Greetings from Syracuse. Got my analog self up here ok for class yesterday. Students seem just as nice in real life as they did virtually. They're eager to get going on their blogs. They're required to write at least three posts a week. Last week we gave them two prompts to get them started. This week we gave them just one, so the other two are theirs to do with what they will. Here's this week's prompt. I showed a scene from Office Space, the scene in which Jennifer Anniston's character's passive-aggressive boss at the chain restaurant "suggests" that she should put more "flair" on her uniform.
In that short scene from Office Space a bunch of issues are at work. Or at play. It's a satire, after all. E.g. What makes a good boss? What makes a good employee? What is work for? What are workers for? Are you really expressing yourself if you've been ordered to express yourself? Has Jennifer Aniston been managing her career well since Friends? What's her best movie? What was she thinking when she agreed to do Meet the Millers? There are more. The answer to any of those questions would make a good blog post. So that's your assignment:
Pick a movie, any movie you've seen recently, and think about what issues or questions it raises in your mind, choose one and make that a part or the whole of your post. You don't have to write a formal review, although you can. And the issue doesn't have to touch directly on the subject of your blog (if you've decided on your subject yet). Just remember that not everyone reading your post will have seen the movie so you'll have to include a (short) synopsis of the plot and the scene that prompted your post or a scene that illustrates the point if it was the whole movie that got you thinking. Some quick character description might be helpful. If the movie was a summer blockbuster or a movie that has become a classic, you have something else to keep in mind: a lot of your readers won't need you to remind them about what the movie was about. You have a balancing act you have to manage there then.
I gave them a post by the great Wev McEwan as an example, Wev's review of The Heat.
Feel free to answer the prompt yourself in the comments or on your own blog.
PS. Yes, in real life, Wev does look like a Campbell's Soup kid, which students in the class will see for themselves when she Skypes in for a visit in October.