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Thursday, December 10, 2015

I Am Number Four

               In this 2011 movie we see elements and tributes of the past four decades of cinema. It opens with a teenage skinny-dipping scene witch is a shout to 1975's Jaws. There are also elements and hints of the X-Files, The Matrix and even Twilight. This movie is however refreshing original. While there are familiar scenarios and characters seen in other films the overall format is fresh, crisp, and creative. 

Comic book movies and TV shows seem to be a dime a dozen nowadays and this film has elements of those films. This is considered a science fiction film but it of course is so much more. What movie would be complete with out a little romance? There is a cute teenage couple locking lips in this movie.  There are some horror movie creations in this film as well. They all come together to make a fairly captivating film. 

          The set up scenes could move a little faster and the over all tone of the film is fairly dark. That is however how the ball bounces and this film should bounce its way into your Netflix queue or Redbox rent list. This movie is definitely aimed at a young audience. The main characters are all teenagers and older adults  (30 or over) may not be into the adolescent feel of the film. 

           I however am 37 and I enjoyed this film immensely. It is true that most of the theater going crowd and movie rental audience is getting younger and younger with taken poll. This movie there for is aiming at its target audience. I recommend it to any one however and they can be their own judge. This movie was being fought over at the Redbox where I work. Since decent Redbox titles seem to be dwindling with each passing season. I recommend you at least take this one out for a spin. It will only cost you one dollar. (If you return it the next day that is.) 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Grade B-  

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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.

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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