December 2009 Archives

The Road Is the Most Important Movie of the Year

In the November issue of Esquire Tom Chiarella wrote a review about the movie The Road.

            The Road is based off the novel written by Cormac McCarthy. The story covers the journey of a father and son as they make the trek to safety in a desolated/post apocalyptic world.

            In this review Chiarella provides the reader with many aspects of the film that he feels makes it rank as one the tops movies of the year.

            One of the main issues I have with this review is the aspect of story plot reveals. In the review Chiarella gives too much away as the story for The Road.

            There should be some restraint to Chiarella writing. Throughout the review I felt as if I was reading a review written by someone who is very opinionated about the movie.

            Chiarella gives a closing that will satisfy most readers because it plays off fears of what man could turn out to be if there wasn't any type of control or restraint.

Edge's review of Assassin's Creed II

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Edge magazine is known among gamers alike as the "professional, sophisticated" magazine of gaming. Their reviews of games match that sophistication.

In their November issue Edge reviewed Assassin's Creed II, which was released November 17th on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Assassin's Creed II was among one of the biggest titles to be released on 2009.

In this game you take the role of an assassin seeking revenge during the 15th/16th century of Venice and Florence.

The beginning of this feature starts off with humor, which is always a welcomed addition. As a reader that addition of humor pulls you in, while also being insulting if you are the targeted crowd.

            The flow of this review makes it easy for readers to follow. It provides a perfect outline of what is featured in the game.

            Edge does a great job of not being opinionated in the review. It gives the positives and negatives of the game and allows the reader to make up their own opinions/choices.

The Last of Heath

In the August issue of Vanity Fair, Peter Biskind wrote a feature concerning Heath Ledger. In this feature Biskind tackles the history of Heath Ledgers short-lived life.

            As most people know Ledger died of an accidental toxic mixture of prescription medicine. During his last days Ledger was filming his last movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Biskind opens the feature in a very creative way by giving the reader an image. This image paints Biskind on the road in London, on his way to see Ledger's last movie.

The first thing I noticed from this feature is the length. Feature stories, in my opinion shouldn't be 6 pages long. The headline "Last days of Heath Ledger," gave me the wrong idea of what the focus of this feature was going to be. Heath Ledger's life seems to be the main focus throughout the feature.

One other thing that bothered me about the feature is how much Biskind focused to much on the career of Terry Gilliam, the director of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Peter Biskind wrapped the feature up very perfectly with providing positive quotes and memories from friends, family, and colleagues of Ledger. Overall this feature did its job, I just believe the focus could have been more precise.

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