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Sunday, February 24, 2013


This is the tale of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his prodigies Peter Brand. (Jonah Hill) The terrific two-some take a nothing low budget team like the 2002 Oakland A's and help them to make return to the playoffs after losing to those damn Yankees in October 2001. The central charater in this film is Billy Beane; he is the General Manager of this well-established baseball club. Beane trades away such big name high salary players like Jason Giambi to focus on Peter Brand's style of (statistics by numbers computer generated style of hardball.) He ignores the older well-established veterans of the game many on his own coaching staff. At times he goes, as far to trade away players as late as hours before the game starts. He is criticized and lamented but sets MLBB records in doing so and even wins a few fans along the way. The truth at the heart of the story however is how money is not always everything. Beane in his recording setting season is to focus on what is important in a player. His philosophy is to build up an individual player's confidence so he will be a better team player. Let's look at this film from a numerical viewpoint. First off it is a true story. The story itself is ten years old and just now presented to theater going audiences. Second, it is a movie released five months ago in September of 2011 (September 11th to be exact). It is just it's now reaching its full arch and velocity. In short, this film is a homerun. While the screenplay may be about the style of small ball engineered by Beane and Brand and therefore unfamiliar to audiences. It is a hit to audiences everywhere. In fact it may even appeal to certain overly critical editors whom I work with. 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