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After (or perhaps before?) watching a film, how much do you read up on it?

Asked by zensky (13294 points ) October 14th, 2011

Do you spend time with IMDB and wikipedia?

Do you like goofs and trivia?

Do you write the goofs and correct the trivia?

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GabrielsLamb's avatar

*Hi ya Zensky!

I do look at the literature on the topic if the trailers don’t provide enough information or shine a bad light on the film.

I do enjoy the goofs and trivia and especially the memorable quotes.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I typically become excited about a movie several years before a release.

I will follow the progress of the film on the internet, usually on “aintitcoolnews” or something similar. If the movie was enjoyable I will review all the goofs and trivia, while never contributing. If the movie was disappointing I never think about it again.

zenvelo's avatar

I’ll look at both IMDB and Wikipedia if I don’t know who a particular actor is. I don’t look at the trivia or quotes or goofs unless it’s a really old movie.

mazingerz88's avatar

Any movie that stirs my interest would compel me to read a lot about it before watching. And if the film proves to be a good one, I follow up with more reading on it’s subject.

gailcalled's avatar

If I enjoy or am challenged by a film, I start with the reviews in The New Yorker, NYT, James Berardinelli, and possibly Roger Ebert.

Joker94's avatar

If it’s a movie I’m really psyched about, I’ll probably follow it for months until it releases. Whenever I finish a movie, though, I generally check it’s score on Rotten Tomatoes, look at some stuff on IMDb about it, mostly Trivia, quotes, and FAQ’s, and read a few professional reviews.

Mantralantis's avatar

Actually I usually frequent Wikipedia, IMDB, and many others to gain more info on a film. And if the film is based on a best-selling book, or an independent, I will absorb as much details as can from that as well. Phillip Roth’s The Human Stain is one I would like to read thoroughly. And I still haven’t read all of Stephen King’s creepy-snowy Dreamcatcher. My reading backlist is long and very winding, and that’s just for books adapted to film.

smilingheart1's avatar

If the movie or film really catches me in some way, I will go to some length to source out more info, however, thanks to the internet library it really doesn’t take long to get to the story behind the story. A couple stories recently that I have found captivating are the stories of Charles Van Doren, you will remember him as being party in the $64,000 question scandal and then got his thoughts on things 50 years later. Pretty interesting.

Also the story of Templeton Grandin the autistic who became a doctor of animal science eventually. Very compelling human interest stories – one so inspiring and the other about the follies of mankind.

Symbeline's avatar

I read lots about a movie, but after I saw it. Usually reviews, then the obligatory Wiki entry, and then I wander around in some links. I like to know what people thought, the history and all. I get curious and interested. But I don’t wanna read any of that before seeing it, because I think it might ruin stuff for me. Unless it’s something I’m really interested to see and can’t resist. A lot of my movie watching isn’t really planned though. It’s not like I know what I’m going to rent two hours form now, usually, or what someone is gonna lend me.

Most of my trivia taking involves Xena and zombie movies.

But yeah, I like doing a bit of homework after seeing something.

Also Zen, you should totally check out Paul. I bet you’d love it. :)

martianspringtime's avatar

It depends. If I really loved a movie or am really confused about a movie, I’ll read pretty extensively about it. If something about it is driving me crazy – the name of a certain actor who looks familiar is – I’ll pause it mid-movie to look it up. I’m not really bothered by spoilers. I can read the entire plot of a movie and all of the things that ‘ruin it’ and not really be annoyed. Usually I see movies long after they’ve been released, so I already know what happens anyway.

Recently, I researched A Streetcar Named Desire because I thought it was one of the most dreadful movies I’ve ever seen, and what I found out about it (all of the things they pretty much skipped over that were in the original play) pulled it together for me.

zensky's avatar

@Symbeline I will look into it thanks.

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