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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Dark Knight

        This movie came out this weekend to near euphoric praise. It was billed as the movie to end all movies. It even raked in a record 66.4 million dollars on it’s opening day. It was not worthy. While this movie was excellent it wasn’t nearly awesome. It was great mind you but not that jaw dropping like other movies I’ve seen in theaters. 

To keep with my most recent theme though it was worthy of the previews. They once again did not give away too much of the plot but enticed you to see the movie on opening weekend nonetheless. I have a feeling Warner Brothers Studios is not complaining. 

Let’s get to Heather Ledgers performance. It was astonishing. Weather or not it is worthy of an Oscar nomination I don’t know yet. Six other actors have been nominated posthumously for an Oscar only one has won. I have seen none of those movies and therefore zero of the performances. I also haven’t seen all the other movies out this year. (It’s only July mind you.) The question you must ask yourself is the Oscar for the man or for the performance. If it’s for the performance than Ledger deserves the gold. If’ it’s for then man don’t just give it to him because he’s dead. 

The lighting in the film was dark but not pitch black. I liked the fact that unlike so many other previous films you could actually see the actor’s faces and see the set pieces and absorb the cinematography. Any movie star can perform well in shadows it takes a true theater worthy actor to perform in better lit scenarios. 

The mood of the film was ominous it lived up to the 21st century characteristics of Batman and truly deserved the title of Dark Knight. It was better than its predecessor Batman Begins that I found to be too far too dark and much too violent. There was plenty of plot in this movie perhaps a bit too much. Sequels are supposed to jump right in to the action and not set up the all ready established characters. This movie didn’t start off with a bang nor did it end with one either their was plenty of explosives and lots of action in between the two though. Considering the dismal feelings brought about in Batman and Robin maybe that isn’t such a bad thing after all. 

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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