Warner Bros., Disney and Fox need to get a clue and provide this service or
allow others such as VidAngel to do so. Does anyone think Hollywood doesn't
need more revenue? Domestic video gaming took in $22 billion in 2014
while domestic movies took in $28 billion. The entertainment future isn't
movies with games being more interactive, they need to evolve to increase
entertainment market share and hence profits.
You cannot take other people's intellectual property and alter it in order
to make money for yourself unless you first get the permission from the
owner.Sorry folks that is the way it works.Perhaps the
LDS church, Evangelical Christians, Catholics, etc... could pool their resources
together, pay some really great writers, and make content that were more family
friendly (at least in their eyes).
This is a subject close to my heart. I have a grandson in his teens who has been
an avid movie buff since he was five. He understands a lot about acting,
direction, special effects, and so on. His goal in life is to be involved with
movies, probably in some area of production. He knows junk when he sees it, but
he likes some of it. He also knows what is technically excellent. His parents
allow him to watch what I would not. I have tried to discuss standards with him,
and not just the "no rated-R" standard. I try to recommend movies that
have great scripts, excellent acting, and good production values, but
there's not much I can do otherwise. I have non-LDS grandchildren who watch
anything they please and pretty much always have. Language? "We hear that
all the time at school." Violence? "It's just a movie." Sex?
"It's just one scene, Grandma!" One of my daughters was very strict
about TV and movie content, but as her kids grew, they and their dad watched
more raunchy or violent stuff. It's everywhere! Ever watch a censored
R-rated movie? It's fill-in-the-bleep and annoyingly choppy. Better to skip
Why not either not let children watch these shows or watch the questionable
content, where appropriate, and have a family discussion about the movie? We
were not allowed to watch Hogan's Heros at my house because my father
believed it trivialized Nazis and the Holocaust. No 3 Stooges either, because
my father (who had been in military) did not like the violence with no
consequences. I understood that choice and we talked about it as a family.
Creating fake versions of content doesn't help people work through why
Directors chose to include nudity, violence, bad language or sex (does it move
the story forward, or is it just exploitation?). I understand the legal issues
but I also think families are better served by working through these problems in
a different way.
There are at least 40, maybe 50 original shows on Netflix, Amazon, Freeform and
others that are extremely high quality writing, acting, production, costuming,
special effects. Most are the equivalent of 12 or 16 or 20 hour feature films,
long-form storytelling in a brand new format. And new ones keep being created,
each arguably better than what went before. If Vid-Angel can
compete, good on them. Options and expanded creativity are a good thing. But the
competition is stiff, from mainstream high-gloss productions like the Marvel
expanded universe and the coming "A Series of Unfortunate Events" with
to shows like "Sense8," high concept created by the Wachowski Sisters
& J Michael Strazinski and filmed in 16 different cities the second season
to the genre-bending "The OA" that came out of nowhere and and created
@RSHGUAM: "I'm not part of the LDS Church and legal or not,
VidAngel provided a great service. " "legal or not"?
Would you say that about a pot dealer in your neighborhood selling to a glaucoma
patient? So, you're going to teach your kids that it's OK to break the
law, as long as it helps you be moral? I have young kids & I rely on
my guidance as to what they watch. Not some illegal technology.
I don't think what VidAngel was doing (ripping DVDs and streaming) was
legal but I really appreciated the ability to filter movies. I hope VidAngel and
the movie studios will come to an agreement that will allow VidAngel to rent and
filter movies in a legal way.
When I was growing up if there was a movie or tv show that was inappropriate, my
parents parented and told me no. VidAngel can split whatever hairs
they want, but they were effectively streaming movies for a dollar without
paying streaming license fees. It is hard to buy "morality"
as an excuse from a company that so blatantly acts in an immoral manner.
I'm not part of the LDS Church and legal or not, VidAngel provided a great
service. As the father of two young children I don't want them watching
films with questionable content and language. The service allowed them to see
movies that they wanted to watch but were inappropriate for their age. Who
actually talks with that much profanity in real life anyways. I hope they get
this figured out quick so parents have more options for children's
Bottom line; they got caught breaking the law. If they continued to ignore the
court order, they'd be jailed. Regardless of their supporters, they were
breaking the law. The LDS church is an astute business. IF there is such a
demand for clean movies in Utah and for their 15 million members, why can't
the church partner with VidAngel and others to produce movies that are
supposedly in such high demand?