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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Akeelah and the Bee

There is much to be said for the simplicity of a title. This one says it all. Akeelah and the Bee is a simple concept to a not so simple movie. The script is chopped full with character development, uphill challenges and different types of love and devotion. The main devotion is that of Akeelah Anderson (Eke Palmer) and hr desire to win the national spelling bee. The role of mentor goes to the seemingly the legendary and at times revered Laurence Fishburne. He plays Dr. Joshua Larabee who inspires Akeelah into going all the way to the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. The very in-depth screenplay is well written and incredibly intriguing. I as a writer can only remain in awe of such a complicated yet easily understandable plot. The audience can and will surly relate to any of the main characters and even to a few of the lesser ones. The actors are well cast and excellently portrayed. While I admit there are a few stereotypes in the film they are not insulting and I can only assume based on actual people since this movie is based on a true story. The actors in the cast however bring depth to their perspective roles. You may actually stand up and cheer for each of the roles they portray and the intensity to which they are portrayed. The pacing in this movie is perfect. There are never any downtimes and no good times to take a break and poor a glass of water or even to go to the bathroom. I write this review only to wet your whistle. I want you to see the glass as not half full but overflowing with water. I am overflowing with praise for this amazing gemstone. Much like the title character this movie is a diamond in the rough. 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