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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cars 2

I dedicate this review to the super smart little one seen just to the left of this review on my blogspot. Now that he moved three time zones away I need a car as fast as Lightning Mc Queen to go visit him for the weekend. The “Walking Encyclopedia” has just turned 9 and I sure do miss him. Hey Drew, how are you enjoying Arizona? I walked out of this film with mixed feelings. The ultra thin waitress at Chili’s had seen the film before me. She too has a young boy about 7 or 8 who much like my devotee Drew loved the first Cars movie. She summed up my feeling in one felt swoop. “This one felt like it had been more aimed at the adults (in the audience) than the children.” I agree. I am after all I am an adult and I somewhat enjoyed this film. Please note the use of the word somewhat. The closer I got to home her (the waitress’) words sunk in more and more. It’s true this film seemed aimed more at the adult crowd, (mostly male by the way) than its allegedly intended audience of children. In fact it was an adult at my complex that was bragging about it so strongly. If this is true, than I frown on Disney for changing the target audience of their picture. Walt Disney Pictures is supposed to be synonymous with films and content aimed a younger audience. Well congratulations Disney you caved in and changed the focus of your film to the breadwinners in the family. What a pity just when our economy seems to be recovering. Over all though this was an entertaining film. It seemed a little long for me however (or most kids for that matter) at 113 minutes. This disappointing film almost made me forget about the appetizing coming attractions and incredibly creative Toy Story themed Pixar short film that preceded it. I walked out of the theater having aged nearly two hours (just seven minutes short of two hour actually) then when I walked in. There are two words in that last sentence may sum up this film so distinctly. Those words are aged and seven. As I said before the film and it content seemed aimed for a different age of viewers. Age after all is a compound use of the word age. The other word is seven. All I can give this film on a scale of one to ten is a seven. 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