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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Poltergeist (n) a noisy mischievous ghost held to be responsible for any unexplained noises. The poltergeists in this movie go a lot further than a few unexplained noises. The most unexplained event in this film is why they stayed in the house a final evening after getting Carol Anne out. I guess it goes into the line of movie logic in this case specifically horror movie logic. This movie just like last weeks example of a horror movie from the eighties boasts great tag line of dialogue spoken by the main female protagonist. This time it is shorter and sweeter at just two words. “They‘re here” This eighties horror movie is simply fantastic. What is my definition of fantastic you ask. Well in this case in a horror movie it is one that is frightening, bone chilling and of course horrifying. This flick gets an A in all three categories. Poltergeist won three Oscars in March of ’83. One for Jerry Goldsmith’s frightening ominous score and two for the God like geniuses at the very young ILM. (it had only been making non Star Wars movies full time for a year or so when they made this gem.) The acting in this movie is the only thing I’m not in awe over. I’ve never been to, lived in, or even seen a haunted house or for that matter witnessed a poltergeist so I can’t really relate to how one would react to one. That being said the acting was still a bit iffy. By iffy I mean cheesy, hokey and odd. This entire movie was odd though. It was an odd but unique premise an odd solution for the problem and most odd most off all is the woman they brought in to their house to solve the problem. (Zelda Rubinstien as Tangina priceless.) This may have been the oddest idea to escape the pen of Steven Spielberg. He seemed to take a page or two from his namesake Steven King. King this movie was. King of the horror movies of the decade without a doubt the best horror movie of the decade if not one of the best horror movies of all time. (I hate slasher films) 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