Include Alternate Movie Titles
Searching for movie titles in the old movielens was more effective for various of reasons. If my memory is not wrong, it used a different matching algorithm which looked for titles with similar words so misspellings could be usable. But more importantly, titles for foreign movies included English title and original language title (with English spelling if necessary!). The new search model makes it difficult to find some movies because they are known to many by a different name. Showing and allowing to search by alternate movie would titles can be very useful including the case when the alternate movie titles are both in English (or in some cases a foreign language). To implement this, for titles in some languages, e.g, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, it may be best to ignore accents on letters to help proper matching.
Uli S commented
I was going to write a suggestion for a more radical restructuring of how the information could be layed out, but let's stick to the titles only for now.
With non-english movies it is really cumbersome to use movielens right now and IMDB gets this right.
I would like to see the following structure, on say: https://movielens.org/movies/3000
aka. Princess Mononoke (Original title: もののけ姫)
For a German movie like https://movielens.org/movies/44555, I would expect
Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
aka. The Lives of Others
So the Algorithm would be
<Latinized variant of the original title, should be fun for Cyrillic and CJK titles!>
aka. <title of the english release, if different> (Original title: <use Cyrillic or CJK or whatever here, *IF* different from the latinized title>
As for what "latinized" means, that should be everything that would fit losslessly into latin1-latin9 encodings should be put there. So e.g. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139797/ could just display "Låt den rätte komma in", that's close enough for anyone used to the latin script to recognize it. IMDB puts the English title first in this case, I'm fine with that too, just that I really, really want to a) see the original title (in a form I can read, i.e. Latin script) and b) see the absolute original title, no matter which script.
It goes without saying that searching for all three forms of titles should be possible. I recently backfilled my movielens ratings and I *often* had to use IMDB to go from original title to english title so that I could find the film on movielens.
This is asking a lot, but if you need help on implementing this, let me know and I might be able to do the heavy lifting. Thanks!