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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Big Chill

        With temperatures outside in the twenties and thirties I could not think of a better title to watch then The Big Chill. It is not yet winter yet but folks are dressed up like it is so I figured to get warm in front of a fire and see an old classic I have never seen before. 

           The two best things about this movie are its cast and its soundtrack. They are both stellar and will leave you wanting more. The downside to this movie is its topic. It is about seven friends who get together after a friend and loved one dies via suicide. It makes a good movie however and a classic film. 

             Kevin Kline and Glenn Close are but two of the big name stars in this unique movie. They all come together to bond and recover after one of their own is lost. The rest of the cast includes Jeff Goldblum and Tom Berenger. None of the characters in this film are boring and none of the performances stale. The film is dark and depressing yet up beat at the same time. 

           This is considered a must see for my parents generation because of the aforementioned soundtrack. It is a good flick for my age range too. It is well acted and crisp and intelligent and full of zeal in just 105 minutes long. I may see this film again and even buy the soundtrack. I liked it from start to finish and will recommend it to friends. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Grade B+ 

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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