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Monday, December 7, 2015

Blue Valentine

     Reader or movie watchers beware. This is not a feel good film. It is a good one though. The story line is of a young married couple named Dean and Cindy. (No last name given.) They are in a now loveless marriage and fighting at every turn. The have raw animal sex and pretty much have abandoned their young 3 year old daughter. I know the above analogy may sound hearse but if so then you have not seen this movie.

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play this above-mentioned couple. They play their roles to near flawless perfection and embrace the characters they portray perfectly. I said it before and I’ll say it again this is not a movie to bring home on a first date. It is a gritty hard-edged drama that is dark and disturbing at every turn. It is rumored that Gosling and Williams lived together while filming this movie giving it an all-together more realistic feel. 

          I did not know what to expect when I rented this film from the Redbox and was completely surprised by how good this film was. I return this movie today with a hole in my heart and a feeling of release at the same time. I hate to return such a well film feature. I was sick to my stomach when I finished watching this film and my heart felt hollow as well. That is only because I felt the pain this couple was going through and the movie was top caliber at making me feel the pain. 

This is in my opinion what a well-made film should do. A good horror film should scare the Hell out of you. A good comedy should make you laugh. A dark drama like this one should leave you with a hollow feeling inside because it was so realistic and well acted. Michelle Williams was Oscar nominated for her role in this film and she deserves the honor I assure you. 

        If you are looking for a movie to remember for a long time to come then this is a definite a must see. It reminded me of 2008’s Revolutionary Road for tits darkness and excellence as well. Entertainment Weekly has it on the top of their list of dark romantic films. I will recommend it to anyone but warn him or her of its depressing theme. 

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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