Movies & Film

Resources Requiring Login (Library card and password)

hoopla – A digital media service that allows you to borrow free movies, television shows, educational/instructional videos, documentaries, music, and audiobooks. You borrow hoopla titles via a browser, smartphone or tablet (iOS 6 and select Android devices).  As you will note when reading the hoopla terms of use and privacy policy, when you create a hoopla account your email address, hoopla password, library barcode and password, and the date of your last login are stored in the U.S. (passwords are stored in encrypted form). Not available at GVPL locations.  FAQs

InstantFlix – Offers over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries. Available anytime, anywhere! There is something for everyone!

VideoHound’s Golden Movie Retriever (Gale Virtual Reference Library)  –  Reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations.

Open Resources (no login required)

In the Library

GVPL carries thousands of DVDs and they are available at all ten locations.

Feature films and TV series are arranged alphabetically on the shelves by the first three letters of the title.
Documentaries and other non-fiction films are arranged by subject “call numbers” on the shelves. Some of our most popular topics are found at these call numbers:

Travel 910 to 919
Health & Wellness 610 to 619
How to Draw & Paint  741 and 751
Home Repair 640s and 690s
History & Biography 920 to 999

Film/Movie Recommendations

The Best 1000 Movies Ever Made – From the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made edited by Peter M. Nichols and published in 2004.

Foreign Film.com – Top 100 foreign films of all time.

Great Movies: The First 100 – Roger Ebert’s list of 100 great movies.

The Greatest Films – Feature of the site is the author’s lists of the 100, 200, and 300 greatest films. Also includes film glossary and tips on viewing films critically.

The New Classics – The 100 best films from 1983 to 2008, from Entertainment Weekly.

Now Playing

What’s Playing Where – Greater Victoria theatres, including Cinecenta, IMAX and Movie Mondays. Show times, ticket prices, on-line ticket purchases, links to official websites, reviews.

Cinema Clock – Information, about movies currently showing in theatres, by Canadian province and city.

General Film Sites

All Movie Guide – Search for films by title or personal name, or browse by genre. Also has movie trailers, new releases, film glossary, movie spotlights.

Internet Movie Database (IMBD) – Biggest and most famous film site on the Internet, now an affiliate of Amazon.com. Complete cast and crew lists, production details, technical information, box office information, reviews, and trivia. Movie news, quotes, new releases, DVD availability. Members can rate films.

Masters Of Cinema – Scholarly site offering news and information on world cinema. Updated regularly. Includes tribute pages for selected filmmakers.

Special Interest Film Sites

BBC Film – Focus on British films. Movie reviews and release info, DVD reviews, filmmaking advice. Also includes a section on Bollywood.

Best Film Speeches and Monologues – Blockbuster Video (in the UK) asked customers in 2003 to determine the twenty best film speeches/monologues in cinematic history. This site expands that list to include early films and monologues by female characters. WARNING: This site has flashing graphics that may offend some.

Big Cartoon Database – Searchable database of cartoon information, animation guides, cartoon character,and crew lists. Everything from Disney to anime.

Black Film Center/Archives – Established in 1981 as a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans.

British Pathé – British Pathé was once a dominant producer in world cinema, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. British Pathé has uploaded its entire 1896-1976 collection of 85,000 historic films in high resolution to Youtube, including footage of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.

Canadian Film Encyclopedia – Online reference project from the Film Reference Library and the Toronto International Film Festival. Currently, the CFE includes over 750 film titles, biographical and subject entries, covering some of Canada’s foremost historical modern films and filmmakers.

Directory of International Film and Video Festivals – Over 1400 international film festivals, including television and video festivals. Searchable by country, month, and deadline.

Documentary Films.net – News and reviews of documentary films, links to official film sites, and other resources of interest to filmmakers such as festivals and film schools.

Earlycinema.com – Introduction to the first decade of motion pictures and the developments which helped shape cinema.

Film Reference Library – Affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival and containing more than 17,000 book titles and 60,000 film files, the FRL holds the world’s most extensive English language collection of Canadian film-related material plus the unique archival collections of Canada’s most esteemed filmmakers.

iFilm Connections Asia & Pacific – Seeks to create a deeper awareness and understanding of Asia and Pacific Islands through film. Searchable database, overviews of regional film history, in-depth analyses, an online film festival.

Isuma TV – View dozens of aboriginal films and videos from around the world. From the makers of Atanarjuat.

National Film Board Of Canada – Over the last 65 years the NFB has produced more than 12,000 animated, documentary, short, and industrial productions and received more than 5000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Searchable index. Links for filmmakers.

National Film Registry – Project of the U.S. Library of Congress to select 25 American films each year to the National Film Registry. As of 2006 there were 450 films selected that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and “at least ten years old”.

The Numbers – Up-to-the minute box office information around the globe in real time.

Reel Classics – Timeless films, mainly made before 1965. Includes extensive details about the actors and filmmakers, as well as links to other sites devoted to the greatest films ever.

Silent Era – Excellent resource on silent film covers news, release information, preservation initiatives, lists, and profiles of stars and filmmakers.

Victoria Film Festival – Victoria and Vancouver Island’s largest film and video festival.  Main festival is in February but programming runs all year round.

Film Reviews

All-Rovi Movie Guide – Formerly Allmovie.com. Search for films by title or personal name, or browse by genre. Also has movie trailers, new releases, film glossary, movie spotlights.

Internet Movie Database – Biggest and most famous film site on the Internet, now an affiliate of Amazon.com. Complete cast and crew lists, production details, technical information, box office information, reviews, and trivia. Movie news, quotes, new releases, DVD availability. Members can rate films.

Metacritic – A cross-section of reviews from a carefully-screened group of the most respected critics.

Movie Review Query Engine – Reviews of over 69,000 titles. Site attempts to provide a searchable index of all published and available movie reviews, including movie blogs.

Rotten Tomatoes – Premier destination for both casual movie-goers and film buffs. Over 5.4 million readers each month use RT’s Tomatometer (an index of ratings by accredited movie reviewers) to get an objective sense of whether a film is good or bad.


British Columbia Film – Independent, not-for-profit society established to support the development and marketing of high quality, commercially viable British Columbia film, television and digital media projects.

British Columbia Film Commission – Branch of the provincial government offer a full range of services for film producers and production companies.

Canadian Filmmaker – Advice, real-life solutions and practical tips from seasoned professionals on the business of making a feature films in Canada.

Film and Media Related Web Sites in Canada – Queens University site covers film industry organizations, producers, distribution and other services, festivals, and film and media programs at colleges and universities.

Reel West – Directory of individuals and companies providing equipment and services for all aspects of film and television production in western Canada.

Variety Magazine – Premier source of entertainment news since 1905.

Women Make Movies – Founded in 1972, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women.