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Monday, July 14, 2014

Final Destination

Here is one of those seemingly run of the mill teenage horror movies that is anything but predictable. Sure there are many of the typical clich├ęs. There is the annoying jock with his nice car and beautiful blonde girlfriend. There is the budding romance between the least likely of couples. There is the typical crush on the young attractive female teacher. The male bonding best fiend relationship with the main Character best friend. There are the overly rich parents who just don’t understand the relationship and forbid the son from seeing the “eccentric” best friend. There is even the teen rebellion seen where the new couple breaks into the morgue to investigate the first murder only to be confronted by the “wacko” Mortician who more or less explains the whole thing. There is even the brainless authority figures who try to save the day and end up preventing the protagonist from saving the day. But what this movie doesn’t have is a living antagonist. There is no unkillable hockey masked killer stalking the sexually promiscuous teenagers who don’t have the common sense to get the hell out of Dodge. What his movie does have however is an original plot. The death scenes are farfetched yet creative. They actually fit in to the mold of this scary believable horror flick. The death scenes get better as the go along the longest bloodiest and most drawn out is that of the young teacher. Fortunately it is also the best of the death scenes. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat begging to be scared senseless just one more time. You can’t miss the movie but you had better bring a fiend this is not on of the movie you will want to see alone. You may never wish to fly a plane again after seeing this movie. Grade B

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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