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Friday, March 1, 2013

Amos and Andrew

If you are a dedicated follower of my blogspot you know how hard I am on comedies. I often will pan them saying how they were not funny and failed to make me laugh. While I admit I did not laugh out loud at this 95-minute film I was laughing on the inside and found many scenes to be overly humorous and even down right funny. The two lead actors both play parts similar to that they have done before. Neither one of them exactly stretches his scope as an actor but neither needs too. They both play the parts they play so well and should play more often. Those actors in question are none other than Nicholas Cage (Amos) and Samuel L Jackson (Andrew). The story line is fairly simple. The two characters are teamed up by a series of blundering errors and ignorant happenstance. Dabney Coleman plays the small town sheriff who is running for office and puts the two opposites together to cover his own idiotic series of errors. I’d go into more details but that may give away too much of the movie. Let me just sum up by saying this is not a film you want to watch if you are looking for deep philosophical meaning and depth of character. It is a comedy after all and is not meant to be analyzed for meaning. The movie does do its job however and entertains you. Look for it on DVD or find like I did for free on Xfinity Comcast. Grade B+

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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!

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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