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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Black Swan

This film is a dark and disturbing look into the world of competitive ballet dancing. This one hour and forty-eight minute film follows the pursuit of one ambitious dancer and her zeal to be the best she can be. Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is a young struggling ballet dancer who takes on the performance of a lifetime when she is cast as the lead role in “Swan Lake”. She must compete with her deceptive young alternate played perfectly by Mila Kunis. She must also deal with an out of date former star played quite beautify by Winona Ryder. The director/ lead chorographer proves to be hand full too. He seduces her in some scenes and scorns her in others making her quest to succeed that much harder. She quickly realizes it is no picnic when she is in over her head and having vivid delusions. Director Darren Aronofsky holds nothing back in this psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you want sex and erotica this movie will not disappoint. It is ‘R’ rated for a reason and is not for the young or faint of heart. The storyline in this film is solid and the pacing is good too. It takes a while to build tension but once it does look out will not be able to relax till the closing credits crawl across the screen. The music is of course top notch and the dancing infallible. I would recommend this movie to any one who is looking for something intense. 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