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Monday, December 7, 2015


I must admit I have always been a sucker for good inspirational movies. This is not a good inspirational movie. I always enjoy cheering for the underdog. My mother taught me to believe in the unbelievable. The only unbelievable part about this movie is that in got made. It was contrived and not remotely entertaining. I never found myself wanting to cheer for the title character of Gracie.  I felt the movie tried to hard to sell itself. 

I’m sure that if the title character wasn’t based on the real life story of its only recognizable actor and biggest marquee name (Elisabeth Shue) the movie never would have been made. I wonder how much influence she had with 20th Century Fox. 

The composer tried too hard to channel my emotions. The soundtrack was a little to perfect to really make me feel anything other than nostalgic. The jukebox of 70’s music were nothing more than token feel good melodies that makes one feel all warm and fuzzy inside. These songs are good in a movie’s preview where you are trying to sell that warm and fuzzy feeling in just a few minutes but they seem hokey and bothersome played within minutes of each other in a full length movie like this one. 

They say the best musical scores are within the movies where you don’t realize there was music until after the movie ends. The plethora of musical interludes in this movie were just trying to hard to stir my emotions. The writer is supposed to do that in his screenplay, it isn’t the composer’s job to tell the audience how to feel. You must feel it in your heart. After seeing this sports cliché of a movie I felt as if my heart were broken. 

I was looking forward to this movie. Now I’m just looking forward to putting in the mailbox and getting the next movie on my netflix queue. I hope it’s better than this one because this one was a dud. I must walk out the door to work now if only to channel my aggressions of rage after this colossal disappointment. The synopsis has so much potential. It just never failed to score the wining goal in my book. Maybe I’m just getting bitter in my old age. It is after all kids movie. I am well aware of the fact that I’m hardly a kid anymore. Just ask my doctor. 

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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