FilmCrave offers users an easy to use resource for movie reviews, trailers, lists and other film related features. The site also offers a social networking aspect through user profiles and the ability to search for other members to discuss films and share favorites. Although many other websites offer similar services, FilmCrave offers an appealing balance between professional site design, advertising and engaging features that entice users to return.Show more screenshots »
The foundation of FilmCrave was built on humble roots. The site was originally intended to be used as a personal review site by the creators. Over time, the features were added to and social elements were incorporated. As popularity grew, the creators saw benefit in providing more user interaction. The original website was conceived in 2005; however the idea for the current site wasn’t discussed until May of the following year.
What really makes FilmCrave stand out is the balance of features, support, and community offered here. Rather than focusing on reviews or a forum, FilmCrave brings those tools together along with user lists, polls, and ways to get to know follow film enthusiasts. The site also provides an FAQ to help users troubleshoot when problems occur. Based on all aspects of FilmCrave, it is obvious the site was designed with the user in mind.
The look of the FilmCrave website provides a logical layout that includes advertisements without becoming intrusive. The site also features an eye-catching blend of text and thumbnails that does wonders for navigation. Users can easily browse for titles, or look for specific features without feeling burdened or overwhelmed. Clearly placed at the very top is the movie and member search as well as the bold green sign up link so new users can easily get started.
After clicking the prominent green link, visitors are transported to the member registration form. An email address is needed and used as the account login name. First and last name, a password, birthday, zip code, gender, profile name, and favorite genre are also requested. After clicking the terms of service check box, users will have to enter a captcha code. Email verification is also required before users can gain access to FilmCrave features.
FilmCrave accounts and features are accessible at no charge to the user. In reality, this is a positive thing because user participation is a huge part of what makes FilmCrave unique. Without the input, reviews, and presence of its community, there would be little here to want to pay for. However, with a strong and growing population, FilmCrave offers users a number of entertaining features at no cost. There are advertisements present, however they are generally well placed and do not distract from the site.
All lovers of movies can really get into the features of FilmCrave. Opinions can be shared and various movie related topics discussed. Users who are looking to get involved in a community of fellow movie fans can get the most use out of FilmCrave. Even the casual user can hop into the discussion once in a while, or search for reviews of upcoming films they plan to see. FilmCrave is not genre-specific, so a very large audience can participate and utilize the features offered on the site.