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Saturday, June 14, 2014

12 Monkeys

This is one of those movies witch I’m not sure if there are any real words to describe. It’s just too much too handle in one viewing. I myself took multiple viewings and three days to intake. I saw it this morning and I’m still not sure what I though of it. The acting was extraordinary, Bruce Willis, Madeline Stowe and Brad Pitt were all amazing. Pitt was nominated for an oscar. I am surprised however that Pitt was nominated since this movie is a bit to out there (shall we say) for the Academy. This movie is a bit out there for human consumption. Let’s not dwell on that however. The plot is simple James Cole (Bruce Willis) is a mental patient under the care of Dr. Kathryn Raily (Madeleine Stowe). When he disappears from a interrogation room in 1990 it seems implausible that he could of escaped on his own. When he reappears six years later he kidnaps his former doctor and attempts to convince her that an army of 12 monkeys is going to kill over 5 billion people on the planet. Jeffery Goines (Brad Pitt) is a inmate of Cole’s in 1990 and later “cured” in 1996. He is linked in with “The Army of the Twelve Monkeys” and there fore must be stopped. If that synopsis isn’t enough to confuse you then imagine watching the movie. Like many movies I watch at home I had to take this movie in chunks. It was intense so say the least. I kept hearing the theme from “The Twilight Zone” playing in my overly saturated head. I had to lye down after finishing this movie before writing said review. I usually like creepy and creative but this movie was a just a bit to out there. I’ll give credit where credit is due. It was well written and pieced together affectively. As I mentioned before the acting is extraordinary. Weather or not I liked it or not? Ask me again later. Much later. 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.

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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