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2017.01.20 15.39

One page was really bothering me recently, the movie page. It seemed to lack a clear organization. See the old page for The Matrix:

Design 11: screenshot of the old movie page for The Matrix. There is a background image from The Matrix above, followed by a lot of not well-structured information about the movie.Design 12: screenshot of the new home page for when you are logged in. There are recent ratings of friends and previews for specific recommendations.

So I started messing around with a new version. I started by pushing the poster into the background image. And then I kept going. Eventually all the basic information about the movie moved to the top. Then it was time for all the ratings, which took up a lot of white space. I turned them into a bar, where I also added links to adding a movie to your lists, writing a review, and watching the trailer. And if you look carefully, I expanded the range of the green color to make each color more distinct. Finally, I just needed the links for buying the DVD or Blu-Ray and the link for more information (the countries and movie people).

Design 11: screenshot of the old movie page for The Matrix. There is a background image from The Matrix above, followed by a lot of not well-structured information about the movie.DDesign 12: screenshot of the new home page for when you are logged in. There are recent ratings of friends and previews for specific recommendations.

I also wanted to make the home page more useful, so I swapped out your own recent ratings for previews of specific types of recommendations, like in the cinema or for movies from 2017.

Design 11: screenshot of the old movie page for The Matrix. There is a background image from The Matrix above, followed by a lot of not well-structured information about the movie.DDesign 12: screenshot of the new home page for when you are logged in. There are recent ratings of friends and previews for specific recommendations.

There are also some minor tweaks throughout the site. Like the friends icon at the top right. Some people, including myself mistook it for a link to you profile. Now there are two friends chilling in the icon.

2017.01.11 17.19

I've added links to the movie page so you can buy a copy of the movie! Currently, I've added links to Amazon, Bol.com, and MediaMarkt.

Image of the new links to buy a copy of the movie.

It was fun to make the gray images, as it's not just a grayscale. I had to turn all the different parts of the logo into one gray color. If you hover over the link, the logo is displayed in color:

Image of the new links to buy a copy of the movie with the MediaMarkt logo emphasized.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get Google AdSense back up and running since a violation occurred, so I'm switching over to some other advertising networks. As of right now, that's Chitika and RevenueHits, though I'll be continuing to optimize it the coming weeks.

It's a new year, it's a new year! What a perfect moment to look back at the best and worst movies of 2017!

The best movies of 2017 (currently) are Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, Blade Runner 2049, Coco, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me By Your Name, I Am Not Your Negro, and War for the Planet of the Apes. I thought Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were amazing and I really look forward to The Shape of Water. What do you think of these and the rest of the list?

Poster for Lady Bird with an average rating of 9.0.
Poster for The Shape of Water with an average rating of 8.8.
Poster for Blade Runner 2049 with an average rating of 8.6.0.
Poster for Coco with an average rating of 8.5.
Poster for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with an average rating of 8.5.
Poster for Call Me By Your Name with an average rating of 8.5.
Poster for I Am Not Your Negro with an average rating of 8.5.
Poster for War for the Planet of the Apes with an average rating of 8.4.

The worst movies of 2017 (currently) are Escape Room, Arsenal, You Get Me, and Jeepers Creepers 3. I've unfortunately seen Escape Room. I'll be sure to skip the rest!

Poster for Escape Room with an average rating of 1.6.
Poster for Arsenal with an average rating of 2.0.
Poster for You Get Me with an average rating of 2.1.
Poster for Jeepers Creepers 3 with an average rating of 3.0.

Look back at last years blogpost on the best and worst movies of 2016.

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I've improved the reviews! There's a page for all your reviews, long reviews can be expanded and collapsed, and you can vote on the usefulness of a review.

Check out my reviews below.

Six movie reviews written by Thomas van Wageningen.

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