Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New cinema website in Lebanon

The other day I received an e-mail introducing a new website called Cineklik that covers cinemas in Lebanon. Usually such ads are ignored unless the website is either very good or very bad. Cineklik belongs to the first category.

The website is refreshingly simple and logical to use: you can search by movie or by theater and at all times you can go to either selection. Select a movie and see in which theaters it plays, or select a theater and see what movies are running.

In addition, you can see a small synopsis of each movie and it lists the contact details for each cinema. On top of that, you can opt for receiving news about upcoming movies via RSS. In other words "Keep it simple and stupid", and that's how we like our websites, here at Lebanon Update.

So is there nothing that could be improved? Ah, but of course there is! For instance, the website only lists the movies playing at the main chains of theaters in Lebanon, ignoring the art houses, movies shown at universities and so on. Why not include those movies as well? It would add value to the site and make it the one place to go to.

Another improvement would be to remove the comments/reviews from visitors as they are annoying, seldom informative and potentially ruinous: It takes one joker to start posting movies' plots in the comments section to kill the fun for those who haven't seen the movie yet. Why not include professional reviews by linking to movie reviews already available on the Internet?

Last, it would be nice to have a search option by category, so you can see all comedies or action movies, e.g.

But the above suggestions are relative minor issues for an otherwise very useful site. So if you are a movie buff and you want to stay current with Lebanese movies, be sure to add Cineklik to your favorites.


Rami Fayoumi said...

Thanks for the link! :)
I have always referred to thisiscyberia.com's movie guide as it is always up to date.
However, It's great to see a website that's as good as cineklik, I have added their RSS feed to my google reader!