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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Empire of the Sun

       This is a coming of age story in a not so familiar setting. The setting is that of Japanese controlled China, and the main character is a British young aristocrat whom leads his church’s choir. Yes my friends and fellow readers, this is the story of Jaime ‘Jim’ Graham. 

          Steven Spielberg directs this epic masterpiece and puts to the big screen the beautiful story of one young man who grows up before his time. At 12 years old this airplane obsessed youth is separated from his parents as the Japanese take over Shanghai. 

        John Malkovich stars in this unlikely story of friendship at war. When his character (Basie) befriends a young boy they quickly unite and are forced to live in a Japanese concentration camp. The amazing acting and breathtaking cinematography take a backdrop to this fantastic story. As one young boy learns a lifetime in four very long years. 

        This is a story you will not soon forget and one you will most likely tell your grandkids about. It is a story of triumph, it is a story of courage and mot importantly it is a story of braveness. 

       Empire of The Sun is one of the few Spielberg movies I had not yet seen. It is wonderful, it is triumphant and it is totally true. If this is the type of nonfiction Mr. Spielberg is willing to direct then let him direct some more. For this movie was heart pounding.

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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