Monthly Archives: March 2011

West Bank Story

My commentary students viewed the Oscar-winning short film West Bank Story as part of a reviewing assignment. It’s a fun little film that runs about 20 minutes and is a great choice for a review assignment.  It’s short enough to … Continue reading

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Reviewing The Movies

My JMC 406 commentary class is going to be talking about writing critical reviews over the next week or two.  Here are several readings and great talk by movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert for my students.  But for … Continue reading

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Will the iPad 2 Blend?

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Link Ch. 7: Bon Jovi – Steve Jobs is killing the music business

Jon Bon Jovi: “Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music busines.” Bon Jovi has become a grumpy old man.  Despite the fact that Apple is actually getting people to pay for digital music, JBJ says that Jobs killed … Continue reading

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36 Hitchcock Movie Death Scenes

/Film has another great Video of the Day up today.  This one is of 36 death scenes from Alfred Hitchcock movies, timed to happen simultaneously.  /Film has the list of all the movies up on their site.

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Link Ch. 8 – Great Bollywood Example

I showed a great clip from the Bollywood musical Mohabbatein today in class.  It’s a wonderful way to get across the idea of what the masala or “spice” movies are like. The masala movies feature several musical numbers, a strong … Continue reading

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You talkin’ to me? 150 great movie lines & catch-phrases

/Film posted a great collection of movie lines and catch-phrases today.  Quotable quotes ranging from Apocalypse Now (“I love the smell of napalm in the morning….” to Zombieland (“Time to nut up or shut up.”)  You can read the complete … Continue reading

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Team Coco on the iPad2

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Kathleen Parker for my commentary students

My commentary and blogging students are reading Kathleen Parker for class next week.  Here are some good places to start.  (And if you are not in my class, Kathleen Parker is a much better columnist than she was sidekick for … Continue reading

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Thinking about media change (and iPads)

It hasn’t been a productive day today.  My main interest has been following all the news about the new iPad 2 announced over the lunch hour. I’m impressed by it, and absolutely certain I did the right thing in waiting … Continue reading

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