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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stop Loss

War is deplorable. It is ashamed that we have to live in a world where war is necessary. It is sad that we have to live in a country who can’t solve it’s own problems yet insists on solving other countries problems for them. It is a pity that movies like this one must be made to make us realize what a seemingly despicable society we live in. That being said however what an amazing concept this screenplay portrays. It is a story about how one man, a soldier no doubt can feel ultimately desolate and alone when he is supposed to be a member of a larger group, a band of brothers, the very reason for joining the army (some say) is to not be alone, yet how ironic it is that this one solder can feel do much anxiety when he is surrounded by his friends and family. My reaction to a movie is almost always emotional. Whether or not I like or hate a movie is often (but not always) determined by the way the movie makes me feel at the end. This movie is sad but satisfactory. I don’t agree with the circumstances of the protagonist’s decisions but I totally agree with the decision he made at the end and I can emphasize with ho he came to such a monumental decision. As a writer I respect the depths of the writing. I also enjoy the creativity and originality gone into writing such a script. For that reason and that reason alone I give this movie an A. It made me think and brought to life an entirely different way of looking at things. I am mostly finished my review and I am still pondering over the thoughts and emotions brought to life by this movie. I may feel different about it tomorrow (or even later today) but right now I love this movie. It with out a doubt gets my highest regards. Any movie that makes me think is worthy of an A. 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