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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Jack Reacher

         This film comes from another line of books turned into movies.  Much like the Tom Clancy novels and of course that Ian Fleming creation.  Jack Reacher the creation of a British author writing under the pen name of Lee Child. It is ironic because this film is not suitable for children.
         The book series in this case is fairly young. Jack Reacher first made his appearance on bookshelves in of March of 1997. The book series is highly successful at 17 books and counting and Hollywood is once again hoping to bank in on its success. This film comes from the ninth book in the series.

         It was the correct choice to start cinematic giant. This film was tense from the start and for perhaps the first time in any Tom Cruse film I have seen or reviewed.
         There is good reason for that. There is nothing for his character to smile about. Much like a certain lonely man walker who had fits of Hulk like anger back in the 70’s this charter is a drifter. He has no job, no permanent place of resident and comes and goes at his own disposal.

         There is sex appeal, espionage and even a little bit of humor mixed into this screenplay. I liked the film because it centers on a brilliant, beautiful, blonde in Pittsburg. (Hi Maria)

         The blonde in question is the District Attorney’s daughter. She is portrayed perfectly by Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day). Her character is a no holds barred beauty that much like the friend she reminds me of is also sweet and has a soft heart and genuine charm about her.

         Jack Reacher does not however; he is tough as nails and will stop at nothing including breaking a few laws, cars, and policeman’s heads to get to the truth. Reacher at one point enlists the help of a tired old varmint to rescue the damsel in distress. Robert Duval portrays the above-described varmint with wonderfully aged perfection. That role a lone may be worth the price of admission.

Grade A

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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.

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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