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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pride and Glory

                         I  got this movie for one reason and one reason only. I am a huge fan of Edward Norton.  I don’t remember seeing  him in anything in years. As I look at his filmography I stand corrected. He was in The Incredible Hulk last year. I guess you could stay it a sign of a good actor when you see him blend in with the role so well you forget he’s acting. Especially when it is the part of an established character such as Bruce Banner. 

The reverse argument is you see great actors play significant roles. That was the case in this riveting film. I was aware of John Voight and Edward Norton. I saw them playing there perspective roles to perfection. So in order to be a fair critic I must find fault in other categories. One such fault is the length of this picture Its  two hour and ten minute length was a bit too much. The pacing was slow and mundane at points. While the end made up for the middle it wasn’t enough to make me want see it again or give it my highest grade.

The violence and language was excessive but realistic and plausible. The movie was about A New York City police family. It opened with one brother being killed in a unfortunate ambush and more and increased in complexity from there. 

The character development was intense and the darkness of issues to live brought about in this movie was eye opening and jaw dropping. What those issues are I dare not give away.  They  would give away too many plot points and then there would be no reason to rent this movie from the  Redbox at Acme and visit me at the same time.

In summary this film was good. I enjoyed my time viewing it and may have learned a lot about the life on the streets in my sisters home town of “The Big Apple” . I will not however rent this movie again. It’s a little too educational and impacting to add to my Netflix queue or rent again from the aforementioned Red box at work.

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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