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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Superman: The Movie (1978)

On December 24th I turned 38 years old. Superman was created in 1938. This movie s a result became the first film I watched at age 38. 2012 will not be the end of the world for me but instead be my year to soar. Let's get on with this review. The opening scene and crawl like credits came one year after Star Wars. Both films saw an entire planet being destroyed; the amazing John Williams scored both cinematic Armageddons. In this film , unlike the galaxy far far away, the audience along with the titular character is rocketed to Earth to tell the true heart of the story. That story is a good one. It is one that still exists today in consistent comic book form, a recently ended TV show, and an upcoming movie. Pretty man that never existed. The story is about a young boy with remarkable powers whom is discovered by two innocent farmers longing for a son to call their own. When that wish comes crashing to a halt in front of them they decided to raise the child on their own. The legend is appropriate for today. It is about a young child raised in tiny Kansas farm town known simply as Smallville. He leaves the farm behind and ventures into a virtual Fortress of Solitude. Where he later soars to a bustling Metropolis and becomes the hero that world is longing for. Wow, what a metaphor. You came here for a review of this film. So let's just do it. The special effects in this film are remarkable. The opening scene is one of virtual beauty and cinematic grace. The acting is good too. The main cast is a list of then unknown actors. That being said the credit and praise should go to the writers of the screenplay. They took a forty-year-old character and an unknown cast and made this movie an overnight hit. That is an accomplishment that is simply super. 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