With the hundreds of new movies that come out every year and with the tens of thousands of films from the years and decades before, choosing what to watch at any given time can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are various online resources, ranging from dedicated websites to one-off listicles, that can help with their respective recommendations. And Popcorn, an iOS app developed by Grabble Apps, has entered the picture with its own take on movie recommendations, which can well be described as the Tinder for movies.
Explore curated lists. The marquee feature of Popcorn is its movie recommendations grouped into different collections (similar to our app collections here on AppAdvice). The app promises to offer lists of handpicked films every day, and the variety of themes that these lists are built around is impressive — from “Top Feel-Good Movies” and “Alien Abduction Movies” to “Coming Soon” and “So Bad, They’re Good,” from “Top Movies Based on Books” and “Best of Bollywood” to “15 Best Ewan McGregor Movies” to “40 Movies Banned in Malaysia.” After tapping a collection, you can swipe through the movie cards to signify your interest: Swipe left to disregard a movie, or swipe right to add a movie to your Watchlist. Now that’s Tinder for movies.
Browse movies by genre. Aside from its curated collections, Popcorn lets you browse its recommendations by genre, from action to fantasy, from history to western. But unlike with the Tinder-inspired collections, genre recommendations are displayed in a grid. Just tap a movie in the grid to watch its trailer, read its synopsis, buy or rent it on iTunes, or add it to your Watchlist (by tapping the heart icon).
Manage your Watchlist. In Popcorn, you can see all of the movies that you’ve swiped right or tapped the heart icon on in your Watchlist. You can filter your Watchlist by genre, and remove movies from it by tapping the x icon. As in Browse, movies are displayed in a grid and you can tap a movie in the grid to watch its trailer, read its synopsis, or buy or rent it on iTunes.
What is it about?
Grabble Apps has previously adopted Tinder’s trademark swipe-based approach to online dating for its namesake online shopping app, Grabble. Now, it’s also done the same to come up with a sort of Tinder for movies in the form of Popcorn, which presents different collections of movies and lets you swipe right to save the films you’re interested in watching.
For those who...
- are a self-proclaimed movie buff.
- are always craving new and old movies to watch.
Not for those who...
- are content with watching what everyone else seems to be watching.
- want to search for and save movies that you already know of.
Why we love it
The absence of a search function in Popcorn might seem a bit jarring at first, seeing as it doesn’t allow you to add specific movies you already have in mind to your Watchlist. But as it stands, Popcorn is a neat app for getting suggestions for movies to watch, especially those that you might not have heard of or that have slipped your mind. Its curated collections highlight diverse titles, including cult classics as well as summer blockbusters, and its swipe-based card interface for adding films to your Watchlist really makes it something of a Tinder for movies.
App Store Description
Nothing to watch? Popcorn is the answer. We bring you amazing movies, freshly handpicked for you every day.
Whether you’re into cult classics or summer blockbusters, we have you covered. Swipe through movies in our collections, watch HD trailers, and save the ones you like to your watchlist to enjoy later.
When you’ve picked something to watch, simply tap to rent or buy it on iTunes, and immediately watch on your iPhone, laptop, or Apple TV.
Popcorn is free, give it a go! We hope you like it, and we’d love to hear what you think of it, and what you’d like us to add in the future.