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Saturday, May 4, 2013


I want some atonment for seeing this movie. I waited for it to be over and anxiiosly awaiting the end. While I admit the direction was perfect and the acting amazing. It was just flat out boring. I see movies every day I live breath a die movie but I never heard of thismovie or saw it in any theaters. I only heard about it when the oscars came out. The Oscars by the way rarely if ever like popular movies. Proof of this Gandi won Best Picture over E.T. in 1983. E.T. was directed by Steven Spielburg. One of the most popular diectors of our time. Gandi was directed by a director (Richard Attenborough)I never heard of and couldn’t even Google his other films. The film was over 3 hours long and nobody I know saw it. The Academy never seems to nominate the popular films and the popualr films are the ones that make money. Isn’t that what movies are all about. Isn’t that what America if not the whole world is all about. Atonment was nominated for 7 Academy Awards. In my book that’s 7 reasons to snore through this drama. The last two movies I saw that were Oscar nominated I didn’t like. Atonment and Michael Clayton were both nominated for 7 Oscars a piece. I didn’t get either one of them. Maybe it’s me. I have no desire to see No Country for Old Men or There Will be Blood. Just the titles creep me out. I know there is an expression you can’t read a book by it’s title. Perhaps you can judge a movie by it’s iitle though. After all if you don’t like the ttile then why spend your hard earned money on the movie. I Keep telling my self if I want to be a movie critc then I must broaden my horizons. I thinkI ’d prefer to be close minded then. While I must admit there was nothing wrong with this movie I just failed to enjoy it. The scenery was breathtaking. The charachters were well drawn out and easily understandable. It wasn’t a fun movie to see. It was dull! Sleep was more envigorating than this movie. I need to get some more of it so I’m going back to bed right now. Grade F

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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