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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Stranger Than Fiction

For the longest time I have wanted to see this picture. I kept putting it off and off until finally I decided to stop procrastinating. I must say it was well worth the wait. This movie was clever, creative and insightful. I enjoyed it from start to finish and walked away entirely satisfied. The characters were all creative and well acted. Maggie Gyllenhaal stole the show however as the cookie chef turned love interest in this comedy/drama. I want to see more of her in past and future movies. The entire supporting cast performed well though. From Dustin Hoffman to Queen Latifah the cast was excellent. The writing was creative and clever and the pacing was perfect. This movie was 113 minutes long. It did not seem like two hours though. The screenplay was brilliant and the movie was just well written. The language in this movie was brief and the sexuality was not overly offensive. There were a few love scenes but they were well done and no skin was shown in any of them. The best was left to your imagination and that is the way a sex scene should be. This movie will not make any top ten lists nor will it be rented again. It was good for a one time viewing and will be go down on my list as an enjoyable film. I recommend renting it today and judging for yourself. You after all are your own best critic. 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.

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