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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fly Away Home

This is a cute, touching, heartwarming, drama about a father daughter bonding and the love they share for a stranded flock of geese. The movie opens in a hospital room where a 13 yr. old Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) wakes up to find her divorced father (Jeff Daniels) sitting at her side. She immediately realizes that her mother is dead and goes to live in the house of her early youth now occupied by her estranged father. She moves into her old room still filled with boxes and discovers just how ¿eccentric her father is. She awakens the next day to discover her father attempting to fly some make shift airplane (reminiscent of the Wright brothers) across the field of his farm. She herself falls deep into depression and takes on a cavalier attitude towards school and her new life. She then discovers a stranded flock of baby geese in her barn. She takes them under her wing. (Obviously not literally.) She learns to love them as if her own children. Her father learns he has something in common with his poorly known daughter. he then learns to love her for whom she is. The script is well written and the plot is evenly paced. The movie never leaves you bored but instead anticipating the next scene. I was totally entertained. I felt as if I could relate to the characters and even sympathize with one of the geese. The movie will give you a natural high. It is the Wright movie to bring your family to. Especially your young daughter. Grade B+

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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