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Sunday, December 13, 2015


          This film at 158 minutes was a little long. Ok perhaps it was a lot long. There was too much character development, and to many good guys saved and bad guys lost to be believable as a disaster movie. This big disaster is that I paid my money to see it. 

         The special effects were phenomenal, and the music was fantastic to boot, the screenplay however seemed to focus on the people and not the disaster. It was a disaster movie; you don’t need big names and character development. You just need stuff to blow up. That is what disaster movies are supposed be like. If you want to go see a drama, New Moon is playing right next-door. 

           While I did enjoy the casting of such an ensemble cast, they were or should of been background noise to what looked like in the previews a destruction filled Epic adventure. In short not enough boom booms.

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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