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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Apart

I will admit this was not the first choice for a 39-year-old bachelor. I had to be at work by 5pm and I refused to pay $18 to see a decade old monster cartoon in IMAX/3D. I could not even pronounce the title of this film to the befuddled ticket taker. The film in question was a rare cinematic ballet. It was a first for me. The film was preceded by segment explaining the story line for idiots like me, as opposed to the more educated or female patrons. (Hi Cara and her sister.) It was not necessary however once the film started I was memorized. I was transported to a whole new world of beauty and magic. As I said before this was a ballet so no dialogue was spoken. The storyline was of a beautiful circus viewer sucked into a world of love and majesty. This is one of the rare times I wished I’d played the extra cash to see it in 3D. For while this film was memorizing I felt the entire 91 minute duration of this film like something perhaps a 3rd dimension was missing from this film. Director Andrew Adamson (The Shrek films and The Chronicles of Narnia series) did a masterful job directing this big screen opera. The audience consisted of a lone father and his 3 preteen sons plus a pair Senor Citizens . We all left the theater in stunned silence. You might even say that I liked it so much “I nearly peed in my pants”. Alas, there was not a Pretty Woman in sight. 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