Rinema is the latest movie website to offer film fans a chance to rate their favorite movies and connect with other users. Launched on Thursday, September 5, 2013, the new site follows in the footsteps of iCheckMovies and Letterboxd but offers some distinctive features that set it apart from its predecessors, including a very user friendly interface that makes finding and rating movies extremely easy.
Newcomers to Rinema will find a site that looks a lot like a Pinterest board with large images of film posters and comment spaces beneath each picture. Users can rate films, add them to watch lists, and add them to collections right from the main image, or they can click on the film to access more detailed information. One advantage of Rinema's interface is the ability to find groups of movies by clicking on directors, performers, or key words like genre types. If you happen to have seen every Bette Davis movie ever made, you can easily access the whole list and rate them all in one easy step, without having to remember and enter each film title into a search engine.
Rinema connects users with other film fans by using an OkCupid style of matching that identifies percentages of similarity. As users follow more "Taste Buddies," they will see more films being ranked by those who share their interests, creating a kind of domino effect as users see the films others are ranking and add their own ratings or comments. With the site just out of beta, the number of users is still relatively small, but niche communities should become more distinct as more people join.
Like the other movie sites, Rinema also allows users to create and search through lists of films, including AFI collections, Roger Ebert picks, and lists created by other Rinema users. All of the lists include thumbnail images of film posters to give users an idea of the movies included. Lists are another way to find large groups of movies to rank, which should help new users quickly find and rate all of their favorite films. Check out the video about the Sight & Sound poll to learn more about some of the classic movies you'll find on many of Rinema's lists of iconic films.
Rinema bills itself as a "Goodreads for movies," and its crisp visual orientation and easy-to-use database should make it popular with cinephiles who like to keep track of the movies they see and compare their opinions with other fans. With more than 170,000 movies included in its database, Rinema can keep users busily checking films and loading their streaming and DVD queues for a very long time. International users should be aware that, unlike iCheckMovies, Rinema uses the English language names for films, which should actually make it easier to rate foreign films without having to know their original titles.
Visit the Rinema website to create a free user identity and get started rating films. Cruise the leaderboards or use the "find friends" option to get more out of the site by connecting with other cinephiles.
Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her book, "Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.