Ten Films with Christian Bale
At TV Eskimo our two favorites are The Prestige and 3:10 to Yuma. Here are the ten we’ve reviewed over the years:
The Prestige – One of our favorites, The Prestige might have suffered from being one of three films focusing on magic in 2006. Edward Norton starred in The Illusionist and Woody Allen directed and starred in Scoop (along with Scarlett Johansson, who is also in The Prestige). Both Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman play multiple roles in The Prestige and the supporting cast is strong with the wonderful Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, and David Bowie as Nikola Tesla. Read more here.
American Hustle – Bale stars are Irving Rosenfeld a con man working with the alluring Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). When they are caught by the FBI, they make a bargain with Agent Richie DiMaso (Jeremy Renner). Directed by David O. Russell, American Hustle also stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Louis C.K. A fun and enjoyable movie, one of 2013’s best. Read more here.
3:10 to Yuma – Injured in the Civil War and struggling to keep his ranch solvent, Dan Evans (Christian Bale) is a quiet family man. He agrees to hold the captured outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), who must be aboard the 3:10 train to Yuma in order for Evans to earn the money necessary to save his ranch. Read more here.
American Psycho – We learn so much from Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale): the proper facial care regimen, the merits of Phil Collins, and the elements of a perfect business card. A classic. Read more here.
Public Enemies – The FBI wants nothing more than to apprehend John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) and Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) is the special agent brought on board to get the job done. Read more here.
The Machinist – It’s painful to see the physical condition of Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale). An unusual thriller, where reality and insanity blur. Bale is mesmerizing in his performance. Read more here.
Empire of the Sun – A very young Christian Bale stars as English schoolboy Jamie Graham who lives with his parent in China, only to be separated from them when the Japanese take over Shanghai. An auspicious start to what has been a wonderful career. Read more here.
Equilibrium – An interesting premise that emotions are the root of all human woes, Bale stars as John Preston, a “cleric” whose duty is to uncover and arrest “sense offenders.” This sci-fi film also features Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, and Angus Macfadyen. Read more here.
The Dark Knight – We love Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman. We love the mood, the effects, the all star supporting cast and the story. Roger Ebert liked it too: four out of four stars, saying the film “redefine[s] the possibilities of the comic-book movie.” Read more here.