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Friday, March 29, 2013


Here is a different type of movie. It is creative original and refreshing. While the story line is quite simple it is rather complex as well. The plot can be summed up in just one word; drugs. The enjoyment you will derive from this film can not be summed up in any amount of words, other than to say it must be seen to be understood. This is a story of a drug deals gone bad. It is told from three different vantage points. The movie is so complex it is amazing that the writers managed to fit it all in to one 103 minute film. Yet there are scenes however where that time frame seems to long. I found myself nodding off at times as well as having to rewind at the end of the film when the closing credits scrolled across the screen. The cast is chop full of more popular to the small screen stars such as Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf. It also features Sara Polley and the now all too famous Katie Homes. ( No couches for you Mr. Cruise) They all come together quite magnificently in this neatly written film. The frequent violence and sexuality is necessary to tell such a dark story like a drug deal gone bad. There are actually touches of comedy in the end and throughout the film as well. The opening scene is one anyone (almost anyone) can relate to. Where Sarah Polley stars a grumpy teenaged grocery store cashier. (Nobody I know for sure) It all comes together rather magically in the end and may even change the way I look at other films. (See Boondock Saints) I will recommend this movie to a friend. I say go and watch it today. 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!

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