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Saturday, February 23, 2013


Stop me if you heard this plotline before. James Belushi is an aging, ill-mannered cop who simply dos not get along with others. He is good at his job but he has broken the rules too many times and now he must take on a partner. The plan is that the partner will calm him down. This formula is as old as time. There is a catch this time however. His new partner has fleas, eats furniture and walks on four legs. That’s right. Jerry Lee is the name of a mean, old junkyard type of a dog whom even the K-9 unit is scared of. He is put together with Dooley (Belushi) and they must track down the towns big drug lord. I know what you are thinking. The plot is an age-old formula. Well guess what I’m not going to argue with you. This formulaic storyline is far from original. The movie works however if you just give it have a chance. This movie is considered a comedy. As well it should be. It is a staple of cop movies. It just so happens that I liked this film and found it to be amusing. The humor appealed to me and the storyline was just familiar enough to make me enjoy it. James Belushi played his stereotypical male role that does not seem to care about anything or anyone more than himself. You don’t need to always be new and inventive in today’s cinematic world. You simply need to be entertaining. This movie was simply that, entertaining. The characters were appealing. The storyline easy to follow and the comical moments were funny too. This movie is Rated PG-13 but I see nothing wrong with taking your kids too see it. There is some mild language in it and of course some action style violence. The sex is pretty much off screen and I found nothing in this film to be overwhelmingly offensive. Young boys make want to see it because it has a dog in it. Most parents will not be offended to take their kids. This movie has nothing in it kids have not seen in other ‘PG’ rated films. See it today however and decide for yourself. Grade B

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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.

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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