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09-16-2010, 10:56 PM
Christian Bale is amassing quite a diverse filmography. In which film do you think he gives his best performance?
Randy Thomas G
09-16-2010, 11:32 PM
I haven't seen all these films but I went with The Machinist, where he's pretty much the whole show, although I'm a big fan of The Prestige and he's very good in American Psycho and Harsh Times (both flawed films saved by his performance).
09-16-2010, 11:33 PM
I put 'other' because I really liked him in 3:10 To Yuma. It was an excellent, nuanced performance that played well off Crowe's performance in that film.
Given his age, I also think EMPIRE OF THE SUN would be up there as well. A very much underappreciated Spielberg film.
09-17-2010, 01:05 AM
Other. The time he ripped the light director on Terminator Salvation a new ass.
09-17-2010, 01:42 AM
I went with RESCUE DAWN, but could've just as easily picked EMPIRE OF THE SUN. Bale really only ought to be in movies set in Asian POW camps.
09-17-2010, 07:16 AM
I think he absolutely nails the sleazy 80s yuppie in AMERICAN PSYCHO.
09-17-2010, 07:20 AM
It's a toss up between American Psycho and Rescue Dawn.
09-17-2010, 10:16 AM
He was a total stone prick in the Shaft remake. But I think he's damned good in The Prestige and the Batman films. So I'll go with "other".
09-17-2010, 11:33 AM
As far as I'm concerned he IS Patrick Bateman. Whenever he's in a suit in the Batman movies, I don't see Bruce Wayne, I see Bateman.
09-17-2010, 04:42 PM
I went with AMERICAN PSYCHO, though it was a toss up between that and THE PRESTIGE.
09-17-2010, 04:48 PM
Lots of good choices, but I went with "American Psycho" too.
09-17-2010, 04:50 PM
I had no idea Bale was English/Welsh until I watched the extras on the Shaft remake disc. Guess I am a bit slow on the uptake as the saying goes.
09-18-2010, 07:13 PM
I've only seen "Velvet Goldmine", "American Psycho", and "The Machinist" (so maybe I shouldn't be allowed to vote), but I went with "The Machinist" because Bale was so compelling in that movie, as others have said, and he lost all that weight.
I liked him in all those though. I didn't really know who he was yet when I saw "Velvet Goldmine", but that was a great movie. "American Psycho" was great too--one of the few really good movies adapted from a very bad book.
09-18-2010, 08:29 PM
...I don't see Bruce Wayne, I see Bateman.
I like "I don't see Batman, I see Bateman" better!
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