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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crimson Tide

How appropriate is it that this is the first movie I watch 3 days after the Phillies won the World Series. (Their first in 28 years. )There were a reported 2 million people attending a parade on Broad street yesterday in Philadelphia. (It was the first of such in a quatrter century.) They were all wearing Phillies Red. If that’s not a ‘Crimson Tide’ I don’t know what is. Lets get down to brass taxes. This movie was sheer indulgence. Five years before a eerily similar sounding premise and much more popular movie was released into theaters and made into a box office smash. It was derived from a novel by Tom Clancy and therefore virtually guaranteed to be an over night success. This movie was a purely a movie written for the screen and therefore bore less potential than a novel adaptation. It was called The Hunt for Red October. I liked this movie better. It had a better cast. More action, a better score and most definitely more drama. Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman were cast in the roles they were born to play and had already portrayed and will fulfill again. Kudos for the sheer genius for casting this film. Granted it wasn’t all that difficult. I returned it to the mail box just now. (I got it via Netflix) I will defiantly put in on my queue again when the time rolls around. (I am currently 19 DVDs from max.) I have to pay mad props to the writers of such movies as Crimson Tide and the Hunt For Red October. I mean how difficult is to create nail biting drama aboard a confined space such as a submarine. Kudos to the set creators as well I had a feeling of Closter phobia when watching this nail biting flick. 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