I just love watching the red carpet events each year on my TV! It’s when we get to find out which nominees take Best Picture, Album of the Year and more. Plus, we get to see our favorite stars take the stage with their impressive live performances. I can’t help but be star-struck!
Then comes the real fun…watching the award winners on my tablet or hearing the hits at home on my smartphone! I love using two great apps on them to research any actors or bands I’m unfamiliar with. And, if you haven’t used either of them yet, you’re in for a real treat.
Everyone can be a movie critic with IMDb, positively one of my favorite free apps. I heard that Hollywood execs and talent use it to stay in the loop, too. Check it out, and you’ll see why! IMDb stands for International Movie Database, and remains the best way to learn about current, recent or old classic films. TV shows, too!
By far, IMDb is the world’s most popular source for movie, TV and celebrity content. It’s a searchable database where you’ll find info on more than three-million films, TV and entertainment programs and over 6 million cast and crew members. Is that enough for you?
In seconds flat, you can watch the latest trailers to see what’s hitting the theaters. Or, read plot summaries and critic or user reviews. I love IMDb for learning about my favorite actors, getting show biz news and finding quotes from famous films to blurt out around my friends. After reviewing the best theater showtimes, I buy tickets straight from their Fandango link, another great movie app you may recall we covered recently.
One of my favorite aspects of the IMDb app is the Goofs section. Here, viewers point out little flaws in the film, which is always good for a laugh. If you’re like me, you’ll be clicking on the All Cast & Crew section to see all the films an actor has starred in…including many before they made it big!
Some apps never cease to amaze me. One of them is certainly Pandora! It’s truly ‘music to anyone’s ears!’ Pandora streams music from virtually any genre or period, tailored to your personal tastes in bands or musicians. It’s totally free if you don’t mind a few short ads every so often. And if you do, you can opt for the paid version which is 100% ad-free listening.
So after installing Pandora, what’s next? Create a station! Just key in the name of a performer, song, genre or composer. Then without delay, Pandora starts playing any works related to their genre, technique and style. It’s almost as if an actual deejay paired the matches just for you from its vast trove of titles — even tailoring the stations to your preferences as you use its ‘thumbs up/thumbs down’ buttons.
On Pandora, you’ll also undoubtedly discover artists you’ve probably never heard of and obscure song versions that will both surprise and delight you and your friends. For a variety we can all enjoy, our family always plays Pandora at gatherings using the shuffle feature.
Be mindful though that streaming music from your phone can use data from your plan quickly, so be sure you’ve joined the Wi-Fi network at home or perhaps at the coffee shop.
Then, you can ‘Pandora’ from pretty much anywhere. Just don’t forget your earbuds….
Enjoy the show!