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Saturday, May 4, 2013


Jimmy ‘Dodge’ Connelly is an aging “professional” football player in World War I time (1925) history. He attempts to hire a ex solder and war hero Carter Rutherford (John Krasinki) to boost moral as well as fan base for his pathetic soon to defunked football team. It back fires Rutherford falls for Dodge’s fiancee Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger) and all hell breaks lose on and off the football field. This movie is entirely fictional and yet not entirely plausible. The humor is cold at best. Just like it is during football season. I was never entirely pleased and never remotely humored or amused. I was fumbling at the decision to even write a review for this so so film. Leatherheads is mediocre at best. It never really scores with it’s audience and fails to merit a safety on a football sized scale. A true Philadelphia Eagles fan at heart this movie failed to get me as excited as watching my team play. Sure the Eagles often make it to the playoffs they’ve never won a Super Bowl. Leatherheads doesn’t even have a winning record much less make the playoffs. I never really laughed once. I think I chucked a few times but I’m not even sure off that maybe it was just gas. I used my first free admission ticket to see this movie but I still feel as if I wasted my money. Maybe if not my money at least my time. There goes one hour and 54 minutes I’ll never really get back. I could of spent what little free time i has doing more productive things like watching paint dry. While this movie is not as boring as watching paint dry it’s not much more entertaining either. The movie is supposed to be a screwball comedy. The only one who’s really screwy in this movie is the audience. It feels as if I was screwed over when seeing this film. While it wasn’t bad enough to make my raspberry list it wasn’t good enough to even mention either. This movie is best if left alone. It won’t make much more money and may even be out of theaters. Grade C+

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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