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Monday, June 2, 2014

127 Hours

Aron Ralston is a rebellious young loner who dreams of getting away from it all one day. The expression be careful what you ask for rings ironic in this harrowing true story. When Aron decides to go mountain climbing one day alone and does not tell anybody about it. He is in for the adventure of his lifetime. Aron meets two young girls early in his adventure but quickly departs from them and heads out on his own. It is not long before he finds himself stuck in a mountain crevice with his right arm pinned under a very heavy rock. The experienced mountain climber is quickly in for the struggle of his life when he cant get any head way on moving or chipping away at the rock. He is left with nothing but his backpack and second-rate gear (He did not take time to prepare his best equipment.) He spends most of his time in self-made exile flashing back to his past and having visions of rescue. He also reflects back on his life during this time and realizes how much he needs to correct. He is forced meanwhile to survive on basic instinct. I do not want to give away too much of the plot or spoil it for any future viewers. I shall however say that watching this portrayal of bravery and survival may be painful at times if you have a weak stomach or vivid imagination. I enjoyed this Best Picture nominated film and can clearly see why James Franco was nominated for Best Actor in this film. I was captivated from the start and could not wait to see how the movie ended. When it finally did end I was satisfied and amazed. This is a film that should night be ignored or taken lightly. The camera work in this move was excellent and the imagery of three screens in one was ultra cool at time and not overly done like some movies can do with a creative gimmick. There were no gimmicks here, there was just brilliance and ingenuity. Other elements of this film were good too such as the soundtrack through out the film. The cinematography was top notch as well and made me wish I had seen this on the big screen. All and all this was an enjoyable film to watch and I would recommend it to anyone who asks me for a good movie. Check it out today and decide for yourself if it meets your standards. Grade A

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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