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Monday, April 22, 2013

White Christmas

This movie started off looking like an old episode of MASH. The next few scenes were reminiscent of a salute to vaudeville. After that we had a little taste of the Honeymooners’ thrown in. Finally they got to the crux of the story. An actual plot was thrown into the mix. Within this chaos the story arose. It was surprisingly a good one. Two old army privates follow some pretty ladies to an old lodge in Vermont where their former old crony of general is running things. They decide to help out an old friend. Did I mention they (both couples) had a talent for song and dance. When they combine their talents and bring their popular Broadway show to an old lodge in Vermont they find love and devotion they never knew they possessed. Surprise, surprise there are a few knots in the rope. I mean really. what good would and movie be with out them. The musical numbers were excellent the acting was fine. I even liked the bruiting couples angle. The only thing I didn’t understand was the title of the movie. I realize it had to be a winter setting. The snow the whole lodge setting. I ‘m no idiot I got that point. Why oh why, was it called White Christmas? It could have taken place in any winter month from December 21 to March 20th. The only reason it was dubbed White Christmas is because Bing Crosby was the marquee name and that is his most popular song. Also it did start and end with that same musical number. Giving the movie a bookends like angle. ( not really though.) While the movie was entertaining it left me more confused than ever I expected at least some resemblance to Christmas. I got none. I therefore give this move a grade of… 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