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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sixteen Candles

With all things in life things change over time. Three of my last posted movie reviews were about very recent (the last two years) sex comedies. I gave all three of them a very generous “C” and was not terribly entertained by any of them. Today I saw an 80’s sex comedy. It was at the request of my friend Adam and was long over due. Today at last I was entertained. While I admit a lot of the characters were tired cliché types seen in other films they were in this case appropriate. There was no on screen sex in this movie and instead a lot of good character development and comical sequences. This film (like my last three) featured a well-known director in the form of John Hughes. I have only seen two of his films so far (The Breakfast Club is the other) but I’m pretty sure his films were never raunchy or “R” rated like the more recent films in this genre. I am aware of the expression “some things get better with age” yet I am also familiar with the one that says, “less is more”. It appears today that less is not more and perhaps movies today have gone too far and are pushing the envelope a bit too much. This movie was one of the most creative pieces I’ve seen this week. It was an “oldie but a goody” but this 37-year-old amateur film critic enjoyed it far more. We are all entitled to our opinions and I may see more films like No Strings Attached and Love and Other Drugs on the big screen in the near future. I hope however the films of the future take another path and focus on creativity and character development as apposed to sex, sex an more sex. I have nothing against a good ‘role in the hey’ mind you I just don’t want to see my favorite young stars doing it constantly on the big screen. If you want sex rent a porno. There are plenty of them in production today. 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.

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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