It’s Friday, the weekend is here and that means it’s time to kick back and relax. And what better way to relax than to watch a movie? Except, you have to first find a movie to watch and that alone can take time. If you use Netflix, the service itself will offer suggestions but there are always other ways to narrow down or pick movies. Netflix Roulette is one web app we reviewed a while back that picks movies or TV series at random. Movienr is another service for finding movies though it doesn’t check movie availability on Netflix but offers a better way to narrow down the suggestions. And now there is A Better Queue, a web app that lets you find movies by genre and filter them by the Tomato meter courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes.
A Better Queue has a simple interface; three sliders one each for narrowing down the range of the Tomoatometer, the number of reviews that a movie has, and the year of its release. Anyone familiar with Rotten Tomatoes knows what the Tomatometer is and the other sliders are pretty much self explanatory.
Besides this selection criteria, you can use the rich list of genres just below the sliders to narrow down your viewing choice. Once you’ve set the sliders and picked the genres that interest you, click the ‘Filter’ button and the movie listing on the right will be updated to match.
Movies are listed with their Rotten Tomato rating along with how many reviews it has and the year of its release. Click a movie listing and you will be taken to its page on Netflix. The app can search for both movies and TV shows. To exclude a TV show, you will have to uncheck it from the list of genres. It goes without saying that every movie the app lists will be available on Netflix. If you click the Rotten Tomato rating next to the movie’s thumbnail, the app takes you to the movie’s page on Rotten Tomatoes.
A Better Queue has a nice clean interface and it really is all about movies. If we compare it to Netflix Roulette, the only area where it falls short, though that phrase is a bit harsh, is that it lets you exclude TV shows from the search to get movies only but not the other way round.