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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Life Before Her Eyes

Ok, boys and girls this one is eerie. It starts of in a girls bathroom where two young teens one blonde one brunette. Are having a "girls room discussion" with one another when gunfire quickly erupts in the hallway outside the bathroom. The sound is mumbled at first but slowly grows louder as the madman inches closer to the door.  One holds the other back as they become more and more aware of their potential impending doom lurking in the hallway. Sure enough a rebellious young teen named Michael kicks the door in and asks them to choose which one of them should live. 

The movie hauntingly reminiscent of Columbine is written as a series of flash backs from grown Diana's (Uma Thurman) perspective. It is fifteen years later and she can't get the image of that fateful day when she (Even Rachel Wood) and Maureen (Eva Amurri) entered the bathroom for what would be the last time for one of them and a life altering time for the other. 

The story is told in a series of leitmotifs, the pouring rain in the final cemetery scene directly stems from the water pouring out of the pipes from where the gunman (or gun boy I should say) shot away the sinks to scare the young prepubescent girls. The creepiness theme occurs through out the movie and may even give the audience nightmares no matter hold old they are or how many movies they watch. (I'll find out tonight.) 

The score is daunting and the acting exquisite. The screenplay is muriaticly written from the third persons point of view. The movie however could almost be seen in first person if you imagine yourself seeing the world through Diana's eyes. If you really want to be frightened try looking at through Maureen's eyes. What could be more impendingistic then that? Either way this is a movie that will stick in your craw for a long time to come. You will never forget it and may even need therapy yourself if you don't remember that it's just a movie. 

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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