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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Shinning

The opening credits music is scored by an ominous eerie and in a ways over the top and melodramatic theme . Much like the black and white movies of yesteryear. The first twenty minutes are both forbidding and foreboding. None of these observations are complaints mind you just simply points of notice. Good ones at that. I also noticed that movie is a little longer than most movies now a days. Today’s young attention span seems to peak at about an hour and a half. This horror movie classic is the perfect length at two hours and twenty six minutes almost an hour over the dreaded dribble Hollywood calls horror movies today. What perfect casting this movie has. I mean seriously Jack Nicholson as a man named Jack who goes berserk and kills or attempts to kill his wife and son. Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd and the two remaining families members along with Scatman Crothers as the overly concerned and a bit too curious hotel cook whom also has the gift of the “Shinning”. The son Danny is the second. My only concern is why the two main males leads and father and son characters both have the same charter name as that of the corresponding actor. Most probably a mere coincidence considering the screenplay is adapted from a preexisting Stephen King novel. Once again a reflection or concern rather than a complaint. If anything it is a compliment. This movie is scary as Hell. It is eerie, thought provoking, spine tingling and most of all just plain horrifying. Perfect ingredient for a horror movie. It sort of perfect that Halloween is just a few day a way. Or that the Phillies are a few innings from winning a World Series.I mean how scary is that. The rivers of blood in the hotel hallways and ‘Double Hint Twins’ are good too. Notice I said ‘Double Hint Twins’ since they are hints of things to come. I could not find a good time to pee during this film. I didn’t want walk away for merely a second. I had to fold laundry too and that was a chore considering how griping this movie was. Stanly Kubrick was at his best when at the helm of this cinematic horror master piece. As was Stephen King when he wrote the book. This movie will stick in your craw for years to come. I saw it years ago and couldn’t wait to see or better yet experience it again. 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!

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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