Steven Spinali spinali
Sat Sep 25 02:04:45 EDT 1999

spinali at

John Dougill wrote:

> Mark Schilling is apparently holding back because of modesty and good
> manners: "The reviews are, at 800 to 1,000 words, long to send as e-mail
> messages
> I'm sure I'm not the only one who would dearly love him to go ahead and
> post his reviews - others have already indicated similar feelings. And as
> pointed out earlier, if it's marked Review, then people can skip it if they
> so desire. 
> Kyoto

The interest stirred up by this discussion suggests that some kind of
central database independent of IMDB is probably necessary. I also
agree that long reviews are to be encouraged.  I'm looking further
into the future, however. (And once again, I'm using the Hong Kong
Cinema site as my guide.)  We need...

1. A database that will allow complete downloading via some kind of
master file (so you can put the most recent version on your hard disk)
2. Some way of accurately recording both Japanese and English title
info so both can be accessed (maybe even with kanji and kana)
3. A database that can, if necessary, be browsed like a book
4. An elegant interface that can incorporate other excellent sites,
Japanese and English, something in the manner of a giant web-ring

All of this may seem like jumping the gun, but I'd be willing to bet
hard yen that a good site will have to address these concerns

Any suggestions are appreciated.  In the meantime, I'll try to figure
out how to use Claris Homepage.


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