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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Superman: The Movie

Two and a half years ago I became a member of the Christopher Reeve Foundation. On that day I made a small donation and received a military style dog tag in the mail with the Superman logo on it and the words ‘Go Forward’ underneath the ‘S’. Ever since then I have been wanted to see this movie again. Now at last for my milestone setting 800th review I have finally seen it. It was just as good if not better than I remembered it and it kept me glued to the screen the entire time.
            This movie is a little longer than most at two hours and thirty-one minutes. It is the perfect length however and does not have any unnecessary, frivolous, or boring scenes in it. It is instead an adventure of epic proportions and a film you may never forget. It lead to three direct sequels, over the next nine years and one revision of the series in 2006.
            The casting in this movie was perfect. Marlon Brando somehow got top billing in this film despite dying in the very beginning. (Nice work Mr. Brando.) Christopher Reeve was an unknown, cast in the lead or titular role.  Margot Kidder was also relatively unheard of and cast as the iconic love interest of our Man of Steel as Miss. Lois Lane.
Other than the legendary Marlon Brando Gene Hackman was the most notable name in the script. He was cast as Superman’s arch enemy Lex Luthor and Ned Beatty (also some what recognized at the time) played his bumbling right hand man to near flawless perfection.
            The music was composed by John Williams and is still played at many sports games and other venues today over a quarter of a century later. The opening credits (as well as the closing) were unlike any scene at the time and are still unique and original today. The special effects in general were fantastic and gave this move more depth.
This movie in short in one of legend and brings one of the most popular comic book characters of all time to the big screen. The best part of this movie is, it was a comic book move decades before there became a plethora of comic book movies. You might even say it paved the road for films like Green Lantern and Captain America films, both due out this summer.

Grade A+

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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.

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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