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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Rookie

A good family film is hard to come by. So is a G rated film that’s not animated. The Rookie fulfills both categories. There are plenty of fantasy sports movies out there, about young kids discovering marvelous powers and breaking into major league sports. While these films are enjoyable, you spend a good part of the movie suspending disbelief and questioning reality.
This film is the opposite of those far-fetched fantasies. First of all, this movie is a true story so you know it’s realistic because it actually happened. Second of all it’s an older man breaking into the sport of youngsters instead of an ignorant young child joining the ranks of men. You never know what to expect next because real-life is unpredictable and this movie is about real-life.

The Rookie is pure Disney magic. The charters are well portrayed and the trauma one anyone can relate too. Do you follow your dreams and risk losing your home or do take the easy path and play it safe? Do you keep your promises to commitment or do you run way and hide from your problems? These are just a few of the problems faced by Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) in the movie.  You can’t help to feel for the guy and you struggle along with him knowing the outcome only because this is an inspirational type movie and not a documentary drama.

In today’s day and age of overpaid baseball players and immature pre-madonna’s it is good to see the human side to at least one of our Major League hero’s. Jack Morris can truly be called a hero. Here was an inspiration not just to a high school baseball team but to and entire high school and even the whole town. He was most of all and inspiration to his son and his family and if a man accomplishes just one thing in his life it should be to be a role model and to be revered by your own son.
Grade B+

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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