LetterBoxd: Must-have app for movie buffs

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If you have ever heard of Letterboxd.com, you would be certainly happy with its new iOS App. If not then you probably are wondering – What on earth is Letterboxd? Well, in case of the latter we are here to help you get acquainted with it.

First and foremost, Letterboxd is a movie reviewing platform which is sort of married to the social networking concept. Just as you follow your family, friends, colleagues or any page on other social networking sites and keep a tab on what they are up to, Letterboxd allows you to rate movies and follow your friends, keeping a tab on what movies they have been watching lately. Wonderful, isn’t it? Here is how it works.

First you need to create a profile with all your details and preferences. And that’s it. Once you create a profile, you are all set to record the logs for watched movies or even rate them. You can even write short reviews for others to follow and read. In short, you become a movie reviewer of sorts. These short reviews are displayed in a unified feed and are available for your followers instantly. What’s interesting is that the network allows you to follow other friends and read their reviews and comments on new releases before you go check it out. It’s similar to Twitter, allowing you to post movie ratings and reviews for others to follow instead of pure messages. In essence, Letterboxd can pretty much be called a public movie reviewing platform. It creates a sort of community which thrives on sharing personal movie opinions and reviews. But wait, there’s more.

The App also has Movie pages which houses gripping trailers along with host of other information including number of people who have watched or reviewed it along with details like its Cast, Crew, and Makers etc. The App gives you a chance to a clear divide between polarising reviews along with a chance to go through recent and most popular reviews. What sets the App apart is the list of interesting user reviews compared to other websites. You can also create Lists under specific genres or follow existing ones to tick the to-watch list. The list contains some of the pretty interesting ones like – 100 Great Movies under 100 Minutes or even Childhood Trauma.

The best part about the App is that it allows you to keep track of your own movie collection and how many have you watched so far. The plus side is that you can look up any movie from any decade and create your own list to follow. All you need to do is keep logging all the movies you have watched as you go along and the App will maintain a diary of the personal must-watch and must-watch-soon lists with the ‘Watch List’ feature. It really becomes easy to log the new movies watched with the new App with just a tap of a finger on your smartphone.

The App really empowers you to quickly decide on what to watch amongst all the clutter with new weekly releases. The interface of the App itself is kept clutter free and keeps the colour palette, icons and other metaphor similar to that of the website to extend familiarity to the existing customers. The simple interface is also easy to operate for a new user. Having explained everything, if you now ask me why you should use Letterboxd, then here is our reply.

1)Statistics point to widespread popularity among netizens. According to the site more than 17 million movies are marked as watched of which 9 million movies are rated by users and 1 million movies have reviews. There are as many as 4 million daily entries recorded by users. All of this is extended to the App. More over the App is set to reach and encourage more mobile population to record their reviews and ratings on-the-go.

2) The interface is quite cool and easy to use with less clutter and a perfect dark colour scheme.

3) It allows you to easily create your own individual lists to keep a tab on watched and unseen movies. Just add a Title and add the films under it to form a database under the category. You can also add descriptions and tags to popularise it.

4) You can browse the brilliant existing lists with some of the coolest and wackiest titles like – Ensemble Assemble or They don’t make em like Cary Grant Anymore (Top 25 movies of Cary Grant).

5) If you are a movie buff and have a blog of your own, this is the best platform to promote it and flaunt your writing skills.

6) The social element of the App makes it fit like a glove for current generation of peer-following users.
Whether or not you are an avid movie lover, Letterboxd is a must-try App for easy movie selection and reviews at your fingertips.