Sunday, August 18, 2013

A couple of great Movie Review sites

I believe what I expose my family to is an important part of being a dad. I also know what I think is appropriate probably differs from your view even if we align politically and religiously. Ideas are complex and should be graded on spectrum not hard and fast extremes. That is why I like the following review sites

This site is affiliated with Focus on the family check out the about us page here...
For some people this will be a turnoff, and great for others.  Even if you are not a fan of Focus on the family give it a try, they are not heavy handed and have a very structured review of each movie that allows you to make your own decisions about the appropriateness of the content.
There are three ways to consume the review:
  • Watch
  • Listen
  • Read
Review structure
  •  Synopsis
  •  Positive elements
  • Spiritual content
  • Sexual content
  • Violent content
  • Crude or Profane language
  • Drug and Alcohol content
  • Other Negative elements
  • Conclusion

This site is an independent non-profit organization read the about us link for their mission and 10 beliefs.

I think this site is great because of how the site combines the three ratings below to detemine an age level:
  • The site itself
  •  Parents rating
  • Kids rating.
It also allows comments, which are sometimes more beneficial than any rating system. If there are enough comments combined with the review, you should be informed enough to make the best decision for your family.

Review structure
One of the cool features is the visual view of the rating system this lets you quickly see what the biggest issues might be, and if you want more detail on any topic you can click the topic and read more.



Other Major review Elements

  • What Parents need to know
  • What's the Story?
  • Is it any good?
  • Explore, Discuss, Enjoy

Both of the sites listed above are designed to cut through advertising and hype and enable parents to make informed decisions based on your family’s values. As an added benefit both sites offer review on many other things.
  • Games
  • Apps
  • Websites
  • TV
  • Books
  • Music