competitive bar mitzvahs. There's quite a bit of animation compared to the small amount of content.
Lady in the Water - Official Site
The full trailer and an image gallery were added to the site. I just finished watching the trailer, and I'm less interested in seeing the movie than I was before. Not a good sign.
Miami Vice - Official Site
The new trailer is online, but it is over on Apple.com. I hated the TV series this movie is based on, but even so, I don't like how they've changed the style of the show. Messing with a show is a bad idea because you will alienate more fans of the show than you will be able to attract new viewers. That's just bad business.
Mouth to Mouth - Official Site
The site's back. There's a lot to see here, including an interactive trailer. On the one hand, the site doesn't have a very polished feel and at times seems very disjointed. On the other hand, this disjointed feel fits the film itself and helps sell the movie.
Nacho Libre - Official Site
After weeks of updates, the full site is finally online, sort of. Right now the only features on the site are the synopsis, photo gallery, trailers, and of course, the confessionals. There are a lot of features marked coming soon including regular features like cast & crew bios, production notes, clips, etc. and extras like Nacho Kung-Fu.
- Live to Eat
- Rabid Squirrel
- The Verminator
- You're the Devil
- The Plan
- Stella and Tiger
- We'll Turn This Car Around Mister!
A Prairie Home Companion - Official Site
The flash site is up and it has all the usual features as well as clips from all 13 songs on the soundtrack. Overall it is a good site, if a little subdued, but probably won't convince anyone to see the movie if they weren't already interested.
Who Killed the Electric Car? - Official Site
The site underwent a complete redesign, but there's something about it that bugs me. Too much of the text felt condescending. I agree with the position the filmmakers have, but talking down to their audience is not a good way to convince others.
Filed under: Click, All the King's Men, The Ant Bully, Cars, Clerks II, Eragon, Goal! The Dream Begins, Just My Luck, Keeping Up with the Steins, Lady in the Water, The Lake House, Miami Vice, Mouth to Mouth, Nacho Libre, The Omen, Over the Hedge, Poseidon, A Prairie Home Companion, Rocky Balboa, Stranger Than Fiction, World Trade Center, You, Me and Dupree