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Monday, December 21, 2015


       I have been looking for this movie for quite some time now. It is not available on Netflix and Blockbuster just laughs at me when I ask for the title. I finally found it on Movieplex free on demand choices. I watched it in earnest and liked it from start to finish. It is a movie recommended to me by an old friend. (Hi Tara.) 

       The story line is not very simple but can be summed up in a few sentences anyway. The film is about Jude. It tells of his life. It tells of his love interests and his tragedies. It tells a gripping tale based in 19th century England and is too complex to give away much more details but let us just say it is a good flick. 

       The movie stars Kate Winslet, and Christopher Eccleston as the titular character. It co-stars Liam Cunningham and Rachel Griffiths. It is well cast and well acted. The movie movies at a slow but steady pace and keeps you interested the entire film. 

         I would recommend this movie to others but I am afraid they may not be able to find it. It was a good find though and I am glad Tara asked me to see it. The movie won several small awards but nothing major. It is a tale you can tell your friends about, assuming of course you remember all the details. 

                                                                                                                                         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