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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Music of The Heart

Music of my Heart?! This movie should more aptly be called acid of my stomac. While I’ll grant you the last 20 to 30 minutes of this movie was worthy of a stannding applause. The first two thirds of it were like acid relflux disease. I compare it to acid reflux because that is what you feel when you about to regurgitate the same “bad for you” food you just ate. Well this script is bad for you as well. The entire thing is filled with tired clichés, worn out two dimensional characters, and predictable plot points. We have the angry, racist, close mined mother, the arrogant smug curmudgeon middle aged music teacher, and the main character. The teachers pet, a divorced, worn out, young mother of two who is living in denial because her husband ran off with some unseen bimbo. (The aforementioned husband is unseen too.) She is forced to find a job at a inner city school where she wins the hearts of her students by going the extra means. Does this screenplay sound familiar? If not rent Freedom Fighters and/ or Stand And Deliver. This movie is nothing but a cookie cutter “Based on real life” story that simply fails to inspire. I watch movies almost every morning so I've seen quite a few. (300 today and counting) While I’ll always say there is nothing like a good flick, This movie is nothing like a good flick. It should of stayed on the editors room floor. You know like the rest of the garbage he sees come across his desk day in and day out. While I must admit the Oscar nominated performance by Meryl Streep was breathtaking, as was the equally nominated titular song by Diane Warren. This 124 minute cat strangler was not worth the paper it was written on. The two previously noted qualities ( not to mention the final act) were the only saving graces in this heart pained drama. Grade D

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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.

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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