Essential Apps for Movie Nerds
Awards season is just about to come to a close with the biggest ceremony of the year on Sunday—the Oscars. Though the Academy released its own official iPhone app, there are quite a few more thorough (and frankly fun) apps to check out to prep for the big night, as well as some general movie apps that any film fan would love.
We picked some of our favorite apps for movie junkies. Check them out after the jump.
Skip or Stay
Ever sat through 10 minutes of credits at the end of a flick in hopes of a special bonus scene without a payoff? The Skip or Stay app aims to help save you the trouble of waiting for that special end-of-movie payoff by cluing you in on movies that have bonus scenes after the credits. Users cast their votes on movies now playing in theaters, so you won’t have to worry about spoilers, too. It’s a definite must-have for the movie theater regulars out there.
Movies by Flixster
Whether you need showtimes for your local theater or want to manage your Netflix queue, the Movies by Flixster app will pretty much cater to whatever need you movie junkies have on-the-go. The app can bring you the latest in DVD and movie news, lets you create a want-to-see list for yourself, go through iTunes to rent or buy movies, and read movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. The content here is practically endless and would keep any film nerd busy for a lengthy period of time.
IMDB.com is the most trusted film database available on the web right now, and its iPhone app is just as efficient and content-heavy. Look up any film, actor, director, or anyone else in the film industry to see a list of all of their work, photos, videos, etc. Everything that’s available on the site is available in the app, in addition to local movie showtimes and local TV listings. Get to know your Oscar nominees well before the ceremony next weekend and blow your friends away with your innate film nerd knowledge.
Vanity Fair Hollywood
Positively certain Avatar is going to sweep all the categories come Sunday night? Put your pride where your mouth is by creating voting pools and posting your predictions in this app from Vanity Fair. Once the ceremony starts you can see how you rank in accuracy compared to the other community users via the leaderboard. The app is sponsored by Loreal Paris, so don’t be surprised to see plentiful content about the makeup used backstage and by the glitziest of the stars. But the real gem feature in this app is definitely the voting pools.
Though basic and not quite as thorough as the Vanity Fair Hollywood app, this is the official Oscars app from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. View lists of the nominees that include trailers and video clips, put together a list of your predictions, and share your picks with friends via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail. You can also compare your predictions with other users of the app in real-time.
Movie Challenge: Oscars Special
Movie Challenge has several specialized trivia games app, but this Oscars Special one is particularly fun (and timely, we might add). The app can ask more than 2,000 questions in lots of different categories, including music, best actress, or best picture. Within those categories you can play by general trivia, true or false, guess the year, or quotes. The graphics are fun, the app is glitch-free, and you can even cheat by checking out the app’s Oscar Guide beforehand to study up. There’s lots here to keep you busy and guessing as you work on strengthening your Oscars knowledge for the big night.
Scene It? Movies
Playing the popular Scene It? game at home with a certified movie buff is just asking for trouble and humiliation. So if you’re a movie buff, save your friends and family the trouble by opting out of the group fun and playing by yourself on your iPhone. There is a more specialized Scene It? app, the Twilight version, but this is the best and the more general version that spans a huge history of film. And if you do feel the need to boost your ego a little, there is a room-play option for several people to join in on.
It looks those big red boxes at your grocery store are here to stay, bringing inexpensive and convenient joy to many and plummeting revenue and woe to Blockbuster. Use the Redbox app to find the closest Redbox kiosk to your location, search through the inventory of movies available, and even reserve a movie at your choice of locations. Don’t be that jerk that takes 20 minutes to find the movie they’re looking for when you can get the hard part done before you get there. Your Redbox peers will thank you.
If you’re a true movie junkie, you spend more time at your local theater than with your neglected cat at home. You probably also know the ticket-taker’s name and have picked out your favorite stall in the bathrooms next to theater six. So use this app to get even comfier in your cushy theater seat by timing a bathroom break efficiently, should you need one. RunPee will alert you when it’s safe to ditch out of the theater for a few minutes to use the bathroom without missing an important part of the movie. You can also save your movie partner the headache of catching you up on what you did miss with a summary from RunPee. Download this one; your bladder will thank you.
Everyone’s a writer these days. Eventually a hardcore movie junkie will think he or she is capable of writing a great screenplay, so don’t miss your big chance at fame by thinking of a great scene when you’re out and about and forgetting it as soon as you get to a computer or notepad. The Screenplay app is set up to let you write out a great scene or dialogue in screenplay format as easily and efficiently as possible. Utilize cool features that let you add and save characters so you’re not constantly typing them out, import text from other documents, and reorder a scene just by dragging and dropping sections of text. Now you’re just one step closer to fame and fortune.
On that note, everyone’s a critic these days, thanks to social media sites like Twitter. The good news is with sites like Twitter you can get a good idea of whether or not a movie is worth checking out with just a few 140-word reviews from friends and trusted moviephiles. The Flixup! app surfs Twitter for movie reviews and groups them into pages for specific movies. Think of it as the movies-only version of Twitter—we know, dream come true for you movie junkies, right?
Last but not least is the Juicy Library app. Your DVD collection at home is probably one of your most prized possessions, so keep a thorough digital catalog of your collection on your iPhone. The app allows you to scan the barcodes of all of your DVDs or manually enter barcode number or titles to add a movie into your list. Use it just to keep track of what you have and what you still need or keep the list up-to-date for insurance purposes (theft? fire?). You can also log your books, games, software, or toys, should you have any other those things. You’ll thank us later.