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Monday, March 31, 2014


This movie is an excellently written, well-acted piece. It is an evenly paced, but slow moving story about a group of Nazi solders led by Col. Claus von Staufenberg (Tom Cruise) whom plot to take over Germany (for peace) by killing Adolf Hitler. Their intentions are good their execution of the plan is not so good. Are they successful in killing Hitler…? Just ask any 6th grade child who surly knows the answer to that. So the question remains are you smarter than a sixth grader. I am not so I was left looking for answers throughout this two-hour movie. This film may but Mr. Cruise back on top after being fired by Paramount Studios. The company that paid him 100 million a piece for his last two films. He like the Phoenix has seemed to arise from the ashes and pull a Lazarus like resurrection and may go on to collect yet another 8-digit paycheck, if so what a luck son of a bitch. I am the not so lucky son of a bitch that rented this video. While it didn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth. It wasn’t exactly springtime lemonade either. You know what I’m talking about the perfectly sweetened lemonade that pours over your dry chapped lips in the middle of July. Well I saw this movie in the beginning January, it was cold a windy outside and I was bereft of anything to do for the day. So I started this flick 9am sharp and by the time it was over (at 11am) I was ready to go back to bed. The excellent acting and creative story line weren’t enough to give this movie my highest grade. That grade is now hard to come by Christina. Instead I give it a strong sold ‘B’. B For keeping me interested for 120 minutes despite the rather slow at times pace. 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