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Film Evaluation Examples

Several of you have asked about examples of movie evaluations. The purpose of a this assignment is to answer the question, “is this movie worth seeing?” If so, why? If not, why not? Be sure to include a Work Cited section with publication details of your film following MLA format. (Hint: if you don’t know all the publication information about your film, such as year and studio, the Internet Movie Database [IMDb] can probably help you out.) See sample Work Cited section at the bottom of this page. Don’t worry about putting your Work Cited entry on a separate page; just put it immediately after the end of your last paragraph.

For examples of published movie reviews, see Roger Ebert‘s reviews of Rango by Gore Verbinski and The Last Airbender by M. Night Shyamalan. In a slightly different vein, also check out Chris Sims’ review of the opening sequence from Batman: The Animated Series:

With all the episodes of Batman: The Animated Series that I was watching in order to put together ComicsAlliance’s list of the ten best episodes, I kept seeing that opening sequence over and over. And rather than getting bored with it or skipping ahead, I kept watching it and fixating on just how unbelievably good it is — not just in terms of beautiful animation, but in the sheer storytelling economy of being a perfect introduction to Batman. And when I say it’s the perfect introduction, that’s what I mean.

And here’s the opening sequence for your convenience:

Works Cited

Batman: The Animated Series. Warner Brothers, 1992. Television.

Ebert, Roger. “The Last Airbender Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 30 June 2010. Web. 9 December 2013.

Ebert, Roger. “Rango Movie Review.” RogerEbert. n.p., 2 March 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.

The Last Airbender. Dir. M. Night Shyamalan. Paramount, 2010. Film.

Rango. Dir. Gore Verbinski. Paramount, 2011. Film.

Sims, Chris. “Ask Chris #78: Why The ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Opening Is The Best Thing Ever.” ComicsAlliance. n.p., 4 November 2011. Web. 9 December 2013.

Product design and promotion: Taco Bell breakfast menu

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This week we’re looking at marketing and product design. Last week Taco Bell introduced a new breakfast menu. Taco Bell’s chief marketing officer Chris Brandt described their product strategy by saying

The breakfast sandwich hasn’t changed 40 years, and we think this breaks that paradigm.

Have you seen Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu? What challenges does Taco Bell face breaking into the already-crowded fast-food breakfast market? Is this brand extension consistent with Taco Bell’s image?

How about Taco Bell’s ad campaign? Is this an effective promotional message? (Hint: try to count how many times they mention the name of their competitor in 50 seconds):

Annotated bibliography examples


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Here are two examples of annotated bibliography first drafts. Note that both require further editing and proofreading. The first covers Kudzu Bugs includes all the entries alphabetically in a single group, rather than subdividing them into topics. The second covers Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson and is divided into two category: works by Stefansson and works about Stefansson.

Zotero tutorials

Thanks to KellyAnn Griffiths of Shelton State Libraries, here are a series of tutorials on installing and using Zotero.

Installing Firefox Portable:

Installing the Zotero add-on to Firefox Portable:

Configuring Zotero:

Adding MLA Annotated Bibliography style to Zotero:

Using Zotero to organize and format sources:

You can find these tutorials and more on the Shelton State Library’s tutorial page.

Installing Zotero and portable Firefox


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To help make assembling your annotated bibliography easier, here are some resources for setting up and using Zotero: