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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Bad News Bears (1976)

The TCM online announcer claims this film to be a familiar sounding concept. “A particularly questionable coach takes a rag tag team of misfits and forms them into a team.” He eludes to that there have been several similar concepts over time and this was the first of many. He even mentions a remake made in 2005.

Well guess what I’ve seen bits and pieces of that remake a few times on TBS as I was channel surfing. Despite the scenes being a virtual carbon copy and having a non-Oscar winning actress such as Tatum O’Neal in the lead and only female \part in this testosterone heavy comedy.  I liked that heavily panned remake better.

Why do you ask?  Ok I’ll tell you. It was more inspirational  “original” and funny. This lame boring film I saw today was so sleep inducing that I not only missed key plot points while watching this film I had to cut it into four parts in order not give into mundane lameness. (Is that a word?)   A cute law student once told me that I was so smart I could make up words. 

In case you haven’t figured it out I hated this film.  I’m tempted to go   to the showers and clean up the soot I am now covered in. Wait just a second.  “This film is a classic.” Not in my book! If I had seen this film in 1976 I never would have made another. Granted I was just two that year. I guess I have to change my taste about classic films because this one was a strike out in my opinion. 

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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