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Monday, December 8, 2014

The Kingdom

Violence begets violence. This movie is obviously incredibly violent. You simply can’t make a picture about war and not make it violent. See Glory. This movie is also gritty and realistic. The director holds nothing back (nor should he) in this picture about a violent time in our history. The acting is amazing Jennifer Gardner, Jason Bateman, and Jamie Foxx are of top caliber in the amazing film. Jennifer Gardner shines brightest though as a tough military woman who you discover is only ∞human. The movie is about a drive by attack in Saudi Arabia and how the best military on earth is brought in to investigate the incident. The setting is in the wake of the 9/11 incident and how America is involved in our foreign affairs. The action is nonstop and the movie never lets up until the final scene. This is a movie that should be seen multiple times to catch all the nuances and subtle viewpoints from each characters unique perspective. This is also a movie they may need to be scene in blocks. If you watch all at once prepare to be moved. This is defineltly not a movie for the squeamish or the faint of heart. The violence is in your face and never lets up. 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