I recently found 2 FREE movie apps that give me information I didn’t even know I was missing, and they do it with style. Come take a look.
The 1st app I found is called The Movie searchOmeter. I promise the app is better than the name.
What makes this app so very cool is that it integrates synopses, cast members, genres, directors, trailers, reviews, and much more onto the back of a little movie card and then has a smooth rolling line-up of movie cards that make up important lists of movies.
Besides the name, there are 2 things you will have to overlook with searchOmeter, but the awesomeness of the app is enough to make you overlook them.
The 1st is, as you can see in the photo, the app is only for the iPhone and yet not updated for the iPhone 5. Annoying, but overlookable.
The 2nd is that, although the app is FREE, to get a nice smooth, ad-free experience, and to be able to make lists of your favorite movies and movies you want to see, you have to do an in-app purchase for $1.99.
The purchase is available through the settings in the bottom right corner and shows up when you turn on the button for searchEXTRA.
Obviously, you don’t need to make this purchase. You can still use all the information contained within the app. You should wait and see what the app has in store before deciding, but as you can see, I thought it was worth it.
If this app were full screen for the iPhone 5, it would really look so great. The cool brushed metal backing behind the movie poster cards is awesome on the Retina screen, although not showing up so well in the photos.
As you search through the movies, you just swipe super easily and with cool noises left and right.
It’s just really a good looking app, minus the black bars.
When you open the app, it defaults to the In Theaters list of movies, but you can change that to any of the lists seen in this photo (Upcoming Movies, In Theaters, Opening, Top DVD Rental, and New on DVD) by pressing the name of the list at the bottom of the screen. Then, up pops the lists.
On these lists is where you find the ultra-cool movie poster cards. Click on them to open them. Double-click to close them. Swipe on them to get from information to more information.
If you decide to pay the $2 and get the extras, you can also press the heart next the other list names and you get a little pop-up list that says Favorites and Movies I want to see, which takes you to the movies you have added to those lists while using the app.
Once you pick a list you desire and find a movie you want to know more about, click on it to see the screen at right.
Amost everything on this movie card is a link to something else.
If you click on the movie poster, you get to see the full-screen movie poster. Click on the percentages to go to the Rotten Tomatoes website, which I talk about just below.
You’ll first see a short description of the movie in the middle of the card. If you swipe left on the card, you’ll find a more comprehensive synopsis of the movie. You’ll also see the buttons to watch the movie trailer, add it to your Want to see or Favorites list, or Share the movie on social media sites.
Swipe again to get a short list of the director, main actors, other important people (all of whom you can click on for more information), runtime for the movie, rating, etc.
Swipe left 1 more time for reviews of the movie.
Below all of this across all the swiping of the middle section, there is an a little section at the bottom that will show you related materials (books, music, videos, etc.) available for purchase on iTunes.
Click on the percentages to the right of the movie poster way back at the top, and you’ll find out the percentage of critics who like it, the percentage of user who like it on the Rotten Tomatoes website, and you can see when the film was in theaters or will be or what have you.
It’s really a whole interactive mobile site for Rotten Tomatoes.
Scroll down and you’ll find the ability to find showtimes based on your zip code. The app will ask you to okay location services for this to work automatically.
Scroll down more to see basically the same information that’s already neatly on the card.
This is a pretty cool IMdB alternative.
IMdB is great for looking up specific things you need, but the searchOmeter app will show you lists of movies based on certain criteria and then includes all the IMdB information, and more, on a little movie card.
The 2nd app I found really knocked my socks off. It’s called FOUNDD. From the amazing look and UI to the ability to filter searches for movies based on what is available on Netflix, FOUNDD is 1 slick app, and it’s all completely FREE.
The movies in this app are no longer in theaters.
When you 1st open the app, you will be asked to rate 10 films on a scale of 1-5 stars. Based on how you rate those 10 films, FOUNDD gives you a Watchlist of movies you’ll like to see. That’s the premise at least, and it’s been pretty darn accurate for me so far.
Don’t worry. There are 2 simple tutorials that will tell you all of this information in much simpler terms and probably easier to understand :)
What you see on your Watchlist basically is the movie poster with the name, year, and genre above. Below that is the ever-present 5 stars for rating, and buttons to either pin the movie to the top of your Watchlist or to go on to the next movie on your Watchlist.
If you’ve already seen a movie, rate it and it moves to your profile page. If you just don’t want that movie on your Watchlist at all but you’ve never seen it, you can click the x in the top corner and get rid of it.
You can also get to the next movie and the previous movie by sliding up and down.
To find out something about the movie, swipe left. There you will see a synopsis of the movie and 2 buttons. The top 1 lets you watch a really nice looking trailer. The 2nd button lets you share the movie on social media.
There isn’t nearly as much information about the movie as there is in searchOmeter, but you have to admit that what there is is very good-looking, well put together, and quite stunning.
If you swipe left 1 more time, it takes you to the screen you see in this picture. What is cool about this, is that it is telling you where the movie is currently available to watch.
If you’re an Amazon fan, this is not the app for you. The only places it tells you about watching are iTunes, which it can take you to directly, and Netflix Instant and Neflix DVD.
Please don’t scream about app developers limiting your right to watch movies on other sites. This is a FREE app that is beautiful and ad-free. It is perfect for Netflix customers and people who mainly shop through iTunes.
I still haven’t gotten to the best part, though.
You can filter your Watchlist in a multitude of ways by clicking on the arrow button in the top, left corner of the Watchlist screen.
That takes you to this screen. Here you can choose to filter your Watchlist by genre, by date, or by place that you want it to be available to watch.
For instance, I can say I’m in the mood for an action movie from the 80s that is instantly available on Netflix. Then, I press Apply, and my Watchlist instantly is filtered to meet these criteria.
You can choose to save your filter for the next time you use the app or just have it work this 1 time by pressing Save Filter. You can also erase all of your changes by pressing Clear All.
Other features of FOUNDD include the ability to just go and rate movies to help FOUNDD clarify what you like, search for movies under the search bar, and see all the movies you have rated under profile.
I’ll warn you that if you sign in with Facebook, it will tell your friends everytime you rate a movie or add a movie to your watchlist. It even added a Movies Tracy Hates to my Facebook page. But, you have the option of signing in using Twitter or your email, so don’t worry.
I have decided that neither The Movie searchOmeter nor FOUNDD are exactly perfect. But, they are both FREE. So, you can have them both without spending a dime and together they make quite the pair. They cover pretty much all of your movie watching options, wants, needs, and desires.
Is anyone else suddenly hungry for popcorn?
That’s it for me today. Until later, …