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.
I'm a huge Spielberg fan, yet I had never seen this film. It's beautifully shot and designed and has a great "loss of innocence" theme, but feels overlong and tedious.
Fantastic film to watch. Bales character development throughout the movie is impressive. The soundtrack is very well done.
Just simply (in my opinion) one of the best ever films of all time! Probably in my top 3.
Christian Bale.....a early glimpse of what he would become.
Steven Spielberg's WW2 drama told from the perspective of a young British boy (Christian Bale) who gets separated from his parents when Japan invades Shanghai is one of his most underrated works. Not only is it one of his finest films, it's also one of Christian Bale's greatest on screen achievements. This pre-cursor to such Spielberg greats SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and his masterful SCHINDLER'S LIST, showed that their might be more to Spielberg than simple thrills and child-like wonder. This tale of war told through the eyes of a child is one of the greatest of it's kind. It's a parable about growing up, the loss of innocence, and learning that beyond the simple pleasures of bicycle ride's, servants, and…
Easily Spielberg's most mature film up to this point, and another example of his technical brilliance. His knack for storytelling fails him however, and the film needlessly drags for long stretches of time in its 2nd half. And as good as he is, Christian Bale is playing a rather grating little boy, and he can start to be a bit too much at times. Still, overall it's an involving and interesting film, even if it isn't quite clear what Spielberg is trying to say with it.
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.
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