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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Planet of the Apes

It’s no news bulletin that Hollywood is seriously lacking on original ideas. They make to many remakes and sequels and butcher to many books both classic and new when attempting to make them into movies. Planet of the Apes is proof positive that remakes should be outlawed. While the original movie is an exception to the earlier rule that books should not be made into movies. The original is a cult classic if nothing else. As mentioned before it was taken from Pierre Boulle’s novel and modifies well for the big screen. This remake however is a modification of a modification and once you get past the original adaptation the essence and beauty of the original is almost always lost. This is exactly the case with this movie. The so-called surprise ending was predictable and lame. It was nothing more than a weak attempt to come up with a new jaw dropping ending while not wanting to ruin the essence and flavor of the original. If you want to make a remake and a new ending either just keep the original or simply abandon the idea all together and go for a whole new feel. The ending of this re-make was nothing more than an obvious ploy for a sequel. While the special effects are worth your while nothing else much is. The apes seem more like Klingons than anything else. Their jumping around like apes might if they evolved into humans seemed more like the action sequences from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. All in all it is a true summer time flick. If you want to see it I’d say do so on the big screen but first I’d suggest taking your money buying dinner with it instead. Hopefully the food won’t leave you with an uneasy feeling in your stomach. Grade C

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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