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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Grace is Gone

The say denial ain’t just a river in Egypt. Well you’ll have a river of tears flowing out of your eyes in this mesmerizing thought provoking movie. Stanley Philipps (John Cossack) is a father of two young girls 13 and 8 who has achieved nothing more in life than retail store manager. When he is informed his wife is killed in Iraq he instantly goes into quiet shock. He takes his daughters out of school and drives them from Minnesota to A Walt Disney Worldesqe theme park in Florida where he attempts to escape reality. The movie is touching and full of reverence. The acting on all of the three main actors is spectacular. Heidi Phillips (Shelan O’Keefe) is the older daughter the wiser and more mature of the two naturally she takes the news differently than her younger more adolescent sister Dawn (Gracie Bednarczyk). Heidi is the 13 yr old going on 21 trying to find her maturity and establish her own personality. Dawn is the more innocent progeny. She brings a touch of effervescence to the somber tale. Both are fabulous and well cast. The flick is a moving memorial to all the men and women (as well as disrupted families) we lost and will loose in this catastrophic war. The writer of this movie is the director as well. (James C. Stouse) It is a rare talent that one man can take his own vision and direct it to perfection. When such a person does take on the dual tasks it often results in a disappointing or dismal result. (See Star Wars: Episode I the Phantom Menace) Mr. Strouse does it flawlessly. Clint Eastwoods (yes Dirty Harry) score is breathtaking. It moves you to an entirely new evolution of sadness and joy at the same time. This movie is one for the ages. There will always be war and always be catastrophic losses as the result. The question is will there always be movies as unforgettable as this one. 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.

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