Posts Tagged ‘Christian Bale’

This week’s releases include: woolly vengeance; an old school action flick; an over-the-top family; a biopic; an amusing story of an unlucky guy; a sexy anthology; a memorable musical; revisiting a classic science fiction franchise; a multifaceted coming-of-age story; a flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll picture; and a life awakening. (more…)

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This week’s releases include: a Chinese legend about a knife; a reality-check; a Bollywood crime flick; a ‘70s saga; a series of get rich quick plans; a less sexy gigolo; a clash of belief systems; two sequels in a successful horror franchise; and a classic story brought to the screen. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a re-imagining of Chinese history; an attack of the physically fit undead; an outstanding, award-winning boxing picture; a supernatural tale of life-after-death; and a genetically manufactured, intelligent killing machine. (more…)

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in The FighterThere have been several great films that revolve around physical sports. Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is the most recent, but most have tended to centre on boxing – Raging Bull, Rocky and Million Dollar Baby to name a few – and now The Fighter will join their ranks. With six Golden Globe nominations and various other accolades even before its theatrical release, this film lives up to all the hype and acclaim. (more…)

The Terminator series has always been lucrative, so with each film we became closer to the future Sarah and John Connor fought so long and hard to prevent. In Terminator: Salvation, that future has arrived.

In the aftermath of Judgment Day and the takeover by the machines, John Connor (Christian Bale) is embracing his destiny as leader of the human resistance; he prepares his underground fighters for a final desperate battle to counter Skynet’s plan to destroy mankind. When resistance fighter Blair Williams (Moon Bloodgood) returns to camp with Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), John realizes the future isn’t exactly what he’d expected. But Marcus is the only one that can help John rescue Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) or the future of the resistance will be obliterated before it can begin.

It seems Worthington has become the “it” guy when casting action heroes. His ruggedness and physique make him the ideal choice for a strong saviour and the right choice here. Marcus is mentally more human than machine because he began as a person and not a pile of bolts. However, a debate of humanity similar to the one in T2 is conducted anyway. Bloodgood is a strong female lead that appears to hold her own on screen, though her character does soften near the end. Bale, on the other hand, is recycling his Batman personality, adding little to this epic character.

The inclusion of all major characters involved in the shaping of the future – from John to Kyle to the T-800 – is interesting, but also makes it somewhat predictable. For the franchise to continue, these characters must exist beyond this picture.

The film looks great as CGI continues to evolve, expanding the world and the machine creations. In addition, the introduction to new terminators such as the moto-terminator, harvester and hydrobots is cool as it represents a good creative team that understands and appreciates the history.

Special features include: “The Moto-Terminator,” a look at the collaboration between filmmakers and Ducati; “Re-Forging the Future,” is about reinventing the franchise; and Blu-ray exclusive “Immersive Maximum Movie Mode,” in which director McG hosts an exploration of the Terminator world with picture-in-picture, storyboard comparisons and a Terminator mythology timeline. There are also BD-Live features and a digital copy of the film.

Batman star Christian Bale was arrested in London after a complaint was filed at a local police station in Southern England on Monday, which was passed on to Metropolitan Police in London.

Bale allegedly lashed out at his mother Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, on Sunday at London’s Dorchester hotel. Although the complaint was filed Monday afternoon, police allowed the actor to attend that night’s U.K. premiere of The Dark Knight. He was, however, taken into custody for questioning on Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman said, “A 34-year-old man attended a central London police station this morning, by appointment, and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault.” Although Bale was not referred to by name, the statement is typical of wording used by British police to confirm the arrest of a well-known personality.

After more than four hours in police custody, he was released on bail to return on a date in September pending further inquiries.

In a statement, Bale’s U.S.-based spokeswoman Jennifer Allen said, “Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister.

“Mr. Bale, who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police.”

She confirmed separately that the allegation was of assault.

In The Dark Knight, Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.

The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, took in a record $158.4 million at the box office in its opening weekend in the U.S. last week.

I\'m Not ThereThere have been a lot of films and books about Bob Dylan over the years but this may be the most unique approach to depicting the famed artist’s intriguing life.

Writer/director Todd Haynes explores seven personalities of Dylan: Marcus Carl Franklin is Woody, an 11-year-old black boy riding the rails and playing 1930s folk standards for meals; Christian Bale portrays both Jack, the protest singer, and Pastor John, the evangelical minister Jack becomes; Heath Ledger is Robbie, an actor who played Jack in a biopic and later struggles with the burden of fame and the disintegration of his marriage; Cate Blanchett is Jude, the only character that is recognizably like Dylan; Richard Gere is Billy, a secluded rancher whose home is threatened by an encroaching highway; and Ben Whishaw is Arthur, a man being interrogated about why he stopped writing protest music.

Each of these incarnations is inspired by different elements of Dylan’s past, but none are direct representations of the real person.

Haynes’ commentary is like a dissection of each scene; it is very informative, sighting sources of inspiration including interviews, articles, other films, artwork and music. In addition, each personality is explained in individual screen caps. Between the two discs, there is a lot of reading – from feature articles to introductions to a Dylanography – which is interesting but unusual for a moving-picture medium. There is some crossover between the extras but each reveals a little more information about the concept, production and Dylan himself. The only thing missing is an interview with or comments from Dylan about the film.

Finally, as the first DVD release since Ledger’s death, it includes a short tribute of images to the actor.