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Friday, October 4, 2013

Burn After Reading

Everybody told me going into this movie that I’d either love it or hate it. That list is short and includes my sister and two cute college coeds renting a movie in front of me at the Redbox location I acquired this movie from. I guess I fall into the later category. What I saw here is bouts of vituperative outbursts, frequently and flagrantly. Radom spouts on unrivalled temper tantrums not to mention moronic incompetent and completely idiotic characters. Remind me again why I rented this movie. Oh yea Jill recommended it. Dam it Jill. While I must admit the acting was sound and the story well written. I am not really sure what I got out of this movie. Movies are supposed to lift you up and make you feel better. Depressing and or realistic tragedies are at least supposed to make feel more proud of what you do have in life and not focus on what you don’t. This movie is dubbed a comedy however. When did I once laugh at this film. Let me tell you something I did not once I did not even break a smile. I more or less broke down into tears that I had just wasted 96 minutes of my morning wallowing through this allegedly macabre type film. I am a fan of dark comedies however. I am just a more of a fan of Tim Burton along with Jonny Depp as apposed to the Coen Brothers along with anybody else they cast frequently like Francis MacDormit who was Golden globe nominated for her performance in this piece. It was also Golden Globe nominated for Best Picture Musical or Comedy. Since no one sung a word I can only assume this film was under the Comedy Genre. Well we all know what happens when you assume don’t we. 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