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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

All That Jazz

I am told the secret to a good article is having a great opening line. Well let me tell you I am bereft of one of those. So I’ll just tell how I felt about this movie. I was confused, really confused. I see from the write up that this movie won four academy awards. After watching the first thirty minutes or so I cannot imagine how. The beginning was boring and lame. I debated several times turning it off but figured what kind of critic would I be if I did that. Well let me tell you some thing this movie picked up. The last two thirds of this movie was better. They were just confusing. For a while I followed along with the story but the end confused me more than anything. It was not till the final scene that it all made sense. I guess this is just one of those types of movies. Roy Scheider starred in this movie and was in virtually every scene. He plays a pill popping, sex addicted, over worked alcoholic who just so happens to smoke a lot too. His stress level is through the roof and it eventually ends him up in the hospital. The rest of the movie takes place from there and is a dandy to keep track of. The film is well choreographed and expertly done. It has great music through out and truly lives up to it name (at least in that aspect.) After finishing this film I’m not sure whether I liked it or not. It was not bad; it just was not fantastic either. It truly deserved the Oscars it won. They include best Costume Design and Best Music. It did not win best picture though and I’m not surprised. It did not deserve it. Watch this movie for yourself however and you can decide. I found it on Xfinity under the Free Movies section. It is worth seeing just for the music. Mr. Scheider gives an Oscar nominated performance. This may be the role of his life. See it today and you decide for yourself. Grade C+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm