Empire of the Sun: Christian Bale
Christian Bale is a kid in this movie... and you know he's going to be something when he grows up ... the movie is superb and he is spectacular. Roundly dismissed as one of Steven Spielberg's least successful efforts, this very underrated film poignantly follows the World War II adventures of young Jim (a brilliant Christian Bale), caught in the throes of the fall of China. What if you once had everything and lost it all in an afternoon? What if you were only 12? Bale's transformation, from pampered British ruling-class child to an imprisoned, desperate, nearly feral boy, is nothing short of stunning. Also stunning are exceptional sets, cinematography, and music (the last courtesy of John Williams) that enhance author J.G. Ballard's and screenwriter Tom Stoppard's depiction of another, less familiar casualty of war. In a time when competitors were releasing "comedic," derivative coming-of-age films, Empire of the Sun stands out as an epic in the classic David Lean sense--despite confusion or perceived competition with the equally excellent The Last Emperor (also released in 1987, and also a coming-of-age in a similar setting). It is also a remarkable testament to, yes, the human spirit. And despite its disappointing box-office returns, Empire of the Sun helped to further establish Spielberg as more than a commercial director and set the standard, tone, and look for future efforts Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan.
As long as there is shark week, I will continue to watch this movie at least once a year, every year till the day that I die. It's Iconic and intense and brilliant. You should be embarrassed if you haven't see it.
I just tried this game for the first time last weekend, and I really enjoyed it. Think of bizarro jenga, where you try to knock over as many blox as possible. The game gives you the ability to edit and create your own levels too... I just tried this game for the first time last weekend, and I really enjoyed it. Think of bizarro jenga, where you try to knock over as many blox as possible. The game gives you the ability to edit and create your own levels too.
something about little blonde girls and static on the tv...oh so spooky. add this classic to your halloween collection asap!
I wish I could type out the notes from the end of this film. But since I cannot, I will say this - it is a must see!