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Thursday, July 17, 2014

This Means War

The plot of this film is fairly simple. There is girl who has moved across the country to surprise the man of her dreams and move in with him. When she arrives she finds him in bed with another woman. Wow, what a shocker! Much the audience's dismay she is single. She lives surprisingly enough, and in a short amount of time. (i.e. the next scene) She meets two great guys who are all too willing to fight over her. These two duds er dudes have surprisingly short tempers and itchy trigger fingers. There are two things about this film that caught my attention. The cast was the first grabber. This film stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy with Reese Witherspoon juxtaposed between the two. I mean really, I can hardly imagine any red blooded American male who would not pine over Reeese Witherspoon. The other thing that grabbed my attention was the fast paced teaser style trailer that previewed the film. It reminded of the Spy Vs. Spy from Mad Magazine I read as a teen. This screenplay made me angry since it lacked that kind of creativity. It was also short of a plot. There was no recognizable action until the last forty minutes. What came then was bland and boring. The secondary characters were meritless too. Among them was Trish (Chelsea Handler) She was the best friend type. You know the one, she is charter is overly hormonal, speaks with an attitude and gives really bad advice. (What a creative casting there choice slick!) The only emotion I felt when I exited the theater were rage and envy. Keep in mind this was before the closing credits even started to role. The script of this film was a thin as the subscription card that falls out of the Mad Magazine I thought of when watching the trailer. 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!

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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