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Friday, May 10, 2013

History of the World Part One

We already know that Mel Brooks is a comic genius. Judging from this movie he must be a history buff as well. The start of this movie tells the audience about the beginning of time. The cavemen are the butt of the first skit and the only words spoken are that of the narrator Orson Wells. You laugh from beginning to end enjoy yourself all the way. Mel Brooks as usual plays multiple parts and has a cast of characters placed in every scene. Brooks' spoofs both his own religion (Judaism) but to be fair he makes fun of Christians as well. This movie is an excellent catalyst for some conversations on history. It is a great learning tool as well. Teachers can show this movie to their students and discuss the subtle humor in every scene. It has been greatly discussed over time weather or not Mel Brooks ever intended to make A History Of The World Part Two. It is the opinion of this humble critic that he was only pulling our leg from the start. Part two was never part o his plan nor should it be. I always say don’t mess with perfection. This movie may not be perfection it comes pretty darn close. A sequel would ruin this movie and be nothing more than a dismal disappointment and a Box office dud at that. While this may not be the best comedy ever made. It may not even be Mel Brooks’ best I've i after all at 27 years old a classic. It is a title that brings a smile to everyone face and it seems to be a movie that everyone has scene as well. I say let sitting dogs lie and Mel Brooks stay in retirement. He deserves it . 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.

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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