Posts Tagged ‘Christian Bale’

The Fighter

January 16, 2011

It’s that time of year again. Award season. Golden Globe later tonight. Oscars later next month. So, there are always lots of good films to watch around this time of year.

The Fighter is nominated for six Golden Globes and that should speak for itself. I’m not going to argue against it because it was great. I enjoyed it, I laughed and I cried.

It had all the essences a good film has to have and probably a little bit more than I would normally demand. Great story, some humour, some romance, action and a lot of drama. Great actors too of course.

Christian Bale was outstanding as Dicky Eklund, a former boxer turned trainer and it would really surprise me if he doesn’t win anything. Mark Wahlberg on the other hand, as Dicky’s half-brother, boxer Micky Ward, was good but was he great?

We will all know by tomorrow. The two actresses, Amy Adams as Micky’s girlfriend Charlene and Melissa Leo as the boys’ mother are also up for nomination.

I won’t stay up watching. Where I live it will be broadcast at 2 a.m. And I’m not one to watch the ceremonies anyway. I just want to know who won.

So, The Fighter is another boxing film and for some reason I like boxing when it’s in a film. Not that much otherwise.

Recently I read that they wanted to organise a fight between Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith. Micky Ward and Muhammad Ali. I don’t know if they going forward with it but that could be interesting to watch.

By the way, The Fighter is based on a true story. Ali was too. And so are many of the films that get nominated for those big fancy awards.

Public Enemies

July 22, 2009

I don’t know what happened to my summer of cinema. It hasn’t gone as I hoped.

So far I’ve only been twice but summer isn’t over yet so I’m not giving up. A month or so ago I saw Terminator and on Sunday I saw Public Enemies. If Johnny Depp is in it, I have to see it. And it has to be done at the cinema since there’s no patience to wait for rental or telly broadcasts.

If Johnny Depp is in it it’s going to be good. Good as in interesting, intriguing, weird, exciting, breath-taking.

Public Enemies is no exception. Depp plays the role of John Dillinger, a dangerous bank robber who’s being hunted down by FBI agent Melvin Purvis, played by Christian Bale.

The film is set during the Great Depression. It’s quite funny and ironic to see how crime was made and investigated during a time, compared to now, technology was close to none. It would be quite incredible if a gang of say five went in to a bank today, ready to fire their guns demanding money being handed over to them and they would not be caught.

It’s based on the non-fiction Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 written by Bryan Burrough. It’s history made into a film. I don’t have to read the book anymore. Educational and entertaining.

There’s romance too. Women are foolishly naturally attracted to bad guys. Marion Cotillard starred as Billie Frechette, Dillinger’s girlfriend and didn’t have much to loose when she gave up her job as cloak room attendant.

Phoebe’s brother is also in the film. Friends, the tv series, has been a big part in my life so Giovanni Ribisi will always be Phoebe’s brother in my eyes, sorry. He played Alvin Karpis, another gangster who tried to set up a job with Dillinger.

By the way Public Enemies is directed by Micahel Mann. Thought I should mention that since there are so many other names mentioned. He also directed The Kingdom, Collateral and Heat.

Terminator Salvation

June 17, 2009

Can’t say I was overly excited about watching the new Terminator. I haven’t even watched the one that came out a few years ago. But I did it and it had to be done at the cinema. If it’s action, special effects, it’s not the same at home.

I enjoy actions and that’s what you get, and a lot of it. Terminator Salvation, the fourth in the sequels has left Arnold Schwarzenegger out of the set to work on his politics. However, there’s some old footage of him that has been cut into this one. It looked a bit odd but better than what I had expected and it was quite late into the film. I was actually sitting waiting for it.

So, John Connor (Christian Bale) is back with an army. The year is 2018 and the Skynet’s machines have pretty much taken over the world or at least that part of America. The machines are not disguised in human bodies anymore, which was a huge disappointment for me. They’re simply clumsy yet powerful robots in different shapes and sizes.

It was absolutely worth seeing this actionpacked blockbuster. Still I’m more excited about other films due to premiere this summer like the new Transformers. Why? I’m not a 13-year-old boy. No. I didn’t play with them when I was younger. My brother did. I just liked the first one and happen to be a big fan of Shia LaBeouf. He always have some witty jokes.