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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Alvin and The Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks first debuted in comic book form back in the late 1950’s. It was loved and adorned by children of the time and later spawned into a Saturday morning cartoon and loved by millions of Americans each weekend morning. The only problem is those children are now old and tired. The screenplay of this movie fits the same description. Now stop me if you heard this one. A young twenty something year old male is down on his luck and his job as an advertising agent is in the toilet. He is in love with the girl next door but she tries to stay away form him as much as possible. Finally something happens that makes him look good. He suddenly becomes rich and popular and discovers he has a heart. I’m not sure but I think I saw that film last week. Ironically enough that is what the film is. It is so totally “last week”. There is nothing original about it. There is nothing funny about it either. Considering that this film is considered a comedy I think that may be slightly important. What this film is is pathetic and worthless. I can’t believe it made enough money for a sequel to be made about it. Perhaps I am getting tough in my old age of 37 but within the first twenty minutes of this film I wanted to beat my self with a rubbe r mallet. Perhaps that would take the pain away of having to watch this entire film. The titular characters in this film are considered rodents and rodents eat mostly garbage. That is where this film belongs in the garbage. I am headed to the dumpster now and that is the only place perhaps where this film can flourish in is a trash heap. The idea behind this movie was good for a short comic book or a thirty-minute cartoon perhaps. The idea behind making into a full-length movie however is not a sound one. In the record business or perhaps I should say music industry everybody is looking for a new sound. Well this sound is six decades old. It was a novel idea in the past and after watching this movie I think that is where it belongs, in the past. Grade F

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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