Love this suggestion. We’ve long thought we could/should expose this info in a more straightforward way. Will make it so as soon as we can!
We’ve completed the first stage of this, by changing the default diary view to a sortable table view. We’d love follow-up feedback on how useful this is, and if/how you’d like to see this view used elsewhere in the site.
I love this feature! I use the site primarily as a film diary (I'm only adding films as I watch them), so table integration was most important to me in that section, and it does exactly what I want. I do think it would make sense to have a table view option under Watched as well, and it could consolidate some other features. For example, the user could sort by rating, which would eliminate the need for a separate Rating section.
I had a very similar suggestion (http://letterboxd.uservoice.com/forums/136771-general/suggestions/2470880-add-a-list-view-option-to-the-films-section-of-the), and accordingly, I love this idea.
Thanks Rob, really value this feedback. The key reason for choosing TMDb over IMDb was cost. The former is free, the latter charges a five-figure sum annually for use of its data by other apps. We haven’t ruled out switching, but as a bootstrapped project it wasn’t something we could take on from the outset.
As an aside, in the short term we plan to add a mechanism to allow instant import from TMDb by entering the ID of a new film. Until that happens feel free to drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with any TMDb IDs you’d like imported and we’ll do them straight away. Not a perfect solution but hopefully might remove a little of the pain for you.
Free versus five figures certainly is a compelling argument! Thanks for the response, Matthew!