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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Bank Job

This is another example of how there are always protagonists and antagonists in a movie. In this case the protagonists are the bank robbers. Not good guys at all by today’s standards, but you cheer for them nonetheless. There are multiple groups of antagonists I don’t want to give away in this review. I’ll give you a hint though the police aren’t always or necessarily one of these groups.

The pace is slow at first but with plenty of suspension build up and character development. The writing is excellent and the actors perform well. While the beginning and middle may seem to dull you to sleep at times the last 35 minutes is worth staying awake for. When this script reaches its climax there is no holding back your enthusiasm. You can’t wait for the movie to come to a finish to see how things unfold. Yet on the other hand you don’t want it to end. 

This movie is like the movies of old where there were no explosions every 15 minutes. The script relies on the patience and intelligence of the audience. You may perhaps walk away feeling a little more intelligent when enjoying this film.

  I’m not saying you will win a Nobel Prize after watching this movie, or even that his movie is Oscar worthy. What I am saying is that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I compare it to Fracture for its tension and nail-biting conclusion. I would recommend it to anyone who has time to watch it and enjoy it for what is worth. 

It is R-rated for its language and some strong sexual content. Its running time of 111 minutes goes by quickly at the end. The only question is, can you stay alert during the early pivotal drama building tension moments that seem to be predominant in the middle of the movie? I did and it was well worth the wait. This one is a keeper. It may even require multiple viewings. 

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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