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Monday, November 11, 2013

Flags of Our Fathers

There has never a been a more suitable name for a movie ever. (ok at least not in the 267 movies I reviewed so far.) This film is about our generational fathers, (in my case grandfather) and how they fought so valiantly for an entire nation, nay for the whole world. It is after all a movie about World War II. This feature explores how the gallant solders of WW II gave their lives for our country. It focuses particularly on the posting of flags. One flag (actually two) comes into the forefront in this particular epic adventure and how arrogance and politics were constants in this horrific war. As per my critique, my analyses, or review of this movie. It was acceptable. I stomached the violence of war for 132 minutes. I swallowed the violence and took in the carnage that is inevitable with any war adventure. What I didn’t like however was the inconsistency in the pacing. It went from slow to fast, from violent to dull and from heavy character development to scantly and bereft of anything resembling a plot all within the aforementioned allotted time slot. I guess that is they ways of life, the perils of war, the very downsides of everyday living. I am a writer however I expect a movie to keep me gripped to the screen for the entire length of the picture. This movie just failed to do that. Don’t get me wrong the cinematography was breathtaking, the score was majestic and the acting superb. The writing wasn’t so bad either. It just the consistency of it all. I’m not maligning the screen writers just the opposite in fact I’m praising them. It is the editors who should have done a better job. I have a very short attention span. Most movie are and 1:30 to 1:45 in length. This movie just dragged on at time at 12 minutes over the allotted acceptable length of any good movie watched to avoid getting wet in the pouring rain. That length is hour hours even by the way. I had to make two phone calls perform several chores in the home and take 3 or 4 bathroom breaks all whilst keeping this overly drawn out Gone the Wind like feature presentation running. My review of the movie is over one page in length and that’s unacceptable. I pride myself on my brevity. I expect all my reviews to be one page verbatim. I’m anal retentive I expect sameness in every thing I do. That being said I’ll sum this drama up briefly. It was acceptable. 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