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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

There are a bunch of reasons why this movie is so cherished after 39 years. It is a classic now and will remain a classic for a long time to come. First of all, it’s a western they don’t seem to make westerns nowadays, second of all it’s the essential movie to explain to someone the difference between the protagonist role and the antagonist role. Butch and Sundance are “bad guys” they are by profession criminals therefore not the “good guys” we cheer for in so many movies in the days of modern cinema. Also there are many unforgettable scenes, the alleged rape scene for instance is wonderfully creative and substance fully done. It is immediately followed by the much more memorial scene which was choreographed by the Oscar winning song of Rain Drops Keep Fallin’ On My Head. The last reason this movie is considered a classic is it is the first movie to combine such Hollywood legends as Robert Redford and Paul Newman. Two actors still swoon over by woman today. They made a movie four years later that was even better. It’s called The Sting. The characters in this movie are both smart and clever. A compliment by far to the writers of the screenplay. The cinematography in this movie is majestic and scenery isn’t bad either. Gorge Roy Hill was robbed of an Oscar for his direction in this movie. The action was so wonderfully paced and marvelously shot. Those are attributes in my opinion to a good director. There are some slow parts in this movie. That is traditional to movie made more than thirty years ago however. While I a young man of 34 was bored by this pacing other older moviegoers consider it a refreshing change to the hurried up pace of today’s recent movies. All in all its well done. There is however room for improvement. Redford and Newman proved it four short years later when the made “The Sting” the second and final collaboration by these two actors. By the way, George Roy Hill directed that as well. GRADE B+

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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.

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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