We’ve just added two new genres to Criticker, which will suit the gentleman above just fine. Biography and History join the ranks of genres into which Criticker’s films can now be classified. We’ve started them off with a few films apiece, and now ask our users to help fill them out!
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Yesterday, you may have experienced some downtime — we have finally upgraded our server. Sparkling, brand new, and (hopefully) much faster. Initial monitoring seems to be promising — the page loads are quicker and database performance also seems much improved.
Of course, there are likely to be issues related to the move — a few of you have already pointed out some. Over the next week, we’re also upgrading all our backend software to the newest versions. Please send us an email if you detect anything that seems wrong, or encounter any error messages. The chances are we’ll already be aware, but the more eyes watching for fire, the better.
A huge thank you to all our Criticker Sponsors — without your support, we wouldn’t be able to afford these sorts of upgrades. If you haven’t considered signing up for sponsorship, please do so. As always, our site operates without any outside funding or third-party intervention … and Criticker users are apparently too savvy to click on ads! The no-ads version of the site, available for $4.99 a month, is a great way to support us.
We’ve readied a couple new enhancements to start off 2013 on the right foot. These add functionality to the individual filmmaker pages.
Hope you like these improvements. As always, please let us know if something isn’t working as expected!
And here they are: the ten best films of 2012, as decided by the users of Criticker. As always, it’s a varied group, with a few major surprises — on seeing the previews earlier this summer, I’d have never guessed that #10 would be among the year’s best! Foreign films almost always do well at Criticker, and 2012 was no exception — four spots in the Top Ten are occupied by movies from Europe.
You might notice one major exception: a film which was released rather recently and hasn’t racked up enough ratings to be included in this list. We’ll revisit the top twenty just before the Academy Awards, and see how things have changed.
Time for our annual year-end list which compiles the very worst films of 2012, as decided by the users of Criticker. As usual, the rules are simple — eligible films are those on the 2012 Reminder List for the 85th Oscars, which have at least fifty rankings at Criticker.
And without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, we humbly present the worst trash of the year, starting with #10:
For quite awhile, Criticker has allowed users to upload poster-sized images for films that didn’t yet have one. But, we didn’t have a way for users to replace poor-quality posters. Now, you can do so, under the Film Update box on any film’s page.
As noted in the instructions for uploading a new poster, we won’t replace perfectly valid posters with secondary ones. That is, this tool is to replace poor posters, and not submit additional ones.
Examples of poor posters include:
|1. Posters with excess white space|
|2. Screenshots as opposed to posters|
|3. Strangely-shaped posters (overly long, or wide)|
|4. Pixelated posters, or those with poor-resolution|
|5. Posters for the wrong film|
This new feature will be a big benefit to those have you who have kept us vigilant about bad posters on Criticker, and will help us a lot, in getting to these updates more quickly.