com_xbfilms v0.5.3 (Release Candidate 4) 
14th March 2021  

xbfilms filmsxbFilms is an xbCulture family component for cataloguing films you have seen and reviews of them. Version 0.5.3 introduces a couple of new admin features and a host of tidying up. 

It comes as a package with a supporting component, xbPeople, for administration of people and characters which is common to all xbCulture components.

The primary intended user is someone wanting to keep a record of films they have seen with a reminder of the plot and what their reaction was.  

Documentation  Demo Page

xbFilms provides views into a relational database of films, people, characters and reviews.

People may be directors,cast,crew, or real people appearing in the film. One person may have several roles in different films. A distinction is made between real people and fictional characters.

A review is of a single film, but a film may have several reviews: a one-to-many relationship. Reviews are optional - if you want a simply catalogue then don't create any reviews!

People and characters are shared across all xbCulture components. A film director may also write a book, appear in films as an actor, play banjo in a band, and be the subject of a biography. 

The standard Joomla Category and Tagging facilities are used for films and reviews.

As well as title, subtitle and a brief summary, there are film specific fields for production and technical details as well as links to people for director(s). producer(s) other crew (with function), actors (with role) and more.

Reviews have a star rating on a 7 point scale, thiere may be an option for specifying a different maximum in a future version. In addition to 1 to 7 stars, I have added the ability to grant a zero rating for things that are so bad that I don't even finish watching them. This is an optional setting.

For further information see the xbFilms Documentation pages



Improvements and bug fixes

  1. v1.0 - Stable Release version (April Fools Day 2021)
  2. v2.0 - Joomla 4 compatible version
  3. v4.0 - Joomla 4 native version

Possible New features

  1. ability to specify rating scale
  2. front-end editing and creation of reviews
  3. add field for historical period for fiction books
  4. import and export to JSON and/or XML

Changelog - click here