I’m an avid film buff; I saw my first black and white film at an early age and was hooked instantly. Keeping track of the films I own and, more importantly, the films I’ve watched, has been a rather painful process over the years. I’ve tried Access databases, but they are simply too cumbersome, as so much data about a film must be entered manually. I was using a social media tool to manage my films, but was not impressed with the quality of the metadata (namely, title, date, and image); furthermore, the tool was discontinued earlier this year. I came across Eric’s Movie Database yesterday and am thrilled with it so far. It’s a programme you download to your desktop, so you’re not sharing your films in a social forum which, to be honest, I prefer. The best feature of this programme is that it downloads records from IMDB; I simply enter the title of the film, and IMDB provides me with a list of matches from which I can choose. The record downloads very quickly, and contains a lot of very important metadata for a film buff and amateur historian. You can choose how to sort and filter your films. I like the option of viewing the films by the image on their jewel case. Below is the metadata downloaded for one of my favourite Warner Brothers gangster films:
I can add my own metadata to the record but, as you can see, it’s already very complete. I value the feature that allows me to specify whether I own the film, wish to see it, or have already seen it. Considering the considerable number of films I have seen in my life, so want to distinguish between the films I actually own and those that I’ve seen but do not own.