ANALYSIS - iSPY - www.popcorn.co.uk

This site from the Carlton Online stable is a perennial favourite among movie buffs, despite competition from rather more geeky American sites such as Ain’t It Cool News.

This site from the Carlton Online stable is a perennial favourite

among movie buffs, despite competition from rather more geeky American

sites such as Ain’t It Cool News.



Popcorn is bright, jolly and easy to navigate and the content comes in

easily digestible chunks that are not written in a ludicrously tiny

typeface - a fault shared by all too many sites.



It also has its fair share of interesting gossip. For example, it

reveals that Bruce Willis is looking at a potential Die Hard 4 script

that has been written by a 24-year-old Brit, and it brings us the news

that Julia Roberts’ gravity-defying bras from Erin Brockovich are now

available in stores.



There is also a selection of trailers although, as usual, I didn’t seem

to have the right plug-in to play them. This was despite half an hour of

trying - and eventually failing - to download Microsoft Media

Player.



This was a shame as I wanted to reacquaint myself with the hyper-kinetic

trailer for John Woo-directed Mission Impossible 2.



But where the site really scores is in its review section. On the day I

visited, I was able to read a pithy summary of the croc-tastic spoof

thriller Lake Placid, and do a quick and easy search to find out where

it was showing.



The video and DVD section was equally comprehensive, although it didn’t

change my less than favourable opinion of Star Wars Episode 1.



The Carlton Online sales team has pulled in an impressive selection of

advertisers. A Barclays pop-up appeared the moment I accessed it and

elsewhere there was a Warner Brothers banner, a link to Ask Jeeves and -

rather incongruously - a banner promoting Heinz Salad Cream.



There was also a banner for South Park the Movie that set a little

Cartman trundling over my screen - which was pretty entertaining. Forget

the popcorn, pass the Cheesy Poofs.