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Movie Website Updates for December 23 - December 29

December 29th, 2005

This week's list of movie site is abridged and only contains the two films that are opening this week plus more than a dozen site that have never appeared on this list before. However, it was one of the two new openings, Match Point - Official Site, that took the weekly website award.

300 - Official Site
There's not a whole lot here at the moment, (synopsis, production journal, video journal, concept art), but what there is makes me hopeful for the website and the movie. I especially like the four frames of concept art going from graphic novel to storyboard to bluescreen shot to 'final' look.

American Dreamz - Official Site
Typical Universal placeholder site with the synopsis, image gallery and the trailer.

Annapolis - Official Site
This site has all the usual features, (synopsis, cast & crew bios, etc.), a couple of extras marked coming soon, (clips and games) and even some sound and animation. It does have a couple of issues, firstly, the Quicktime links are down, and secondly, the bios are one huge block of text and not separate bios for each person. Even so, if the links are fixed and the clips and games are worthy, this site could turn into an award winner.

Apocalypto - Official Site
So far the site just has the synopsis and the trailer, but there's some animation here and that bodes well for the full site. On the other hand, the trailer left me cold.

Blood and Bones - Official Site
Good site with all the usual information and enough sound and animation to keep a surfer's attention. Not good enough to be in contention for the Weekly Website Award, but better than a lot of sites.

Catch & Release - Official Site
One of many sites with just a trailer so far. This one left me a little cold; I like Jennifer Garner and Kevin Smith, but I couldn't get into the movie.

Click - Official Site
Just the trailer so far, which was better than I expected. It seems like Adam Sandler is serious about maturing as an actor.

Date Movie - Official Site
Just the synopsis and the trailer, or to be more accurate, a link to the trailer. Speaking of which, it has to be one of the least funny trailers I've seen in a long, long time.

Failure to Launch - Official Site
Just a link to the trailer. Can't say I'm particularly interested in the movie after seeing it. It just seems like one of million of romantic comedies coming out in time for Valentines.

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World - Official Site
All the usual features are here, (synopsis, cast & crew, image gallery, and trailer), plus enough animation to let the site stand out. On a side note, I'm a big fan of Albert Brooks, I really wanted to like this movie, but I just can't get into it.

Matador - Official Site
Simple site was just the basics. It does its job, but nothing more.

Match Point - Official Site
Excellent site with all the usual features, (synopsis, production notes, cast & crew bios, image gallery and trailer), but it also has lots of extras including a couple of clips, half a dozen interviews, and even more podcasts. But the heart of the site is the three interactive bits, Love/Lust, All/Nothing, and Truth/Deception. Granted, they are not truly interactive as there are no branches, but they help sell the film better than the trailer itself. It is also the main reason it is the winner of the vacillating Weekly Website Award.

Madea's Family Reunion - Official Site
All the usual features are here, plus a bit of style mostly in the form of audio clips.

The Motel - Official Site
Simple site with all the usual features, but nothing in the way of style.

R.V. - Official Site
Just the trailer, which looks really bad. It looks like a paycheck movie for Robin Williams, but I'm willing to be proven wrong.

Running With Scissors - Official Site
Just the trailer so far. It's intriguing, but I'm not sold on the movie just yet.

The Shaggy Dog - Official Site
Tim Allen needs to stop making Disney movies before its too late. As for the site, it's a typical placeholder site with just the synopsis, image gallery and the trailer.

She's the Man - Official Site
There's no real content so far, but there's more animation that usual for a placeholder site, and that bodes well for the full site.

Something New - Official Site
Just the trailer so far.

Think Tank - Official Site
Just the trailer so far, which starts out good, but by the time it ended I was no more bullish about the film's chances than I was before I watched it.

Ultraviolet - Official Site
No real content so far.


Filed under: Movie Website Updates, Click, Failure to Launch, R.V., The Shaggy Dog, She's the Man, Match Point, Ultraviolet, Annapolis, Catch and Release, The Matador, Something New, Running With Scissors, 300, American Dreamz