Viewers’ Advisory. Ontario Library Association Conference February 27, 2010. Agenda. Viewers’ Advisory Appeal Factors - Features Documentaries Awards and Film Festivals Classifications Viewers’ Advisory Interview Movie and Television Viewers’ Advisory Resources Lists and Viewing Map
Ontario Library Association Conference
February 27, 2010
9. Science Fiction– Space, Futuristic Worlds, Aliens, Time Travel
10. War – Often paired with other genres such as Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Black Comedy, Suspense, Epics and Westerns
11. Westerns - Spaghetti Westerns, Revisionist Westerns, Contemporary Westerns
Some appeal factors for a director:
- Type of movie – action, horror, etc.
- Use of special effects
- Award winner
- Use of cinematography
- Level of violence or action
Examples: Quentin Tarrentino, The Cohen Brothers, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg
Unlike books, there are remakes of the same movie plot. Some customers may want to view them to make comparisons.
Example: Pride and Prejudice
- 1940 – Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier
- 1995 - BBC miniseries – Colin Firth
- 2006 – Kiera Knightly
-Example: Jazz, Baseball and American Civil War series by Ken Burns
- Example: Bird, a look at the life of jazz great Charlie Parker by Clint Eastwood
-Examples: The Last Waltz (The Band), Gimme Shelter (Rolling Stones), It’s Bad for Ya (George Carlin)
-Examples: Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin
-Examples: Supersize Me, An Inconvenient Truth, Roger and Me
-Cover topics such as exercise, health, home improvement, cooking and crafts
- Academy Award Best Picture
-Golden Globes Nominees and Winners
Customers may request previous feature films and documentaries from directors or producers highlighted in the latest festival.
All movies of U.S. origin are rated by the MPPA. Some DVDs distributed in Canada may have this American classification printed on the cover.
G – General Audiences. All ages admitted.
PG – Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
PG13 – Parents strongly cautioned. Some materials may be inappropriate foe children under 13.
R – Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
NC-17 – No one 17 and under admitted.
General – Film appropriate for viewing by a person of any age
Parental Guidance – Parents should exercise discretion in permitting a child to view the film
Adult Accompaniment (14A) - Persons younger than 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
Adult Accompaniment (18A) - Persons younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
Restricted – Film restricted to persons 18 years of age or older.
The Viewers’ Advisory Interview is similar to the Readers’ Advisory one.
- Would you like to watch how (woodworking project, ballroom dancing, etc.) is done?
-Provides information on new releases, forthcoming releases, independent film, reviews; offers discussion boards and list generators.
-Claims to be the largest search engine for movie reviews from newspapers, television stations and movie publications; contains information on forthcoming releases, box office results, film festivals and best of lists.
-Offers reviews, answers to questions on movies, great movie highlights, film festival information, movie glossary and blogs.
-Comprehensive database of movies featuring a movie blog, film synopses and reviews and concise actor biographies.
-labelled as the ultimate movie reaction site. There are reviews, news, trailers and celebrity information.
-Touted as the complete guide to movies. Published by Thomson Gale.
-Indexes: Alternate Title, Videos A-Z, Category Index (subjects), Kibble and Series (adaptations, quality check, recurring characters, successful screen partnerships), cast, director, writer, cinematographer, composer, video sources guide, website guide
-Longest running movie guide; includes cast and credit information, pithy commentary on classics, latest blockbusters, plot synopses, award winners and nominees and evaluations.
-Reviews of nearly 17,000 films, index of leading actors and directors and Leonard’s personal favourite films.
-Reviews television series from 2005 to present.
Internet Movie Database: www.imdb.com
Rotten Tomatoes: www.rottentomatoes.com
for television series reviews.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Road to Avonlea 7th Heaven Waltons Wind at my back
You will like The Princess Bride, you will like.....
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Terry Jones' Medieval Times
(Credit: Lisa Winkelaar, UBC Viewers' Advisory Course)
Viewing Map – Bend it like Beckham
Jane Austen Theme in Feature Films Bridget Jones' Diary Bridget Jones, Edge of Reason Jane Austen Book Club Bride and Prejudice
Documentaries Jane Austen's Society Jane Austen's Life
Compilations on a number of themes:
Award Winners, Books, Authors and Writing, Comedy, Cultural Interest, Family, Horror, In Memoriam, Location, location, location, Music and Dance, Mystery and Crime, Romance, Series, Sequels and Remakes, Special Interest, Special Occasions and holidays, Thrillers, Action and Adventure, View-a-likes and Women.
-Mid-Continent Public Library:
1250 books, short stories, etc.
-Edmonton Public Library:
Godfather, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Return of the King, Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride, Blade Runner, Forrest Gump, The Shining, Frankenstein
(Some selections from CTV.ca list –
-Club meets once a month at the local cinema to watch a movie based on a book. They have a discussion afterwards at a local restaurant.