IMDb recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and it asked various celebrities the burning question we’ve all been dying to know the answer to: What’s your first movie in a movie theatre? Mine was Home Alone (1990), which I watched at the Grand single-screen movie theatre in Springfield, MA (it’s now a church). I was 9 (no wonder it’s my favorite number) and my life was forever changed. I’ve been tracking every movie I’ve seen in a theatre ever since. Twenty-five years later, I’m up to 772 films.
See what celebrities like Chris Pratt, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Keira Knightley, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Gosling, Matthew McConaughey, Amy Poehler, Jake Gyllenhaal, and others had to say here.
Watch Elizabeth Banks describe her first movie-going experience below.
People are always telling me, “Oh, you have to see this movie!” So I would add the film’s title to a running alphabetical list I kept on my phone. And then I discovered the Watchlist.
In the second part of my “IMDb’s Amazingness” series, I’m focusing on the site’s Watchlist. Here, you can gather a list of all of the movies you’d like to watch. Each film’s page includes an option to add the film to your Watchlist, where it will join your running list of movies. Had this existed eight years ago when I started my 170 list, I would have used this to organize my films. I love my list. I just unchecked a couple of films I’ve since watched. 🙂
IMDb is my homepage. It’s my home on the Web—where I hang my hat and spend most of my time. I research films, check the news, rate movies, build my Watchlist, and vote in the daily poll. It’s great. IMDb is like a brain—a clearinghouse for knowledge and creativity. But I have to confess—I haven’t recognized the site’s full potential. Much like the human brain, I only use about 10% of it. So imagine my surprise when I discovered you could actually watch independent full-length movies and short films on the site. Almost 7,000 of them. Maybe I’m late joining this party. Perhaps many of you already knew this. So humor me. Check out IMDb’s list of Independent Films and Shorts. There’s no reason to ever be bored again.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of IMDb’s features, proving the site’s amazingness. (Yes, amazingness.)
Note: IMDb is not paying me to endorse its site, but I would gladly accept a few bucks. Movies are getting expensive, you know.