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Saturday, July 19, 2014

A View To a Kill

This was not one of the better Bond films. While it did have it’s perks like both the casting of and they perfect portrayals of the villain (Christopher Walken) and Villainess (Grace Jones) it also had its flaws. I.E. The most annoying Bond girl at that time. In the form of Stacy Sutton. (Tanya Roberts) P.S. That dubious honor now belongs to Denise Richards as Christmas Jones in The World is Not Enough. There were some amazing factors present too. Such as #10 (alphabetical order) on my Top Ten Greatest Chase Scenes of All Time. You have to give a cry out to a chase sequence that depicts a stolen taxi following a parachute through the streets of Paris, France and ends up with half a car (or less) in the end. Unfortunately the less than memorable chase scene at the end which involves a rather fake looking mannequin that is supposed to be 007 dangling off a fire truck ladder while the inept Bond girl drives her way into the ignorance hall of fame. I told you she was annoying guess what she is dumber than dirt as well. What I liked about this film is it did have a fairly simple yet intelligent and mostly creative plot. Instead of heroin (Live and Let Die) or gold (Goldfinger) this particular Bond baddie wanted to sabotage all the other microchip factories in the world in lieu off his own. So his of coarse would reign supreme as a monopoly, albeit a mad monopoly at that. Like I said it was mostly creative plot. Perhaps even somewhat so. What wasn’t creative is the aggravating, impatient, and abrupt police captain. Stacey Sutton’s moronic, slow thinking, obnoxious boss and many of the other smaller characters thrown in-between. I love that the opening teaser where “California Girls” by the Beach Boys is played while 007 creates a makeshift snowboard out of blade of a snow tractor all while eluding and doing away with the Russian solders in a frigid, snow covered, wasteland, known as Siberia. I also must give a shout out to one of my favorite Bond theme songs ever in the form of Duran Duran’s Dance Into the Fire. I must however now trod in to ice covered parking lot that is my apartment complex to return this DVD to the mailbox and send it back to Netflix. Grade C+

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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.

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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