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Friday, December 11, 2015

Half Past Dead

           I am willing to admit I am not usually a fan of Steven Segal movies. So when a friend of mine  recommended this film I was hesitant to rent it. I have discovered over time that most of Segal's movies have very little plot but some kickin’ martial arts moves in it. This movie may be the only exception. 

The plot in this movie was too intense at times and I will admit extremely hard to follow through the bulk of the film. While this film was only one hour and thirty-eight minutes in length it at points seemed much longer. It made me nervous at parts and that is not necessarily the sign of a good movie. 

             I liked this movie in the end however and that is really the only thing that counts. I will go with Ed’s suggestions in the future and write a review for him with pleasure. The characters in this film were all tired and cliché but some times that is what you need to make a decent action flick. Stick with what you know I always say and success will surly follow. 
         It is hard to make a totally original movie, so some times you have to go with the old familiar stand byes. That is what this movie was full of a lot of familiar stand byes.  Pick it up today if you simply want to be entertained. The last few minutes of it are sweet, and totally worth adding to your Netflix queue. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grade B

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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