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Friday, April 19, 2013

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away nobody knew what a prequel was. The most popular one I knew of was Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. Well it seems that since the Star Wars prequels hit theaters that prequels are a dime a dozen. The same truth holds true recently for Marvel Comic book themed movies. Well I guess the inevitable has happened. I finally saw a film I was overwhelmingly disappointed with. Unlike the Star Trek prequel in an adjacent theaters I wasn’t filled with love when I left this theater. All the ladies I spoke admitted they never saw a Star Trek movie or TV show before. Nevertheless they were bragging just as loud as the devoted and not so devoted Trekies. I fall into the later category. I am willing to admit I’ve never read a X-Men comic book before in my life. I have however seen all three prevoius films and most probably all 76 episodes of the 1989 -1992 animated series. That being said I was lost when watching this 107 minute feature film adaption of the most popular character in the best selling comic title to date. In fact he is the only character to spawn his own individual comic book. He is also the first to have his own self entitled movie. Maybe after watching this film there will be no more such disappointing prequels. Not being a fan of the comic book I didn’t recognize most of the smaller heroes. There seemed to be a plethora of them on the big screen at the end of this film. I did not recognize nary a one of them. What I did recognize though was a spew of worn-out cliché based characters I have seen before. Those characters were tired, mundane and unoriginal. The bad guys were more annoying than villainous and their initiative to kill the only good guy tired and not creative. This is not a film I’d suggest to the afformetoned ladies. Hell I’m not even sure I’d advise my male comic book crazed fans I want to see. In fact I’m not even sure I’d recommend it on DVD in just a few months from now. 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