Todo Movies is an app that keeps track of the movies you want to watch and notifies you when new movies come out. This app has only one function unlike other movie apps on the app store like Flixter which does showtimes, movie and actor bios, and many other features including keeping track of those movies you’ve been itching to see.
If all you want is a “Todo” manager for movies you want to see, Todo Movies is definitely the best option. For all movie lovers who never again want to obsess over a movie months before and then totally forget about it when it actually comes out or just want to make a list of old movies they have been thinking about watching, Todo Movies is your best bet.
First of all, its user interface cannot be beat. The app is beautiful and incredibly fast and easy to use, unlike Flixter’s “Movies I Want to See” section, which is badly in need of an update as movies I add only show up about half the time and you have to go through about seven steps just to add a movie. With Todo Movies, all you do is open the app and hit the plus sign in the top right corner. This will bring you to a live search and then to the movie screen, which consists of a movie poster an plus button to add it and speech bubbles which bring up a share menu. Overall, the app comes together and delivers a streamlined experience which oozes quality.
In addition to adding movies you know you want to watch to you list, Todo Movies is also perfect for looking up movies you’ve heard about but aren’t sure you want to see. The movie screen allows you to click on the button in the top right corner for movie information such as director, cast and a short description, plus clicking on the movie poster opens a trailer for the film. When searching for movies, the app accesses the TMDb database and gives live results for your search query.
Simplicity in Movie Tracking
Overall, this is an app that does one thing well and doesn’t have add a lot of extra features. One thing that might be useful to add is a coming soon or hottest movies section, or the ability to browse different categories of movies. Another thing that I would find useful is at least a reference to the movie’s ratings from a reputable site such as Rotten Tomatoes in a movie’s bio so that you don’t have to exit the app and search the web.
The interface is where this app really shines. It’s simple, fast and intuitive, starting with its fast load time, which leads you to the “To Watch” list. This can be sorted by order of addition to the list, release date and alphabetical order. From there, you can exit out to the Lists menu (which is somewhat misleading as you cannot create various lists), or you can tap the plus sign in the top right corner to add new movies. The Lists menu gives you access to Watched movies, Settings and the About section, as well as going back to the To Watch list.
Keeping Track of Movies in Style
As for the style of this app, the dark theme really reflects the feel of a movie theater. Likewise, when you bring up the Movie display, the poster takes up 70 percent of the screen, so you feel like you’re at the cinema browsing the various posters. The bottom toolbar is split into two buttons. One is either a plus to add a movie, or a check to take it off your list if you’ve finished watching it.
The second is a share button which brings up a host of sharing options, including mail, twitter, Facebook and text, all of which are fairly standard in today’s iOS design. However, instead of a monochrome list, the app uses a nice looking semicircle of blue sharing option icons which twirl around when you click the exit button. Little touches like this and the general quality of the interface make the app a joy to use and make it fun to keep track of upcoming movies.
Although Todo movies has a couple of things I would change, they don’t really detract from the experience. The lack of extra features may be refreshing for minimalists and people who like their apps to do one thing well. Another thing the app leaves out is any form of customization, which for people like me who are often divided between which theme or font to use, can make things a bit awkward But for people expecting a full blown movie guide and search engine, you should probably look to apps like Flixter and IMDB.
In any event, Todo Movies is a great app which has won my approval and I would recommend it to any movie lover.