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Friday, April 19, 2013

This is Spinal Tap

This is a classic film. It is a rockumentary, documentary and mockumentary all rolled into one. It is a comedy about a medicore fictional 80’s rock band who never really found their groove in life. It chronicles the adventures on one fateful tour and gives their brief history and how they can not keep a drummer alive for long. Rob Reiner did double duty on this film he directed it and also stared in it as the commentator/narrator on this long road trip. While he is credited as a co-writer most of the movie was adlibbed and left on the cutting room floor along with his writing. It is a comic masterpiece in many perspectives and a dud in others. Either way it’s a unique vision and a film all movie viewers should add to their movie queue. The characters are all stereo typical rockers from the decade of my youth the 80’s . So is like a trip to the land of nostalgia and memories long since forgotten. I enjoyed this rather fascinating romp. Rob Reiner and Michael Mc Kean (Laverne and Shirley) were unrecognizable their big hair and Mike’s bighead was permanently tilted towards a girlfriend that matched his curly feathered and rather solid locks. While I did not laugh out loud this early Tuesday morning. I wanted to mind you that’s why I watched this particular DVD (I had 5 to choose from.) This was the one with the most promise. While I can’t promise you anything,I can only give my assessment. Those my friends are the viewpoints expressed in the preceding paragraphs. 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