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The Dark Knight Rises by Christopher Nolan (2012)

The last episode in Nolan’s trilogy where Christian Bale is the perfectly bodied Batman with very little emotions.

Michael Caine is the loving and loyal butler who wants the last of the Waynes to lead a normal life. The last of the Waynes does not seem to agree with Alfred but will finally surrender to a more traditional lifestyle. Before that happens however, he needs to destroy Bane – one masked barbarian who plots to destroy Gotham.

What sets off as an impressive show off shot on the IMAX camera, smoothly transforms into the high life world of parties, charity balls and cocktails. Things get spiced up for Bruce Wayne, when Catwoman robs his safe. She is the only thing that gets him ticking – because they are both alike?

Nolan went wild with the last of his Batman series therefore it is hard to miss on anything. There is a love story, revenge, treason, nuclear bomb, loyalty, friendship, orphaned boys and along comes Robin.

My favourite action scene? The one with two planes in the air.

My least favourite element? The fact that Bane is barely understandable in terms of what he has to say through the metal mask – that looks a little bit like a sieve. How does he eat?

There are quite a few impressive scenes shot from the air – breathtaking.

Thank you Mr Nolan for this experience. As of today – Christian Bale is my favourite Batman.

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Batman Begins by Christopher Nolan (2005)

The first of the Batman series (co)written and directed by Christopher Nolan.

Having watched the Michael Keaton Batman back in 1990’s, I never expected much after the cartoon character.

When Nolan however took the piece into his hands – it had to be good. And bloody good it is.

The mere idea of casting Christian Bale who definitely knows how to bring on his dark side – as demonstrated in the American Psycho, was one of the top notch decisions that brought: a) the character back to life / the big screen and b) the dynamics of large scale studio production back into business. Nolan’s/Bale’s Batman is a powerful tool who in this first episode shows how the balance of power is constructed and who Bruce Wayne seems to be before he becomes who is later known as Batman. Here the young character has the added depth that was missing to me as the ignorant, who never read the comic stories. Thanks to this film, I understand more on the background of the character.

Nolan as writer-director sets out the background for future stories; shows how the symbol got created and where it came from. It is an epic story which at the end of the film can be taken forward.

No second unit means each take was overlooked personally by Nolan. How meticulous he is, can be seen in every scene. Because the whole film carries his viewpoint. Known to fans of Memento and specifically Inception, Nolan is another master in contemporary cinema.

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American Psycho by Mary Herron (2000)

Adaptation of a controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis. The careful and detailed descriptions allowed for an accurate depiction of Patrick Bateman’s obsessive attention to detail. Christian Bale is perfect in the role of an insane serial killer leading an immaculate life of a 1980’s yuppie.

Although made in 2000, the film breathes and feels the 1980’s – the times of Wall Street, walkman, golden watches and first cordless phones.

It is a horror film but on the verge of comedy. Thankfully certain scenes described in detail in the book were too hard core to be shown on the screen.

It’s a good film and Christian Bale  is the embodiment of pure evil.

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Laurel Canyon by Lisa Cholodenko

Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale in a not-so-typical tale of a son embarassed by the way of life his mother leads. There is the obvious Chateau Marmont (recently used by Sofia Coppola in Somewhere), there’s Natascha McElhone with Eastern European accent (why?) and all that set in LA at the beginning of 21st century.

The film certainly carries the important cross generational (reversed) lack of acceptance as well as the tribal rites of passage for both the son and his fiancee thanks to his colleague, his mother and his mother’s boyfriend.

An astonishing tale of loyalty, betrayal, doubt and goals in life.

5 stars.

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