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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Family Man

Nicholas Cage returns to the dramatic type role that helped make him a star. He plays a Scrooge like business executive who discovers what it may have been like if he married his college sweetheart. (Tea Leoni). This is another what if movie (see It’s a Wonderful Life) that shows that you obviously can’t have financial success and love too. In Mr. Destiny the main character went from rags to riches in his alternative loveless life. In Family Man Cage goes from riches to rags but discovers true love. It was the typical pull at the heartstrings, a fairly predictable movie that audiences will never fail to enjoy. (If it’s written well) This movie was not only written well, it was acted well too. You were able to laugh as well as cry. You found yourself identifying with the characters and even seeing some familiar faces in the many familiar characters. They are textbook clich├ęs. They remain tired if you want them to be but written well enough that you can enjoy them. It is definitely one of those movies that you will tell your friends about and want to see again and again. 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