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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Ant Bully

In the grand tradition of Antz. A Bugs Life and James and The Giant Peach comes The Ant Bully. Once again we dive into the world of insects and bugs. We learn how big it is to be so small and we take a lesson in the world of having multiple siblings. (I mean 100’s) The Ant Bully is another animated film aimed mainly at kids but also made to be enjoyed by adults. This one boasts some big names like Julia Roberts, Nicholas Cage, and Merryl Streep. They may not have met while filming this movie but they made a big impact on the box office nonetheless. Their acting abilities are not really tested here since it is after all an animated adventure but you will reconize thier voices immedietly I assure you. Not to mention a few other notalbe voices that round out the supporting cast. The Ant Bully is about a small boy named Lucas who is bullied himself and therefore must take out his aggressions on a helpless colony of food devouring insects. He is eventually taken down a size (literally) and forced to mend with the very ants he’s been trying to kill. Lucas is a fairly intelligent young boy who is really quite smart for his age. He quickly adapts to the ant way of life and even grows to care for them in the end. The lesson in this movie is quite simple. “Be careful who you step on. It might come around to haunt you in the end.” Any child with a brain will get this lesson and most probably figure it out from the beginning. Parents will gladly approve of this movie and may even allow it to baby sit thier kids at times. The Ant Bully is a fun predictable movie that will be enjoyed a lot. You will laugh you may cry but overall toy will smile in the end. The Ant Bully is just plain fun and can be seen quite a few times if your kids are eager ti see it again. Grade B-

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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.

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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