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Monday, December 7, 2015


         Phillip Seymour Hoffman brilliantly played the lead role and titular charater in this film. In fact he won an Oscar for his performance. Catherine Keener who was Oscar nominated for her supporting role was amazing too. Allie Mickelson also shone through in her big screen debut as the accused killer’s sister. 

This film was oh so very boring. I had to take an intermission at the one-hour mark to wake me up and keep me from dozing off. I am willing to admit I am not now or have a never been a very big fan of dramas. I prefer action flicks. 

Put some explosions on the screen and a throw in a killer robot and I am satisfied. Let’s put all that aside for a moment and focus on this movie. Even dramas need to have a little pizzazz thrown into the mix. If not audience member may fall asleep and start snoring. Then you really get into trouble. You may even have to charge them room and board. Which is a very appropriate homonym because that is exactly what I got was bored. 

I am not however glad to have watched this movie. While it may be a perfect film the Academy (The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.) viewers to go crazy over and nominate for a hand full of Oscars. (Four to be precise. [Including Best Picture.]) It is not the kind of movie Americans flock to see. 

That may be more than enough for an average Joe like you orime. It is not even a drop in the bucket for Hollywood. It was however released in October. That is usually the time that Oscar caliber movies of this sort come out in theaters. This is done in order to be fresh on the minds of members of the aforementioned Academy. 

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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