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A Movie (also known as Motion Picture, Film, or Full-length Feature) is a video filmed for the purpose of telling a story or otherwise conveying an idea or capture some aspect of life or reality.

Movies (or as they are historically known as, Motion Pictures) are moving sound and images record for the purpose of telling a specific story. Although there are no formal limits for a movie's duration, they are typically regarded as running anywhere between 60-180 minutes.

The rise of the motion picture occurred extremely quickly from the initial creation of motion pitcures, leading up to the "Golden Days of Hollywood" in the 1940's as the United States and indeed the world began to recover from a serious depression in the 1930's.


A Preview is typically a short spot promoting the film, usually 30 seconds or less in duration so that it may run as an advertisement on other media (such as Television, the Internet, and before other Movies in theatres, purchased from retail outlets or rented from rental outlets).


A Trailer is usually a longer promotional reel or material meant specifically for in-theatre and online promotions. It tends to run roughly 2 minutes in length and may involve significantly more plot elements, memorable quotes, taglines or exciting scenes, in order to entice an audience into wanting to see (and indeed seeing) the movie at a later point in time.

Sneak Peak

Sneak Peaks are usually the longest possible promotional release for a film and may include cut scenes, alternate intros and/or endings, etc... They are generally not made available to the public until the final days before a film is released in theatres. They may run up to 8-15 minutes in length, and may include commentary from the filmmakers, cast or crew.


Cinema (also referred to as Movies, Film, Celluloid, Motion Pictures, the Silver Screen, etc...) is a video-focused experience which incorporates audio, visual and (possibly) other sensory cues in order to tell a story.

Over the years, Cinema has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, and is the most profitable sector of the entertainment industry other than pornography.









Theater Showtimes

EXAMPLE #1 - YQL to grab theater info

SELECT * FROM html WHERE url="" AND xpath="//div[@class='header vcard']"

EXAMPLE #2 - YQL to grab list of movies and links

SELECT * FROM html WHERE url="" AND xpath="//div[@class='movie-title']/a"

EXAMPLE #3 - YQL to grab list of showtimes

SELECT * FROM html WHERE url="" AND xpath="//td[@class='showtimes dtstart']"


External Links


  1. How tragedy on the set of the 1983 feature-length adaptation of The Twilight Zone changed the way movies are made:
  2. Alluc: (closed as of Feb. 2018)
  3. MovieLab:
  4. Movie-Forumz: (shutdown in 2011, many immitators have sprung up with similar domains but sketchy content...classic Web1.0 style message board for exchanging both P2P full downloads and streams)
  5. TheMovieDB API docs deprecated version:
  6. The Movie (and now TV) Database API:
  7. The Open Movie Database API:
  8. Movie Stock Exchange Proves Wall Street's Mad:
  9. Hollywood Tries to Block Market for Movie Bets:
  10. MPAA -- Classification And Ratings Administration (CARA):
  11. X-Entertainment's annual "Halloween Countdown" (one of the few archives left):
  12. X-Entertainment Advent Calendar:
  13. R.I.P. (2000-2012):
  15. IGN Entertainment Acquires UGO Entertainment:
  16. FilmAF new account: (no titles saved to collection yet)
  17. "Film Aficionado" was formerly known as DVD Aficionado: | EXAMPLE
  18. Direct path to 3D Media Wall - movie trailers page:
  19. Music Discovery "XR media wall": (related example for music discovery)
  20. Shortened URL also works for Saint John (only):

See Also

TV | Video | Projector | Audio | Music | Animation | Netflix | IMDB