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Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago. Check out the blog for what I'm currently obsessed with in film and culture. Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Jesse Eisenberg, David Lynch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and Daniel Radcliffe are regulars here.

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Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan!  You wonderful, dapper, genius.

Happy Birthday Christopher Nolan!  You wonderful, dapper, genius.

Dark Knight Rises the Biggest Film ‘Since the Silent Era,’ Says Chris Nolan -- Vulture →

Who needs modesty when you’re a boss?  Not Christopher Nolan.  

With “Prometheus” around the corner, let’s take a little time to remember the biggest film of all time is coming out July 20th.  As a fan, my expectations could not be higher, but when Christopher Nolan says “The Dark Knight Rises” will be the biggest film “since the silent era” that sound you’re hearing is my head exploding.

Let that sink in.  The SILENT ERA!!!

So here’s all of what Nolan said to Empire Magazine, 

"The biggest one anyone’s done since the silent era, in technical terms. Shooting on IMAX, you wanna justify that we’ve put our resources more into what we were shooting on the day than computer graphics. It’s not what you’re used to seeing. I don’t know when someone last did a film with 11,000 extras in a real environment. It is an escalation. You want things to be justifiably bigger and more extreme than what you’ve done in the last film. As long as the story supports that."

11,000 extras!

Real environment!

I need to get to July 20th NOW!

Christopher Nolan IMMORTALIZED

Writer, Director, Producer, and Perfect Human Being Christopher Nolan will be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre tomorrow.  Nolan’s work has made him immortal, this star is just making it official. Congratulations Christopher Nolan.

The first time I came to Grauman’s, I was 16. I came here as a tourist and I remember, very clearly, taking photographs of where people have written their names, and put their hands and feet. And I can say, in all honesty, it never, for one instant, occurred to me that I might actually be here doing that myself. So, it’s not even a dream come true because it’s not something I’ve ever dreamed about, it’s beyond that.

Christopher Nolan’s hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles | July 7, 2012 

Christopher Nolan, Perfect Human Being. 

(via danieldaystreep)

Christian Bale, Prison Time

Watching “Batman Begins” again, I was struck with déjà vu.  Christian Bale in a jail cell; I’ve seen this before.  In fact, Bale can be seen in jails, prisons, and prisons camps in many of his films.  Here’s is a compendium of Christian Bale’s time in cinematic prison. (I haven’t seen “Newsies” and “Swing Kids” in a while, but I’m guessing there could be some jail time there too).

Shaft 2000

This remake starring Samuel L. Jackson showcased Bale as the vicious, reckless, and high strung Walter Wade Jr.  With Wade’s wealth and connections, he doesn’t spend a ton of time in jail. 

Equilibrium  2002

In this dystopian film where people take pills to suppress their emotions, John Preston (Bale) is drawn to an imprisoned rebel (Emily Watson) and becomes an enemy of the state.  Bale kills 118 people, making the third most deadly movie character of all time. 

Batman Begins 2005

Hiding from his past, Bruce Wayne (Bale) takes on criminals 7 at a time in prison. Not impressed by his antics, but seeing potential Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) arranges for his release and teaches him to fight evil at a higher level with the League of Shadows. 

Rescue Dawn 2006 

Based on the true story of Vietnam War fighter pilot Dieter Dengler, Bale spends most of the movie in a prisoner of war camp devising his escape. Despite the torture, starvation, and bleakness of his situation, this has to be Bale’s most ebullient performance. 

The Prestige 2006

Second collaboration with Christopher Nolan, Bale plays Alfred Borden, rival magician to Hugh Jackman’s Robert Angier. Borden and Angier try to one up the other, each time stripping away something valuable.  Finally, Borden is arrested and convicted of Angier’s death during his stage act.  Borden is executed, but like a master magician he knows, “making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back.”

3:10 to Yuma 2007

Civil War vet Dan Evans takes a desperate job of escorting deadly criminal Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to a catch a train to his trail in Yuma.  Instead of being in jail, Bale is the warden of one conniving inmate.  The two cannot help but form a mutual respect for the other. 

Public Enemies 2009

Bale plays G Man Melvin Purvis on the hunt for Johnny Depp’s John Dillinger. Being that it’s Michael Mann, I couldn’t wait for the two to face off, which they do when Dillinger is locked up.  Bale gets to be on the other side of the bars this time. 

The Fighter 2010

All that prison time paid off for Bale in David O. Russell’s “The Fighter.”  As Dicky Eklund, Bale plays the manipulative, drug addict brother to Mark Walberg’s Mickey Ward. Eklund gets locked up, but Mickey can feel his brother’s influence from the penitentiary. Eklund becomes the “mayor” of the prison with his charismatic style and unbreakable swagger.  But underneath, Dicky is crumbling.  Bale won his first Academy Award bringing that painful vulnerability and unfounded confidence to the screen. 

With “The Dark Knight Rises” it looks like Bale will be back in prison.  With all this experience, it should be one hat for him by now. 

"I’d like to think he would be quietly proud of the effect his role in "The Dark Knight" has had on audiences. He was a joy to work with. He’s incredibly missed and his contribution to cinema should be greatly appreciated."

- Christopher Nolan Accepting Critics Choice Award on Behalf of Heath Ledger. 

“I think Chris has an ability to make his movies very topical, and like Bob Kane’s creation of Batman in 1939, which I think was an answer to the uselessness that people felt against the huge tragedy of WWII, I think Chris has returned Batman to that. Also, I’ve done a few big-scale films that carried just a pure entertainment aspect to them – the rollercoaster ride and that was it – which, respectfully, I don’t think they did what Chris has managed to do [with “The Dark Knight Rises”]. This is more than just entertainment, if you choose to see that.”

- Christian Bale

Team “Rises”

One of the best casts ever assembled, Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” will be a powerhouse of acting and storytelling.

2 Days, 8 Hours

I saw “The Dark Knight” in the theaters 6 or 7 times.  Twice within 24 hours.  

After “Batman Begins” I had high expectations and they were met and exceeded by Nolan’s masterpiece.  Preparing myself for conclusion of this provocative and enthralling series, I can barely contain my excitement.  But unlike 5 years ago, I’m just a little bit sad to know this will be the last Nolan Batman picture. His films have raised the scale of the Batman mythology and the ability of comic book-blockbusters to tell vital stories of power, corruption, and hope in the modern city. 

I’m ready for “Rises”

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