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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I’ve heard from everybody from Minnesota to New York City, (my uncle and my sister) that the main drawing factor to seeing this movie is the originality of the topic at hand. That topic is the idea of getting younger. Well guess what sweetheart Robin Williams played that comedic alien long ago. He lived in Colorado with Pam Dawber, he sat on his head and he drank his soda though his make shift straw we call a finger. It was original then when it was a sitcom called Mork and Midy. ( A wonderful alliteration tiltle) It is just isn’t 30 years older now. Speaking of thirty that is about the number of minutes this movie ran to long by. While I’m not belittling the writers or expressing ill regard for the actors mind you 2 hours and 26 minutes is just to long for this movie to last. It would have done better if the editors had cut it down a bit. The secondary love interest was irreverent and the average attention span of today’s youth. (the majority of today’s movie goers) Is just not more than an hour and half to two hours. Face the fact my friends were just aren’t getting any younger. (At least not most of us.) I felt in fact as if I aged a bit while watching the epic film. While the acting was top notch, the score majestic, and all of the characters were memorable it just ran to long. The pacing lacked as a result and this amateur critic was all to happy to see the closing credits scroll across the screen. Grade B-

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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