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Movie Websites Launches for May 8 - May 14

May 14th, 2003

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here’s a list of highlights, plus one last look at websites for films opening this week. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details.

L’Auberge Espagnole
Current Content: No change from when I first reviewed it. A website is still marked coming soon, but since the movie opens this Friday, they don’t have a whole lot of time.

Battle of Shaker Heights
Current Content: Like all Miramax movie sites, this one has just the synopsis and cast and crew (no bios) and a trailer marked coming soon.

Casa de los Babys
Current Content: This site uses the same format as other films from IFC. The content is also similar with a synopsis, trailers, cast bios, and some behind the scene information.

Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Current Content: The first of the animated adventures is up. More episodes will be shown as the release date comes closer.

Down with Love
Current Content: Three clips from the movie are available. They’re fun clips that fit well into the cheesy 60s feel of the rest of the site.

Dumb and Dumberer
Current Content: There’s a slashdot parody called slashdumb.

Freddy vs. Jason
Current Content: A trailer and a quiz have been added to the site.

The Last Samurai
Current Content: None, just the flash intro.

The Matrix Reloaded
Current Content: This is the only site I know that comes with schematics to help you navigate, and you need them. There are literally dozens of buttons, and none of them are marked. However, when you move your mouse over them, the Navigation Display does tell you what it does. Normally this focus on style at the detriment of ease of use would irritate me to no end. However in this case, once I got used to the interface it added to the overall atmosphere. As for the actual content, there’s a lot. 10 different trailers / TV spots, dozens of images, cast and crew bios, posters, wallpapers, etc. Then there are the more unusual aspects, like the 360 degree Quicktime VRs. When you add in all the content from the first movie and other Matrix sources (comic books, anime, video games, etc.) you could surf this site for days. And it’s the combination of style and content that lets this site win the immutable Weekly Website Award.

Pokemon Heroes
Current Content: Like most Miramax films, this site lacks any real content. It does at least look different, but there’s only a trailer and synopsis to keep the surfer interested.

The Punisher
Current Content: None, just a placeholder site. But it does say when the site will launch, June 20th.

Rugrats for Wild
Current Content: Three more Rugrat adults are added to the Spike search game, as are some e-collectibles. However, you have to log into to get them.

The Sea
Current Content: This site just has the bare bones, trailer, synopsis and cast and crew (no bios.)

Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas
Current Content: A new flash intro was added to the falsh site.

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
Current Content: Just the trailer and a section on the 3-D aspect / synopsis of the movie.

Sweet Sixteen
Current Content: No changes since I last reviewed the site.

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Filed under: The Matrix Reloaded, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Rugrats Go Wild, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Down with Love, L'auberge espagnole, Pokemon Heroes, Sweet Sixteen