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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

You go into this movie knowing how it will end. The synopsis and movie title pretty much tell you everything. There is always the young girl who is lonely and wants nothing more than to be loved my her stubborn, overworked, neglectful,l father. She takes after him in many ways and inspires to be like him in many more. She discovers a forgotten horse and brings out the best in her(the horse) bringing out the best in herself along the way. You know it, you want it, you love it. It’s as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning as as welcomely anticipated. This movie left me with a lot of questions though. It was based on a true story. So therefore I’m wondering how many of the facts in this movie were real truths and how many were Hollywood truths. (A hollywood truth is a truth written into the script to make the story go move along quicker or better.) The cast was fantastic. Dakota Fanning is always effervescence and the young acting prodigy. Elisabeth Shue is equally beautiful and invigorating as her mother. Kurt Russell and Kris Kristofferson are well played as the father and son duo who are both crusty, ignorant and feeding off each others stubbornness. The fairly short movie (106 minutes) seems to go by too quickly you are more entranced by the screen then you are by the length of time it takes to watch the movie. The only downside to this wonderful feel good movie is that it is been done so many times before. The characters are not as much unoriginal, but classic homages to other prevoius horse movie such as Black Beauty and Black Stallion. I always enjoy movies that make me feel better about myself. I like to walk away from a movie feeling happy and excited. That is exactly why I will rent these classic heart wrenching movies over and over again. They are pleasantly predictable, yet something to look forward to as well. Hollywood can tear at my heartstrings again and again. 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