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Wednesday, December 9, 2015


           This outing however I was intrigued from the start. I am not sure if it was from the Blu-ray capabilities on Kyle’s entertainment system or from the opening scene(s) itself. For what I saw was pulled me into the plot of this movie right away. I saw supporting cast members like Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson fighting it out in slow motion, as catchy music covered up the dialogue. This little trick peaked my interest. As did the unique style of upper case and lower case lettering in the opening credits and funky fonts. This attributes alone made me want to see this movie in full. 

Then we (the audience) were introduced to the marquee couple and saw the first time they met. In thus said scene Clive Owens (Ray Koval) picks up Julia Roberts (Claire Stenwick) and beds her within five minutes. This scene sets the format for the up coming storyline and more or less showed us the entire theme of this 125-minute film. I mean after all, what is more impressive than a one-night stand between Clive Owens and Julia Roberts. 

This entire movie however felt like a one night stand however. I mean sure there was intrigue, passion, and drama. We all know that a one-night stands can leave your breathless and begging for a fulfilling climax. In both cases there is sweating and a flood of emotions. Unfortunately however this movie left you feeling shallow and hallow. (Much like a one-night stand.) I was bereft of any real fulfillment when this movie ended and much like the aforementioned lead characters I was dazed and confused when the movie came to a halt. 

           Ok, I am sure you are confused after reading this review. So am I, and I am writing it. Let me try to explain the plot of this movie. I stress the word try because am not sure if I really know what happened in this sexy spy thriller. Ray Koval (Owens) is a MI6 agent one the prowl to make to score. When he spots CIA agent Claire Stenwick (Roberts) on the streets of Dubai. (The Persian Gulf) He as I said before beds her in five minutes and the plot gets more complicated from there. 

The next time they meet is five years later and they sparks fly from that point on. (Well, sort of) We don’t really know who was casing whom or does it matter. The point is they fall in love (or seem to) and the rest of the movie is a dose of cinematic and romantic chemistry where much like their frequent roles in the hey you are not sure who is on top (double entendre intended) the man or the woman. 

           The couple seems to be more interested in money than sex (What a surprise in Hollywood.) and therefore they scheme to make a lot of money by discovering the next “Get rich quick” idea and using their spy learned abilities to have the upper hand. You want specifics you say? Well so do I. I watched the movie yesterday and I am still not sure what to make of it. There was something about balding and growing new hair but that is all I know. 

        As the closing credits rolled across the screen I found myself slapping the top of my head and rubbing my scalp in confusion. It is the morning after (I watched this movie.) and still I am overly stressed and confused. So here I am rubbing my scalp and overly stressed. Is that not what causes baldness in the first place. I just wish I could have a one-night stand to relive me of this tension. Any takers?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Grade C

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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