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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sugarland Express

It looks like at the ripe young age of 65 Steven Spielberg has hung up his directing shoes. (For now at least.) He is still busy adding his name as Executive Producer to current blockbuster films such as Super 8. (See it in theaters now.) He has always been through the course of his career known for directing popular films. There is no doubt therefore in my mind that this film appeals to the masses. It is after all his directorial debut. This film may not have been a huge success at the box office it did however show how the vast population reacts to a popular news story. The popular news story I am refereeing to is the one generated with this film. The screenplay is written around a true story of a fugitive young couple that are on the run from the law after breaking out of jail to save their only child. The child in question has been taken away by well fare and placed in a more “suitable” home. The films title comes from what this aforementioned couple dose or desires to do in the stolen police car they nab at the start of this film. Their baby Langston is in the town of Sugarland Texas and the statewide manhunt is portrayed in the 109-minute length of this 1974 film. Goldie Hawn’s performance is legendary and deserves the spotlight award for this unique film. The script is well written and worthy of more attention then it receives. It centers on Lou Jean and Clovis Michael Poplin. The married young lovers mentioned in the last paragraph. The acting is top notch and shows the depth of William Atherton acting skills. Mr. Atherton is best known as the antagonist in his two most note worthy films. (See Ghostbusters and the first two Die Hard films.) In this film he plays the mostly innocent husband whose only flaw is his inability to stand up to his wife who he loves more than anything. This film is worthy of rental and should be seen with a group of close friends. This discussion worthy movie is not one I totally fell in love with from the start. It is now and hour after the closing credits rolled on my TV screen and I still cant decide how much I liked this film. I guess that aspect in and of itself is worthy of something. I just am not sure what. 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