Founded in July 2008, FilmFather features reviews of movies – new and old, mainstream and obscure – that dads and their kids can enjoy together, as well as ‘guy’ movies dads can enjoy when they have time to themselves. The reviews cover (and answer) questions that most dads have when considering a movie: Will I like it? Is it brainless fun, serious cinema, or somewhere in between? Can I watch it with my kids? Will my kids even want to watch it? Will my ‘FilmMother’ like it?
FilmFather’s unique niche is what sets it apart from the countless other movie review sites. Just because a man becomes a father, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love a great horror flick, or a classic film, or a brainless shoot ‘em up now and then. Still, he also needs to know what kids’ films he’ll actually enjoy watching with his children, versus some cheesy or saccharine kiddie flick that’s unbearable for adults to sit through.
As much as I’d love it to be my paying job, FilmFather is a part-time endeavour, as I earn my pay as a writer for an ad agency. New reviews are posted approximately every five days. My level of interest in foreign titles has been pretty steady since the beginning: noticeable, but not overly significant. You’ll find reviews on FilmFather of films from Korea, Japan, Germany, Sweden, even Luxembourg.
The most exciting moment so far with FilmFather has been a tie: receiving a comment by legendary B-movie director Albert Pyun for my review of his film The Sword And The Sorcerer, and interviewing actor Brendan Wayne (grandson of John) of Cowboys & Aliens.
Ultimately, I’d like to see FilmFather reach a broader audience through print, web, or TV avenues that target dads or parents. I’d also welcome the chance to publish more straightforward reviews minus the kids angle if the opportunity presented itself.
Eric, founder of FilmFather
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