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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nim's Island

Abigail Breslin plays Nim Rusoe 11 yr. old girl who lives alone on a deserted tropical island with her father Jack Rusoe (Gerald Butler). She is book smart but has never had contact with another human being other than her father. They have ships come in to deliver supplies such as Alex Rover’s books and communication devices such as computers and satellite dishes. When her father is lost at sea she communicates via computer to her favorite author and Role Model Alex Rover (Jodie Foster) whom she believes to be male. Alex is an agoraphobic who rarely leaves her house or even answers her door. The two seem perfect for each other. Alex communicates only with her fictional character named after herself. The adventure character (also played by Gerald Butler) who is nothing more than a cheap carbon copy of Indiana Jones guides her along the way and helps her make the trip from her recluse life in a San Francisco house to a Island in the middle of the Pacific. The plot line is slow and at times boring. The pace never really gets going and the trailer is misleading. Alex Rusoe doesn't actually get to the island till the end of the movie. Foster and Breslin the two marquee names in this movie only have a few minutes of shared screen time. I expected more from Academy Award winner Jodie Foster and Acadmy Award Nominee Abigail Breslin. The acting was not at fault for either just their choice of scripts. I anticipated a fun loving frolic of a movie I got a and unevenly paced movie that was nothing more than a jigsaw puzzle of other better written movies. I wouldn't quite call Nim’s island A rip off but it wasn’t terribly original either. The best I can say for this movieis wait for video. at least than you can walk away from it for a few minutes to tidy your sock drawer. 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