Remembering Fond Memories from Middle School:

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As each day passes, I sometimes look back on my middle school days (2006-2008) and realize how quickly it went by. How bright and warm the sun was, the smell of fresh flowers blossoming in the spring, the thought of a mall being built 5 minutes away from home and not realize until now how advanced technology changed in the past eleven years. Not only did it change everybody within a decade, but everything surrounding it. For example, how people run businesses now by using touchscreen registers, cell phones and tablets. My oh my, where has the time gone by?

“The Green Mile” Movie Review:

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“The Green Mile” is a film about Paul Edgecomb describing events to his friend, Elaine at the nursing home in regards to something that would unknowingly change his life forever. During the Great Depression era, he supervised E-Block at the Tennessee State Prison where the death penalty was held and soon met a kind inmate named John Coffey, a healer from God who can separate the good vs evil but died on death row due to being falsely accused of rape and murder, without hinting to the parents of the twin girls that the actual murderer was Wild Bill.

In general, this film was phenomenal. From acting to song choices and emotional dialogue, “The Green Mile” captivates the reality of life being intolerant to innocent individuals who died on death row. Not to mention but the speech from Mr. Edgecomb after Elaine’s funeral where he specifically states that we all owe a death one day.

While the film added raw emotion to it, there is one small criticism which can be bothersome to some southerners although it’s not a big issue. Despite the southern atmosphere, the country bumpkin accents were horrendous. It sounded as if the actors traveled down to Tennessee and North Carolina for the first time and never listened to how locals speak. Speaking to locals and living down in the southeastern United States for a while can help your accent improve tremendously along with a speech coach.

In conclusion, the younger generations to come should watch this film because it will show them how life does have its injustice but you can rise above those unfair situations and realize we all have our own green mile to walk until we depart from this world. As Sally Fields character said in Forrest Gump, “we must do the best with what God gave us.” In other words, no matter where our lives lead to, he will be right there with us while walking down our own green mile. The messages we learn from this film can be applied to in reality.

When Writing Movie Reviews, Keep in Mind…

When writing movie reviews about older films, keep in mind what you know would be the most significant and insignificant details to share in your review. When writing movie reviews, keep in mind:

  • That the first paragraph should include a brief synopsis about the film and where it leads to.
  • Whereas the second paragraph is what you find the most appealing about the film and why you like it.
  • The third paragraph should be about the non-attractive details you find that should have been left out of the film and why so.
  • The overall conclusion should dive into your opinion if you think this film should or should not be recommended to watch and what your reasons are for giving this film a certain grade. For example, the film has a good plot which made plenty of sense.

In an upcoming blog post, I will write a review about a movie which was released in 1986 called “Witchboard” to provide you an example of how a movie review is written.

Newspaper Story Scenario #1: Yearbook Club Removal

Here is a fictional newspaper story scenario I will provide to everyone, including a younger audience which will help them understand how a local newspaper reporter publishes their content.

Previously, I wrote a fictional crime story but this time I might spice it up and pick a new topic which will cover a fictional high school (Milton Bluffing High School in Bluffton, South Carolina) where the yearbook committee in a small town struggles to receive money from businesses in order to advertise and keep their club functioning before it runs into the ground. So, the yearbook committee decided to do one different thing: One, they all went out and got a job to support themselves and raise money for the club two meetings away before the Board of Education shuts them down permanently.

At Milton Bluffing High School, the yearbook committee struggles to receive financial support from businesses whom they received ads from previously in which the Board of Education are two meetings away from shutting the club down.

The students on the yearbook committee have decided to ban together and get a part-time job in order to raise enough money where they can bring the club back to light. But what they have failed to realize are not just the businesses who refused to buy an ad and put it in there for them this time but the cost of printing colorized pages and pictures which are quite a hefty steep when considering about the expenses of not just one but multiple yearbooks which are to be released within the next school year. 

The editor-in-chief stepped in and said, “We went out to get jobs because not only do we need to learn how to support ourselves but to be dedicated and committed to the yearbook club. We are passionate about this and going to the media about this might not necessarily mean it will solve our problems but rather send an important message to our Board of Education that they are robbing us from a once in a lifetime opportunity we will never get back once we walk across the stage to receive our diplomas.”

When asked if they plan to create a social media page or a blog in regards to keeping their yearbook club, the yearbook adviser reluctantly stated “We haven’t thought about it yet but since you brought it up, we could do that because there will be upcoming students in the years to follow who would do anything to be on the yearbook staff but to no avail it would be removed due to the Board of Education not giving us a chance to improve as a staff and ensuring that we can find another way to receive funds in order to pay for the costs of building, printing and publishing our memories we made here at Milton Bluffing High School.”

The Board of Education was contacted but refused to answer any questions as to why the yearbook club is shutting down after the upcoming two meetings. Why not give the staff a chance to improve and receive funds before banning the club all at once? The staff hopes for the best but are they prepared for the worst news yet to come?

For more information, please contact the editor John Doe at XXX-XXX-XXXX. 

With this scenario, there are some fill in the blank questions which will need to be filled in regards to why the yearbook club is shutting down in the first place, who made the decision and other questions like that.