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LandWare has announced the immediate availability of Leonard Maltinís 2005 Movie Guide for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds and smartphones. The new version includes over 300 new films and wireless updates.
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Not very up to date

JonathanChoo @ 9/1/2004 2:24:26 AM #
I downloaded the PocketPC version a few days ago and got my TV magazine out. Probably 50% of the movies listed on HBO, Cinemax and Star Movies was not in this guide including some pretty popular one.

Then I tried to think of some of the films I love. Battle Royale - nope not there. What about the cult anime Ghost in the Shell? Nope. Okay those are Japanese films so lets try something a little more mainstream - The Hole which contains Keira Knightly - also not there. Shaun of the Dead? What!

Overall this is an average application (the content is weak) but nothing beats IMDB.

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RE: Not very up to date
clinton @ 9/1/2004 7:45:48 AM #
It is accepted that some of the more obscure Japanese titles such as Batoru rowaiaru (Battle Royale) and Kokaku Kidotai (Ghost in the Shell) are not in there. However most of the more popular cult animated Japanese films are represented in this guide including: Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, Mononoke-hime, Tenku no shiro Rapyuta, Sennen joyu, Majo no takkyubin, Tengoku no tobira etc

The current guide contains over 160 Japanese films including the works of Akira Kurosawa of course. Having said this LandWare should look into seeing if Kokaku Kidotai can be included as that is a pretty popular cult Japanese animated title.

As for the mainstream, I just used the Leonard Maltin Guide to find the reviews and details for 91 out of the 97 latest releases at Blockbuster. I have also been using the guide for over a year to lookup films on HBO, IFC and Starz and have had a hit rate that approaches 95%.

I think this is pretty acceptable given the parameters of this product. LandWare does provide free updates throughout the year to keep the content fresh.

As Good At It Gets
Quik_Fix @ 9/1/2004 10:32:50 AM #
I'm a huge movie geek. I sometimes watch 5 movies in a week. And I have been very happy with this program. Let's not forget to mention the excellent feature set included with this program. It's not just a list of movies; you can do an extrodinary abount of organzing with it. It can tell you what movie you rented from where and even sound an alarm to remind you to return it on time (very very very essential for me). Plus you can write your own personal reviews and ratings for each movie. If you're using it to keep track of movies in general and not just for reviews, you can add the movies that aren't already in there by yourself. I never expected to find "I Worship His Shadow" in there, so I added it. Its a great place to keep all the info together.

There is no program that contains every single movie ever made. This is as good as it gets and I've been very happy with it for over a year. I'm going to go pay my eights bucks and get the update.

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RE: Not very up to date
JonathanChoo @ 9/1/2004 11:07:21 AM #
The app itself is great and the linking between database is excellent but the content could be much better.

The other grip I had with the program was that some actors or actresses appears twice - for example Robin Wright has two database one under her maiden name under under Robin Wright Penn (after she married Sean Penn).

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Generic PDA > 5mx > Vx > m505 > N770C > T625C > NR70V > e310 > m550 > h2210 > T/T3 & h4150
StarTac > T28m > T39m > T68m > T610 > T630 > K700i (nxt week)

RE: Not very up to date
Token User @ 9/1/2004 12:46:53 PM #
What! No Bollywood movies!? Film Noir not accurately represented?

Doesn't concern me - I'm not into either. Passing interest in anime. I watch the occassonaly arthouse movie, but for the most part watch the summer blockbuster movies.

Maltin's guides are pretty good for mainstream audiences, but don't cater particularly well the to lunatic fringe (gekko?).



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95% Garbage

Gekko @ 9/1/2004 11:31:17 AM #

95% of what Hollywood produces in unoriginal, unwatchable garbage.

F 'Em!!!

F Maltin!!!

100% Irrelevant
Quik_Fix @ 9/1/2004 11:38:03 AM #
Wow. Good job. You did it. You got a rise out of me. Now you can go to bed smiling tonight knowing what you've accomplished.

Its interesting how some folks will stray off topic simply to gain attention by spewing anti-establishmentarian tripe at the cost of decency and class.

How does your comment help anyone, man?

There's different forums for you to do this in. Please bring your inproportionate anger to one of those appropriate outlets.

Nut.

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RE: 95% Garbage
Gekko @ 9/1/2004 11:45:59 AM #

Boy, you self-proclaimed "movie geeks" are really sensitive!

100% Geek
Quik_Fix @ 9/1/2004 11:47:35 AM #
:-)

It's hard being a geek.

Palms always slide around in my pocket protector.

Okay. Now we're REALLY off-topic!


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Quik_Fix: (looking at IIIxe)So 8 megs is enough?
Salesman: Oh yeah. Believe me, you'll NEVER fill up 8 megs...
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Visor-IIIxe-IIIc-H330-m130-m515-T665c-SJ33-T|3

RE: 95% Garbage
hudsonhawk @ 9/1/2004 1:38:33 PM #
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