July 28, 2014

App Review: IMDB Movies & TV

I’m not a particularly big movie buff myself, but i find the IMDB Movies & TV app to be very helpful. I’m not the kind of person who finds info about movies that no one else knows, or watches a film 11 times in the theater. But, in my opinion, The IMDB app is most useful when a lapse of memory occurs. Confused? Allow me to explain.

My family loves to watch movies, so, obviously, I’ve seen my fair share of films. I downloaded the app after watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night and seeing Jesse Eisenberg talking to Jimmy. My sister and I both looked at each other with expressions of Alzheimer’s and asked “Where have I seen that guy before?” This happens often around here, so i opened up my trusty IMDB, searched for Jesse Eisenberg, and lo and behold, it showed me every single movie, tv show, or album he’s appeared on/in. It turned out we recognized him from The Village.

This is where I find IMDB most useful: in those “Who is that actor/actress?” moments. That’s what I normally use IMDB on the web for as well. But, I can definitely see how this will appeal to major movie fanatics that want to learn about future releases, actor/actress news, or buy a DVD or Blu-Ray disc via the Amazon.com store.

IMDB gives off a certain welcome tone at first glance. Maybe it’s just me, but the yellow highlights and dark gray outlines look inviting. From the main page, you can do a wide range of things from look at showtimes in the U.S., check out the list of most-viewed films or shows on IMDB, or even browse movies by genre. Again, it’s a very easy-to-use tool that just works.

There’s not much in the way of settings here, which is a  shame. Nothing to get upset about, but still a small con in a big list of pros. The only options available at the moment are what you see above: Choosing you location, choosing an IMDB domain, choosing which Amazon domain to use, and clearing the cache. I would like to see some search filtering functionality thrown in there.

Recapping, IMDB is a great site, and they’ve really hit a home run with this app. The warm UI, along with some key features really make this app a must-have for movies critics, movie buyers, or someone like me who just wants to know where I recognize Jesse Eisenberg from. This movie guru tool is so helpful and simple to use, I’m surprised they made it free. So, if you’re itching to try it out for yourself, search for “IMDB” in the Android Market or scan the QR code below.