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Friday, December 4, 2015

Billy Madison

           This is truly the first Adam Sandler movie review. I have seen others  but those were  just movies starring Mr. Sandler that didn’t really bring out his true comic goofiness to life like, Mr. Deeds, Happy Gilmore, or Little Nicky.

I liked The Waterboy stomached Click and even reviewed  King of Queens but you have to search my blogspot for that one. (if you just read it you’ll now how to do so.) 

Whilst the story line in the most part has been seen before. It is as follows, one man who richly believes he deserves large sum of money (usually a relatives’ inheritance or hand me down) Will do any thing to get it or show he deserves it overt he greedy, diabolical somewhat persuasive vice president or some form of figure head who has his eye on the prize his whole career. 

This time the protagonist actually has an original idea to get it. He must pass all 12 grads of school in 24 weeks. (that’s two weeks per grade.) Can he do it. Will he find the Strength, determination and willpower to obtain the required knowledge. I’ll give you a hint it a comedy not a drama the protagonist always wins in these things.

That being said it is not the destination you reach at the end but in fact the journey to get there. This journey is pretty good. This comedy is a light whimsical telling of a stupid “Leave your brains ant the box office” like comedy. The secondary characters are  two dimensional the writing is adequate and romance angle is a forgone conclusion. 

I did enjoy it though. It made me laugh. I like the connection he made with the kids. I enjoyed his ability to overcome obstacles (literally) and I loved the private little session between him and his little tutor. (The spoof scene of that was amusing too.) 

Over all this was a classical tale with a SNL gradate as it’s marquee player. The hit stetch coemedy show has given birth to some greats like Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd, and Bill Murray. not to mention recent gems like Tiny Fey and Amy Pohler. 

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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!

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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