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Thursday, December 4, 2014


This is a love story with a lot of heart Or should I say brains. The premise is fairly simple; Ed Walters (Tim Robbins) is a local grease monkey who meets Catherine Boyd (Meg Ryan) and falls in love with her at first sight. The problem is she's already engaged to a proper, uptight, overweight, snore fest by name of James Moreland. (Steven Fry) The solution: her uncle is the smartest man alive and he goes by the name of Albert Einstein. (Walter Matthau) There are a few problems with the cast. First and foremost has Meg Ryan ever played a lead role where she didn't hate the guy at first glance and fall in love with him by the end of the movie? What am I talking about, do you ask? See When Harry met Sally, City of Angels, and You've got Mail. Top Gun doesn't count she was barley in it. Tony Shalhoub is always entertaining and Walter Matthau shines as the brilliant scientist turned matchmaker with not only a genius mind in his arsenal but cupids arrow as well. The pacing is adequate and the script is a far cry from awe-inspiring but a few light-years away from nauseating. The running time of 100 minutes seems long at first and is not the best use of one's time on its release date of Christmas Day 1994. It is a perfect distraction though from a dreary rainy day in August like today though. In short this is a good movie to distract you from the weary rain drought atmosphere but not an alternative to getting out on a warm and beautiful day. 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