At the top right corner of the home page, you'll now find a search bar, which I'm sure many of you will appreciate. It works fairly well but it is admittedly pretty basic. Still, it should suffice well enough to help you find whatever you may be looking for. On top of the search bar you'll find a couple links that will serve as extra navigational tools. A-Z will be a page with links to all of the movie pages found on the site presented in alphabetical order. At present, Ryan and I are now up to 32 completed movie pages. I expect for us to be up to 45 movies within another week's time since we have several more that are nearly completed. We went back and covered any of the movies that I've reviewed or talked about, as well as dozens of upcoming films, so we've been playing a whole lot of catch up. Moving forward, we're going to make sure to quickly add pages for any new movies, which will make things much easier to build on and maintain in the long run. Also on the search bar, you'll see "Dates" which is not ready at the time of this blog posting but should be going up relatively soon. It will be a regularly updated page you can go to if you want to see what movies are coming out based on their release dates. So if you want to find out what movies are playing this August and beyond, this is the page you want to go to.
At the bottom of the page, you will now find the weekend's box office results. I always enjoy following the box office numbers so I'm delighted to be adding this component to the site. I may end up adding more information to it and extending it all the way to the right side of the page, or I may end up squeezing a weekly poll in the bottom right sidebar. I was having difficulty fitting a poll in that spot, so I tried to build a custom one to fit into that narrow space but it was creating some alignment issues within the poll. I decided that I'm a little too busy at the moment to continue investing time into getting it to work, but I'll take another shot at it when I can.
Another change you may have noticed is that I've redone Pick My Flick as well as all of the movie news pages. Instead of making a separate webpage every month for each Pick My Flick entry, and for every single news article, I'm now posting them all in blog format. I think there's a number of advantages to doing this. For one, it keeps things grouped together much more nicely, which makes things easier for you and for me. Take a look at the Pick My Flick page if you haven't already. You'll now be able to just scroll down and see all of the previous months. I think it's great! Secondly, it makes everything more manageable. Maintaining one blog page is a whole lot less work than organizing and managing dozens of pages that I would have to manually connect through links and navigation tools. So the Movie Kombat page and news pages will each follow the same pattern, and I'll transition the Top 5 Lists to blog format too.
Oh, and if you're wondering, yes, I am a big Mortal Kombat fan, hence the name Movie Kombat. It's actually my favorite video game series, and I think their last game was the best one yet, which is really saying something! I was having second thoughts about using the name since it seems a little cheap to me to borrow from my beloved game series, but I like to think of it more as an homage than anything. I played around with several other names, but this one just felt right, and feedback has been quite positive so I'm gonna stick with it. At least until Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, tells me personally that I need to change it. Then I'd probably just die right in that moment from acute fanboy syndrome. Ed Boons wins! Fatality!
Well I meant for this to just be a quick little update on what's going on and of course, in typical 5 Minute Movie Guy fashion, I've turned it into an overly long, exhausting exposition. Hey, it's just like my reviews, right? ;) Haha, thanks for reading. I appreciate your patience with the site's slow transition stage and with my extensively drawn-out dialogues. I hope you'll check out the many new movie pages the site has to offer.
Oh, and a quick aside... I saw Lucy last night. I'm gonna save the details for my review, but for the sake of your intelligence, please refrain from seeing this movie. I care about your brains and don't want them to be subjected to such catastrophic harm. Don't let the movie's amazing trailer fool you. Stay away at all costs!