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.
Wow, Batman was tiny.
It's freaky just looking at him.
The ending took it up a big notch. Caught me off guard is what happened.
Technically the film is fantastic. Spielberg knows his stuff. The story is a little bit all over the place but Bale really holds it all together. It truly is a great performance. Some other characters do feel underused though. The film tries to rely on Miranda Richardson's character for a couple of emotionally heavy scenes but I felt that she had not been present enough throughout the film to warrant this.
Gotta love the choir singing though.
With Empire of the Sun, Steven Spielberg is simply preparing for Schindler’s List, a film that is a superb period piece with fantastic emotional value. With Empire of the Sun, Spielberg creates one of the most tedious films I’ve ever seen.
Young Christian Bale portrays a spoiled British kid who is separated from his parents and experiences a life outside of his comfort. To put it simply, Bale is terrible in his film debut providing no depth, no charisma nor any versatility whatsoever for his age. There have been far superior performances in Spielberg films from younger actors than Bale: Drew Barrymore as Gertie from E.T and Cary Guffey as Barry in Close Encounters of a Third Kind. Both exceptional…
It seems an odd pairing: Steven Spielberg and his films of emotional warmth and yearning, and JG Ballard, author of detached, forensic examinations of violence. Yet it's easy to see what attracted Spielberg to Ballard's autobiographical novel, as it covers some of the themes he returns to many times over: childhood and family; parental abandonment and a child's adventure; escape and flight as a symbol of transcending ones troubles.
Moreover, Empire of the Sun is about the death of innocence; a boy whose experiences during the Second World War form him into an adult. It's a significant film in Spielberg's body of work as it marks an attempt to shift away from what had been his celebration of the child…
This isn't how I remembered Batman's origin story
Empire of the Sun is a story about a british boy surviving in a japanese occupied Shangai.
The movie is really beautiful, with really great sceneries and shots. There are some really magical moments, for example when Jim is singing for the three kamikaze.
The acting is really great and what I like about this movie is that infantile feeling as we follow Jim around. Yes, he was a brat and of course those war situations would change him, mature him, but I love how we can watch him still being a kid or befriending a japanese kid, ignoring the hatred of the war. I just didn't like much the way he glamourize the Atom Bomb, but I guess it was his naive way to see it.
This is really a great movie.
This isn't how I remembered Batman's origin story
I don't know why I've taken so long to watch this, but I'm glad I finally did. Even as a young child Christian Bale gives an excellent and very powerful performance. The film is a bit slow at times, but there's one moment where it really took me in and was suspenseful at times. It tells its story in a way that is interesting and also very dark. There is also one really beautiful moment that I wasn't expecting. The whole film is beautifully shot with an incredible performance from Bale, who you could see right from that age was going to be a brilliant actor.
A bunch of Brits get trapped in China during the second world war. In their midst, Bruce Wayne as a young boy. And John Malkovich!
This is a pretty solid entry into Spielberg's filmography, but no where near the same quality of his best work.
Empire of the Sun is a well crafted and impressively directed film. This must be undoubtedly one of Steven Spielberg's most personal works. Starring Christian Bale, a 13-year-old boy at the time, in an absolutely compelling lead performance, this film tells a beautiful coming-of-age story set in World War II that had some wonderfully magical moments. During the second half, though, it lost some cohesion concerning the storytelling and I think that in the end it was at least half an hour too long. However, for the most part it was an emotive experience.
This film stands up so well over time. It was a favorite of mine when it was released and still is. The Spielberg/Bale/Stoppard combo is just a wonderful thing to behold.
This is one of the lesser-known Spielberg films and while it's nowhere near his best ones, it's still a pretty solid war drama about the Japanese occupation in China during the WWII. This angle is less seen in Hollywood films about the war, which made it more interesting. The young Christian Bale basically in his debut role is quite convincing.
I watched "Empire of the Sun" tonight at my father's begging.
It's a Spielberg effort, and well the subject matter didn't interest me too much. I kept an open mind until about 2 hours and 15 minutes into the film, when I realized I was watching way too much of these silent pan shots and a warm bed appealed to me much more then sitting through another second of the movie.
I was also very frustrated with the child actor, who I felt I could not sympathize with and that his story was one of great inconceivably. It just wouldn't happen that way. The kid became annoying in my tired state, and I wished every moment that he'd step on…
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Another technically dazzling film from Spielberg, there's obviously a lot to respect about "Empire of the Sun". The images are gorgeous, the special effects are top notch and the scale of production is as impressive as it gets. (the overall scope and attention to detail in the Shangai city sequences are mind boggling incredible) When I last watched "Empire of the Sun" (at least 10 years ago I think), I thought it was one of Spielberg's most underrated movies - a borderline "great film" that might be one of his 10 best. Unfortunately, re-watching this time around, my feelings weren't quite as strong.
Overall I still enjoyed it for all the reasons listed above…
The element that attracted me the most was the way that Tom Stoppard's script keeps building analogs between the Christian Bale's Jamie and John Malkovich's Basie. Basie is sort of a potential adult outcome of Jamie's opportunism; and when he dies, Jamie dies a bit too. The final scene is stirring, but I don't think it's as happy as the music would lead us to believe. This kid is going to be a shell of a person from now on. (Or be J.G. Ballard for the rest of his life I guess.)
Other than that, I'm not sold. There's some gorgeous imagery at the beginning, and Malkovich's performance is one of his best. But every other supporting character is asked to do some heavy lifting with zero help from the screenplay. We're also still at a point when Spielberg just couldn't help himself with the sentimentality, and he really hammers things home in the last ten minutes.
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