I love to go to the movies…the darkness, shared experience, huge screen, popcorn…need I go on. So, needless to say, two of my favorite web sites are IMDB.com and Kids-In-Mind. No easier way for me to waste time than watching endless trailers, seeing what other movies an actor is in, etc.
Internet Movie Database (IMDB) is fabulous. It provides very detailed information about movies and television shows. In a few clicks, you can find out if a film is based on a book or was an original screen play, who directed the film and what other projects they have been involved in, read trivia and significant quotes, find out where it was filmed, the list goes on.
I used Kids-In-Mind a lot more when my son was young. It helped me decide which movies I felt were appropriate (or not) in a way that didn’t pass judgement or promote any agenda. They provide a three-part score for sex & nudity, violence & gore, and language using a ten-point scale. Each of those categories is then described in detail so the user knows exactly what to expect from the movie. For example, each occurrence of swearing is listed in context.
I hope you enjoy getting lost on these sites as much as I do. Have you seen a good movie lately?
Lisa Akenhead – Northland Public Library