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.
Who knew Bruce Wayne didn't just loose his parents but survived a war too.
Young Christian Bale is great. I love Miranda Richardson, but she's wasted here. Malkovich is good, but doesn't do anything spectacular. This film is too ambitious and tries to do way too much in two hours.
John Malkovich was born to play this role. And I have a good feeling about that Christian Bale kid. But I do think this goes on a tad too long.
Young Christian Bale was good.
Powerful story based on a JG Ballard book, visually stunning, terrific acting by Bale and directed by Spielberg.
So why didn't I love it? I am not sure... It is ok, but definitely not among Spielberg's finest.
Need a rewatch
It looks amazing. It's also hollow. Kudos to everyone involved who did all they could with a purposeless script, but mostly it just rekindled an interest in watching Ivan's Childhood again.
SPIELBERG IN ORDER #11
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.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
The book celebrates and chronicles over one…