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Monday, April 8, 2013

Mozart and The Whale

This is a rather unique love story about how love is never more than a car crash away. The opening scene depicts Donald Morton (Josh Hartnett) as cabbie who is currently working for the last taxi cab company in LA that hasn’t fired him yet. When he crashes into the back of a flower delivery van everything starts coming up roses. He is forced into spending all of his time with his Asperger’s support group. When a newcomer Isabelle Sorenson (Radha Mitchell) comes into the motley crew of dysfunctional individuals he is instantly smitten. He is quiet and laid back and afraid of people in general. She is out spoken, loud and untamable. She doesn’t fit into the groove of normality (who does?) and he falls for her at first sight or should I say 1st shout. Radha Mitchell is colorful and beautiful. Josh Hartnett is not. As you know opposites do attract. They form perfect onscreen chemistry even if the class they are taking is math. Speaking of math he is a numbers whiz. He counts down the seconds on a microwave and has numerical calculations in his head for each second interval. The supporting cast is stellar. They all play out standing patients well. While I have never seen any of them in other films they do their craft justice and play their parts to near flawless wonder. This movie however is far from perfect. It makes this victim of Asperger’s feel uncomfortable watching it and drags on at times in the middle. Well may be that’s the point. Perhaps the writer (Ronald Pass) an/ or director (Peter Naess) wanted you to relate to people with this form of autism and let you know how the people around them feel as well. If this is the case than this movie deserves my highest grade. I simply didn’t love it though. Much like I’m not liking writing this rather difficult review. 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