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Ace in the Hole Questions

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by John Sireno

1. What did you think of the film? 1-4 star ranking. 1 being low, 4 being high. I need reasons.
– This film was great! I’ll give it a 4 because it showed the dangers of media. In the movie Tatum exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave rumored to be a haunted Indian burial grave, he ends up causing the mans death, just to jump-start his own career back to it’s former luster. It was funny, sad, intense, suspenseful, interesting, caring, emotional; the movie was awesome, no wonder why it won 2 Oscars, nominated for four. Billy Wilder directed “Ace in the Hole,” writing the movie along with Lesser Samuel’s.
2. What are you impressions of Tatum? What do you think of him?
– He was awesome: confidante, ambitious, driven I’d say even courageous. It takes balls to take advantage of the trust and life of such an obvious innocent “good guy” as Leo Minosa. He even bullied and exploited a cop! However, these attributes can be both positive and negative to a man. Tatum can definitely get the job done; he is a great journalist, the best around. Still his price is too high in that he is willing to put an innocent life on the line for a story, fame and fortune.
3. What characters did you like or dislike? Which did you connect to?
– Even though Tatum was messed up and got Leo killed he was really a pretty cool guy. He never meant harm and if Leo had gotten out alive, think of all the good. I know I’m playing devils advocate but: the shop was getting its best business ever; Leo could improve his quality of life once he was freed. Leo would be famous and his place would probably always remain pretty busy, Tatum would be famous and rich and even his protégée in the movie would get the break of a lifetime. So Tatum was one of my favorite characters, I mean he punched a cop! I hate Lorraine Minosa; she is the worst person ever. I would only be ok with her if she was being beaten or abused in someway by Leo, but she wasn’t. He was a great husband, kind, nice, caring, and giving. She admitted her self the only reason she married him and came to live in Escudero was because he said he had a ton of land and money. He didn’t all together lie he just didn’t mention that it was located in the middle of nowhere. Still she had no problem with him in the hole; at least Tatum felt guilt, regret, and it even killed him I think in the end. She was heartless!
4. Does Tatum follow the Canons of Journalism that are in newspaper chapter? Which has he broken and which has he followed?
5. What does Tatum believe in being a newsman? Is he a good newsman?
– He believes that bad news is good news. That being a good reporter is doing anything necessary to get a story. Manipulating, and exploiting the players involved including and most importantly the audience and to always give them what they want, then take it away so that there begin for more, and you’ll own them. He is great at what he does, as for being a great newsman I don’t know.
6. Should a newspaper hold onto a story? What if they were asked by the family or by the government?
– No I think a story should be open to all papers so people can get different perspectives on a story, and so the papers won’t be able to just write what they want. They all have to stay pretty close to facts or people won’t know who is telling the truth; they keep each other in check. No, because the only reason for that would be for the government to cover something up, same with a family.
7. Could this story happen today? Has it? Give Examples.
– Sure it could, people are just as manipulative now as they were then. Elian Gonzalez comes to mind, or Nancy Scrivo maybe?
8. If you were close to the mountain (or far), would you go to visit? Be honest. Why?
– Well I would just watch it on TV in between work and school, I’m way to busy to camp out or even drive most places these days. Yes, if I lived back then I probably would. It’s interesting and I want some pancakes at that market!
9. Even though the film is from the 1950s, it touches upon the power of media and shows how a story gets made/created. Was Tatum wrong for doing this?
– He wasn’t wrong for reporting of the story, what was wrong was his manipulation of the rescue plans to add longevity to the story. This was murder!
10. Who is the Jimney Cricket of the film? Who was Jimney—what did he say, “Let your conscience be your guide.” So, in essence, who tells him right from wrong.
– Jacob Q. Boot played by Porter Hall was the Jimney Cricket of the film.
11. Which character represents you, the audience, in this film? It might be the answer to #10.
– Mr. Boot.
12. Did you like the film? Did it work for you? Is it far-fetched, over the top?
– I loved it, it worked, was not to far-fetched for me! Let’s watch another!

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Extra Credit: Tom Toles

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by John Sireno

I liked the editorial cartoon by Tom Toles the best! What is wrong with us? Everything is so delicate and fragile right now, there is no room for mistakes, and yet we allow an oil spill to occur! For the love of god we shouldn’t even be depending on this crude way of feeding our insatiable appetite for power when there really are so many “green” alternatives. Yes we would need to overhaul our entire info-structure and it will cost a lot of money, but it will also create lot of jobs and I think it’s time for America to once again step up to the plate and lead the world into a new light. We should be at the forefront of “green” technologies and figure out ways to completely power our entire country through wind, hydro, solar and bio energies. I know that we already have these technologies, or at least could seriously start developing and implementing them, but we won’t because the people in power are making way to much money on what we currently use to power our world. They are destroying our planet now so they can live big today and if we don’t stop them there will be no such thing as future generations to worry about, because I believe we will soon destroy our whole planet!

Extra Credit: Pat Oliphant

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by John Sireno

This editorial cartoon by Pat Oliphant to me is about how the NYPD is our first line defense against any shady character that intends to hurt us. You see the busy New York street filled with vendors, people, traffic, the day-to-day chaos of life and on the sidewalk a creep unnoticed by all except the officer who says, “Don’t event think about thinkin’ about it.” On the sidewalk, against a vendor stand is a newspaper front page which reads, “Give that some thought.” Pat is asking us to think about the good things cops do for us not just the fact that they also give us expensive tickets. They put their lives on the line for us everyday so we can go about our day-to-day to do’s. They do their best and are on the front line, in the streets, trying to safeguard our way of life and we should take a second to recognize that. Sure some people may look at this as racial profiling because the creep tends to resemble a man of Middle Eastern decent, but to me he just looks like a creepy guy and I’m glade that cops are here to keep an eye on people like that. I think Pat has all the right in the world to create this cartoon and anyone who views it otherwise is to PC for my taste.

Extra Credit: Mike Luckovich

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 by John Sireno

Mike Luckovich makes a good point in his editorial cartoon about education in our country. It seems that every year class size grows while teachers are laid off, resulting in less attention and help for students and teachers spread to thin to effectively do their jobs. The success of a student is directly linked to the caliper of teacher and the amount of help a student is able to receive. Today in our overcrowded classes students are not able to get the attention they need and so I believe we will begin to see a direct effect of teacher lay off rates to student drop out and diploma rates in the future. None of this is good for anyone involved and if we do not stop the problem and invested in education now we will inevitably fall behind the rest of the world. Education is key to America’s survival and well-being for the future we should really get on the ball with this one!