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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Kind Hearts and Coronets

      This is the first week of a thirteen-week class teaching the History of Film from 1945-Present. The class is taught at a nearby art cinema complex. Today’s film and following discussion were both very intriguing. The film was a black and White British Black Comedy. That may seem like a contradiction in term today but not really has any body heard of Arsenic and Old Lace? 

The following synopsis is “borrowed” from IMBD. 
      A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

     The trick is Alec Guinness skillfully plays every member of the D’Ascoyne family. (Bridge of the River Kwai). He puts a different walk to each charater and even wears high heels for the female member of the family. 

This 63-year-old comedy is well paced and down right entertaining. The editors of some shall we say more recent films should take lessons from this. I’ll give you Zero guesses what film I’m referring to Max. 

Oh well back to the review. The heated discussion started off with one married women declaring, “Men are so stupid!” well I agree. 

       This film was well acted and perfectly directed. Dennis Price was magnificent in the lead role as the calm faced British killer. The film seemed long at times but when it ended after 106 minutes it included the perfect amount of dialagoe narraton and action. Rent it today from Netfix you aint goingto find it at any Red (or Green) box in the USA. 
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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