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Friday, January 1, 2016


        Ok, Lets get past the opening scene. It contains a load of offensive language a little sex and nudity, and A bit of violence too.  Did I mention the pointless product placement? I won’t say the action shots were stolen from the Matrix Trilogy just borrowed. By the way the ATM scene in thus same opening sequence also “stolen” from Maximum Overdrive. 

          The rest of the movie was rather inventive and fun. There is a lot of creative and amazing action. While the twist in the middle of the movie while not terribly original it was necessary for the main character’s motivation for the rest of the not so contrived film. The characters were all believable the plot exciting and the acting wasn’t bad either. 

       I liked the role of Sloan (Morgan Freeman) his age and maturity made him the perfect casting choice for the Yoda like mentor role he has played so well in the past and does as well in this movie. The appropriately dubbed Fox (Angelina Jolie) adds just the right amount of sex appeal to this other wise overly testosterone filled cast. Peccary (Terrance Stamp) is a lot of fun to see too. Wesley Gibson (James McIvor) is the essential protagonist. He is frustrated, motivated and even a little gullible as well. They all made the portrait perfect ensemble cast. 

       This movie is “R” rated for a reason there seems to someone cursing in every scene and quite a load of gratuitous violence. You must get past that as I did and look at the creativity of the script. There are a lot of subtle nuances you may not enjoy if turned off by the (at what seems like at times) unnecessary gutter talk. 

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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