When I heard that VidAngel — a Netflix-esque service that allows people to censor content they don’t like in movies (sex, violence, swearing, etc.) — was being sued, I was glad.
I don’t understand why services like VidAngel exist.
Why don’t I understand?
Because: If I wouldn’t watch a movie or show without editing out what I didn’t like, why would I watch that movie or show at all? Because I want to be “cool”? Because I want to be able to say “Hey! I watched that new episode of Game of Thrones” even though I really didn’t?
I also just don’t like censorship. For two reasons:
1) I’ve been blocked from Christian movie Facebook pages, and Christian blogs, for criticizing them. (And they will know we are Christians by our love…)
2) I believe an artist’s vision is something to respect.
Are there movies I avoid like the plague because I don’t like their content, or think their content is gratuitous? Yea. For example: I’ll never watch The Human Centipede (2009).
I’m not going to censor the parts of The Human Centipede I won’t like in order to be able to sit down and watch it. I’m just going to ignore it. I’m going to let other people get whatever experience it is they wanted out of watching The Human Centipede, while I’m away from them just doing my own thing. As a wise sponge once said (in the episode “Just One Bite”):
“Not everyone has to like the same thing.”
One of my favorite movie critics, Jeffrey Overstreet, said this about ClearPlay — another movie streaming service that lets you to censor a movie’s content — and I think his words apply to VidAngel:
Why should we show children movies that weren’t intended for them? There is a lifetime of good family movies available; let families spend time with those rather than settling for sorely compromised versions of movies that were intended for a different audience.
With those words in mind here, in no particular order, are my “Movies That Every Parent Should Watch With Their Kids”:
Finding Nemo (2003)
Inside Out (2015)
The Incredibles (2004)
Monsters University (2013)
My Neighobr Totoro (1988)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2012)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)