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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Yogi Bear

The first thing we noticed (my friend Kyle and I) when we watched this 2010 animated movie. This film was made to be seen on the big screen, It was also intended to been viewed with 3D glasses. The animation was designed to be seen and many of the key site gag visual effects were intended to be viewed in 3D. This in our opinion took away from the movie and at time made it almost difficult to view in a non-3D format. We muddled on any way looking for only a few laughs and hoping for a little humor in this 80-minute full-length feature. We got what we hoped for. There were only a few laughs and perhaps the tiniest amount of humor in this poorly written and completely predictable movie based on an age-old childhood cartoon neither one of us really watched as kids. We carried on however suffering through some foreseeable pitfalls and shall we say less then Oscar worthy performances. The movie was a comedy and it made us laugh occasionally so we decided to stick with this ho-hum film. In the end it was funny and brought a smile to our faces. It even brought a tear to my eye. I’m still not sure if that tear was a result of the joy of seeing the closing credits role across the screen or because I just stepped on a tack, either way my a tear fell down my cheek. It was a lone tear that a shed for this film and perhaps that is most apropos. This DVD release of a 3D film had only one thing going for it on Kyle’s TV screen. That single thing it had going for it was it ability to make us laugh and not focus on the other oh so obvious flaws in this lackluster full-length feature. I have said in past reviews that big screen comedies rarely make me laugh out loud. Well this one did for better or worse and that is worthy of at least a C in my book. It is not worth much more however since the writing in this screenplay and the acting of its cast was so obviously two-dimensional. (How ironic considering it was a 3D film.) There are some things out there and some movies being made today that were and are obviously best seen in their original format. This movie is one of them. 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!

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