Letterboxd Is A Reason To Love The Internet (And Movies Too)

As much as I love Facebook, it has its limitations. One, for instance, being that the world’s largest social network lacks a great function for discussing entertainment. But for movie fans, there shall be no worries, as Letterboxd is the perfect networking site for keeping track of and chatting about your favorite films.

The premise is simple: Letterboxd allows you to create your own profile, list a short bio about yourself, and make lists of your favorite films, movies you want to see, and any other lists you can think of creating. Here’s my profile. As you can see, your four favorite movies show up on the frontpage, in addition to your personal information and bio. As you can see, I still need to work on increasing that list of followers.

My favorite function of the site, however, is the ability to create and log your own personal movie diary. As you can see, I log basically every movie I see into my diary. One thing you may notice is that you can rate movies, list the dates that you watch them, and even write reviews. Reviews can be as long as the ones I write for Dead Screen, or they could just be a short sentence or two. It’s all up to you (I didn’t mean that to rhyme). Here, you can see my reviews of 21 Jump Street and Easy A.

Letterboxd is like Twitter in that you can follow others, and the site even has privacy settings. After getting followed, people can “like” your reviews, comment on them, and send messages back and forth to you. It’s a great way to keep in touch with other film fanatics who might have insightful opinions and interesting remarks. For example, SilentJoe13 “liked” my review of 21 Jump Street, and in result, he re-watched the film and changed his rating from a 4.5 to a 5. Now his “updated” review of the film has more likes than anyone else’s.

As an added bonus, each film has its own page, complete with a short synopsis, cast listing, and a righthand box where you can “like” the movie, “log” it in your diary, rate it, and more. By clicking on the name of the director, actors, or actresses, you are taken to a list of his/her entire filmography. This is why I love Letterboxd so much; it’s very well organized and easy to find information. Popular reviews show up beneath the film’s information, and the more “likes” your review gets, the better the chances of it making it on the movie’s page. You can check out what other people think of a specific movie before seeing it yourself (or just seeing how others’ opinions compare to your own). Expect to see a review by SilentJoe13 or DirkH on almost every popular flick.

Another great premise of Letterboxd is, like I mentioned earlier, the ability to create lists. I love lists. Most of all, I love grouping things together, especially when the design format is nice, clean, and easy to use. Not to mention you can also add rankings. Here’s an example of a list I made not too long ago of my favorite movies of 2011.

I haven’t always been too social network-savvy. In fact, I just shut down my Twitter account last month. But Letterboxd is a reason that I once again have faith in the Internet. It’s fascinating to know that there is a website where those who appreciate film can communicate with each other, and not just that, but where they can organize and keep a diary of every single movie they see/have seen. While the site hasn’t quite become an addiction yet, in the coming months, I’m sure to make the most out of what it allows me to do. And from what I’ve found so far, Letterboxd lets you do a lot.


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Author: Tim Dodderidge View all posts by
I'm a student at the University of Kansas hoping to major in journalism. I love Christopher Nolan films, eating at Taco Bell, and playing indoor soccer. I also like to watch How I Met Your Mother and enjoy writing poetry.

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