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I’m so glad Christian Bale is playing Steve Jobs instead of Leo Dicaprio…. thank god!!!

One thing that I’m thankful for is that Leo Dicaprio did a good move pulling out of the Aaron Sorkin scripted, “Jobs” movie. Today, Aaron Sorkin himself just confirmed that Christian Bale is playing Steve Jobs.

There’s a lot of people complaining that why is Hollywood doing another Steve Jobs movie when they just did one with Ashton Kutcher? Yes. I know there is another one and I did see the Kutcher version. The Kutcher movie was pretty good but I didn’t think Kutcher played Steve Jobs very well. The movie was well written and was surprisingly pretty faithful to Steve’s story but Ashton wasn’t a good fit to playing Steve Jobs.

Christian Bale is a perfect fit and I think he’s gonna kill it. Of course, he’s gonna kill it. He’s fucking Christian Bale. He kills every role he plays in. My three favorite movies that Christian Bale has ever played in were: “The Fighter”, “3:10 To Yuma”, “American Psycho” and “American Hustle”. I’m sure there’s more great movies he played in but those I listed are my favorite.

He was an okay Batman but not the greatest, though.

As far as the Jobs movies go, I’ve heard that the Kutcher and Bale movies are gonna be completely different. Kutcher’s version was a straight up biopic, Bale’s version is not gonna be. I’ve heard that Aaron Sorkin only wrote three really long scenes for the film, that’s it. The Bale film is not gonna be what you think it is.

I’m looking forward to Sorkin’s “Jobs” movie. I’m just so glad Leo Dicaprio is no longer involved. I can’t stand Leo. Now that Bale’s in, I’m definitely gonna see this!

Kev

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Film Review: American Hustle…

Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence

Directed by: David O’ Russell

Today, I finally got around to seeing “American Hustle” in theater and here is my review:

Plot/Synopsis: This film tells the story of a brilliant con-man named Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his girlfriend Sydney Prosser (Adams) is forced to work with a crazy FBI agent named, Richie Dimaso (Cooper). Dimaso pushes them into a world of dangerous powerbrokers and mafia. Carmine Polito (Renner) the passionate, volatile, political operator is caught between the con-artists and the Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world down. 

Is this film a team up between “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook”? Seems like it is and that’s alright with me. I was very impressed with this film. As a matter of fact, I was actually blown away by it. For once, we don’t have a violent popcorn action flick and we have a serious drama. We have a movie here that is smart, well-written and well-acted by the cast.

Christian Bale kills it with his acting like usual and I thought this was one of his best roles other than his role in, “The Fighter”. Christian looked very strange being an overweight guy in this film but he was very believable and like-able. The rest of the cast did an amazing job too. I was never a fan of Jeremy Renner too much… couldn’t stand his acting in certain films but I thought he was real good in this one. Bradley Cooper killed it too as well as the ladies Amy and Jennifer. Speaking of Amy and Jennifer, they were pretty smoking hot in this movie. Both of them were. You will see hot cleavage from both of those ladies throughout the film as you see in the photo above and there is even a lesbian kiss with them too! There is also a surprising cameo appearance by Robert Deniro in the film.

The film was also well-written. You’ll be hooked to the story as soon as the movie starts and you won’t get bored one bit. It was entertaining as hell all the way through. While this movie is a strictly drama, it can be comical too ’cause there are some hilarious scenes and funny lines that will get you crackin’ up. The film was well-directed and there are some interesting hair styles and costumes throughout the movie as I believe this film is taking place during the 70’s. The soundtrack was awesome as well as I liked the song choices that were played for the film.

I thought the film was just perfect, and have no complaints about it at all whatsoever. Those who accuse the director of exploiting women by showing a lot of cleavage and side boob need to get over themselves. If there were no sexy women in this film, then the film wouldn’t have worked. Although, I wish there would be some nudity in it and the film would have been even better. The closest you’ll get to nudity in the film is that Jennifer wears a see-through, you can see her breasts and nipples just barely but STILL a cool scene, though.

The film was very enjoyable and I loved it. Definitely gonna get the BluRay when it comes out. It’s also definitely gonna score some Oscar nominations.

Two thumbs up for “American Hustle”.

Kev

About the Batman re-boot, questions…

So now that the Chrsitian Bale/Christopher Nolan “Dark Knight” trilogy is over with and for good, Warner Bros. is of course, planning a re-boot. What worries me about the upcoming re-boot, is that who ever the next director is, he might try to copy Christopher Nolan’s style a bit. I hope they don’t do that. They need to take Batman into a different era. Just like what they are doing to the “Man of Steel” re-boot. You know how the “Man of Steel” re-boot is staying away from the Christopher Reeve/Donner stuff? The same needs to be done for Batman, next time.

I think the next Batman film, they need to use a different style of Batsuit ’cause the “Dark Knight” suit is getting old. They’ve been using the black rubber suit for over ten years since the Tim Burton/Michael Keaton era. I think it would be pretty sweet if WB’s went back to the Black and Blue style Batsuit. Make it an old school Batman film, just like what they’re doing with “Man of Steel”.

Yes, they would probably bring back the Joker played by a different actor for the re-boot but, they shouldn’t make the next Joker like the Heath Ledger one. They need to make that character differently as well.

Another question is, could the Batman re-boot be more successful than the Chris Nolan films? I don’t know. Tough to say. The casting, script and everything else needs to be good enough if they want people to take Batman seriously again. I feel bad for the Batman movie franchise ’cause the series has been re-booted for a few times already ’cause of directors dropping out and people moving on, and stuff. You get the deal. It’s hard to make a great Batman movie, and Christopher Nolan was the only one who can do it. Hopefully WB’s doesn’t go back to making bad Batman movies.

I guess the most important question, we’re all wondering is now that Christopher Nolan is done, what’s next? We’ll hear something soon.

Kev

Cool Photo: Christian Bale visits Aurora victims after all!!!!

After reports claiming that actor Christian Bale was out of town filming a movie that he won’t be able to visit Aurora victims, it appears that he found the time to get around to that today. Christian Bale the man himself, visits the local Aurora hospital to visit survivors of the shooting rampage. Except he showed up as himself, he didn’t dress up in the Batman costume at all, which is good!

Christian didn’t stay real quick just to see how they were doing, they got way more than that. He actually stayed for a long while to chat with fans that are survivors of the tragedy. He took photos with them as well.

Here is a photo of Christian Bale posing with a survivor, here.

Bale is a good man for that!

Hopefully Christopher Nolan and some of the other cast members will get a chance to visit the victims too.

The survivors are pretty lucky to meet Bale! Just imagine the huge smile on their face as soon as Bale walks in the hospital room. The fan in the pic looks pretty stoked to meet him.

And it’s great for Warner Bros. to donate money to the victims too! Clearly shows that Warner Bros. really care for people!

Kev

About Christian Bale visting injured children in Aurora in the Batman costume…

Well, the world of social media is trying to bring out Christian Bale, to get him to go to Aurora to visit injured children who were victims of the shooting at the hospital, wearing the Batman costume and all. Really? I agree with Christian Bale visiting children and other victims at the hospital, but he shouldn’t wear the costume. He should just go as himself. On top of all this, I’m sure Christian would love to visit victims in the hospital, but he’s a very busy man with his movie career and all. He won’t have the time. Christian just released a statement of the tragedy, read it, here.

I just think Christian wearing the Batman costume at the hospital is kind of a silly idea anyway. The reason why it’s silly is because Batman is a fictional character and they need to leave it at that. The real superheroes are the law enforcement and the victims of this tragedy alive or dead.

I think it would be better if Christopher Nolan or other cast members of the Dark Knight movies would visit the surviving victims. They probably will at some point when they have the time, I’m sure they’ll get around it. Or even better maybe Christopher Nolan can dedicate his next movie to the Aurora victims, I can see him doing that. Maybe the film makers and cast will donate some money to the Aurora hospital to pay for the victims hospital coverage, things like that.

This also shows that going to the movies is not always safe. There have been all kinds of shootings and stabbings at movie theaters, all over. I think I remember one story that some guy got shot and killed at a movie theater ’cause he wouldn’t stop talking. There are sometimes psychotic people that go to the movies. This stuff is nothing new.
Kev

The “DARK KNIGHT: RISES” SPOILERS DISCUSSION ******SPOILER WARNING*****

I made two separate posts ’cause it seems like the whole internet loves to talk about spoilers of “The Dark Knight: Rises” online. I made one review with non-spoilers and here is the spoiler post, so those who already saw the movie can discuss the storyline here.

Okay, here we go….

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The special cameos that made the movie were Ra Al Ghul (played by Liam Neeson) and the Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy). I almost forgot that the Ra Al Ghul character is immortal, and I kind of predicted that Ra’s was going to appear in the movie, anyway. It’s also no surprise that Miranda Tate ended up being Talia Al Ghul, Ra’s daughter.  I was never a big comic book reader but with a little internet research, all this Bane, Ra Al Ghul and Talia stuff were borrowed from various comics over the years.

As for the film’s questionable ending, after Batman sacrificed himself to save Gotham City, John Blake (who was an actual character from the Batman comics, btw), revealed himself as Robin John Blake, then he goes to the Batcave, discovering all of Batman’s secrets. Does this mean that he is about ready to become Robin at the end of it? Absolutely!

Now, it will be pretty cool if Warner Bros. gave Robin his own spin off movie, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt still playing the character, even if Christopher Nolan is not directing. If Warner Bros. is planning on some kind of re-boot, they can still keep the stories going with Robin. Not sure if they will do that or not, but that’s what it’s looking like.

I know it’s sad that Batman dies at the end of the movie, but in the comics, DC experimented with Batman deaths a few times before. Most everything through all the three Nolan “Dark Knight” films were inspired from comics and graphic novels. I wish there could be more Nolan “Dark Knight” films, but I understand why he wants to move on. WB’s would probably have no choice but to reboot Batman again, which would be the 4th re-boot I believe. The two Keaton/Burton films, the two Schumacher films, the three Nolan films, you get the deal. It’s going to be interesting to see how Warner’s going to reboot Batman after this. Whether they will continue the stories without Nolan or re-boot it again, whatever their plans are, will be interesting.

As for the Bane character, throughout the whole movie, I just loved the way how Bane was seen as this menacing monster, and then at the end of the movie, you actually felt sorry and sad for the guy, after it was revealed, that Bane tried to help Talia out of that prison. He got scarred because of it, which explained why he wore that scary mask. After that scene, that’s when you felt emotion for that character, and now understand all the pain Bane is going through, and why he is what he is. It turned out that Ra’s could be Bane’s father.

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Well, this is all I had to get off my chest for the spoilers discussion. Hope you enjoy, feel free to add more to it if you want. It’s too bad Heath Ledger is gone. If he was still here with us, Im pretty sure, he would have definitely been in the movie somehow as the Joker. I’m glad they used Bane though ’cause he has always been a lesser known Batman villain. He shouldn’t be a lesser known villain anymore though. 🙂

Kev

Film Review: “The Dark Knight: Rises” (with NO SPOILERS)

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cottilard

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Today, I just saw, “The Dark Knight: Rises”, the final Chris Nolan/Batman film of the trilogy. I’m planning to do two posts on this movie, one non-spoiler post and the other with spoilers. Here is my review of the film:

Plot/Synopsis: The film is set after the events of the second movie, “The Dark Knight”. While Gotham City is almost at peace from crime because of the Dent act, Gotham City is still in danger when Bane, a terrorist leader, arrives to destroy the city. Batman returns once again, and gets some help from Commissioner Gordon and Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.

I’ll keep the synopsis above small and simple, so I won’t reveal too much. This is NON Spoiler review aimed at those who haven’t seen it.

As far as my thoughts on the movie goes, I thought it was the best one of the trilogy. Many critics online are giving this film negative reviews, that’s probably because a lot of them don’t understand the Batman character or the comics. I was very impressed that, “The Dark Knight: Rises” stayed true to the comics. I thought the film was very gripping all the way through. It was dark and intense. The film is a long one, about 2 hrs. and 45 minutes, but the pacing goes by pretty fast. I thought this was a pretty heartfelt and sad, Batman story. I thought the writing was pretty well done.

The movie was pretty much action packed all the way through. Some of the action scenes were pretty breathtaking. Especially the Batman and Bane fight. That whole fight scene had no music playing during it, which made it awesome. The film also had some pretty fun fighting sequences, explosions, and vehicle chases.

I thought Tom Hardy made a fantastic, Bane. A lot of critics complained about the character, saying he wasn’t dark and evil enough. I’m like, really? I would be afraid of that guy if Bane was a real person, he was fucking scary in that movie. A lot of reviews compare Bane to Heath Ledger’s Joker, saying Bane can’t top Joker, but that’s not a fair judgement. In my opinion, don’t take this the wrong way. I find Tom Hardy’s, Bane, much better than Heath Ledger’s, Joker. Villains are meant to be hated, but instead Christopher Nolan wants to scare people to death with, Bane. For the past two Batman movies, Batman has always been this unstoppable superhero, but Bane was the only guy who is capable enough of making Batman look weak. Most Batman villains try to kill Batman with an army of men, but Bane could do it all himself. I thought Tom Hardy looked great as Bane, and he did a good job with the speaking voice too. I’m glad the film stayed true to the, “break the Bat”, thing which is what Bane is known for.

I also thought Anne Hathaway, made a perfect Catwoman. I knew that from day 1 ever since she was first casted for the role. Have you ever noticed that the costume that Anne Hathaway wore as Catwoman, is very similar to the Julie Newmar Catwoman from the classic TV show? I bet not many people noticed that. Some of the cast members from the past few films returned of course, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman. I’m glad this film did more with Morgan Freeman’s character, Fox. The Fox character wasn’t in the last two movies that much, but this time, they gave Fox some more screen time which is good to see. Plus, there’s a few surprising cameos in the movie, I don’t want to say right now but in a different post with the spoilers later.

Of course, Hans Zimmer’s score never disappoints. His Batman scores are always amazing and the music of this film is the best of the trilogy.

While the ending of this movie was a bit too predictable, not surprising at all, I thought, “The Dark Knight: Rises” was an incredible film. I was at the edge of my seat throughout most of it. It was nice to see a more emotional Batman. It’s nice to see that Batman can have feelings and can be more human. Not always being the tough guy that everyone wants him to be. I love how the film went into more insights about Bruce Wayne’s life and childhood.

As far as the “Man of Steel” trailer shown before it goes. That was pretty freakin’ cool, too! Although, I was kind of disappointed that the trailer was much shorter than the SDCC version. It’s just a teaser though. I’m sure, “Man of Steel” trailer #2 will show a lot more. Hopefully, they will reveal what General Zod looks like in the next trailer.

Score for “The Dark Knight: Rises” = **** (4 stars as in “Excellent”)

Kev