There’s a sense that as a genre the Western has been in a bit of a state of flux since Clint Eastwood said goodbye to the old west in 1992 with Unforgiven. Since then, it’s seemed as if film makers and studios haven’t really know what to do with Westerns, as with every successful try at the Horse Opera (Tombstone or Open Range), there’s always bound to be at least two failures (The Missing, Texas Rangers). In recent years, the best Western to be found in America wasn’t even in theaters, as HBO’s Deadwood would easily claim that title, while the Nick Cave scripted Australian Western, The Proposition would give movie-goers the best reason to see horses and six-guns on the big screen in the last decade.Continue Reading
After returning from a six-year tour of duty with the US Rangers, Jim David (Bale) now sees his future in law enforcement but as he returns to his old neighbourhood in South Central Los Angeles to spend time with his best friend Mike Alvarez (Rodríguez). Mike sees that his friend has changed and because of pressure from his girlfriend Sylvia (Longoria) to get a job and give up his old ways, he tries to get Jim to help him sort his life out. Things don’t go according to plan however as they get pulled back into the darker side of L.A. and Jim’s behaviour becomes more and more erratic and dangerous.
Successfully mixing character driven, independent movies and big Hollywood blockbusters is not a feat that many actors can pull of but Christian Bale can show you how it is done.
One of the most gifted actors working in cinema today, Christian Bale effortlessly switches between studio pictures and indie cinema. From starring as the Dark Knight in ‘Batman Begins’, he can transform himself into an unrecognisable, bag of bones in ‘The Machinist’, the actor is almost chameleon like and shows unparalleled dedication to a character and a project unlike many big name actors working today.
There have been quite a lot of films I missed seeing in theaters this past year. And for each film I caught up with on DVD, I kept asking myself the same question, “What the hell’s wrong with me?! Why didn’t I make it a priority – no, a moral imperative – to see some of these fantastic films on the big screen?” Last month, the weekend before this title found its way into the envelope for Best Picture of the Year, I saw The Departed and loved it. Last weekend, I indulged myself in Casino Royale and was thrilled by it. And between those times, I saw another film that captivated me the first time I saw it, and then floored me the second time. This film was directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan – who will always be one of my favorites just for his work on Batman Begins, yet also delivered great work on Memento and Insomnia – and it starred Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlet Johannsen and Michael Caine. The film was The Prestige.
Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan reunites with Christian Bale and Michael Caine for a twisted murder mystery set in the world of Victorian-era magicians. Bale plays Alfred Borden, a conjuror accused of murdering his rival, Robert Angier (Jackman), after a life-long feud.
As Borden awaits trial on death row he receives Angier’s diary from a mystery source, and through a series of flashbacks we learn how the two men were originally close friends before a tragic accident destroyed their relationship forever. From that moment on, Borden and Angier become fatally obsessed with outdoing each other as they dedicate their lives to inventing the greatest illusion the world had ever seen.
Adapted by Nolan and his brother Jonathan from Christopher Priest’s novel, The Prestige follows the traditional three-stage structure of a magic trick – set-up, performance, reveal (the prestige) – with thrilling results.