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Friday, December 11, 2015

Inventing the Abbotts

          Ok I admit I requested this movie for one reason and one reason only. I wanted to salivate over the two main female protagonists that were the biggest drawing points and most marketable marquee names. (In my opinion.) Well let me tell you something my friend I was completely satisfied. As my father used to say I had my eloquent sufficiency. 

Lets get to the point of this review and I’ll tell you what I thought of the over all movie. In a word it was fine. I’m not just describing the two aforementioned female leads. William Hurt and Kathy Baker were excellent as the parental figures to the tow main families that made up the central characters in this drama. Don’t worry girls there is plenty of eye candy for you as well. The two males in this movie are a pair of brothers played by none other than the always handsome Billy Crudup and the forever hotness of Joaquin Phoenix. 

The screenplay was well written and the bucolic cinematography was breathtaking. The story moved at an even pace and kept me mostly interested for the entire 110 minutes. The title was eluded to at the beginning of the film as flat out spoken in narrative form at the end. Serving as literature style bookends for this fine period piece. The fictional town the bulk of the movie took place in was undisclosed but the brothers later chased one Abbott sister all the way to a local favorites Bryn Mawr and The university of Penn. (I’ve recently walked across the campuses of both.) 

This movie is much like a walk in the park. You need to be interested in the scenery and if so you will enjoy it in the end. I enjoyed this movie in its entirety and will definitely add it to my Netflix Queue again some time in the future. (Don’t count however on a second review when I view this eyepiece again.

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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