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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dr. Strangeglove: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.

Everybody who has ever talked about movies or been a fan of the cinema has commented on the fact that this movie boasts the longest title in the history of movies. I like to be different so I won’t say one word about it.

I’ll will however comment on the fact that this is another first for me. Long ago I espoused to the theory that no good movie has ever been made before I was born. I so ordered my sister to not rent a movie that was older than I was. She didn’t listen!

  Last year however I realized the flaw in that theory. I have seen (and reviewed) several movies whose release date was prior to 1973, and gave them no lower than a B+ grade. This movie will receive a below average grade. While I loved this film in the end. (especially when they nuked Russia) it was the build up to thus said ending that killed me. You may even say in drove me batty.

I like to critique the entire film. This movie is 93 minutes in length. It must be watched for more than an hour and a half to truly be enjoyed. Therein lies the problem. While I have nothing against an old tension builder or a script that focuses on  strong character development. This flick didn’t need such qualities. It was a comedy after all. Comic characters are allowed to be, even supposed (dare I say required) to be two dimensional.

That is why this movie received such a low grade. This fairly young man. (9 years younger than the movie) just doesn’t appreciate old school movies. I therefore give this movie A C+. It will bring down my movie GPA for 2009. It will also however make be a more realistic critique. 

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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