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Monday, April 8, 2013

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr.T

Ok, I must admit I’ve always been hesitant when watching movies on TV. I was even more wary of the selection on choices on TCM. I once told my sister (the drama freak) don’t rent me any movie not made in my lifetime. This is about the fifth movie or so I’ve watched and reviewed that had broken open the theory I spouted to way back in my younger more naive high school days. The first few movies I’ve reviewed older than me have gotten averged 3.8 GPA. This film will not break that mold. I was hooked when the narrator told me it was a live action Dr. Seuss film. I loved his work from before my movie watching days. I was indulged by the opening credits and majestic score that accompanied thus said credits. I was in love by the opening scene. I never fell out of the dream like state for the entire 89 minute run of this classic feature film. The storyline is simple. A pint sized reluctant pianist named Tommy is forced to practice his piano lessons by his obnoxious over bearing teacher ( Hans Corried) The teacher is the titular character and his name is Dr. Terwillker. (aka Dr.T). Unfortunately for Tommy his mother widowed mother is dead set on him becoming a music master and blind to see the overly dramatic characteristics of thus said piano instructor. While the lonely mother is oblivious as to the handsome young plumber who is literally right under her nose. (His name is August not Joe.) Young Tommy’s eyes or wide opened. (even if he is constantly dreaming) He dreams up a world of vivid imagination, lavish set pieces, a majestic Oscar winning score not to mention fantastic dialogue. His imagination holds no bounds. Probably because Dr. Suess’ holds none either. The viewer is therefore swept away in to a fantasy world of amazing musical numbers colorful characters, as well as vivid lighting. This weary worker was perfectly relaxed into a night of slumber by an astonishing lullaby on his TV screen. I will check out channel 59 (TCM) again in the future to see if I can wind down my hard laboring days to a perfect picture delivered to me for free by the geniuses at the Turner library. 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