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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Ghost of Canterville

Yes, Virginia there is a ghost. This movie is about a stubborn scientist who brings his family into a haunted castle because he does not believe it is haunted. That is just the gist of it mind you there is more to this 81 minute made for TV movie than that. 

The film stars Neve Campbell and Patrick Stewart as the titular character. Young Neve is the teenaged young daughter determined to get her father to believe in ghosts. 

The acting is excellent even for Neve Campbell. Patrick Stewart even goes back to his roots in acting out little Shakespeare along the way. His role is that of a haunted old soul who is determined to roam the Halls of Canterville (his old) castle at night. 

The pacing is a bit slow at first but it picks up. The ending is beautiful and worthy of a full upgrade of one letter in my final grade. What is that grade mind you? You’ll have to finish reading the review to find out. 

Al in all it is a good film. The characters are believable, the acting top notch, and the storyline excellent. This is one made for TV movie that definitely could of made the big screen.

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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