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Letterboxd: Social website for film fans launches

April 24, 2012 |  5:22 pm

These days there's a social website for every interest: Book lovers swap reading lists on Goodreads, foodies rate restaurants on Yelp and shutterbugs post photos on Flickr. Now the website Letterboxd, which launches today, offers a place for cinephiles to chronicle and discuss their movie-watching habits.

On a Skype call from New Zealand, co-founder Matthew Buchanan described Letterboxd as "a social site for sharing one’s taste in film."

Letterboxd users can keep an online diary of films they've seen and mark them with simple "likes" (as on Facebook), give star ratings from a half-star to five and write reviews. Films can also be saved to a watch list, a reminder for later viewing, as well as organized into user-created lists according to any topic.

The latter might be inspired by genre ("French horror new wave"), history ("Academy Award nominees for best picture") or an overarching theme ("Films that make you think about your place in the universe").

Users can also follow one another, much like on Twitter, to receive updates about others' opinions and activity.

The site is elegantly and intuitively laid out, populated by thumbnails of movie posters, each of which links to an individual page displaying reviews, ratings, movie trailers and tags for a film's director, cast members and year released.

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