So, I’m new around here.
I run a separate holistic-film-blog over at http://the24thframe.co.uk. I thought I’d try the simple confines of tumblr to look specifically at, well, films my children watch.
My children are 9, and nearly 7. One boy, one girl. Between them they’ve watched hundreds of films, not just modern Disney and Pixar animation (although that does figure heavily: I’m not a miracle worker) but also classic animation, silent comedies, and I’ve just started branching out into foreign language shorts that actually have honest-to-blog subtitles.
It is this new-found ability to cope with a small amount of subtitles that has inspired me to start this blog. With a backlog of classic films already viewed by my children to talk about, and a literal world of cinema awaits them, this blog should be rich on content that is both expected - new cinema releases - and unexpected - short films from places like Russia and the Czech Republic.
Obviously every child is different - and aren’t we glad about that? - but I reckon, modestly, that between my film knowledge, and my children’s reactions to films, together we can give a good idea of how child-friendly a film is. I’m not here to rate a film on parental content: there are websites out there that will give you a blow-by-blow on what is and isn’t suitable for your child, whether you agree with them or not. I will happily let my children watch some certificate 12 films, because I know my children and I know the film. (Indy 4, yes: The Dark Knight, hell no.) Your children will react differently, of course. What I can do is give an impression of a film from my perspective, and my children’s perceived reactions, and review accordingly.
I hope FMCW is a success…