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Friday, November 27, 2015

Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa

Buddy movies are a dime a dozen. We’ve seen this theme time and time again. There are buddy cop movies, pals in the military movies, even friends whom fight aliens together. This is the first movie (ok 2nd) to put anthropomorphic comrades from  a zoo together. The only exception is they are never in the actual zoo. 

This is the story of four amigos whom are not only as different as night and day or black and white they are as different as cat and dog. (Except they are A giraffe, hippo, zebra and lion. [Oh yea there are some penguins too.] ) 

This is actually four different movies rolled into one. Each character takes a different path to find themselves at the same destination.  All four are heroes to their own unique group of followers who are in this cast each a perspective species. 

Wouldn’t we all lie to get away and find a group of people who are just like us. A tribe of Matthews, Lizzys, Dales, and Saras. An entire tribe of our own kind. It would be even better these clones would worship us as their savoir and Zen like beings where we could be our own “Omega Stars” and shine for just one day.

Well if that is so then this fabulous foursome has found paradise in the shape of Africa. A destination thousand of miles away from the place they like to call home; The City that Never Sleeps, The Urban Jungle aka The Big Apple. That right my friends I’m talking about the one and only New York City. 

Well these weary travelers find a new home on a new continent and are content where they reside. The problem is the audience is not so content. While this movie is whimsical, comical and fun it just fails to reach it’s zenith and instead persists in staying in the lonely valleys and plains. It simply didn’t peak my interest enough to muster up anything other than an average grade of C+.

                                                                                                                                                                                               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