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Monday, March 3, 2014

American Beauty (Also Best Picture)

I went in to this movie not knowing what to expect. I am not a fan of black comedies but I was willing to give this movie a chance. It came highly recommended by friends and family. Not to mention being critically acclaimed and nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including best picture. I am glad I got to see it and would go see it again without a moment’s hesitation. It is one of those rare gems that doesn’t forget to leave anything out. It is funny, believable, well acted, and excellently written. It doesn’t add too many characters and forget to develop them as so many films and TV shows have done in the past. Each major character is well portrayed and developed perfectly to let you believe that you are experiencing a true story. The willing suspension of disbelief is not needed in this film. For all you know they could be the people that live right down the street. The movie manages to combine believability and originality into one amazing flick. From the gay couple next door, to the blonde lewd cheerleader, to the military father, each character is original and impressive. The script is powerful and creative. Bringing something new to the big screen that had never been there before. You will walk out of the movie theater engrossed, compelled, and entirely satisfied, curious and begging for more. 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