Fun With Searches: Internet Movie Databases
It’s funny how we all focus on different things. You see a movie and you might focus on the settings or the plot. Someone else might focus on the technology used. I might focus on how the dialogue makes my ears bleed. We all take our own context out of everything we review.
Because of that I’m not surprised that there are so many subsets of the famous Internet Movie Database. Sure, it’s a great site, but why stop there? There are many, many more ways that movies can be delineated.
I did a little poking around, therefore, and present for your amusement a list of Internet Movie databases. Please note: these are all real. I am not The Onion.
Internet Movie Firearms Database — Over 15,000 articles on guns, movies, television, video games, actors, and anime. From A-91 to Željko Ivanek. Some of the articles are suprisingly in-depth with plenty of screen captures. How many other sites have written so much about Highlander II? (But I kid Highlander II.)
Internet Movie Knives Database — This is a Wikia production and very small, with only 40 pages. Looks like this one has only been around for a couple of years.
Internet Movie Motorcycles Database — Another small one, with 63 pages. Hasn’t been updated in a couple of years? 28 movies are listed here and there are some good pictures. Someone needs to bring this poor database back to life.
Internet Movie Planes Database — Snakes on a plane, planes in a movie, database on the Internet. It all fits. This site has information on over 3,000 movies and over 950 kinds of aircraft. Video games are covered too. Yes, someone on the Internet has gone to the trouble of identifying Marcie’s helicopter in Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron. Apparently the jury is still out on what Pig Pen and Lucy were flying.
Internet Movie Cars Database — I’ve mentioned this one before. Covering movies, television, and even music vehicles, this site has information on over 3600 makes of vehicle. Even things like The Babysitter’s Club! Even things like a 1993 Toyota Corolla!
Internet Movie Scripts Database — Movie scripts. LOTS of movie scripts. In HTML so you can read them on screen. Some TV scripts are available as well (including Futurama and Seinfeld.) Some of the reviews/comments provide a lot of insights into the scripts.
The Internet Movie Poster Database — We’re getting a little meta. Don’t let the domain name fool you – the site copyright notice gives this site name as “The Internet Movie Poster Database”. Not only is there information on movie posters, but artists and design companies as well.
The Internet Movie Pool Table Database — I’ll be honest. This is less a database and more a blog post. But I was very impressed that this guy managed to come up with so many movies containing pool tables and broke them out into “Tables with Starring Roles,” “Featured Artists,” and “Walk-Ons and Extras.”
The Internet Music Video Database — Well, they’re sort of movies. Very small movies. Generally less than 5 minutes long. And there are over 31,000 of them covered on ths site! Don’t miss the social statistics for each video – Facebook likes and shares, Twitter, Delicious, StumbleUpon, etc. There’s a data API you can mess around with, too.
The Internet Movie Tactical Gear Database — It’s supposed to be tactical gear in movies and video games, but alas, it’s dead as vaudeville and has only one page.