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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life is a wonderful movie. How can one possible go wrong with the casting of Jimmy Stewart as the main character. What further ill regard can you say as to the casting of Donna Reed as his life long romantic ambition and the female lead in this fantastic film. For it has already has and forever will with stand the test of time. It has endured for over a half century. I know as a good and decent writer you never use the same word twice in a sentence paragraph or even the same body of work. Therefore I must inform you that all the adjectives used in future sentences or paragraphs are simply synonyms for wonderful. Ok, the below description will be an exception to the previously stated rule. Mr. Potter is the harshest, greediest, most heartless man ever to be brought to the silver screen. He is one to be maligned, hated and scorned. He is however played to utmost perfection by Lionel Barrymore. If there is anyone audiences love to hate more it is Henry F. Potter. The smaller roles are played nicely as well. From the rarely seen and more often heard voice of Sam Wainwright, to the police officers named Bert and Ernie. All the creative creations in-between. Frank Capra may have struck oil when he directed the majestic Oscar nominated film (five Oscars, including Best Director and Best Actor for Stewart) Oh yea it was up for best picture as well. You’d have to be stuck in a blizzard to not enjoy the warmth of this cinematic classic. Anyone who doesn’t love this film is simply invisible to me. (You know like a particular titular rabbit.) I will watch this movie every year on or around Christmas. Next year I’ll do a better job of attempting to view it before the holiday not 5 days afterwards. 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