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I'm talking about how Spielberg tends to put in child actors who act with the sophistication of a 30 year old and are there to make the adults look stupid ie: the Dakota Fannings, that asian kid in Temple of Doom, the Jurrassic Park movies. Bale's smarminess was a result of his privileged upbringing and wasn't that fake smart alecky crap that Spielberg loves to put in there as comic relief.

The problem is, that seems to be a growing trend - especially on TV. Every kid seems to be sophisticated and sassy with a bunch of one liners, followed up with a puppy-eyed "did I do that" punch line.

As a kid, I would have been tossed through a wall if I talked to my parents the same way kids on TV and in movies do.
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It's not a recent trend. Cutesy, too-adult kids have been in movies since before Shirley Temple and Margaret O'Brien.

What Spielberg should get kudos for is Henry Thomas (and the other child actors) in E.T., who were the first kids I remember seeing in a movie that looked and sounded like real kids.

I'm personally more ambivalent about Bale's character in Empire of the Sun. I think the script soft-pedaled some of the real creepiness in the Malkovich character, and that made Bale's admiration of him much less problematic. But I still think Bale did a phenomenal job with what he was given, and I'm a fan of the movie generally.
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the problem is, that seems to be a growing trend - especially on tv. Every kid seems to be sophisticated and sassy with a bunch of one liners, followed up with a puppy-eyed "did i do that" punch line.

As a kid, i would have been tossed through a wall if i talked to my parents the same way kids on tv and in movies do.

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what spielberg should get kudos for is henry thomas (and the other child actors) in e.t., who were the first kids i remember seeing in a movie that looked and sounded like real kids.

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This title seems to be back in play after a long delay. I've had it pre-ordered since June, and just got a delivery date estimate for "September 25th-October 2nd" (with free super-saver shipping). And when I look it up on Amazon, it doesn't say "pre-order"... it appears to be available right now. Crazy that this title could just slip out under the radar!

EDIT: Argh; appears to have been an Amazon glitch. Now it says it's not available to order, and my own delivery date estimate has been revised again. Seemed too good to be true.
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New release date according to Amazon: November 13. Hope this one sticks.
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5th in the UK!
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Wow, near ET level on this one
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Wow, near ET level on this one

Have you seen it... or are there screengrabs up somewhere? I'm hoping it's as good as E.T.; this is a big one for me.
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Seen, miles better than the usual universal crap
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For anyone in the UK, HMV have this online for only 6 UK pounds!
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For anyone in the UK, HMV have this online for only 6 UK pounds!

And Amazon.uk has the region free version for $21 including shipping to US, versus $34 directly from Amazon US. Even with the delay due to shipping by post, I should get my BD from the UK before or about the same time as those who ordered from Amazon in the US, and for $13 less.

I call this "Amazon arbitrage." Crazy that it exists at all, but it does.
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The problem is, that seems to be a growing trend - especially on TV. Every kid seems to be sophisticated and sassy with a bunch of one liners, followed up with a puppy-eyed "did I do that" punch line.


As a kid, I would have been tossed through a wall if I talked to my parents the same way kids on TV and in movies do.

Ugh, it took me a while to associate my kid's sassy back talk with her consumption of those godawful Disney and Nickolodeon shows. When I figured it out, I blocked those channels. Took a couple weeks but the back talk slowly diminished. And just to make sure I wasn't imagining things I let her watch them again a few months later, and the back talk returned.
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Thanks for these. Very excited! As with E.T. and THE COLOR PURPLE, I'm astounded how faithful the Warner releases are to their DVD editions: exact same color palette, exact same gamma and shadow detail... but a huge upgrade in resolution and "film-look". I love it when blu-ray releases can leap up in quality without completely changing the way the movie "feels" (cough cough... "RAIDERS"... cough cough)
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Thanks for these. Very excited! As with E.T. and THE COLOR PURPLE, I'm astounded how faithful the Warner releases are to their DVD editions: exact same color palette, exact same gamma and shadow detail... but a huge upgrade in resolution and "film-look". I love it when blu-ray releases can leap up in quality without completely changing the way the movie "feels" (cough cough... "RAIDERS"... cough cough)
I'm more concerned with how faithful the blu-rays are to the theatrical color timing than the DVD. Many DVDs are way off.
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Seems to look close to perfect...

Looks great in motion also
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This title is still MIA in Canada. Does anyone know why?
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Racism and sausages?

Its it out in the USA yet?
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Yup, back in mid-November
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Ashamed to say, I have never seen this movie (don't shoot me!).


But I'll be making a blind buy on this one.

This is a movie that I think holds up over time. It will still be a great movie for anyone today who hasn't seen it.
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Holds up miles better than saving private Ryan
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Holds up miles better than saving private Ryan
Way totally fully agreed 1000000%.

They could have cut out the "Saving Private Ryan" part of "Saving Private Ryan" and it would have been a better movie - especially that ending that felt strangly familiar - like something from another Spielberg movie - perhaps maybe...
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Schindler's List, where you have the title character sobbing about how they didn't do enough to make the world a better place....and everyone goes "aw shucks, dude, you did all right..."
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