Empire of the Sun (1987)

It’s amazing how much the Little Christian Bale looks, acts, and speaks like the Big Christian Bale.  His voice, his lips, his eyes:  all Christian Bale.  Now, you might be wondering why I say his lips here, but since he became Batman, one can’t help but focus on his lips when he’s in the Bat Suit. It’s a legitmate observation.  And, it makes me think … Continue reading Empire of the Sun (1987)

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

I’ve said before on this blog that I like Westerns.  I mostly like Spaghetti Westerns, but the occasional American Western will do. This film presented an interesting concept:  outlaws mixing with regular guys mixing with railroad and law men.  Ultimately, what stands out for me are the interactions between Wade (Crowe) and Evans (Bale).  What was striking in this film was the depiction of Wade … Continue reading 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

The Machinist (2004)

Christian Bale’s presentation of the grossly emaciated and psychologically-disturbed Trevor Reznik is disturbing but also fitting.  Bale in The Machinist is reminiscent of Bale in American Psycho  (2000)–another film that gives the viewer a wicked look into the life of a highly disturbed individual.  In the case of American Psycho, the highly-disturbed individual, Patrick Bateman, is a high-powered Wall Street egoist.  In The Machinist, Trevor Reznik … Continue reading The Machinist (2004)

The Dark Knight & the Autonomy of the Self

For my first post, I’d like to delve into my thoughts on The Dark Knight (2008).  Initially, I was reluctant to watch the film because of its reputation for violence.  I’m typically uninterested or unamused with gratuitous violence and sex in film.  Luckily, The Dark Knight lacked the gratuitous sex.  And, being well hardened to images of violence, I wasn’t altogether overwhelmed with what violence … Continue reading The Dark Knight & the Autonomy of the Self