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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Transformers 3

When I initially heard about them making a live action Transformers movie in 2007 my uncle told me “No self respecting 33 year old man should go see a movie about the Transformers” or something like that. Well guess what Uncle Jerry you were wrong I liked it. (The review is in hiding) In fact I own it! That’s right, I brought the DVD.

I only wish you had warned me when the second one came out. I saw it in theaters the opening weekend it was awful.  (I generously gave it a D.) Now I am 37.  I have logged over 860 movie reviews on this blogspot and here it is the morning after my one-day trip all the way up to King of Prussia. I took a long cab trip home last night just in time to take shelter from the falling rain. I still can’t figure out what to say about this movie. I’ll give it a try anyway.

First off it was long. It was 157 minutes in length and with my early arrival time and previews I am sure I spent 3 hours in that stadium style theater seat in the 16-screen complex in King of Prussia. Secondly it was intense. You truly need to see this film on the big screen with a maddening crowd in oversized cinema complex and in 3D like I did.  I fulfilled two out of three of the above set requirements. Big screen check, maddening crowd not so much (There were only about a dozen other people in the theater with me.) In 3D hell yea, in fact I don’t see how it can be converted to DVD and be seen on a smaller screen with out losing a major piece of something.

Within that last statement lies the itch. I am still not sure what I thought about this movie. It is appropriate that my current theme of the week (on this blogspot) is Summer Blockbusters. I describe summer blockbusters as a true big screen experience. There may or may not be a plot to the film in the aforementioned category it just needs to be an experience. Well my mother’s death is an experience as was losing my virginity. I’m sure we can both agree that these experiences brought about completely different emotions. Well they both kind of left me feeling drained and tired. There were new visual and emotional breakthroughs with both. In this case however (the movie) I am not sure how I feel or what to do with those new breakthroughs.  I will give this movie the only grade I can in such a confused time and experience. I will give it a “C” for confused for that is what I am confused.

                                                                                                                                     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