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Monday, November 18, 2013

Law Abiding Citizen

In most movies it is clear who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist. There is simply put, one good guy and one bad guy. This is the first review I’ve written where that is not the case. I was unsure who was the antagonist and who the protagonist until halfway through the film. In fact this be the first film I’ve reviewed in which it changed. Sweet Caroline recommended this film to me the other day. I was hesitant to rent it considering the violent content of the film. I am so glad I did though. This film was excellent from the beginning. It grabbed you from the opening scene and didn’t let go of its vice grip until the end. This was one of the best films I’ve seen in a while and I review movies almost every day. It was compelling complex and thrilling. This film will keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. It was a roller coaster ride from the start. For one hundred and eight minutes this film was amazing. Gerald Butler played a completing character and possibly the most intriguing and complex titular character I’ve ever encountered in a film. Jamie Foxx was amazing too and I’m always glad to see Colm Meany in a movie. As a devoted Trekie this role was the chance of a lifetime. I was a fan of his from the beginning of Star Trek The Next Generation. Leslie Bipp however gets the spotlight award for her role in this male dominated cast. As the 35-year-old assistant district attorney she was wonderful (not to mention cute too.) This is one film you will not soon forget. It is available in Acme’s Redbox today or simply add it to you Netflix queue. You will not be disappointed and you may even want to watch it a second or third time to catch what you missed in subsequent viewings. Grade A+

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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