Winter has officially hit Boston. With the cold spells in the city over the past couple of weeks, it has become harder to be outside than during the warmer months, which means staying inside for long periods of time. With this, figuring out what to do all day can be unbearable, especially if you have nothing to do.
However, there are some solutions. For all of my fellow movie lovers, in particular, there are many websites to get addicted to when trying to pass time. So, here are some different sites to check out this winter when we’re stuck inside all day.
Keep Track of the Movies You’ve Watched
For those like me who like to rate movies and keep track of what you watched, Letterboxd is the best website for you. Unlike merely rating and writing a review on IMDb, this goes beyond that, as you can makes lists for yourself and the community, you can follow other reviewers, and it even tells you where the movies are available to watch. It’s an extremely helpful tool for those who care about knowing what they’ve watched in the past and, at least for me, it’s fun to look back at what I’ve seen.
While not as sleek a website as Letterboxd, this is a website for those who are completely bored. Flickchart is a film ranking website where two movies are put head-to-head and you have to choose which one you like better. In this way, it keeps track of what you’ve watched, and, overtime, it’ll tell you what movie you possibly like best, based on how many times you thought the movie was superior to its opponent. For some strange reason, it’s super addicting and lures you in as soon as you choose the first poster displayed on the site. When you eventually get out of the routine of ranking, looking at your own statistics makes it seem worth the trouble of spending time doing such a mindless act.
Figure Out What to Stream
Have you ever wanted to watch a movie, but it wasn’t on Netflix? Well, maybe it’s somewhere else that you didn’t think to look. But, instead of forcing yourself to go through each streaming service, JustWatch can tell you exactly where to find it. Just type in the movie and it will tell you exactly where you can stream, rent, and buy the movie. It’s extremely helpful and simple for those looking for something to stream and even does TV shows for those looking for something to binge.
I found this website years ago and whenever I use it, I’m not disappointed. All you have to do it indicate what genre you want to watch, and it will generate a movie for your viewing pleasure. You can also choose Random if you want a complete shot in the dark, but that’s up to you. While that does seem pretty risky to immediately go for the first movie it shows, it also allows you to choose a different random film it should generate. It mostly consists of fairly unknown films, so there’s a chance that you’ve either never seen it or even never heard of it. To fix that, they provide a trailer, brief summary to entice you, and even its Rotten Tomatoes score to prove that their recommendation has had some critical praise. It is, of course, not a perfect solution to the question “What the Hell Should I Watch on Netflix?” but it’s a good way to find out about new movies that were not quite as mainstream.
Before the Theater
I’m sure we’ve all been in this situation: you’re sitting in the theater, having already finished the liter of water or soda, and you feel the sensation of having to go to the restroom. Unfortunately, though, the movie just started. So, the question becomes, “When should I go to the restroom?” RunPee gets information from people who have already seen the movie and tells you the best timeframe to go to the restroom. It’ll even give you alerts if you choose to tell you when a good scene to skip is coming up.
This a little sillier than the rest, but is nevertheless helpful, especially for those who don’t want to see a specific thing in a movie, TV show, or book. Though it started with just answering the question of whether the dog dies, it also has other categories like whether it has clowns or jump-scares or other possibly fear-inducing or triggering things. It’s always updated, so be sure to check this out before you watch the movie in the theater or at home.
While these websites are great to browse for when you’re bored during the winter days, they can also be helpful in keeping track of your watching habits and knowing what you’re about to watch. Hopefully, these websites will make your viewing experience just a little more fun.