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Monday, December 21, 2015

What’s the Worse That Could Happen?

       This movie was perfectly cast for Danny DeVito and Martin Lawrence. They both played the roles they typically play and play so well. Devito was slimy and manipulative and Lawrence was a hustler and a thief. I must say that neither role a stretch considering the actor.

            The rest of the cast was good as well, including Glenne Headly, Bernie Mac, and Larry Miller. The entire movie was simply that a movie. It was neither realistic nor believable but simply fun for you box-office dollars. I fortunately saw it for free and did not seem to over pay.

            The willing suspension of disbelief was definitely needed here. The script was buyable but only for about a dollar. It was a good old fashioned leave your brain at the box office comedy, simple and uncomplicated. The good guys win at the end.  Everybody gets what they wanted and we are all even friends. Whoo hoo don’t you wish life were quite so simple.

Grade C+

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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