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Monday, May 13, 2013


I normally like horror movies. This is an exception. Only from the diverted, brilliant mind of Steven King can we have such a dark tale emerge. This movie is bone chilling to it's core and scary in it's very essence. Mike Enslin (John Cusack) is a horror novel writer (big surprise considering the author) who is looking for the ultimate thrill. He stays in haunted hotel making up campfire stories as he goes from room to room. He never really believes in the tales of woe and admits to his apathy in his scarcely populated book signings. Then one day he gets a postcard the leads him to stay in a hotel room in New York City. The hotel is the Dolphin Hotel the room is number 1408. When he actually shows up the creepy hotel manager Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson) begs pleads and even bribes him not to stay in the room with such an ominous history. Enslin insists. Within just a few short minutes of checking into the room the terror begins. John Cusack delivers the performance of any a lifetime when he experiences unmitigated horror. The climate changes from tepid to frigid. Mike Enslin lives torture that make the audience shutter. Don't dare close your eyes or blink. This movie will scare the socks off you. Don't dare miss a beat or you will not experience the full felling or terror. 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