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Scott Pilgrim vs the World Directed by Edgar Wright

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Bibliographic Information:

Wright, E., Vasconcellos, R., Dale, J. M., LeBoff, J., Siegel, A., Platt, M., Gitter, E., … Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm). (2010). Scott Pilgrim vs. the world. Universal City, CA: Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Plot Summary:

Scott Pilgrim is the bass guitarist for a garage band called Sex Bob-omb. He is unemployed and his girlfriend is still in high school.  In short, Scott is stuck in a rut.  He meets Ramona Flowers and falls in like with her .But she comes in baggage in the form of her seven evil who are coming to kill him. He decides to break up with Knives but he just can’t do it. So, he is juggling two girls and fighting all the ex-boyfriends.

Critical Evaluation:

Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim starts with the basic storyline of a guy in the dumps meeting the girl that who will help him rise to the next level. Part way through the movie it turns into a video game with sound effects, slow motion, and cartoon action.

Scott Pilgrim feels more like a video game than a movie. The interaction between the characters is quirky and plays with many of the teenage stereotypes such as how teenagers speak and dress. It is overly dramatic and theatrical and with the songs sequences that just happen, it plays into the video game subculture.

Reader’s Annotation:

Scott is really into Ramona. To get her, he has to defeat all her evil ex-boyfriends.

Information About the Author:

Bryan Lee O’Malley (writer of the graphic novels)

Bryan was born February 21, 1979 in London, Ontario. He realized early that he loved creating comics. He has tried film making in college and made music as the band Kupek. He released seven albums.

O’Malley started in comics by doing illustrating and lettering work for Oni Press. Scott Pilgrim was second graphic novel project (Albert, n.d.).

Edgar Wright (Director)

Wright was born April 18, 1974 in Dorset, England but spent his childhood in Somerset, England. He started directing films at the age of 14. He has directed a number of television shows and films in England – mostly mixed genres that include humour (Edgar Wright).

Genre:

  • Action and adventure films
  • Comedy films
  • Comic book adaptation

Curriculum Ties:

  • N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up
  • MPAA rating: PG-13; for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.

Challenge Issues:

  • Sex, drugs, language, homosexuality, comic violence

Challenge plan:

  1. Listen to the critic to understand what the concerns are.
    • Ask if he/she has read the book
    • Ask if he/she has spoken to his/her child about the concerns.
  2. Explain rationale for including the book in the collection
    • Provide CLA Position Statement on Intellectual Freedom and CLA’s Position Statement of Diversity and Inclusion documents
    • Provide school’s selection policy
    • Provide list of reviews/lists
  3. If necessary, provide a “Request for Reconsideration form”

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

I included Scott Pilgrim because when I told my students about this program I was told this title was a must have. This is also an example of why it is important  to look at reviews. This is definitely not a movie that I would have included on my own.

Reviews:

“Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive, 83%.”

  • Zuckerman, D. (2010). Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Film Comment, 46(5), 70.

“What keeps this adaptation true to the graphic novel is the precise rendering of each character’s clichés. It’s a good cast full of palpable cartooned hip acting.”

Awards:

Wright:

  • Empire Award
  • Comedy Central Award for Best Director

References:

Albert, A. (n.d.). Bryan Lee O’Malley Profile. Retrieved May 2, 2013 from http://comicbooks.about.com/od/comicbookcreators/p/Bryan-Lee-O-Malley-Profile.htm

Edgar Wright biography overview. (2013). Retrieved May 2, 2013 from http://edgarwright.com/bio/

Chess (board game)

chessBibliographic Information:

Chess board – can purchase at any toy store. I have included the purchasing information from Amazon.

CHH CHH2145B Hardwood Chess Set with Handle, 16-Inch

Item model number: CHH2145B

ASIN: B0007UWR6S

Plot Summary:

Chess is a strategy game played by 2 people. The object of the game is to capture your opponent’s king.

Critical Evaluation:

Chess is a popular strategy game played by 2 people. It is a good game to have in the library because the two opponents can have quiet conversation while playing.

Also, I find the students will often play Chess on their computers, I think the physical board does encourage a connection with other people as students will often gather around and watch.

Reader’s Annotation:

Defeat your opponent by capturing his king. Sounds simple but beware of the traps he is setting for you.

Information About the Author:

• N/A

Genre:

• Board game

• Strategy game

Curriculum Ties:

• Supports Chess Club

• Strategy, decision making

Booktalking Ideas:

• N/A

Reading Level/Interest Age:

• Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

• N/A

Why did you include this resource?:

Chess is a popular game in our school. We have a chess club that meets regularly but there have been several occasions when I have been asked if we have a board in the library.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by Bethesda Softworks

Bibliographic Information:

Bethesda Games Studio. (2011). The elder scrolls V: Skyrim. Rockville: Bethesda Softworks. (ASIN: B004S0PNUK)

Platform: Xbox 360

Plot Summary:

The dragons have returned led by their dragon leader, Alduin. It appears that you are one of the Dragonborn and have the power to kill the dragons and stop them from and rising and destroying the world.

Critical Evaluation:

Skyrim is a role playing game in which you can choose what type of character you play. You can choose if your character is a good person or a bad person. In the side questions you have the opportunity to become an assassin, for example, or join the Thieves Guild. You can play the game as a Rebel or part of the Imperial Legion. You can choose your race which gives you different abilities.

You can also make weapons and armor, spells, and abilities. There are monsters, troll, ogres that populate the game to kill. You can use “shouts” (the way dragons speak to each other) – magical ability the player has that gets stronger when you kill a dragon and steal its soul so it doesn’t come back to life.

Complex storyline with a lot of detail. Lot of choices of what to do and how to play the game.

Reader’s Annotation:

Kill dragons and steal their souls to gain the strength needed to defeat the dragon’s leader, Alduin.

Information About the Author:

Bethesda Games Studio is part of the ZeniMax Media,worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software including The Evil Within, the Knife of Dunwall, and Dishonored. For more information, please see their website at http://bgs.bethsoft.com/

Genre:

  • Role-playing video game

Curriculum Ties:

N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Show the opening sequence of the game
  • Talk about the different types of characters and ask who they would like to be.

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 17 (but the teenagers much younger are playing it)
  • ESRB Rating : Mature 17+

Challenge Issues:

  • Violence

Challenge plan:

  1. Listen to the critic to understand what the concerns are.

a) Ask if he/she has played the game.

b) Ask if he/she has spoken to his/her child about the concerns.

  1. Explain rationale for including video games in the collection

a)      Provide CLA Position Statement on Intellectual Freedom and CLA’s Position Statement of Diversity and Inclusion documents

b)      Provide school’s selection policy

c)       Provide list of reviews/lists

  1. If necessary, provide a “Request for Reconsideration form”

Please note, in all honesty, I could not include this game in my school collection. It does not fit our selection policy.

Why did you include this title?:

I included this title because it was recommended to me by a couple of teen gamers. The gaming sites give it good reviews.

Although the rating is mature, I am told by the gamers that this is the type of game they play.

Reviews: