Ain't It a Slow Server

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So, for years now I've been visiting Ain't It Cool News - a web site dedicated to movie news (as well as TV and comics). It's a great site - full of useful information - but it is absolutely, 100%, unreliable. 9 out of 10 times the server does not respond, or will only serve up the home page and nothing more.

As a web developer, this bothers me to no end, especially since this has been going on for years.

I am sure he gets quite a bit of traffic - but there are multiple solutions to traffic. Sure, some cost money, but you can't tell me he isn't earning quite a bit of money from advertising - money that is probably being restricted by the poor performance of his site.

Ok, so I'm not sure why this bothers me so much. Maybe it's just that I'm spoiled. Maybe it's that I hate seeing a cool article title on the home page that I can't view. Shoot, I'd be more than willing to give the owner technical assistence (I even emailed him telling him so).

So - I've decided to go cold turkey and simply stop visiting his site. Can anyone recommend a good movie/tv/comic news site? I don't mind multiple sites... as long as they are reliable.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by JediHomer posted on 5/25/2004 at 5:59 PM

For movies I tend to use Dark Horizons (

And have rss feeds setup for Digital Theatre ( and Digitally Obsessed (http://www.digitallyobsesse...


Comment 2 by Charlie Griefer posted on 5/25/2004 at 6:23 PM

I visit aintitcool every now and then. like you, I find the speed to be fairly annoying. but moreso than that, i generally find a lot of the reviews to be too 'fanboyish'. Plus Harry's reviews are just generally painful to read. I remember reading his Spider-Man movie he was in tears over a urinal at the theater just because of how perfect the movie was. it was a bit much to take (much less visualize).

As far as other sites go...

for comic related movies there's

Peter David's blog at http://peterdavid.malibulis... is always a good read...altho many posts are not necessarily comic book related, and those that are tend to focus on...well, PAD's books :)

http://www.comicbookresourc... is a fairly comprehensive site as far as comics/movies go.

Comment 3 by Charlie Griefer posted on 5/25/2004 at 6:23 PM

crap...forgot to mention...regarding yourself a favor and install a popup blocker before you visit.

Comment 4 by Raymond Camden posted on 5/26/2004 at 5:07 PM

Thanks for all the links guys. Charlie - I only surf w/ Firefox now - so I _never_ see popups. ;)

Comment 5 by tony petruzzi posted on 5/26/2004 at 7:41 PM

This guy use to have his own site called until Yahoo decided to buy the site from him and keep him on. Now not for nothing, but if Yahoo thought the site was good enough to buy, then what do you think?

BTW this is where I get all my movie info from. AICN is exactly what you said slow and the most god awful site I have ever seen.

Harry Knowles, if you read this, spend the 5g's and create a good looking site for god sakes.

Comment 6 by BlogFusion posted on 6/3/2004 at 6:46 PM

I'm with you Tony. I actually stopped going to the site because every time the home page loaded (assuming it did) I had a wave of nausea overtake me. I mean come on... there's gotta be SOMEONE in all of the reader base that could design and implement a decent interface for the guy....