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Sunday, April 14, 2013


          Once again I found myself, skimming over the movies on free On Demand. Once again I found a movie I might like. This time I was correct. I liked this movie. You might even say that I was Hooked. But alas I was not. I turned it off two times before completing it and took a nap between viewings.

           Once this movie got started it was good. Once the plot started moving it was fun. It is just a shame it took the movie an hour to get to that point. This 141 minutes feature film was slow in the beginning. Slow enough to put me back to sleep. At last it picked up and when it did it really had some momentum. It is just a shame it needed such a drastic push to get there.

       Don’t get me wrong I liked this film as a whole. It told a complete story, it had no unnecessary parts and it did it with flavor. The film was just not immediately to my liking, so it wont get an ‘A’ in the end. What grade will it get you ask? You probably already know. I am sure you peaked. Be sure and read the rest of the review however to find out how it got there.

         The acting was excellent. Then again what do you expect from the likes Of Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts. The direction was good too. It was Steven Spielberg after all. When Steven Directs John Williams scores. So it sounded good as well.

      The pacing was just a little off. Sorry Steven. I still enjoyed it from start to finish and was fulfilled with a complete and total story. With Five Oscar Nods to its name I guess I should be less critical. Then again I would not be me if I were less critical. To sum up the movie was good. Slow at first and excellent in the end. It told a complete story and was acted and directed to perfection. Why didn’t I love it then? I don’t know. I guess I’ll have to see it again to find out.

                                                                                                                                            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