What drew me into this article was that the author described many different characters and how they each faced challenges in their own ways. I also enjoyed how the author described the director's point of view, which is not something one gets to read often. Using this as a mentor text, I would like to learn more about Steven Spielberg and the reasoning behind some of the choices he made when directing "The Post".
What drew me into this article was the structure of the article. All of the paragraphs had a title for each and were listed in chronological order of the movie. Using this article as a mentor text, I can use this as a guide to be more organized and efficient in my writing.
What drew me into this article was that this article provided the behind the scenes look of making a movie that the audience often does not get to see. An excerpt that I found entertaining is Steven Spielberg's thought process: When Spielberg recently told the Hollywood Reporter, "I realized this was the only year to make this film," he was speaking to what he saw as the immediate need for a project that in effect commandeers yesterday to comment on today" (Turan 1). This article made me interested into learning even more about the history behind the movie and why Steven Spielberg chose to direct this movie.
What drew me into this article was the author's description of the emotion Anne Hathaway conveys during the film. A sentence I would like to mimic is: "She devours the song, the scene, the movie, and turns her astonishing, cavernous mouth into a vision of the void" (Hooper 1). Using this article as a mentor text, I can use this to improve the language and vocabulary in my writing.
What drew me into this article was how the author conveyed the history behind this profound musical. He did it in such a way that the reader was kept on its' toes for the entire article. I aspire to do this in my own writing so that the reader never gets bored; this can be avoided by never repeating the same statement.
I enjoyed how the author of this article included many different quotes from people involved with "Phantom of the Opera". It makes the writing more personable, which is what I aspire to do in my own writing; I want the reader of my work to know me just by reading a work I wrote. I also enjoyed how the author provided so much background behind the show, including that the show was meant for Webber's wife to sing.
What drew me into this article was how the author conveyed the reality of being in a musical, particularly the exhaustion that comes with it. This is shown as the author claims: "When the show started, the melodies were constantly going through my head," Hershey recalls. "And I would wake up in the middle of the night and hear some tunes. My son loved the music so much, it was playing on the radio every time I came home. I had to ask him not to play it. But then, after a few weeks, I got to the point where if somebody asked me to sing something from the show, I couldn't do it. Somehow, my brain just repressed it" (Schulman 1). Using this article as a mentor text, I can use this as a guide to not be afraid to not be brutal or to convey the absolute truth in my writing.
What drew me into this article is how the author depicts technology is a character itself, the monster. I think it is very interesting to claim that a physical object is a character. Using this article as a mentor text, I am interested in describing how the paper in "The Post" is a character as it plays the antagonist.
What I find enjoyable about the article is how the author addresses the multiple issues addressed in this movie, which are not limited to: women leadership, freedom of the press, government relations, etc. I also enjoy how it breaks down and analyzes one specific phone call from the movie. Because of reading this article, I have new ideas on what to write about in my essay; I specifically enjoy how Kay shows leadership despite what other men say around her.
What drew me into this article is how the author analyzed the science behind what occurs in the movie. It is even claimed that some aspects of this movie are very realistic, especially as Jim forms depression after being isolated for so long. Using this article as a mentor text, I can use logos and facts to persuade the reader of my writing to believe what I am stating.
This article analyzes how the traumatic events of ‘Stranger Things 2’ affects the characters and how those affects are displayed in the show. What drew me into this article was how the author used excellent vocabulary. Such imagery through the use of language is shown as he discloses, “But they’re also intangible fears made literal—indistinct kinds of anxiety channeled into vanquishable enemies” (Gilbert 1). Also, this author acknowledges that the true affects of this type of trauma are not displayed on the screen, and the same can be said about "The Post" by Steven Spielberg. Before "The Post", Kay Graham was in a consuming marriage that was utterly humiliating; however, the affects of this trauma are not shown well on screen. This article makes me wonder about why Steven Spielberg did not talk more about Kay’s past experiences and how it affected her entire life; this is definitely something I may choose to write about.
What drew me into this article is how the author openly criticizes "Stranger Things" for the lack of character development. I thoroughly enjoy how the author uses logos by using evidence from the show to persuade the reader that her view is valid. The author provides specific evidence that each character is restricted to certain things in this show; for example, Eleven is restricted to her powers and her Eggos. This article has given me an idea to write about how "The Post" does not fully characterize Kay Graham. Using this as a mentor text, I can use this to be more critical in my writing because frankly, there are flaws in every movie or TV show.
What I am most fond of in this article is how the author accurately depicts the problems that could be avoided in the plot of "The Passengers", including events that would never happen in real life. It is also very enjoyable to be reading a piece of work while instantly getting the personality of the author behind it. A few sentences I would like to mimic are: "Okay, 120 years is a long time for a couple of people to stand guard, but couldn’t crew members put in a year or two each, pass the baton, and go back to sleep? Nope: We are asked to believe that once the ship leaves home you can wake someone up from suspended animation but not put them back into it, even though the ship is the size of a small city and the medical facilities boggle the 21st-century imagination. As Wallace Shawn in The Princess Bride would say, “Inconceivable!" (Edelstein 1). The author is displaying information, but when she says "Okay", "Nope", and then uses a quote from "The Princess Bride", the reader can definitely see who this author is (Edelstein 1). This article makes me wonder about the unbelievable events that occur in "The Post". Using this piece of writing as a mentor text, I can use this as a guide to make my writing more personable.
What drew me into this article was how personal the author was and how he establishes an instant connection. By using ethos, he makes the reader believe that everything he is telling is the ultimate truth. A sentence I would like to mimic is: "In a way, it is about how impossible it is for teenagers to imagine the emotional lives of their parents, or to acknowledge those stricken elders’ devastating sense of abandonment and uselessness when the child leaves home and they have to suppress the symptoms of anger, competitive rage and loss" (Bradshaw 1). I also enjoy how Bradshaw uses the mother and daughter as a parallel to each other by denoting how even though their personalities are different, growing up was similar for them in many ways. Because of this article, I may choose to write my essay about the relationship Kay has with her daughter. By using this piece of writing as a mentor text, I have more insight into what a true mother daughter relationship is like.
What drew me into this article was how Hans described how this was the debut of Greta Gerwig as an actress. She further goes on to explain: "Still, the endearing shagginess and goofy imperfection associated with Gerwig’s work in front of and behind the camera are noticeably absent in this polished, muscular, Oscar-nominated debut proper" (Hans 1). Hans' structure of the article is very appealing; there are about four to five sentences in each paragraph and about four paragraphs; it is not too long where the reader loses interest, but it gives enough information about the topic at hand. A sentence I would like to mimic is: "Her writing is alive with beautiful bon mots, but also an acute sense of class anxiety in post-9/11, pre-financial crash suburban America, with the McPherson family’s worries about Lady Bird’s tuition fees given as much screen time as her romantic exploits" (Hans 1). By using this piece of writing as a mentor text, I can use this as a guide for structure in my essay.
What drew me into this article is how the author describes how “The Post” is a true representation of feminism. He provides specific evidence supporting this claim as he denotes, “But while men who ran the world, it was Graham who ran The Post. And so it fell to her to decide whether to risk losing the paper by standing up for her readers and journalistic principle -- by standing against the most powerful men in the country (Scott 1)”. I also admire how Scott addresses that politicans need to be held accountable for his actions as he discloses, “The Post” becomes both a feminist statement as well as an convincing argument of why an aggressive and adversarial press is not only desired but necessary if we’re to have any hope of keeping the henhouse foxes at bay in Washington” (Scott 1). Reading this article has given me ideas of writing about how Kay Graham’s bravery deciding to post the papers proves that she is just as powerful as the men who work for the paper. Using this as a mentor text, I can use the author’s perspectives in my own writing.
What drew me into this article was the structure that the author laid the information in. The information was very detailed, but it was spread in a numerous amount of paragraphs. I also enjoyed viewing how the author provided a parallel between 1971 and present day: the government still will do everything in its’ power to stop the spread of classified information. And with the internet, this is not an easy job for the government. This article makes me wonder more about Nixon’s perspective during the release of the Pentagon Papers and the pressure he was faced with. Using this article as a mentor text, I can use this as an example for structure and also analyze this to learn more about what 1971 was like for different papers.
What drew me into this article is how the author makes a parallel between the 1970’s and present day. He makes this parallel by describing how women do not speak up about their opinions or important issues; Kay Graham was closed when surrounded by men in the workplace, and Ivanka Trump is a smart woman but never seems to speak up about important issues in this country. Another piece of information I enjoyed reading was that Meryl Streep even admitted that Kay Graham was not entirely portrayed as Streep claims, “She was glancingly there” (Buckley 1). Streep even goes in furthermore to explain the inequality between men and women in the past and how it still occurs today. Using this as a mentor text, I can use this as proof in my writing of how Kay Graham was not accurately portrayed.
This article considers the perspective of Mr. Ellsberg as he races around for a while trying to decide what to do with the papers. I enjoy reading about Mr. Ellsberg because he is the reason why the Pentagon Papers were even spread in the first place. A sentence I would like to mimic is: “Mr. Ellsberg’s disillusionment with the conflict had simmered for years before boiling over in the summer of 1969, at a conference on resisting the war, according to his 2002 book, “Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers” (Chokshi 1). I would like to use this article as a guide for my own writing because Chokshi uses vocabulary that produces imagery, but it is also very clear what he wants to convince the reader. Because of this article, I am considering writing about how the Pentagon Papers have affected Mr. Ellsberg’s entire life.
I was instantly hooked by this piece of writing as the author incorporates element of “The Post” into his writing by mimicking the chaotic nature of the movie. Some phrases I would like to mimic would be: “Smoking in the workplace. Smoking and drinking over leisured lunches in panelled dining rooms, which get interrupted by people bringing urgent notes. Dialler phones. Payphones. Hot metal type. Newsroom shirtsleeves and ties mostly done up. An American president who is evil but not stupid” (Bradshaw 1). This article makes me more interested in writing about how the cinematographer captures the climax of the movie—including what techniques he uses and the lighting as well. The author also describes “The Post” as an actual character, and the more I think of it, it is as it affects the lives of so many other characters. Using this as a mentor text, I can incorporate different phrases into my writing to create more chaotic tones in my essay—because chaos is the one word that describes “The Post” perfectly.
I was instantly hooked by this piece of writing because it shows how Vivian is a strong female character who does not use Edward for his money. This character provides a parallel to Kay specifically as some see Kay and Vivian as weak. What I enjoy most about the article is that the author takes risks in choosing in argument that not many people can agree with, but does provide evidence to back his claim up. By using this mentor text, I would mimic how the author takes risks within his writing. After reading this article, I would like to read more about strong female characters in movies and television shows who are also seen as weak by the audience.
The most interesting elements of this piece of writing is how the author is so personable in her writing. As she talks about seeing the movie in the theater, it is like the reader is actually watching the movie with her. A sentence I would like to mimic is: "As in a clearly fictitious incident in the film — small spoiler alert — when Bradlee dispatches an intern to spy on the competition at the New York Times, I tried to hang back and eavesdrop on the two legendary figures discussing the next morning's headline" (Delan 1). By talking about her own personal experience watching the film, the reader also sees a bit of the author's personality, which makes the writing more exciting. She also discusses how printing the Pentagon papers has impacted journalism for the rest of time. Not only does she include statistics, but she describes how the Washington Post is very successful now. Using this piece of writing as a mentor text, I would like to be as personable this author is. I want the audience to feel very comfortable and to get excited as they are reading my work.
Even though Manohla Dagris analyzes many aspects of "The Post", what attracts me the most about her analysis is how she conveys that Kay's character ultimately represents what it was like for a woman at the time. Although she was the owner of the Washington Post, the men around her assumed that she was weak and unstable to handle such a massive job. This sentence specifically caught my attention: "With small tilts of her head, darting looks, nervous flutters and a Brahmin imperiousness that gradually eases and warms, Ms. Streep creates an accurate moving portrait of a woman who in liberating herself helps instigate a revolution" (Dargis 1). I would like to use this piece of writing as a mimic for how to phrase words so beautifully while the reader directly understands what the author is saying. Because of this article, I definitely wish to explore the power and strength Kay Graham eventually has over those men despite their many doubts about her strength as a business owner.
I was instantly hooked by this piece of writing because it talks about the writer's perspective in writing season two of "Stranger Things", which is not talked about a lot in television. Based on this piece of writing, I may choose to write about the reasons behind Steven Spielberg's choices while creating "The Post". The Duffer Brothers specifically discuss the changes of Will and Eleven as characters in season two and the decision making process going into that. They were both scared to take Eleven away from the male characters but knew that it would make the show more exciting as a whole. I would definitely use this article as a mentor text because the authors are very personal with the audience. The three writers of this article write it in such a way that I feel like I am talking to the Duffer Brothers, which I desire to incorporate into the writing.
Anthony Lane's analysis of Kay Graham and the pressure she faces every day compels me to explore that topic in my own writing. The line that specifically caught my attention was: "We first see her wake up, with a start, in a bed strewn with papers and books; entering a restaurant, she knocks over a chair; now and then, she has to take puffy little breaths, like a reluctant swimmer nerving herself at the pool's edge. Not that you can blame her, for the water is infested with men" (Lane 1). Even though this is only two sentences, the reader has an incredible image of the pressure and anxiety Kay faces everyday. Lane also explores the many symbols in the movie that show that Meryl Streep is really not welcome in many aspects of the company. By using this article as a mentor text, I have an insight on how to be descriptive while also getting straight to the point.
What drew me into this article is the parallel I find between Tonya Harding and Kay Graham; they are both strong women who face many struggles in their lives. These struggles both come from other people around them doubting them, which in turn makes them doubt themselves. What I particularly like about this article is while proving Tonya is a strong character, the author engages a large amount of sympathy for Harding as her mother treated her horribly; at one point, Harding was found to have a black eye. I also want to incorporate the amount of textual evidence Edelstein grabbed directly from the movie; I want the reader to be able to have more of an idea of who Kay Graham is. Because of this article, I definitely want to explore how Kay Graham's husband's suicide made her inevitably stronger as a businesswoman.
David Edelstein's analysis of the mother daughter relationship in "Ladybird" is very compelling. By providing two scenes of straight textual evidence from the movie, the reader is able to see how passionate he is about the film at hand. I like how he is very personal with his writing, but does not let that damage his writing in any way; it actually helps. This article makes me want to explore the mother-daughter relationship between Kay and her daughter in The Post. As Daniel claims, "You can hear in that scene the mother-daughter intimacy as well as the way in which Marion gets so under Lady Bird's skin that the teen's anger seems out of proportion", it perfectly describes the mother-daughter relationship, compelling me to use this article as a mentor text.
Based on this piece of writing, I may choose to write about Nixon's role and his true power in the 1971 Vietnam scandal. I did not realize how much of a danger he was until Ellsberg claimed, "Macho Bernard Barker of the Bay of Pigs, a CIA asset - said that his mission was to break both my legs. But I don't think that would have shut me up totally in the hospital bed. I think they probably wanted something to happen to my jaw" (Chang 1). The power of the government is furthermore explained as Ellsberg was supposed to be attacked (Chang 1). I admire how Davies asks Ellsberg the hardest questions including asking the reasoning behind his decision and if he was prepared for the consequences. Using this piece of writing as a mentor text, I would choose to mimic the author's analysis and desire to find out the truth of this entire scandal.
This is the only article I have read about "The Post" that mentions the first amendment, the right to publish, which is very important in this film. The government wants to rid the papers the right to publish the Pentagon, but the public deserves to know the truth about what has happened to their families. The first amendment is obviously important to Ben Bradlee as when he immediately finds out that this occurred, he urges Kay to post. Reading this article, I also notice that the author talks about how the sounds and Steven Spielberg's directing made this film as dramatic as it is, and I completely agree. Because of this article, I would love to continue reading about how the subtle cinematic qualities make a huge difference in the film.
This article makes me wonder what Kay Graham values more---her business or her personal relations. As Justin Chang directly quotes an entire scene from "The Post", the reader can obviously see that she has been close to two past presidents. Because of this, I may consider writing how Ben Bradlee had a huge influence over Kay Graham as he constantly told her to print the papers. I would like to explore the idea that if she had not been friends with Ben Bradlee, the Pentagon papers would have never been published. Chang even comments on their relationship, stating, "It's also a fascinating portrait of the respectful but combative relationship between Graham and the Post's hard-headed editor Ben Bradlee, played with irascible glee by Tom Hanks". This article has allowed me to have many more viewpoints and ideas about "The Post" as a result of Chang's thorough analysis.