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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Village

They say it takes a village to raise a person. Well after watching this movie I believe it may take a person to ruin a village. Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard) is a beautiful young lady in love with her fiancĂ© Lucius Hunt. (Joaquin Phoenix.) She must journey out of the titular village she’s known as home her entire life through a particularly tough neck of woods (literally) to find medical supplies to cure her beloved. Did I mention she is blind? Oh yea, I forgot. The acting in this movie is bad. Many lines are overly dramatic and pronounced really slowly and distinctively. The plot is uniquely written but the pace is fairly slow. There are scenes of this one hour and forty-eight minute film that just crawl by. It does however not focus on one star more that the other. (Within the village that is.) The cast is spectacular. Sigourney Weaver and William Hurt are the parents of the aforementioned Ivy Walker. Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter films) and Adrian Brody (King Kong) complete this star-studded cast. They all come together quite well. As well as the writing allows that is. This film is forgettable. It is nothing more than a great story on paper. The acting is nothing to write home about. The pacing is less than to be desired and there are too many question brought about in main action scenes of the film. One of them is how can she (Ivy Walker) she this creature when she is blind. 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