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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

It’s Fourth of July Weekend, so how about a little WW2 patriotism for this fine Sunday?

I’ve got young Christian Bale for you guys today from Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, one of his more overlooked dramas. DGDB and his Ain’t It Bale News cohorts, this one’s for you!

Ah, the good old days… back when DPs were respectful of actors’ eyelines and everybody was professional. Seriously, though… Empire of the Sun is great stuff, with young Bale showing the potential of the actor he would become.

Thanks to Chad Rouch for sending this one along!



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  • July 3, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Trash them lights kid!!!!

    by DangerDave

  • July 3, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Bale be Praised!!!!!

    by DangerDave

  • July 3, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Sitting in the director's chair...,

    by impetus

    ...already a cocky little guy, wasn't he? Well, that or just being a kid on a movie set, I guess.

  • July 3, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    On closer inspection...

    by impetus

    Looks like he's just hanging on the back of the chair. Childhood Bale wins!

  • July 3, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.



  • July 3, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Love Empire of the sun

    by disfigurehead

    Cadillac of the sky!

  • July 3, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    It would be fun to see Bale reteam with Spielberg

    by lv_426

    Maybe if Spielberg decides to do that Interstellar project that has been rumored for so long. I could see Bale doing something like that, a cerebral sci-fi thriller. Once TDKR is done, and Spielberg is finished with his Lincoln biopic, maybe they'll both have schedules that line up?

  • July 3, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Astonishing performance

    by ames prather

    I saw this movie when it came out and was absolutely blown away by Mr. Bale's performance. I've followed his work since then and have been continually impressed with him. When I heard he was on the short list for Batman, my belief in the project elevated; when he was chosen for the role, my expectations soared. Say what you will about his Batman voice, he plays the role perfectly. Now excuse me, I must go practice my Gun Kata. ;~) ??Pseudo?? Out.

  • July 3, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    It's a shame that Terminator Salvation got made.

    by Tarijeno

    Horrible, HORRIBLE movie, and it's going to be a milestone in Bale's career for all the wrong reasons. But hey, the guy's spent the last two years apologizing profusely. When's the last time you heard David O Russell act the tiniest bit humble?

  • July 3, 2011, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Is this for me?


    ...because I'm a big JG Ballard fan? Thanks, Quint, you shouldn't have!

  • July 3, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Quint, ♥ ♥


  • July 3, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    And Where Was His Oscar for Newsies?

    by Aquatarkusman

    Did David Moscow and he split the vote?

  • July 3, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    He's smiling because he just got done trashing his trailer

    by MooseMalloy

  • July 3, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Nah, he just beat the shit out of his mom and sister.


  • July 3, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Great fil


  • July 3, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Great film all around.


    If it wasn't for this film, then we wouldn't have the king of drama Spielberg we have today. No empire=no schindlers list or SPR

  • July 3, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Great film!

    by Sanyi

    One of the best Spielberg-movies. But it's so weird to see the young Bale. I mean...Weird. You know what I mean?

  • July 3, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Fairly obvious?

    by dukeroberts

    Yankee Doodle Dandy? Or will it be that shitty Born on the Fourth of July movie? Cagney beats Cruise any day.

  • July 3, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Independence Day? Gotta be, right?

  • July 3, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Born on the Fourth of July is my bet for tomorrow.

    by midime

  • July 3, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Young Bale

    by dukeroberts

    In this picture he kind of looks like his drugged out character in The Fighter. Weird.

  • July 3, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by midime

    for some reason there is love shown for Live Free or Die Hard. That would be a curve ball.

  • July 3, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    You're sure that's not a pic from The Machinist?

    by Royston Lodge

    Golly, he's thin!

  • July 3, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    ID4 is tomorrow


    Which I plan to watch tonight.


  • July 3, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Fucks sake man you're amateur!

    by Badger23

  • July 3, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    EOTS's been overlooked because it's empty.

    by justmyluck

    In the end, there's nothing there. Great production, especially the Shanghai siege, but Spielberg is wandering around in the period trying to strike at themes and evoke emotions which fall flat at every turn. I commented on why more elaborately in the last EMPIRE OF THE SUN BTS, here: The sequence of Bale pummeling the dead Japanese kid is oddly like Eric Bana's humping bit in MUNICH, now that I think of it. Ick.

  • July 3, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Would you like a Hershey bar?

    by sith_rising

    Oh yes, please! great movie...

  • It never fails. By the end, i'm crying. Very few movies gives me such an emotional impact by it's ending. And it's not beczause of one or that scene. It's the cumulative effect. Things build and build. until that scenewhen Jim's parents find him and he looks at them and can't even recognize them anymore, only finally figuring out thnaks to details, like his mother's hair. Dammit, this movie is... i can't describe the impact it has on me. Anmd then i heard some limpdicks belittle it and tell it's a flawed movie. Flawed movie my ass. It is, in fact, Spielberg's greatest technical and artistic achievement in his career. It is spielberg's greatest artistic achievement in his career. He might have made a few other better movies, but as art, Spielberg never made this good ever again. And it's one of his few movies where the emotions are sincere and not acheived through mawkishness or cheap manipulation. A great movie. A great movie through and through.

  • July 3, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You are a JG Ballard fan? Fucking hell of awesome! Is there no end to your awesomeness? I owe you a cool beer, brand of your chosing.

  • Same character, 20 years later, set in 60s London. It's the story of a young man and his sexual life in the swinging 60s, and the impact his intermentship during WWII had on his life and attitude toward life and women. I'd love to see Spielberg and Bale do that (Bale is now of the right age to retake the role of Jim as a young adult), and it would be great tos ee spielberg tackle a subject he never did before, the sex life of a young man set in england of the 60s. It would be quite a challenge to Spielberg, and he always exels when he's challenged outside his confort zone.

  • July 3, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    Spielberg's EOTS is narrative fiction, so tell me what the film's central theme is, and one or two of it's messages. I'm still in the dark.

  • Have you read Concrete Island? It's on my ever-growing list of books to read.

  • July 3, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Praise to Bale, by the way.


    And to Professionals everywhere.

  • July 3, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    "I can bring everyone back. Everyone."- Bale 3:16

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Nice one Quint. Truly professional.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    One more thing. WAR FUCKING HORSE!!!

    by Stuntcock Mike

    Nothing. Else. Matters.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    War Horse trailer is basically the movie

    by justmyluck

    Well-done trailer, but I doubt Spielberg will take it any further than, "War is beautiful, war is hell, poor horsie".

  • July 3, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Where'd you get this Harry?

    by Nerd Rage

    Did Jesus email it to you.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Great movie.

    by Nerd Rage

    I need to re-watch it baked.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    A childhood fucked up by the follies of adults? Just watch the bloody movie, friend.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    the theme of EOTS is about growing from a child into a man and in Jamie's case being forced into adulthood before he is truly ready. He starts as a spoiled rich kid and ends the film beaten down by what he's experienced to the point that anything from his childhood "his parents" seems foreign to him. He's a kid who had his childhood life stripped away from him and in the end when he finally remembers his mother and closes his eyes he can allow himself to finally regain some of what he's lost.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I have read the first third of CONCRETE ISLAND. I left it to pick up latter, and it's 10 years since. But the book is quite good, make no mistake. Or at least what i read so far. It's also pretty surreal. I think that both the book and the movie CRASH complement each other very well. As a film adaptation the movie is brillant.

  • July 3, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    I'll take that as, "I don't have a clue," which is understandable, since Spielberg's dramas are intended to be experiences and little else. "War is beautiful, war is hell, poor Jim".

  • July 3, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    That's not a theme nor a message, it's a plot summary. Thanks!

  • July 3, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    ugh now you're just being an ass

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    the theme is the loss of childhood and being forced into the adult world...that's a theme...the plot would be Jim gets separated from his parents during a war and lives in an internment camp

  • July 3, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Theme of EOTS

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    is almost identical to Mystic River or Sleepers...except EOTS has a more uplifting ending...those movies depress the shit out of me

  • July 3, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Is that the beard back there

    by proevad

    pre-beard? Not up on my evolution of Spielberg appearances.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    So sorry you think I'm being an ass for stating the obvious

    by justmyluck

    Loss of childhood is a topic, but not what I'd call a self-supporting theme. If EOTS had the self-restraint and subtleties of Louis Malle's AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (released that year), I'd give it a pass, but EOTS is spectacle and manipulation. Here's a portion of what I posted for the last EOTS/Bale BTS. If you can debate it, I'd be happy to engage, ass free! --Nov 21, 2010 11:14:59 PM CST I saw "Empire of the Sun" in 70mm (twice) when it came out, and it left me with mixed feelings. The production value, period, crowd control and casting were excellent. The big problem was that it never connected emotionally - I did give it a try twice. I think this was due to many scenes being overplayed to the nth with dramatic/iconic "Amazing Stories"-era string pluckings from Spielberg. I think the faults can be summarized in one story thread, as Jim watches the dead Mrs. Victor become ILM'd in a sacred glow, and followed by a god-shot of the American nuke strike. ILM gives us ANOTHER shot of Jim looking up as the atmosphere glows from the blast (to drive home that Jim thinks he is watching a heavenly ascension). Then later, we get ANOTHER close-up of Jim proclaiming to the camera something like, "I thought the atom bomb was Mrs. Victor going to heaven". This is basically how the whole movie distributes its messages - like an opening shot of a military vessel plowing through floating coffins...and flower petals... underscored with choir!!! But, wait - we get it AGAIN, with a resurrection scene (!) where Jim goes on about the atom bomb as god's light while his empowered, sun-backlit hands glide down to bring a "Jap" back to life! John Williams rises up while the sun flares nearly blind our eyes as Jim pummels away!!

  • Do you even know what that means? Based on the way you said it...I would guess not.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by MoffatBabies

    Best idea you've ever had. Spielberg, make that film. Right after you co-produce the next Abrams Trek.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword: It's regarding the Bale flip-out

    by justmyluck

    Bale was recorded going into a rant about trying to concentrate, while the DP was adjusting lights in his line of sight.

  • July 3, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    this would be a good blu-ray release

    by ufoclub1977

  • July 3, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    T2. Wow, time flies.

    by justmyluck

    Seems like yesterday I picked up that Cinefex mag - which I'm now perusing! AICN skipped the RAIDERS and CLASH OF THE TITANS 30ths, as well. Here's some T2 auto-BTS's, Quint-free!

  • July 3, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Death of AICN is in the Behind the scenes....

    by JamesWest

    You know things are getting bad for AICN when most of the entries on the main page are "Behind the scene photos of the day" entries. What, AICN can't get any cool news any more?

  • July 3, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    EOTHS was like Henry James re-writing a Jack London story

    by seansarto

    Lacked an edge....Chrisitian Bale was the lead...I was wondering why the film was still lingering in the "delete?" space of my memory.

  • You think the guys who run this site are just fanboys reporting news? Sorry but, no, they're craven parasites who use their access to kiss as much ass as possible because they see it as their ticket towards a cushy studio job.

  • July 3, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Whenever I have a DP I am always respectful of the girl's eyeliner.

    by Surfaces_are_supposed_to_be_FLAT

  • July 3, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Nice Quint!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    When I think of all of the films that have been nominated for a BEST PICTURE Oscar... ...this one (Empire of the Sun) was robbed. Great pic!

  • July 3, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Yet CHICAGO won Best Picture? Go figure.

  • July 3, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Asi, I particularly like Ballard's short stories.


    THE DISASTER AREA is a favorite collection.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Bale´s best performance

    by IKilledSuperman

    let´s face it, even Bruce Wayne is just a variation of his American Psycho persona (which coincidentally is just a facet of the actor himself as we all know now). The guy couldn´t act his way out of a paperbag.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Fantastic movie - even better book - READ IT

    by flatulence

    For those that may not know. EOTS was an autobiographical book by JG Ballard. "Jim" is JG and pretty well the book is faithful to the actual events. The movie has some variances in the way he gets split from his parents and where his parents spent the war. If I recall correctly, in the book (real life) they were in another camp and suffered pretty badly too, but in the movie I think they got out of Shanghai and did ok until they came back for young Jim. Anyway, the book is really good, as is the movie. The score is awesome too, although the Cadillac of the Skies track on the Soundtrack is NOT the one from the movie.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Star Trek was never a Dreamworks gig, and never will.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    As much as i love EMPIRE OF THE SUN, the movie that won the oscar that year was also the excelent THE LAST EMPEROR. With such a grat movie as the winne,r i don't think MEPIRE OF THE SUN was robbed. It just had the bad luck to have such a great competition.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by edwardpenishands

    Let’s face it most of Hollywood is one note. Jack Nicolson always plays the same person but everyone sucks his cock. There is a difference between being versatile and being bad.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:12 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Directors the whole world over disagree with you. I rather take their opinion of Mr Bale's talent over yours, if you don't mind.

  • He said the first 20 years after his interment he tried to forget all about it. Then it took him 20 years to remember it all back again. Ballard never claim that the book is fully autobiographical. He said the book was something inbetween, between an autobiography and a work of fiction. Well, Ballard had a peculiar type of approach to writing, in which his stories looked autobiographical but fictional as well. In CRASH, he used his own name and elements from his own life for the main character.

  • July 4, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Good movie

    by KilliK

  • July 4, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Bale was a fucking professional since he was a child actor

    by KilliK


  • July 4, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Best child actor performance in the history of film.

    by FluffyUnbound

    It's that simple. And - yeah. Right. Sure. EOTS is "empty". Yeah. OK. If anything it's too full. The frickin' costume party scenes would be their own damn movie in the hands of some French asshole. Hell, the two (or is it three) refrigerator shots carry more worthwhile content than von Trier's entire opus. The Bale / Malkovich relationship is one of the best-done Boy / (Surrogate) Father relationships ever - up there with fucking BOYS TOWN. I could go on. I think it's enough to say that Spielberg builds a more insightful and touching coming-of-age friendship between two characters who NEVER SPEAK than Abrams got out of the entire cast of SUPER 8 (as just one counter-example).

  • July 4, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Ballard anyone read High Society?

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    Good book and apparently one of the influences for the film Die Hard (apart from the original book nothing lasts forever by Roderick Thorp which is a fantastic book execept for the War flashbacks which go on far too long) The body going out of the widow and landing on car is straight out of High Society

  • July 4, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives and Choppah should go out!

    by notcher

    They're already sucking each others dicks. I bet one sucks while the other says "Abrams is a hack! I hate Abrams, Star Trek blows, yes, like YOOUUUUUUUU!" Haha!

  • July 4, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    One more thing!

    by notcher

    "Empire of the Sun" fucking rocked! Bale is awesome!!!

  • July 4, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Thunderbolt Ross

  • July 4, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    it's SO WEIRD

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    how sane and coherent asimovlives can seem when he's not talking about JJ Abrams

  • July 4, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword: not professional

    by Thunderbolt Ross

  • July 4, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Lord Bale should do a movie with charlie sheen and eddie murphy

    by sonnyhooper

    ...some kinda of screwball action comedy. something like "pineapple express" meets "team america", only without drug humor or puppets. it would be fucking epic.

  • July 4, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Tell us the truth: You want to hang out with us. Why don't you just ask? You are invited, of course.

  • July 4, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    thunderbolt ross

    by AsimovLives

    I'm sane and coherent when i talk about JJ Abrams and his Abrams Trek movie. You just think otherwise because you don't like to see me (deservedly) throw shit at a movie and filmmaker you like.

  • July 4, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Nice one Asimov!

    by notcher

    I actually dug that comeback, you have some respect from me. However, I still put you in Choppah's category for Star Trek bashing, not only was he a toolbag to Orci and made no logical argument against Orci's thought out arguments, but he was completely disrespectful. I have no respect for him. However, I'm well aware of your stance on Nolan and I don't understand why your sense with Nolan doesn't translate to your bashing of Star Trek? If someone hates Star Trek, that's cool, but I just haven't read a single sensible, example backed argument as to why they hated it. Choppah's a toolbag, why you think he has sense is beyond me. But again, solid comeback above, props.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    ...but he was completely disrespectful.



  • July 4, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Besides, we talk about FUTURE BOY CONAN during sex.


    You probably haven't heard of it.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Talkbacking is a lot like TRUE GRIT.


    These gladiatorial cesspools of dialogue we all navigate have certain rules. They are not explicitly stated, but are quickly learned at one's own peril. There is an ebb and flow...a give and take here. There are consequences....sometimes never to be the same. I was saying, talkbacking here parallels the themes of TRUE GRIT quite nicely. To illustrate: Mattie plunges head-strong into what starts as a quest for justice against the protests of just about everyone else around her. However, she pretty much does just fine until she kills Tom Cheney, turning justice into vengeance. He was at her mercy, and she had proven that she was not afraid to throw down on him. However, as soon as she MURDERS him, she literally falls into a nest of vipers. Like she said at the beginning, we ALL pay for our actions in this world. She never had even a SECOND for any sense of satisfaction. As she said in her delirious state "He's getting away." As soon as she made that decision for revenge over justice, she was in the wrong, and paid. Beside that, you also have the nicer thread of how we can affect those around us for the better, as evidenced by the arcs of Cogburn and LaBeouf. Don't you see? We are ALL little Matties, plunging headlong into this adventure of talkbacking, suffering the slings and arrows; and oftentimes, the triumphs and connections that are forged. But perhaps I digress. By the way...TRUE GRIT and INGLORIOUS BASTERDS would make absolutely sublime back-to-back viewing for the dialogue alone.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    I love Choppah!

    by notcher

    Cuz he always makes my points for me. Choppah, you fucking knucklehead, Orci owned your ass and made you look like a fucking two year old when you countered his arguments with "Fuck you and your piece of shit Star Trek movie, you suck you hack!" I'm really surprised you didn't follow your bullshit up with "Poopoo head." And you're right, this is talkback, which generally includes arguments. Why don't you try bringing some next time? And BTW, you know you're only choking the chicken when watching Future Boy Conan!!!!!!

  • July 4, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry I was waxing philosophical.


    What were YOU waxing, again?

  • July 4, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I was waxing your mom's back Choppah!

    by notcher

    Cuz she fucking needed it! Sorry I had to lower myself to your playground insult standards, I'm not proud of it. BTW, your True Grit philosophical waxing was your best attempt at supported material argumentation. Too bad it still translates to bullshit. But hey, at least you're trying.

  • July 4, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    What would you like to argumentate about, notcher?


  • July 4, 2011, 1:46 p.m. CST

    notcher, you're wasting your time.

    by Gerry Manderin

    You're never going to get a straight (in the sexual and argumentative senses) answer out of the Choppahs.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    You're right subtitles.

    by notcher

    Also, it seems Choppah doesn't think argumentation is a word.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    And notcher, you don't have to apologize


    for 'lowering yourself' to my standards. After all, you came charging in with a nice little word-picture of Asi and myself fellating each other. You were already on my level from the start. We call that self-awareness. Try it sometime. Patriotically CHOPPED.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Subtitles, come not between THE CHOPPAH and his prey...


    or he will not chop thee quickly in thy turn. He will bear thee away to the houses of lamentation, beyond all darkness, where thy geriatric wits shall be devoured, and thy shriveled mind be left naked forever before all of Talkbackdom.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I never understood the tremendous love for this film

    by Winston Smith

    The first 30 minutes are excellent, but then it becomes a pretty bad Spielberg movie... overly sentimental, unrealistic, sappy, overlong, forces emotions down your throat. I agree with the person above, it was an empty film for me. What started as engaging ended up, well, I was completely removed from the film. Bale gave a great performance, everyone did really especially Malkovich, but it just... didn't... come off as genuine or real. I'm still impressed with what Spielberg did in Schindler's List when you compare it to something like Empire of the Sun.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Choppah is impressed with himself.

    by notcher

    There, end of the lesson.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    My sensible posts, as you call it, in regard to Abrams Trek were mostly made 2 years ago at thetime when the movie was released. At a tiem when i still had enough pacience in dealing with the Abrams Fanboy Zombies. Until i finaly could not take their shit any longer and snaped at themand their precious shitty movie and the hackboy who made it. As for Orci, he deserves any shit said to him. He coems in here to be adored and have his ass kissed. So it's good that somebody kicks his ass instead and calls out for the prima-donna egomaniac that he is. Contrary to what he believes, he doesn't own our asses.

  • July 4, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    There is so much wrong about your coments about EMPIRE OF THE SUN that i barely have words to describe why and can't evne decide where i would start. My mind is boggling hard!

  • July 4, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    He has to return some videotapes.

    by frank

  • July 4, 2011, 3:34 p.m. CST

    subtitles is FUCKING DISTRACTING!


  • July 4, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by Winston Smith

    I KNOW! GOD HELP ME, I DON'T SHARE YOUR OPINION!!!! Never thought people would be pretentious about Empire of the Fucking Sun, but then again, it's really the best kinda movie to be pretentious about. An unpopular movie made by one of the most popular directors out there. But no need to be all "you can't have that opinion about this!!!!!" sanctimonious. There is an underrated Spielberg movie that's one of the best he ever made... AI.

  • July 4, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    the_choppah >> subtitles is FUCKING DISTRACTING!

    by D_T

    A little... ...but I prefer them over dubbed. *rimshot* :D

  • July 4, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I see that the word "pretentious" is being misused again in it's use to put down a great movie and the people who like and acknowledge it for the great movie that is. today it's EMPIRE OF THE SUN. If i had 5 bucks for each misuse of the word "pretentious" in here, i would be rich beyond my wildest dreams.

  • July 4, 2011, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Over-dubbed or over-dumbed?

  • July 4, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    best thing Bale did? Harsh Times

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    that film is brutal, and Bale is a revelation.

  • July 4, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    iwasinjuniorhighdickhead, and he produced the movie too.

    by AsimovLives

  • July 4, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    i don't give a fuck if anyone bashes abrams, star trek,

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    or whatever. I merely note, along with many others, that asimovlives sounds like a raving lunatic when talking about jj abrams in any capacity.

  • July 4, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    off topic

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    was watching Batman earlier on, after looking at the Burton BTS photo. Remembered that i'd never watched Batman and Robin so i'm streaming it now, and I have to say i'm fucking astonished. How did WB allow filming to continue on this thing? How was it not shut down?<P> Asimov, I didn't know that. Stands to reason it was good.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by Winston Smith

    There is so much wrong about your coments about EMPIRE OF THE SUN that i barely have words to describe why and can't evne decide where i would start.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by Winston Smith

    There is so much wrong about your coments about EMPIRE OF THE SUN that i barely have words to describe why and can't evne decide where i would start.

  • July 5, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by Winston Smith

    There is so much wrong about your coments about EMPIRE OF THE SUN that i barely have words to describe why and can't evne decide where i would start. = pretentious, adjective, 1) characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, 2) making an exaggerated outward show. Hell, you're even pretentious ABOUT the word pretentious. "Oh you don't know what that means, I'm so much smarter than you, my taste is better than yours, I'm wittier than you." It's amazing, really. A feat of nature. AsimovLives, your self-importance is so great planets orbit around you. And AICN... you're fucking website sucks cock harder every single day. Suddenly I post something and only the first sentence posts? Really? You joke that we're all stuck coming here, but I frequent far less than I used to and if your code keeps getting shittier, I see no reason to give a fuck about AICN at all. The only reason ANY of us come here is for the talkbacks that are, admittedly, unique, and even classy compared to trash like imdb or Youtube. But I swear... this fucking site sucks. Period. There are a lot of great coders out there out of work or looking for good work, HIRE ONE OF THEM. You've also removed the ability to use quotes, ever. Mystifying. Your site kinda sucked before (html coding I'm talking, strictly technical) but it got the job done, now you've pulled a Final Cut Pro X and just broken a lot of stuff that didn't need fixing in the first place.

  • You couldn't even break down Empire of the Sun into its high-level theme.<P> Next time someone asks you: Loss of Innocence.

  • July 5, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen2: Nailed it on asimovlives.

    by Playkins

    Other indicator: He apparently likes Asimov.

  • July 5, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    @halfbreedqueen2 well said about EOTS

    by KilliK

  • July 5, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Three times the charm? And really, you can't expect to get away with your bitching about people who love EMPIRE OF THE SUN are pretentious. It's absurd. We enjoy it because it is a great movie, no matter if you like it or not. You are missing out of a great movie because of your misinformed opinion of what constitutes pretentiousness. It's not pretentious to like EMPIRE OF THE SUN, it's just loving a truly good movie for the good movie that it is. Whenever i see people like you call others who like a movie like EMPIRE OF THE SUN as pretentious, i have to conclude you have only see garbage dumbed down blockbusters the whole life. You have absolutly no ideas what a real pretentious movie is like. No idea. On one hand it's good, because you saved yourself that trouble. on the other hand, it fails you to have a good measure stick to know what real pretentious cinema and real pretentious audience types are really like. You have a gap in film knowledge there, friend. Let me put it this way: you have an askewed view of cinema, too much influenced by dumb blockbusters blockbusters. It's as if you were raised an extreme right winger that0's so far into the right that for you a republican would look like a socialist to you.

  • July 5, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    playkins, hem?

    by AsimovLives

    I didn't even tried. I just gave the very basics. You're mistaking me for somebody else. A JJ Abrams fan, perhaps.

  • A good movie, for sure. But tell me that the average american family is going to want to sit through the 3 hours of war, internment, abandonment, and atrocity depicted.<P> I find your last post particularly interesting because you are illustrating an opinion that you yourself have argued against with me:<P> "We enjoy it because it is a great movie, no matter if you like it or not. You are missing out of a great movie because of your misinformed opinion of what constitutes pretentiousness. It's not pretentious to like EMPIRE OF THE SUN, it's just loving a truly good movie for the good movie that it is."<P> Let me change a few words, maybe you'll understand where I'm coming from:<P> "We enjoy it because it is a FUN movie, no matter if you like it or not. You are missing out of a FUN movie because of your misinformed opinion of what constitutes INTELLIGENT CINEMA. It's not UNINTELLIGENT to like <INSERT POPCORN FLICK TITLE>, it's just loving a FUN movie for the FUN movie that it is."<P> See, we don't see things so differently after all.

  • July 6, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST


    by Winston Smith

    Let me put it this way: you have an askewed view of cinema, too much influenced by dumb blockbusters blockbusters. - AsimovLives AsimovLives, AICN poster = pretentious pretentious, adjective, 1) characterized by assumption of dignity or importance, 2) making an exaggerated outward show. Also, let this be of note that this is the first time I've ever been accused of only liking blockbusters. Ha... ha... haha...

  • Oh, and just to clarify, I never said people who like Empire of the Sun are pretentious. I said YOU are pretentious in the way you expressed your opinion. Remember, it all began here... There is so much wrong about your coments about EMPIRE OF THE SUN that i barely have words to describe why and can't evne decide where i would start. And I said: Never thought people would be pretentious about Empire of the Fucking Sun, but then again, it's really the best kinda movie to be pretentious about. (Note I'm still referring more to your tone than the actual film; having an opinion alone never makes one pretentious or this or that or whatever). And you said: I see that the word "pretentious" is being misused again in it's use to put down a great movie and the people who like and acknowledge it for the great movie that is. today it's EMPIRE OF THE SUN. And thus we end up here, with you, AsimovLives, acting self-important and making an exaggerated outward show. Which is a little... pretentious. So come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou!

  • July 6, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    I'm not so sure that the theme is Loss of Innocence.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Let's look at it in the context of Spielberg's other early work for a moment. I think it's obvious to everyone that Spielberg has major Father issues in his early work. The most famous example is in ET, where only the mother is present and the adult male figures are usually faceless villains coming to hurt the protagonist. (Shadowy dudes shot only from the neck down and bearing guns and other scary objects in their hands. In fact, that's why digitally removing the guns is such an outrage. It neuters the part of the film that was most revealing about the director, and by doing so makes it much less honest a work that it was before.) But in EOTS that theme is really explored. The father is absent and the mother is effectively on her own when Bale gets separated from her by the crowd in the panic in Shanghai. So there's symbolic abandonment up front. Then Malkovich comes on the scene, and the protagonist gets to experience the "dark fantasy Bad Father" that Spielberg only symbolically refers to in his other films. Bale's VERY LIFE is dependent on gaining the approval and acceptance of this "Father" figure, and the guy is a total asshole and sociopath. Everything he does is to prove himself to Malkovich, and he gets to think he's finally done it in the scene where he is accepted in the adult male barracks (a scene of triumph that is probably basically what Spielberg himself spent his whole life trying to achieve). But then EVEN AFTER THAT Malkovich still rejects him and betrays him. I don't think Bale loses his innocence at the end, as much as he finally makes the decision that he doesn't NEED a father - when he finally decides that he's better than Malkovich anyway, and it just doesn't matter. That's the reason the scene where his real parents find him is so odd - because he doesn't need his real parents any more, either. How can he be a child again? He can't.

  • July 6, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    fluffyunbound : Nice analysis

    by Playkins

    Good analysis there, but I was actually speaking broadly. If you break most stories/literature in it's highest-level theme, it usually one of the following: Man vs man, man vs wild, man vs god, loss of innocence, return to innocence. There might be a couple more, it's been awhile since English Lit 101. ;-)

  • July 6, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Proof in the pudding:

    by Playkins

    "That's the reason the scene where his real parents find him is so odd - because he doesn't need his real parents any more, either. How can he be a child again? He can't."<P> <<<Loss of innocence.