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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Facing the Giants

I walked into my church library for the first time on Sunday November 9th 2008. The Philadelphia Eagles (my favorite team) were prepared to face the 1st place New York Giants that night. The Giants were 7-1 and the Eagles were in 3rd place at 5-3. The Giants beat the undefeated, Goliath like juggernauts in the Super Bowl last February. I was hoping this seemingly inspirational movie would inspire the Eagles to win the game. It didn’t they lost 36-31. How surprised was I when I started to watch this EPIC film. The name of the protagonist team was The Eagles. How apropos. I’ll have to admit the first half or so of this film so cheesy, cliché filled, poorly acted, and somewhat hokey. The bad pseudo acting was driving me to give up on this film before it really got good. My grade for the first half was going to be F I was not looking forward to disappointing my young church going friends next week. Then the movie got interesting. Students in the fictional high school portrayed in this film stated being saved. Things started to look up for the characters as well as the reviewer. The pitch-black early morning sky seemed just a little bit brighter at 5: 45 in the morning. The movie ended up as predicted as all of my church going friends led me to believe it would. As I knew in my heart that it would. It was plausible, predictable, and most definitely contrived. I liked it anyway. I actually laughed out loud at an Electric Company like scene. In the end I was cheering for the triumphant Eagles. I ‘m not really giving anything away in telling you who won the game. Any idiot knew it from the start even Sarah Palin could predict this ending. Once again I believe the path to getting there that was at the real heart of the story and that path is what I’m here to walk. I walked it and it was ok. I have to be a fair critic I’m currently reviewing the entire 112-minute film and that film had a lot more potential than actual punch. In the end the aforementioned flaws were the flies in the ointment I can not possible say I love the film I did like it though and I there for give a strong C+. Hey for me that’s high praise. I do after all do this almost daily for free. Grade C+

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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