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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dream House

                The plot of this film is fairly simple. Will Atenton (Daniel Craig) is an overworked buiness man who has not time for his lovley young wife Libby (Rachel Weisz) and his adorable two children.  In the opening scene he is seen retiring from his office job and going home  to his newly acquired country home in the suburbs of Connecticut. His wife and two girls are elated to have the patriarchal member of the household home for good and he is welcome home with open arms. That is when the happiness ends.

There are clues almost from the start that this "Dream House" in which he (Will Atenton) and his family are living is not all that is cracked up to be. The biggest plot twist of the film is revealed way to early and things go down hill from there. 

Many of the plot twists in this screenplay are stolen from a classic haunted house film the late '70s. Whist I do not want to give too much away I will point out that the classic film took place in very friendly town. 

The acting may be perhaps the most disappointing part of this movie. Neither Craig nor Weisz seem to be comfortable in their perspective roles. They both slur their lines in certain scenes and sped through them on others. This is an indication of a poorly written script and along with bad dialogue. (Gee, what a shocker.) 

Real life newly weds Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz were wise enough to hide not only their recent marriage but also their relationship as well from the glaring eyes of the media and public. I wonder why they choose to take on this film?

The director of this film is the legendary Jim Sheridan. He has six Oscar nominations under his belt and is known for directing such astonishing films like My Left Foot and The Boxer. So why than was this film was bland and ordinary. The ending of this film was a total let down where every Tom, Dick, and Harry who only appeared once or twice in the previous 70 minutes of this film all appeared ready to throw down arms and ready for battle in the last twenty minutes of this film's drawn out ending. 

This film was a total of 92 minutes in length but was not even enjoyable for 5 minutes. If it were possible to get a refund for this film I would do so. I could take the money and invest it in some thing more worthwhile like a snowplow business in Hawaii. 

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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