For those of you who are new to this post, it’s a little complicated so let me break it down for you. Basically, what I do is, I pick an actor. After choosing said actor, I review their resume on IMDB. From that list, I use my extensive knowledge of films to surmise what I believe to be the chosen actors Top 5 Films. If you’ve got all that, please read on. If not, you may want to start back at the top to avoid any confusion going forward.
I typically choose actors that aren’t necessarily A-list celebrities. However, I’d also like to start incorporating your suggestions for the Top 5 Movies posts. This week’s subject was suggested by a dear old friend of mine: Megan Maletic-Hill. You too can make suggestions for future lists on our Facebook page which can be found by clicking here!!! I will choose at random.
With all that said, let’s get started.
EXCLUSIONS: BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT.
Look, I’m a Fanboy. So, naturally, Christopher Nolan’s Batman films would probably top my list. However, constantly having them at the top of my list could get a bit tedious. So, for this list, let’s judge Bale on his work outside the confines of Gotham City. Here they are (in order):
The 5 spot may be the only controversial pick on the list. Not a lot of people have seen it but those who have tend to love it. At it’s core, it tries to be a smart film about a Fascist future where feelings are deemed illegal and controlled by substances. Until one man (Bale), who enforces this anti-feeling law, turns against the system and attempts to overthrow it. Ultimately though, it’s just a good, old fashioned, fun action film. The only problem? Taye Diggs… Taye Diggs!
4. REIGN OF FIRE.
What’s that you say? A film about a world overtaken by dragons and a group of survivors who conspire to take it back? Um… yes, please! Honestly, there is no such thing as an “okay” dragon movie. They’re typically either really good or really bad. This one is the former. Even Matthew McConaughey brings his beefed up “A” game to this fun flick.
3. EMPIRE OF THE SUN.
I was only about nine years old when I first saw and fell in love with this film. Way back when I had no idea who Christian Bale was and had no idea it was a Spielberg film. Spielberg really doesn’t make bad films anyway but I think this might be the most underrated film in his resume. It also features a great performance by John Malkovich (Malkovich! Malkovich!). Now, Bale has a handful of good films he did in his teen years but this one remains my favorite.
2. AMERICAN PSYCHO.
I saw American Psycho shortly before film became “my thing” and sort of dismissed it. Truthfully, I didn’t really get it. It felt like an unnecessary violent and confusing film. It was my wife of all people, an early Christian Bale fan, who got me to sit down and re-watch this film. Thank God she did because it really is kind of brilliant and features the performance that put Bale on Hollywood’s radar. I like the fact that someone in Hollywood had the balls to green-light a film like this and that the filmmakers were able to make such a great adaptation of a pretty complicated Bret Easton Ellis novel.
1. THE PRESTIGE.
GOD, I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It’s one of those films that I always forget to mention when people ask me what my favorite films are but it’s pretty high on my list. I think it’s kind of forgotten sometimes for two reasons. One, Nolan has made some pretty good films and it kind of gets swept into the fray. Two, it’s the little movie he wanted to make in between Batmans. Those are some pretty big bookends! Still, I love this film more every time I watch it. It’s the kind of film you finish the first time and want to go back and watch again right away. Oh, and Bale? Yeah… he’s really good in it!
So, what are some of your favorites?