Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Head of the Mafia

The Godfather was filmed in 1972 and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino star as Vito Corleone and his youngest son, Michael. In New York, Corleone is in the phrasing of organized crime, a "godfather" which is the head of a Mafia family. Michael has rebelled against his father by enlisting in the Marines to fight in World War II and returned back as a captain and a hero. He rejected the family business a long time ago. He shows up at his sister Connie's wedding with his non-italian girlfriend, Kay who learns for the first time about the family business. During Christmas time, the godfather barely survives as he was shot multiple of times during a drug trafficking rival. Michael persuades his older brother Sonny, and family members Tom, and Sal that he will be the one to get revenge on the men. After he murders a police captain and the drug trafficker, Michael hides out while a war begins at home. Michael then falls in love and marries a local girl who was murdered by Corleone enemies. Sonny is also murdered. When Michael returns home, he convinces Kay to mary him, and his father recovers and makes peace with all his enemies. Later, Michael becomes the new godfather and leads his family into a new era of prosperity.

Overall this movie was very long, and I was beginning to get antsy. Its one of those movies that you really have to pay attention to in order to really understand it. But I enjoyed the story line, and the whole mafia concept. I would like to watch it again, so I can get a better understanding.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Group 3 introduction

For our audience we chose The California Board of Education. California is the most populated state in the country yet they buy their public school textbooks from Texas. The Texas Board of Education wants to remove key Hispanic and African-American figures from curriculum in the textbooks that California and the rest of the country buy. Significant people and events that were based in California are proposed to be removed. We believe that if we can convince California to draft and purchase textbooks that are generally well rounded, historically accurate and unattached to religious affiliation, other states will be able to buy a textbook other than Texas' if they choose.