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Everyone loves films - those flights of fantasy, adventurous capers, the invincible heroes, dreamy heroines, the gamut of emotions. . . It's what draws people to movie theatres besides, of course, the lure of oily samosas, over-priced potato chips, butter popcorn (butter not included) and tepid colas. And then there are those people that obsess about cinema. Their social calendar revolves around their movie guide;they mouth dialogues, sing along with the hero and then shamefacedly admit that they've watched the new release seven times already. This piece is for the diehard fan. . .

>> www. fwfr. com


There are sites that will review and rate movies, and then there are those that will invite members to write their own reviews, but there's only one site, Four Word Film Review, that will give you a review in under five words. Of course, FWFR is not a place for in-depth analysis of flicks. Instead, it's more of a fun place where fans are challenged to describe a movie in just four words. To add more masti, it also has what it calls a 'Clue' balloon in the upper right-hand corner, where visitors are exhorted to guess the name of the movie from its four-word review - quite addictive. For example, reviews of Batman Begins include "Dark Knight Lifts Bale", "Meet the Bat Parents" and "The Wayne 'n' Caine".

>> www. hsx. com


Hollywood Stock Exchange, or HSX. com, offers movie buffs the chance to put their money where their opinion is. On signing up, members are allotted 'Two Million Hollywood Dollars' (or H$ 2, 000, 000), which they can then invest in their favourite stars, or in IPOs of upcoming movies that are subsequently listed for trading. And like in any stock market, the value of the portfolios is subject to market conditions (in this case, box office earnings). So if a film is expected to earn $10 million in the real world within four weekends, its price on HSX is H$10 a share. In fact, the site has been so successful in picking up big earners that it actually syndicates the data collected as market research to entertainment and financial institutions and as original content to radio, television and print media. True people power.

>> www. trailersfromhell. com


Trailers from Hell is an eclectic collection of over 200 movie trailers. What makes this site different from others that showcase film promos is that each of the mini flicks here is accompanied by informative and amusing video commentary by contemporary filmmakers. From Psycho to Dirty Harry, Ben-Hur to Monty Python, BMX Bandits to The Three Musketeers, they're all in here. If you're wondering how great this resource is, consider that its content is syndicated across web and mobile partners including AOL Video, AT&T, YouTube and even Yahoo!

>> www. criticker. com


If you're constantly looking for newer movies to watch, but don't know whom to ask for suggestions, then come straight to Criticker. The site starts off by providing you with a list of movies and asking you to rate the ones you've seen on a scale of 1 to 100. Computer algorithms then match your ratings with those of other members. And Criticker's Taste Compatibility Index (TCI) accordingly groups you with members who have similar tastes, to provide you with suggestions from their lists. When you register as a member you can also write mini reviews as well as discuss your favorites on the site's forum. A superb way to discover films you might have never even heard of - social networking for movies, indeed.

>> www. movieclips. com


Currently in beta, this resource by self-confessed "movie freaks" Zach James and Rich Raddon consists of over 12, 000 high-quality movie clips that are completely searchable by actor, title, genre, occasion, action, mood, character, theme, setting, and even dialogue. Fans can use the site to find like-minded people with whom they can discuss their favourite scenes and movies. But the best part is that it's all legal, and you can now share these scenes with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus without having to resort to piracy. Besides, whenever you view any clip, you're also provided with links using which you can buy or rent the full-length movie.

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