Tag Archives: Christian Bale

VICE (2018): New Trailer From Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steven Carell, Sam Rockwell…

Vice (2018), Christian Bale as Dick Cheney
Vice (2018), Christian Bale as Dick Cheney

Written / directed by Adam Mckay, Vice is the story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it.

Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steven Carell and Sam Rockwell are among the key cast.

I’m certainly happy to let this brilliant cast teach me some things about American / World history. I actually didn’t realise how much I’d missed watching a Christian Bale movie until this trailer.

It’s true that I’d have liked to see Bale’s  everyday face but then he wouldn’t be playing this character. I’ll be remedying the situation by rewatching America Psycho (2000) and /or restarting the best Batman movies ever made, in my humble opinion.

Alison Pill, Jesse Plemons, Tyler Perry, Shea Whigham, Eddie Marsan, Lily Rabe and LisaGay Hamilton also star.

Vice Release Dates: Decemeber 21st, 2018 (US); February 9th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

MOWGLI (2018): New Trailer From Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Matthew Rhys…

Mowgli (2018), Rohan Chand.png

Directed by Andy Serkis, Mowgli is another live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved adventure story, the one about an orphaned boy raised by wolves.

Key cast includes Rohan Chand, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto…

 

I’m interested to find out the ways in which this version of The Jungle Book story will differ from the rather good Jon Favreau directed version, The Jungle Book (2016).

Tom Hollander, Jack Reynor and Peter Mullan also star.

Mowgli Release Dates: 2019 (US & UK)…

Happy Film Loving

G

SPIELBERG (2017): New Trailer For Documentary About Steven Spielberg, Featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, Cate Blanchett…

Spielberg (2017), Steven Spielberg.png

Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks – to name just a few; Spielberg is a new Susan Lacy directed documentary about the highly respected director Steven Spielberg’s career…

I’ll watch to learn more about Spielberg. I also just want to listen to a bunch of my favourite filmmakers talk about movies.

Spielberg Release Dates: October 7th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

 

 

HOSTILES (2017): New Trailer From Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Peter Mullan, Ben Foster…

Hostiles (2017), Rosamund Pike
Hostiles (2017), Rosamund Pike

Starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster and Peter Mulan, Hostiles tells the story of what happened when in 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agreed to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory…

The brilliance that is Mr. Bale is the reason I’m tuning in. He embodies such screen presence, charisma and that’s before he even says a single word.

Directed by Scott Cooper; Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Paul Anderson and Q’orianka Kilcher also star.

Hostiles Release Dates...

Happy Film Loving

G

THE PROMISE (2016): New Trailer From Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon…

The Promise (2016), Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac
The Promise (2016), Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac

Starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon, the backdrop of The Promise is the last days of the Ottoman Empire/ the Armenian genocide. The heart of the movie is a love triangle – one between the beautiful, sophisticated Ana, a renowned American journalist and a brilliant medical student…

I’m curious about The Promise mostly because of the talented Mr Bale but also because of the controversy surrounding the subject matter, the Armenian Genocide. At time of writing, The Promise hasn’t  even been properly released yet except at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th; yet it has a very poor IMDB score of 1.8 out of 10, the lowest I’ve ever seen on the site. I refuse to believe that Christian Bale would choose to be in a movie as terrible as the score suggests. Unfortunately, I can’t quite say the same for Oscar Isaac – on account of Mojave (2015). I digress. My guess is that those opposing the movie for political reasons have decided to do what they can to deter others from seeing it. If that’s the case, time will tell how well that’s going to work.

The Promise Release Dates: 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

G

THE BIG SHORT (2015): For The Entertaining Dialogue & Great Performances

The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell
The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell

You’d think that trying to wrap my ‘non-numbers oriented’ head around the financial market speak of The Big Short might be the hardest thing about the movie. That would be incorrect. I’m afraid having to endure the musical tastes of Michael Burry, Christian Bale’s eccentric character proved far more challenging.

Burry’s penchant for heavy metal aside, the story about the men who saw the credit and housing bubble collapse coming – and proceeded to profit from it is one I enjoyed quite a bit. The narrative structure, dialogue, pace, editing and performances all came together beautifully. Steve Carell was particularly entertaining as Mark Baum. A performance I see as a great follow-up to his notable work in Foxcatcher (2014).

Like The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013), the Wall Street setting of the The Big Short, is very much a boys club and from such situations often come the opportunity for rather entertaining banter, hence my appreciation for the film’s dialogue.

Director, Adam McKay’s film didn’t teach me anything new in terms of how the world works. What it did do is remind me that it pays to have a good understanding of the reality of the bank’s priorities and what that can come to mean for the average person.

Some people have called The Big Short depressing. The reality the film deals with isn’t the kind of news that’ll make your day. However, there’s humour here and the information within the movie, plus its creative execution makes the experience worthwhile.

The Big Short is based on a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale are the main stars.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

THE BIG SHORT (2016): New Trailer Starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale & Brad Pitt

The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling
The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling

Set just before the most recent financial crisis, director Adam McKay’s latest film features some very reliable Hollywood leading actors…

The brilliant cast includes Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling, and Karen Gillan.

Release Date (s): 2016, full dates to be confirmed.

Happy The Big Short 🙂

G

THE DARK KNIGHT (2008): Superior Film Making & What Heath Ledger Did

 

The Dark Knight (2008), Christian Bale, Michael Caine
The Dark Knight (2008), Christian Bale, Michael Caine

Written and directed by the Nolan brothers, (Jonathan and Christopher) The Dark Knight is the second movie in a notable three part series that started with Batman Begins (2005).

Christian Bale is back as Batman and time he must face off with Gotham’s current, havoc wreaking menace, the Joker.

Like all films by the Nolan brothers, The Dark Knight is no exception to the rule of story telling excellence, engaging dialogue, action sequence prowess, a brilliant musical score and truly memorable performances.

The Dark Knight (2008), Heath Ledger
The Dark Knight (2008), Heath Ledger

As good as Bale is in the role of Batman – and he is very good, the most memorable performance in The Dark Knight is delivered by the unfortunately late but unforgettable Australian actor, Heath Ledger.

Whether he had passed as he did before the film’s release or not, it’s near enough impossible to think of and mention The Dark Knight without also highlighting what Ledger accomplished with this one role. His portrayal of the Joker is simply one of the most mesmerising things I’ve ever seen on screen. So much so that each time the camera wasn’t on him, it felt like the movie was moving noticeably slower.

The entire film is quite the achievement, thanks to a superior filmmaking team that includes, along with the leading cast, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and ‘super composer’, Hans Zimmer.

Most film lovers have already seen The Dark Knight. But to all who haven’t, get ready for a great opening and closing sequence, as well as n memorable  everything in between.

The Dark Knight (2008), William Fichtner
The Dark Knight (2008), William Fichtner

One of the best moments in the opening sequence has to be the surprise of what  William Fichtner’s badass Bank Manager character does when he gets on his feet. If you’ve seen it, you understand.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G