Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Empire of the Sun
To survive in a world at war, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.
The story of young English boy who lives with his parents in Shanghai during World War II. After the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese occupy the Shanghai International Settlement, and in the following chaos Jim becomes separated from his parents.
For a film that brims with such a strong passion for flying, it's quite ironic that Empire of the Sun doesn't even manage to take off at any given point over the course of its runtime. Quite a chore to sit through, this coming-of-age war drama from Steven Spielberg is completely devoid of his usual flair, remains monotonous in tone from start to finish & is pretty much unsure of what it wants to be.
Based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, the story of Empire of the Sun is set during the Second World War in China and tells the story of Jamie; an English kid who after getting separated from his parents during the Japanese invasion of…
Wow, Batman was tiny.
It's freaky just looking at him.
"Hey kid. You want a Hershey's bar?" ~ Basie
Who would have guessed that a 13-year-old kid named Christian Bale could act so well? Well, director Steven Spielberg did, for one. Yeah, it's Bale in only his second feature film and filling some very big shoes (pardon the joke) as the English boy Jim, separated from his parents during the evacuation of Shanghai in 1941 and stuck in internment camps till the end of the War.
It's a coming of age story, with Jim transforming from a spoiled, smart-ass rich kid into a streetwise survivor. Bale nabbed a National Board of Review Citation for Outstanding Juvenile Performance, and his career took flight onward and upward from there on.
Review In A Nutshell:
The Color Purple was a major transition for Spielberg, a filmmaker who previously harnessed the imagination of fiction through tales of accessibility and intense emotion, now opting for a more grounded and historically texture direction; one that finally deals with stories that are relevant of understanding our past, while maintaining his own distinct voice. It was a transition that would lead him to such works like Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, and Lincoln.
Many have considered Empire of the Sun to be an undervalued gem in Spielberg’s prolific body of work, but I however don’t see the shine that other see from it; certainly the film is severely hidden, with many skipping over it and…
Young Christan Bale looks exactly like old Christian Bale and it's freaking me out.
This isn't how I remembered Batman's origin story
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The birth of Ambivalent Spielberg, which is probably the most underrated Spielberg. How did I not love this more the first time I saw it?
Christian Bale is great even at such a young age
"I learned a new word today: Atom Bomb" - A film about loss of innocence and I think this line summed up that message perfectly.
Fantastic performance from a young Christian Bale who carries the entire movie on his shoulders.
Spielberg's lighthearted depiction of such a brutal topic makes for one entertaining story. It's a fun experience and an outstanding work of film. My only serious complaint is Bale's character. Though it is intended to depict his upbringing and his background, the character is just too damn annoying to enjoy by the end of the story. Young Bale does an excellent job with the role and it's not a performance flaw, but rather the script just makes his character extremely agitating. To an extent it serves its purpose, but that extent is reached and then exceeded. I would've hope for some maturity to be found throughout his experiences, but in the end some familiarly annoying traits still shine through.…
Kinda weird watching an adult Ben Stiller act opposite a child Christian Bale.
In addition to the literary quality of its story and the impeccable skill of Spielberg in bringing it to the screen, Empire of the Sun is also bolstered by a great cast. It's really interesting seeing Christian Bale (as Jamie) as a child actor, and many of the skills that would later make him an A-list star are already apparent. We also get a pretty typically offbeat, fantastic performance from John Malkovich as a sleazy American opportunist Jamie falls in with.
Given that Empire of the Sun is about a boy living in the Shanghai international settlement at the height of the Sino-Japanese War, one of my biggest concerns was that it would totally gloss over the suffering of the…
One of the kid-actor that survives to be an A-list star, nowadays.
It's the story of a young kid be around this tremendous war-field and how he managed to keep his imagination of worth-living at that time.
It's a landscape drama. Great picturing-exploration of war-field situation from civilian point of view. Especially from a young kid point of view.
I honestly didn't know this was a Steven Spielberg movie until I watched this, but you can tell there is a lot of Speilbergism in it. Christian Bale also made his debut as a very young child actor, now he was at times annoying still have to give him credit for one of the better child performances because he does show his raw talent. Basically the movie is about Christian Bale's family living in China around the second World War when Japan invade China and when him and his family try to escape the country they get separated in the crowd leaving Christian's character having to defend for himself. I did enjoy this movie and I think with a second viewing down the line I might even begin to like it more.
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