While looking at Filmonic’s traffic stats recently I noticed that nearly 30% of visitors were using a mobile device when viewing the site, and of those the vast majority were using either an iPad or iPhone. For this reason I’ve decided to put together a list of movie apps for the iPhone and iPad that readers might be interested in.
Apps for watching and streaming movies
Netflix requires a subscription, but once acquired you can watch as many TV episodes and films as you wish. You can even start watching something on one device, and resume watching on another.
LOVEFiLM is the ‘European Netflix’ and currently serves the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. This app (once you have a subscription) allows you to stream films instantly, rate them, watch trailers, and manage your DVD rentals.
Apps for movie info
Movies by Flixster – with Rotten Tomatoes
This app currently holds the title of ‘most downloaded movies app of all time’ and allows you to browse the latest film releases and check out what’s coming soon. You can look for show times, watch trailers, and integration with Rotten Tomatoes means you can check out movie reviews on the go.
Many movie fans would be lost without IMDB, which is the world’s largest collection of movie and TV info and aims to list every detail about every movie and TV show ever made. The app is much like the actually website, just in app form, and is very useful if you’re watching a film and want to check out the cast list, or if you have a burning desire to find out who directed it.
This app allows you to count down the days until your most anticipated movies are released, and currently has release dates available up until summer 2014. The app also allows you to create movie alerts, check show times, and purchase tickets. Movie Clock is only available for the iPhone at present, but a HD iPad version is in development.
Today in Movie History
Ever wanted to know what happened in the movie world on this day 20 or 50 years ago? This app has over 4,000 film facts and trivia from the recent past, including major film releases, birthdays, anniversaries, and events. Here’s a fact for today, September 2nd:
1885: Marty McFly (Back to the Futre Part III) arrives in the middle of a U.S. Cavalry pursuit of Indians.
Apps for fun
Action Movie FX
Director J.J. Abrams and his company, Bad Robot, created an app that allows normal humans to make action movies on their mobile devices, complete with effects. There’s a missile attack, car smash, tornado, shoot-out, downed chopper, meteor, and many more. The app comes pre-loaded with 2 effects and other packs can be purchased. Check out the demo below:
This app has been around for a while, but its value to the world is unmatched. The team see each new release and watch for 3-5 minute spans in the movie where nothing really exciting, funny, or important happens. These are officially crowned ‘peetimes’ and the app gives you a synopsis of what goes on during these ‘peetimes’ so you know what happened while you’re releasing a demon.
There are hundreds of movie apps for the iPhone and iPad available so there’s a good chance I missed some good ones. If you’re currently using one I didn’t note feel free to mention it in the comments section below!