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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Lorax

This animated tale was released on Dr. Suess' 107 birthday. It tells the story of a mythical keeper of trees and one boy’s quest to bring them back again. He (he boy) does it all for the love of the girl next door. This is the story of one young man's perilous adventure and his quest to bring life to a dead, seemingly lifeless yet animated world. Ok, this is a 95-minute feature length film based on a 38 page children's book written in 1971. So in short a 41 year old, 38 pages and 95 minutes long. That being said it works. While Dr. Seuss is no stranger in turning his children’s books into screen worthy adventures. This is the first time on of those said tales was made into an animated, big screen, 3D, legendary film. Theodore Geigeial the true name of many children's favorite author has jaunted onto the both the small screen of television ad the larger format of the cinema multiple times before. Generations of children look forward to the Grinch stealing Christmas every year. In 1995 Seuss made his first jaunt onto the silver screen his most popular children’s tail. The Cat in The Hat ( a live action piece) starring Michael Myers in the titular role received a luke warm reception by critics and audience alike but it was his first feature length film never the less. Five years later he tried and failed again when he made How The Grinch Stole Christmas into another live action adventure. This time starring Jim Carry as the holiday thieving vermin. This second outing was not better. This is the best of the Suess films to date. Perhaps the lesson here is do not mess with success. If you re famous for your animated stories and how well they are told don't attempt to change the entire format and structure of that successful story. This film works, it captures the fun loving nature of Dr. Seuss and is animated to boot. The audience will be singing and dancing in the aisles of the theater. The voice cast is top notch featuring Danny De Vito, Zac Efron and the ever-stable Betty White. The lesson learned in this film is a good one and the villain is even fun to hate. Children of all ages are sure to love this movie. Even 38 (and especially year old bachelors who just finished their time ant Eastern University.) Just be careful you may get some odd looks as you sing the soundtrack of the film whilst walking down Route 30. 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.

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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