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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

28 Weeks Later

There are rules to surviving a horror movie. If you break the rules people die. The rules were broken, as a result people died. This sequel takes place in the not to distant future from the original 28 Days Later. In 28 Days Later zombies have taken over the island of England. In this outing, the American military has come into clean up the mess. This movie has a lot of formulaic plot syndromes. First of all it is a sequel, secondly it is a sequel with a military presence. You can imagine all the clich├ęs that go along with the above scenarios. Well this movie uses them all. We have the female that cares too much. We have the two male buddies that are the best of friends and we have the brother/sister combination of love where this love knows no bounds. These scenarios seem to work in this movie. The movie is somewhat entertaining and somewhat scary. It never really made my skin crawl nor did it make me jump. Therefore, I am not sure I loved it as a horror flick. It did have some decent all be it two-dimensional characters and some suspense. The music however was tired and heard before. The length was perfect. At 99 minutes this movie ended jut when it was supposed to with room left wide open for a sequel. This is a horror movie after all and what would a horror movie be without a sequel? This is a rare film where the sequel was better than the original. It was not much better mind you but it was decent nonetheless. Considering I gave 28 Days Later an ‘F’ that is saying a lot. I would not recommend this movie however for rental. I saw it for free on free On Demand. There is usually a reason these movies make it on that list. It may be because no one will pay for them. This movie is no exception. I give a barely passing grade and will not see it again ever. 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