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Friday, July 25, 2014

88 Minutes

Okay I watched this movie. Rode the roller coaster. Took a shower to wash away the sweat. Got dressed and I’m ready for work. The only flaw in my ointment is I still don’t know what I thought of this movie. Sure I watched it in it’s entirety. Stayed glued to the screen for the entire time I even took my daily frivolous notes. All that being said my head is still reeling. I got the appropriateness of the title. Dr. Jack Grahmn (Al Pacino) noted forensic psychiatrist and hard nosed college professor has only 88 minutes to live. He’s receiving ominous cell phone calls counting down the minutes. There was a plethora of beautiful nubile young law students plenty of pointless characters and even a few cops. But alas I don’t know the plot of the movie. Was there even a plot weaven in between the 108 minutes of action that contained his (Dr. Grahmn’s) final 88 minutes. I don’t think so. I’m a writer, and an amateur movie critic. I do this almost every morning. I need, must have and require a plot. A basic storyline will do. This minimally desirable flick had none. If it did I didn’t understand or for that matter follow it. I knew what was going on but I didn’t see any character development, foreshadowing or even a single red hearing. These things are usually present in good thriller adventure which I can only assume this movie was supposed to be. All I saw was trash. Thank God I got this movie for free with Jill’s texted code. If I had paid even a dollar for this waste of time I’d want my money back and feel ripped off. This movie barley passed mustard for me. Alicia Witt was hot as the always smokin' token read head. I’m sure she’s a fire crotch too. I feel as if a fire were set in my crotch after watching this patheticpiece of garbage. I’m not able to move fast enough to return this waste of time and effort to the Redbox I borrowed it from. Notice I said borrowed because I didn’t pay for it and much like the basic wedding requirements I feel blue after watching this dreaded adventure. Grade F

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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