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Friday, October 4, 2013

Lions for Lambs

The Merriam-Webster New Edition Dictionary defines acting as follows. 1. To perform by action. 2. To take action. There was action in any of the three marquee players’ parts in this movie. Robert Redford, Meryl Steep and Tom Cruise never left their seats for this movie. They played it all sitting down. What did they think was implied when the director (Robert Redford by the way) yelled “action”? I can’t take this fact lying down. I mean really the entire main cast was sitting through the movie. Some how though it worked. A young slacking student named Todd Hayes (Andrew Garflield) stole the show. He under the mentoring of Professor Stephen Malley (Redford) learned to be a better student and made this a better movie as a result. Tom Cruise played a cocky and arrogant senator who spent the entire movie attempting to sell the Iraq war to Janine Roth. (Streep) A strong willed, diligent and experienced member of the press. Who doubted and questions the young politician the entire time. While I’m not exactly complaining here, where is the creativity, the imagination? Non of the actors are really stretching their already established acting skills here and none of the thus said characters is all that hard to believe. Especially when you know who plays the perspective roles. I guess this movie was comfortable for the creditable cast. Well I always give credit where credit is due the movie was enjoyable. On the other hand however I felt about as comfortable as the actors. (Maybe a little to comfortable, however.) I had to fold laundry and put them away in the next room while watching his film. I did it all to prevent myself from falling asleep as a watched this movie. This movie wasn’t exactly an alternative to sleeping pills it wasn’t a cup of coffee either. It was evenly paced and had a few (too few) flashes intro Iraq too. This movie is not on my to rent again list it’s not on my list of worst movies of the year either. Oh Well I suppose not all movie can be roller coaster rides. Hollywood must make some movies for the geriatric generation. 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