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Monday, July 14, 2014


Okay, am I the only one who feels ripped off here? In 1979 there was a movie called The Black Stallion In 1994 there was a movie called Black Beauty. This movie is a 2006 tale is called Flicka. It’s about a black horse. More importantly a black stallion that is in itself a black beauty. In 2005 one year before the release of this movie was a slightly different movie called Racing Stripes it was about a zebra. In essence a black and white horse. anybody notice a theme here? This movie was hardly original nor was it even entertaining. There was breathtaking scenery and a few majestic landscapes. None of witch I haven't seen in other movies or even in person for crying out loud, so for the most part,in case you haven't guessed yet.) I didn’t like this movie. The young girl Katy McLaughlin (Alison Lohman) was very definitely a very exquisite beauty. She was not stunningly beautiful but (as are all people) unique. She had some very subtle qualities about her which made her perfectly cast for this role. The plot is (stop me if you’ve heard this one) about a struggling young girl who lives on a ranch with her father. She much like her father is stubborn and pigheaded and does whatever she wants to get her way. She even (dare i say it?!) Disobeys her father. Katy discovers this horse one day and decided to tame the wild beast. It is as always a seemingly insurmountable task but she takes it on her self to do it. She listens to no one not even her brother her father or even her mother and discovers the true beauty in herself while attempting to uncover her horses hidden beauty. She even risks her own life to reach this unattainable goal. Does she prevail in the end? Duh, it’ a family film. There is really no suspense here. So in summary here it’s a film you should definitely avoid. It’s tired and mundane and can’t even hold your interest for it’s hone and a half hour length. 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