Popcorn Profiles
A new tool for finding the right movie


The latest feature on Popcorn Diary is designed to give you quick, top-line overviews. We’re often looking for a movie that fits a specific criteria… say, we want to see something upbeat. Or maybe we’re looking for something with social significance… Popcorn Profiles help narrow your search.

Now Popcorn Profiles describes films based on several (almost) objective and useful criteria. We attempt to choose the descriptions that best fit each film… even though some films can’t be easily defined.

 

So a movie profile might look like this:

Primary Audience: Grown-ups
Gender Appeal: Chic flick
Distribution: Mainstream wide release
Mood:  Jubilant
Tempo: Cruses comfortably  
Visual Style: Nicely varnished realism 
Character Development: Engaging
Language: True to life
Social Significance: Pure entertainment

(This is a profile for It's Complicated, with Meryl Streep.)

 

You can even search Popcorn Diary for movies with specific qualities.

Say you prefer films that are informative or intellectual. By putting “informative” or “intellectual,” in the search bar, you’ll get a list of all films on the site that match the profile you’re looking for. The list below will help you find the words we use.

Here’s a list of the profiles and our most common descriptions:

Primary Audience:
Kids
Teens
Young adults (18-35)
Grown-ups (over 35)

Gender: (recently updated)
Girl
Co-ed
Boy

Distribution:
Mainstream wide release
Mainstream limited release
Art house
TV & direct to video

Mood:
Jubilant
Upbeat
Neutral | Neither upbeat nor somber | Both upbeat and somber
Somber
Depressing

Tempo:
Pure adrenalin rush (100 mph)
Zips right along (70 mph)
Cruses comfortably (55 mph)
In no hurry (35 mph)
Slow moving (15 mph)

Visual Style:
Animated/computer
Computer effects
High-end production
Nicely varnished realism
Unvarnished realism
Amateur video

Character Development:
Intense
Engaging
Not that kind of film
Lame

Language:
Rude & crude
Irreverent
True to life
Artful

Social Significance:
Pure entertainment
Timely topic
Informative
Thought provoking
Deep and/or intellectual

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