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Movie Website Updates for November 26 - December 8

December 8th, 2005

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Despite being there being two weeks between updates, this was not a very strong week. Sure, there were plenty of websites updated, but not a lot that really stood out as being award worthy. In the end it was Clerks 2: The Passion of the Clerks - Official Site that was the best of the bunch and hopefully it will continue to grow and earn that award.

Aeon Flux - Official Site
The movie opened last week, but there was no Website review so the final look is this week. The rest of the chapters of the interactive comic book were added, and overall that feature is one of the best features I've seen on a website. Another new feature compares the original cartoon, the film and the storyboard and is also worth checking out. , and much more. There are still a couple of chapters in the comic book and the

The Barnyard - Official Site
The full trailer is up, but I'm pretty sure it's been there for a while. It doesn't look as good as Jimmy Neutron, which was the previous film from the studio, but it looks like a fun film for kids.

BloodRayne - Official Site
Yet another new look to the site. Uwe Boll needs to stop working on the website and start working on making better movies.

Brokeback Mountain - Official Site
Two weeks and no updates leaving the behind-the-scenes and clips still marked coming soon.

Cars - Official Site
There's a new trailer online and while it is better than the previous one, I'm still not as excited as I should be. It feels like an average digitally animated movie and not a Pixar movie. It took me a while to figure out why, but I finally think I did. It looks like a kids' movie. Finding Nemo, on the other hand, looked like it was made for adults, but was something kids could watch as well.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Official Site
Not much new in the past two weeks. It's still a good site, but not quite an award-winning site. There is a new trailer on the site and it does sell the film better, but not enough to completely convince me.

Clerks 2: The Passion of the Clerks - Official Site
During the past two weeks, 6 video clips were added to the site including a meet the crew and a discussion about Jesus being such a show-off. It was a slow week and I was tempted to give this site the Weekly Website Award due to the sheer number of video clips online, (more than 30 and counting), not to mention the numerous pictures and text posts. In fact, the only sites on this week's list that are better are already award-winners, but neither is strong enough to win the award twice, so either this site wins or no site wins. I'm confident that as the release date nears, more and more video clips will be added, images, and the regular features will be added and it will grow enough to be worthy of the prolific Weekly Website Award, but again, this award is being given out based on what the site should become as much as what it is now.

End of the Spear - Official Site
The Tribe section was added, which is a community for the site.

Film Geek - Official Site
Just the synopsis, cast & crew bios, trailer, and a section called Geeking Out.

Flight 93 - Official Site
Lots of information, but little in the way of style. We'll have to wait and see if that changes as the release date nears, most likely it will.

Hoot - Official Site
Just a game so far, which is very similar to Frogger.

Hostel - Official Site
The main part of the site requires I.D. to get into, which I'm not going to send over the Internet. As for the rest of the site, it looks pretty average.

The Inside Man - Official Site
Just the synopsis and the trailer, a very effective trailer.

King Kong - Official Site
Over the past couple of weeks a few more feature were added, but it is still a very static site and I'm disappointed.

Marebito - Official Site
The site is obviously going for a creepy atmosphere, but it just didn't connect with me. It does have all the usual features, plus some information about underground civilizations that people have theorized about / purported to have found over the years.

Memoirs of a Geisha - Official Site
No real changes in a while.

Mrs. Henderson Presents - Official Site
Typical Weinstein Co. movie website.

Nanny McPhee - Official Site
There's a new site for the domestic release, but it's not as good as the U.K. site. Perhaps more will be added as the release date nears.

The New World - Official Site
A section on the desire for historical accuracy was added to the site.

Neal n' Nikki - Official Site
This is a Bollywood musical, and that is reflected by the music used on the site. It also has a very similar feel to many such sites. Most of the regular features are on the site, (synopsis, cast bios, trailer), but outside the music there's not much in the way of extras.

The Pink Panther - Official Site
There is a new trailer online, but it is even worse than the first one.

Poseidon - Official Site
There's not enough here to even form a preliminary judgement, just the synopsis, concept art, and links to a press from other sites.

The Producers - Official Site
A half-a-dozen clips were added to the site, which helped ease my fears about the movie somewhat.

Pulse - Official Site
I like the setup of the site, it is designed to look like you are looking through someone's computer files. It gives the site a different feel than most. Of course, it also gives it a simplistic look so they'll need to have a flashier site when the release date nears. Most of the content on the site is in the form of three video diaries, but there trailer is also there.

Silent Hill - Official Site
Just the intro so far, but it is enough to make me intrigued. Of course, the video game was one of the few I've played that genuinely creeped me out so I've been looking forward to this film since it was first announced.

Stormbreaker - Official Site
The placeholder site was redesigned, but there was not change in the content.

Superman Returns - Official Site
Just a reminder that the video journal is very entertaining and fun to watch. Right now there are 27 chapters with a total runtime that is probably comparable to the final movie.

Take the Lead - Official Site
Placeholder site with all the usual information, (synopsis, image gallery, and trailer).

Tamara - Official Site
Just the cast & crew bios, image gallery and some press quips.

Tristan & Isolde - Official Site
Just the synopsis and the trailer.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story - Official Site
I really like the use of the e-mail exchange as a menu system. As more features are added this could be a really fun site. I was able to hunt down the trailer and it looks like a really fun movie, with a twisted sense of humor that is.

The White Countess - Official Site
Just the synopsis, cast & crew bios, image gallery, and the trailer. The trailer is one of the worst ones I've ever seen. There is literally one line about the film, and the rest of the trailer is just a bunch of names and previous movies. It's obviously trying to survive on its pedigree alone.

X3 - Official Site
The first trailer is up, and it is enough to make all the Fanboys squeal. Note, I am not making fun of you guys; I am one of you guys. There is also an image gallery, but it is not nearly as squeal-inducing.


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Filed under: Movie Website Updates, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Cars, X-Men: The Last Stand, King Kong, Superman Returns, Inside Man, Brokeback Mountain, The Pink Panther, Barnyard: The Original Party Animals, Poseidon, Memoirs of a Geisha, Nanny McPhee, Silent Hill, Take the Lead, United 93, Clerks II, Pulse, The Producers: The Movie Musical, Tristan & Isolde, The New World, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Hoot, BloodRayne, The White Countess, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, Aeon Flux