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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Crazy Heart

Just let me say that Jeff Bridges was amazing in this drama. He plays Otis ‘Bad’ Blake. A boozehound, washed up, chain smoking, musician who is just past his prime. He falls in love with Maggie Gyllenhaal. That is the premise of this film.

It was nominated for three Oscars including nods for both Gylenhaal and Bridges as well as a best original song nominee. It won a smaller award for best use of music in a film. The soundtrack was excellent. The pacing was consistent and the storyline well written. 

I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. It was a little slow at times but then again I say that about almost all dramas. As my sister can tell you I’m a hard critic. Never the less this film kept me interested through out. It was entertaining, enjoyable to watch and just plain good. 

Ladies and gentlemen boys and girls, this movie was simply delightful. It is rare that I give a movie an ‘A’ that I just didn’t love. The more and more I write this review however the more I love this film so I guess it gets an ‘A’. 

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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.

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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