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Friday, February 22, 2013

Hyde Park on the Hudson

When the usher told me this film was about FDR and it starred Bill Murray in the lead role I was intrigued. Can a comedic actor know mostly roles in films like Meatballs, Ghostbusters, and groundhog destruction really pull off a dramatic role? Well guess what he did, with ut most perfection. While Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln is the presidential film getting all the hype, attention and money come Oscar time, this film deserves some recognition too. Abraham Lincoln is mostly known for “freeing the slaves” and putting an end to the Civil War. FDR is seen as the president who served too many term during the great depression. I might be crazy but with the economy being as bad as it is today I think this movie might have more appeal. Alas, what do I know? I am simply an unemployeed film crtic. I have yet to see the aformentioned Oscar conteder prevously mentioned. It is however on my short list of films to see before the big day with the gold statues. I have on the other hand written over 900 movie reviews and this film is a must see. Watch it today with someone you love or even take that cute little brunnette at your gym to go see it. (Hi Nina!) Grade A

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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