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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Natural

When it comes to baseball epics this one is a homerun. When it comes to all around dramas enjoyable pictures and entertaining classics. The Natural is in the words of Shel Silverstein Almost Perfect. Maybe just like Mary Hume in the aforementioned poem I wont get into heaven when I die. But maybe just maybe if this movie is heavenly like many of its fans describe. I don't want to get past St. Peter and the pearly gates. This movie has a great supporting cast including, the always beautiful consistently breathtaking yet somewhat annoying Kim Basinger. The ever present and reliable Robert Duvall. The veteran female presents of Glenn Close and Barbara Hersey. (they are only one year difference in age) But Wilford Brimley steals the show. He plays Pop Fisher, the forever grumpy yet, genuinely caring coach who screams, rants and lambasts his players for every move, error and collision they commit. He is in this movie the polar opposite of the caring gentle grandfather I first discovred him on in Our House. Yet he is perfectly cast in this role. The direction by the always-dependable Barry Levinson is up to snuff in this film. The score by Randy Newman is pulse pounding and unforgettable. (As well as being Oscar nominated) The cinematography is fantastic. The only downfall this movie has is it's pacing. Its 2 hour and 18 minute length seems to drag on at times. It lingers on seemingly pointless plot points and doesn't focus on others pivotal elements. While I enjoyed it from start to finish there were some questions it didn't answer and scenes I thought doddled on insensibly Grade A-

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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