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Sunday, March 2, 2014

War Horse

In 1975 the collaboration of Steven Spielberg’s direction, John Williams' score and Richard Bentley’s writing had filmgoers frightened to go past the surface of the tide in Jaws. Just six years later in Spielberg teamed up screenplay writer Melissa Matheson and legendary composer John Williams to help movie goers have an out of the world experience and fly them across the moon in E.T. Today is 2012 Steven Spielberg has directed his 5Oth film in the form of this feature length presentation. Let it be known that this film came out on Christmas Day 2011; a mere seven days (or one week) after Spielberg’s 65th birthday. Since 65 miles per hour is the speed limit on most highways across America maybe this is the sign that one of our country's most notable and recognized directors has reached maximum potential. My first thought as I exited the theater was " I am turning in my Steven Spielberg Club fan card." This movie never did anything to inspire me. The screenplay while well written, excellently acted, and magnificently directed, simply failed to grab my attention. The story line is sound. The titular character and leading pony went through at least three different owners, took on several unique roles and saw many fields of play. The first owner is a struggling farmer manipulated into buying him by a dishonest landowner. That thus said farmer sells him to A British solder at the start of World War II. This mare named “Joey” sees many backdrops, multiple owners, and is interwoven into several storylines in this 146-minute film. Perhaps this film is a sign of the times and the struggling economy. We all seem to be doing to many things at once and never really staying focused one task at a time. Even an icon like Steve Spielberg can take on too many responsibilities. Just remember this film was in theaters at the same time another movie with his name on it (an animated piece called TinTin) was still in current release. That date in question was December 25th or Christmas Day. It is no wonder that with this information in hand this film left me bereft of love and devoid of emotion. Grade C (For Christmas)

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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!

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(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