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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Terminator 2 : Judgement Day

In the summer of ’91 with my senior year of high school in the horizon I became familiar with a whole new term. Gratuitous violence. It was over used and extremely saturated by the press when this movie was released. I even attempted to sneak into it the day it came out on July 3rd 1991 but did not have sufficient or proper ID to get past the diligent usher. I eventually saw it with my mom and we were in awe. We disagreed that the violence was unnecessary but instead action moved the story along quite smoothly. I still agree with that sentiment today. As a writer particularly a amateur movie critic. I look for a plotline that is interesting and well written this film fills both my requirements. It has many excellent cinematic themes such as leitmotifs, narration and plot points mixed in with excellent character development. It also is extremely violent. Hello it’s called Terminator what do you expect? A young girl frolicking through the daises? It does have an ‘R’ rating. Hence that I couldn’t get admitted in the theater without my mother. I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. It was well directed by James Cameron. The special effects by Industrial, Light and Magic were astonishing (they won it four Oscars) and Edward Furlong made his big scene debut with a vengeance. Arnold Schwarzenegger brought to life his most memorable, commonly referred to and aptly quoted character to date. There was one minor plot flaw at the end (Ask me at E.P.I.C.) but that was not enough to get me to disapprove any less. I still loved it. Even in it’s 154 minute special edition version. The good news is now the sun is up and I’m really awake. Oh yea it’s late in the morning. I do not mourn my time lost I don’t have to be at work till evening and may even get a few chores done. 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