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Friday, December 11, 2015

Fair Game

       Imagine if you will. You are a middle beautiful, middle-aged American woman living in subruban America. You are married to a wonderful husband and have two healthy kids and a good paying lucrative career. When suddenly your life is exposed to the public and people are calling up your home and threatening both you and your family. 

That is more or less the plot summary of the movie I just watched. The woman in question is Valerie Plame Wilson. Her aforementioned husband is an US ambassador and the lucrative career I spoke of is the CIA. Her life is brought to a standstill when she is suddenly fired and exposed to the public to be a spy. She is not only fired she is forbidden by the White House to have any contact with any of her co –workers or agents in the field. 

        Her husband chooses to fight fire with fire and go on the air and write in the newspapers that his wife is innocent of all charges. She on the other hand wishes to do nothing at all but stay at home and hope that it all goes away. Which is the better mode of action. You will have to see this movie to find out. 

             The performance by Naomi watts is exemplary. She is out standing in this role and really brings home the anger (and other emotions) that Valerie Plame Wilson must have felt when this happened to her.  I had no doubt believing this drama was unfolding in front of me as I watched this film. It was well paced and perfectly directed. 

       I went in knowing nothing about this movie and I am far from disappointed. I now feel more knowledgeable about this real life event and want to read more about it. As I watched this true story unfold I almost forgot I was watching a movie. I will definitely tell my friends about this and recommend it to some one I know. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                         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