Categories, Views, Sort Modes
davegott.com/films allows you to find and browse the "best" films by 9 Categories :
- UK Town / City (films currently showing - for now limited to just 4 of 608 towns)
- Netflix (UK)
- Amazon Prime (UK)
- Freeview (UK)
For each of these categories 3 levels of View are available :
- Poster (except Freeview)
Each screen (except Oscar and Freeview categories) can be sorted in 8 ways :
- NumReviews, Rating Down
- Year, Rating Down
- Title A-Z
- Title Z-A
- Rating down
- Rating up
- Date down
- Date up
Major limitations of Netflix and Amazon Prime (in contrast to Spotify)Netflix and Amazon Prime don't provide an API (application programming interface) and their websites are designed to be difficuly to "scrape" to reliably extract data (which is why I'm not updating their data on this site). "Fair enough" you might think? I'd say it harbours the end for humanity! You are no longer a free thinking individual allowed to make informed personal choices, but are spoon fed whatever the Netflix or Amazon AI algorithms decide are probably the best option for "people like you" and encouraged to accept what's offered before it times out. Who controls the algorithms and how are they generated and updated? At what point, if any, do individuals make a well informed personally considered choice?
This lack of an API means even if you find a good Netflix / Amazon Prime film on this website you can't click on
it to watch it (a big contrast to the marvellous folk at Spotify who provide an excellent free API making it
easy for software developers to provide a front end to the Spotify platform).
How this website rates Films
For each film we try to find ratings from 3 sources :
- Rotten Tomatoes
- Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Example film entry (in List View) :
A rating from 3 sources is considered more reliable than the same rating from 2 or 1 sources, hence the default film sort order is "NumReviews, Rating Down". This helps to reliably find the "best" films, but excellent films with 2 or 1 ratings may be overlooked. To avoid this set the sort order to "Rating down" - which ignores the number of ratings.
How To Find The "Best" Recent FilmsUse sort order "Year, Rating down".
Where have all the Towns and Cities gone?
I used to aim to update the films each week or so for 608 towns and cities in the UK, but given that I'm the only user (probably) this is now cut back to 4 (bristol ambleside blackburn london).