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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Karate Kid (1984)

As I said earlier this month, I did this backwards. This is the original Karate Kid. This is the movie where he actually learns karate. This is the classic tale that spawned 3 sequels and the previously reviewed remake. This is the movie that started the legend, and the one that was the true underdog tale. I was not so enamored with this movie as the first time. The first time was breathtaking and new, this time it is just old and reliable. Reliable is not always a bad this mind you. It is not necessarily a good one either. Do not get me wrong I am not saying I did not enjoy this movie I am just saying I did not love it. The storyline was good and the acting was decent. Such ingredients don’t always make up for a good recipe. It is still good however to see the underdog take it to the bad guy. It is always good to see him (or her) win the day. I am a fan of underdog movies in general. I am also a fan of movies that are as good the second time around. This movie did not meet those criteria. It was good, it just wasn’t perfect. Some movies are considered a classic, and this movie may just well be one. I am a hard critic however and must not loose my reputation for being one. I there fore do not give this movie my highest grade. You will just have to read below to see what grade I did give it though. Grade C+

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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