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Monday, December 28, 2015

Parental Guidance

           They say you can’t teach old dog new tricks. Well may be this movie is proof otherwise. Billy Crystal and Bette Midler star as the estranged parents of Marisa Tomei. Now if that opening line does not grab you I don't know what will. 
The oldest daughter is played by Baillie Madison who has been on the big screen with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in last year hit comedy Just Go with It. Disney Channel fans may recognize her from her brief stint on Wizards of Waverly Place. 
In this film she is named Harper Simmons a somewhat simple name for a very complex role. She comes out of her shell in this role and shines in this film. All three kids are excellent and come off as equals the screen to the marquee juggernauts already mentioned such as Crystal, Midler, and Tomei. 

The writing in this screenplay is solid and the acting top caliber. There are a few slow scenes at points and some unnecessary characters. (See restaurant owner/driver) The husband’s role or presence is nearly invisible.
If you look at the storyline however it is not nessacary. This movie is a pleasant film to take your family to enjoy. Even ask the pretty bartender down the street from the theater.

                                                                                                                                                                     Grade B (B for Bartender) 

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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