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Friday, March 8, 2013

Back to the Future

I remember back in the summer of 1985 when this movie came out. The title itself was the catchphrase. Everybody was asking, “How can you go Back to the Future.” It seemed like any oxymoron. The title did its job however. It drew people into the theaters on opening day. That is what movie want to now and it has always been Hollywood’s desire to make an opening day splash. This movie had it all though. It was the perfect blend of 80’s time line nostalgia and a potential classic story line that was both original and refreshing. Many people would like to go back in time to see their parents meet and fall in love. The only problem with this plot line is the main character invariantly prevented them from meeting and falling in love there for jeopardizing his very future. So now he must go back and be matchmaker to his nerdy father and beautiful mother. Oh yea did I mention his mother has the hots for him as well. The characters in this film were all perfectly placed. We have the nutty old professor; the oversized bully and we even have the pretty young girlfriend to boot. The soundtrack in this film was arguably Alan Silvestri’s best work ever and the hit song of Power of Love even scored Huey Lewis an Oscar nod. This movie was expertly directed by Robert Zemeckis and was the first in an amazing movie trilogy. Michael J. Fox graduated to the big screen in this film and even it helped boost the resume of Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson too. Oh yea, Christopher Lloyd was not bad either. So now matter how you slice it this movie is box office gold. I cannot think of a better way to start of my Summer Movie review of the week spot than with this film. It was 25 years old last year and still a popular rental on Netflix. It is now considered to many to be a classic. I therefore urge you to see it again today. If you haven’t seen before than what are you waiting for? 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