Villain: Eye's Movie Listings
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Villain: Eye‘s Movie Listings

Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains of 2007––the people, places, and things that we’ve either fallen head over heels in love with or developed uncontrollable rage towards over the past twelve months. Get your dose, starting Boxing Day and running into the new year, three times a day––sunrise, noon, and sunset.
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Instead of listing all of the films and theatres on one page and linking them to their reviews, like they used to, Eye‘s new dumb-assed online movie listings seem deliberately constructed to frustrate and confound the reader. The films can be viewed alphabetically or by genre, but the alphabetical listings are navigable only by page numbers (vs. the more logical “A-D”, “E-H”, etc.). There are thirty pages to sift through. The genre listings aren’t any better: “unknown” is an actual category. The genres are also not cross-listed, so a film like Bee Movie is listed only as a family movie, even though it’s also a comedy. Next to each film is a link to showtimes, but in the case of films playing at rep cinemas, like 2001: A Space Odyssey, it doesn’t display when the film will play, only whether or not it is playing the day you are looking at the listing. Whoever green-lighted this redesign has got to be someone who hates going to the movies. Eye has felt unfocused and with very little substance print since its redesign, and it’s weird and sad to see that lack of concern with content spill over into something as pragmatic as their online film listings.

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