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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Golden Compass (First)

A majestically, beautiful, children’s fantasy story. Each scene is chopped full of cinematic beauty. It is a treat for the eyes as well as the ears. The score is fantastic and the special effects are nothing short of amazing. Dakota Blue Richards is wonderful in the leading role. The then 12 year old actress is spectacular as Lyra Belacqua. She must journey to the ends of the Earth with the Golden Compass (A truth telling device) as her guide. She must befriend one talking polar bear while defeating another. The rest of the cast in excellent too. Daniel Craig, Sam Elliot, and Nicole Kidman are perfectly cast as the grown up mentors to Richards role. while they are the marquee names in the movie it is truly Richards who steals the show. She is in almost every scene and the main character of the movie. She is after all the one carrying the Golden Compass. I would recommend this movie to anyone. Why the Catholic Church had a problem with it I don’t know. Don’t they realize it’s just a movie. I as a Christian had no problem with this movie. I was swept away for nearly two hours (113 minutes) and loved it. 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