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Monday, September 12, 2016

The Cannonball Run

    From the opening scene this movie screamed eighties. The dialogue, the eclectic cast of then who’s who actors, (including Roger Moore, Burt Convey and Terry Bradshaw) all seemed to well out of date in 2009. The overall casting of the main stars of this film in the shapes of Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise doubled that sentiment.

         While I admit the animated cars running around the 20th Century Fox logo as the opening fanfare trumpeted aloud was original and fantastic. That is where however the feeling of newness ended. Or should I say came to a halt like a screeching car at  stop sign. This flick was dated my friend. While it did have its moments, it just didn’t hit my funny bone or appeal to my emotions like so many other movies  I’ve reviewed in the past .Those classic movies seem to be timeless .

         I must admit I however I loved the story line. A fantastic chase scenario that expands the entire country and ends in a free for all foot race, now wonderful. Who wins this maddening scurry to the finish line and who ends up all wet? You’ll  have to see this unique adventure to find out.


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