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Monday, December 28, 2015

John Q

       Ok, I knew from the opening credits I’d like this film. First of all how rare are opening credits. Secondly are often do you hear a classic operatic aria in thus said scenario. While the movie started of with a tragedy it was a necessity in the end of the movie. The opening showed great foreshadowing and gave your mind some hope and something to linger on through the entire 1 hour and 53 minute ordeal.

    The plot is fairly simple. John Q (Denzel Washington) reaches the ends of his ropes when he can’t find the money sufficient enough to keep his son alive much less get him the heart transplant he needs to remain living .  He takes the emergency room staff hostage and requires transplant seemingly stubborn surgeon (James Woods) to perform emergency surgery on his son for free.

    The movie as a whole is not that simple though. It encases many scenarios and brings out in the viewer a whole cacophony  of emotions. When the arrogant police take over the press is involved  the story begins to take on some  real momentum and the screenplay picks up some depth.

The characters are all wonderful and believable too. The protagonist hostages are three dimensional the antagonistic cops specifically the police chief (Ray Liotta) is particularly slimy and ignorant. Not to mention arrogant as well.

    You have to be arrogant as well as ignorant to not understand the character’s predicament and relate with him as well. What ever side of the fence you lean on this movie is a treat. It is entertaining, engrossing, and heart pounding to boot.

    I would concur with young Nora that his movie is a must to be seen and enjoyed it to the full.

Grade A

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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