FilmFish - Movie Discovery View website Apple iTunes

A cool new film site that delivers what you want

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FilmFish is like having a personal film-buff in your pocket, helping you discover your next ... More

Editor's review

Published 12 Dec 2016

Remember those heady days when you used to be able to visit your local movie rental  store and could ask the person behind the counter "what's good?" If you were lucky and had a good store you could build a rapport to the point where they would know exactly the kind of film you were looking for with just a few quick questions. We're not talking about blockbusters here because they tend to sell themselves. We're talking about films like Donnie Darko, True Romance and Strange Days. Films that would have done nothing if it wasn't for the recommendations of the person behind the counter. These folks are often referred to as film-buffs but in reality they are simply avid film fans who know a good film when they see one.

These days, the movie stores are all but gone, of course. In their place are streaming services like Netflix and Prime. They have all the films you want to watch but they still haven't managed to get a system together so that you can find the exact one you wanna see. Many use tired old algorithms to suggest similar films to the ones you have loved but it's hardly a truly personalised system. That's where FilmFish comes in very handy. This new movies and tv app for iOS works much better because it uses a smarter and more accurate method of categorising films and tv shows than just trawling through lists. It's like having your own resident film-buff in your pocket.

FilmFish categorises films like no other because they are carefully curated by real people who also happen to be bone fide film experts. Rather than just lumping films into a few generic categories like action, sci fi and romcom, the FilmFish team features thousands of different categories with a much more detailed analysis. Consequently, you are more likely to find True Romance in a section called 'Tarantino-esque Action' than simply in an action thriller section and you might find Donnie Darko nestled in  'Best [email protected]€s Ever' rather than the drama section. Do you get where I'm coming from?

But that's not all! Not only does Film Fish deliver a more detailed and varied category listing - the app will also tell you where you can stream the film that you've chosen. No longer will you have to search through Netflix, HBO GO or Prime listings to find your chosen movie because FilmFish will let you know exactly where it is playing. No longer will you have to jump backwards and forwards between the many streaming services whether they be paid or unpaid. In fact, every category and similar film list lets you know instantly where you can find it so you can see what’s free for you right now. You won't ever have to visit Netflix’s home page again if you don’t want to.

We've seen a lot of film sites over the years but this one definitely offers something different. For those of us that might want to see a good film that wasn't necessarily a massive hit, FilmFish offers a great way to find the perfect movie. It's remarkably simple to use too. Just type in the title of a movie that you've liked or loved and FilmFish will give you a hand picked list of similar films - ranked by relevance. Whether it be the aforementioned ‘Tarantino-Esque Action' or 'Awkward Hipster Romance’ (think Reality Bites or Elizabethtown) or 90's Slacker Movies (Dazed and Confused or Slacker itself) that you're looking for, FilmFish offers help by thinking about movies in a similar way to real film fans. On a more technical note, the interface is simple and easy to navigate and, at the moment, there are more than 15,000 films listed - interestingly, that's 5,000 more than currently on Netflix. It's available now for iPhone and iPad on the App Store.

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