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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

Well once again it seems like Max and I disagree on a movie. He found this film to be vivacious and exciting I found it to be an excuse for a two hours and thirty-seven minute nap. I agree with my schoolmate that this film was well acted. I also agree that it was magnificently directed. I’ll even agree with Max about its breathtaking cinematography. Alas, the plot lacked the spark of my dead grandfathers long lost plastic lighter. Jessica Chastain was riveting as Maya the red haired spartan with an equal mix of attitude as brilliance. She clearly out sparked the men she rules over and may be the clear winner in this years Oscar race for Best Lead Actress. She won my heart as a crtic. I will point out that i am hardest on dramas. They often get my lowest grades and need a great deal of combustion to rate higher than a C most of the time. This film sadly falls into that category. While I was never bored to sleep during this overly drawn out drama, I was never riveted either. I am a hard critic. Most of my post Eastern reviews have gotten very high grades. (Unlike me) SO it is perhaps time I was disappointed in a current run movie. Grade C

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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