Movies, movies, movies

My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 2/1/01
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a biweekly column providing an annotated list of web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers & magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, e.g., skiing, gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each biweekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's web site one week after publication so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

Going to the movies? Renting a video? Answering a movie trivia question?

The internet provides many sources of information on films that will satisfy the most exacting film buff. The weekend moviegoer will find movie reviews, theater locations, and show times. Parents can assess the suitability of a given movie or video for their children. The most obscure movie trivia question can be answered - Who played Pardner in the 1969 movie version of the musical "Paint Your Wagon"? Go to the Internet Movie Database, type in Paint Your Wagon in the search engine, and up pops the complete cast. It was Clint Eastwood (he sings!). One reviewers comment about the movie: "... the lumbering, off-key musical still manages to be appealing despite doing almost everything wrong".

Last Sunday's Op-ed page of the New York Times had columnist Maureen Dowd comparing Hillary and Bill to both the couple (Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) in "War of the Roses" and the married hit men (Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner) in "Prizzi's Honor". Forgotten the plots? Just go to the web.

Here is a list that represents my choice of some of the best movie sites on the web. Please e-mail me ( with your suggestions.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Information on over 250,000 movies made since the early days of cinema and information on over 500,000 actors and actresses, nearly 50,000 directors, over 70,000 writers and a wide variety of others involved in a particular movie including producers, gofers, and gaffers. The site provides plot summaries, reviews, studio stills, and for the most recent movies, video trailers, clips, and interviews.

Ebert of the Chicago-Sun Times
Roger Ebert movie reviews. One of the best reviewers on the web. The remaining half of "Siskel & Ebert" of TV fame.

Boston Phoenix Movie Site
Reviews, links to theater listings (Boston, Cambridge, suburbs), film specials (Museum of Fine Arts, French Library, Harvard Film Archive, Boston Public Library, and others) Movie Site
Find current movies by town, theater, title, or genre. Maps to the theater and movie times are provided along with nearby restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.
An alternate site to the one above with many of the same features.

This site rates movies for parents. Current movies are featured but the site has a large database of past movies. The three numbers (each from 0 to 10) after each title represent the level of sex, violence, and profanity the movie contains. Unlike the MPAA (The Motion Picture Association of America), a single, age-specific rating is not assigned.

IMDb's 100 Worst Movies
For the film buff.
Find film festivals anywhere in the world.

Reel Classics
Classic movies - actors, actresses, directors, movie summaries.

Winchester Library Video List
The Winchester Library lists their video (VHS and DVD holdings) at this site.

The next column will feature weather sites - local, national, and international. Previous columns with live links can be found at

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester web site (, Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.