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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Super 8

Summer time has always been the summer for blockbuster films. Heck, one particular summer film in 1975 coined the term blockbuster itself. (See Jaws.) Over the course of those 36 plus years I just eluded too. Steven Spielberg has loaned his name to many of those blockbuster movies. He directed such hits as Jaws, E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and was executive producer of a few others as well. See Poltergeist, Jurassic Park, and Gremlins too. Hell he even penned the screenplay for Goonies. Now imagine if you will that Mr. Spielberg decided to steal a page from the music world. Steven or as he prefers to be called Steve has made a best of summer blockbuster film. He has combined tiny elements form all the films I mentioned in paragraph one and thrown in some other movie elements as well. Potential plot spoiler! Not only do we have a mysterious Alien at the core of this mysterious plot it seems to live an Abyss as well. Ok It is safe to read again. J.J. Abrams (Lost and Star Trek) has written and directed this spectacular gem. He even used his favorite composer Michael Giacchino to score this smash hit. He did a spectacular job on this one. The main stars of this film however are too young to drive. (Ok So Gabriel Basso may be 16. Sue me if you want!) They are six pint sized very young cast members who are all in their first potential blockbuster. The most impressive is the lone lady. Elle Fanning (younger sister to Dakota Fanning) out shines them all by far. She not only is a good actress in real life her character is a great actor to boot. In a sense she plays two roles since her character Alice Dainard does some amateur acting too. Either way you cut it this film cannot be missed. It is well worth the price of admission and should be seen with a big of a crowd if possible. (Since I saw it on Thursday afternoon, there were only two other people in the theater with me to enjoy it. Oh well.) No matter how many people join you in thus must see theater going experience. It is a required chore on your summer to do list. It is however never choring. The 112 minutes you will spend watching this film will not go by quickly enough. See it today and decide to for your self. Be prepared to be blown away however for this movie really rocks. 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!

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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