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Tuesday, December 29, 2015


This story is nothing more than a retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A story most people consider classic. Merriam-Webster defines a classic as: (adj) something that serves as a standard of excellence. The untexted definition is something that stands the test of time. Well if such a wonderful feeling can last forever than why mess with perfection. 

That is the question I was asking myself the entire 100 minute length of this movie. Bill Murray was excellent. I always loved the rarely seen Karen Allen and Bobcat Goldthwait and Carol Kane were great 80’s comedians. (This movie was released in November of ’88) My favorite memorable scene in this movie was Kane hitting Murray in the face with a toaster. Well in today’s showing I missed it. Either I blinked, sneezed or turned my head away for a second. However it happened I did not see it. I jut saw him recovering from the blow. Well my fond memory must now take a blow because I was overwhelmingly disappointed with this so called comedy. I never really laughed that hard. I believe I may have smiled. Perhaps I even chuckled. Maybe it was just gas. 

Well maybe I’m a bit bitter this morning. I started a 3rd job yesterday to replace a day job I loathe and must go into in a couple hours. That being said however. This movie just doesn’t didn't and will not withstand the march of time. Those prerequisites are required to make a movie a classic. This movie just doesn’t measure up. 

I give this movie a “C” because of the strong performances of the actors. I was disappointed in the end when I discovered Richard Donner directed it. With such mega hits as Superman: The Movie and Lethal Weapon (both spawned multiple sequels) I was distraught when I read his name in the closing credits. I thinks it safe to say this movie will give birth to no children.  Also what happen to Karen Allen? She was excellent in Raiders of the Lost Arc and Starman why did her career fizzle. Perhaps it is because she made this dire disappointment. I will not see this movie again nor will I recommend it to my friends or family members. Sorry guys it just wasn’t all that. 

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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