Infographic: The Many Bodies of Christian Bale

Most people who talk about Christian Bale in The Fighter liken his performance to a complete transformation. /Film reader Matt Ellerbrock has created an infographic showing how Bale has transformed himself for different roles over the years.

With the recent release of David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” starring Mark Walberg and Christian Bale, I’ve often found myself explaining to friends and family the incredible body transformations Christian Bale has gone through since filming “The Machinist” (2004). I typically resort to googling images of the actor to compare, and have done this enough to discover that there are some composite images from a few of Bale’s roles, but nothing comes close to showing us a more complete picture of just what he’s gone through over the last 8 years of his career. This image is my attempt to remedy that.

See the infographic after the jump.
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Jonathan Levine, the director of The Wackness, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and the upcoming dramedy Live With It, has submitted his list of the top 10 movies of 2010. Levine’s list is the most unique I’ve seen from a filmmaker this year, including a few selections I haven’t seen on any filmmaker or critic top ten list this year. Read the list after the jump.

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Flixster’s Top 10 Movies of 2010

IMDb might be the largest sample of user submitted movie ratings on the internet, but Flixster is a close second. After IMDb released their list of the top 10 user rated movies of 2010, Flixster has released their own listing. Find out which films ranked highly, after the jump.

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This post contains SPOILERS for the final scene of The Fighter. If you haven’t seen the movie but plan to (and we suggest you do), you probably should bookmark and come back watch this later.

From Raging Bull to The Hurricane and Ali, boxing movies always tend to over dramatize the sport. They sort of have to because, by nature, boxing is usually a slow, cerebral back and forth with only moments of intense explosion. Fictional stories, like Rocky or The Champ, can get away with the over-the-top action but the non-fiction films have a smaller margin for error because the real fights are out there. For years, filmmakers have been getting away with dialing up the action but, in 2011, things aren’t as easy.

In today’s digital world, with home editing equipment and YouTube so prevalent, non-fiction movies better be on guard. For example, YouTube user Kevin E. Lee did some impressive editing to both praise and shun David O. Russell‘s Oscar-contender The Fighter for its accuracies and inaccuracies during the climactic fight that pits Micky Ward, played by Mark Wahlberg, against Shea Neary (Anthony Molinari). This video blew my mind. You’ve got to check it out. Read More »

Writers Guild of America Nominations Announced

Along with the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America is one of the strongest voting bodies in Hollywood. So, when they announce their nominations for the best of the year, it’s usually a pretty good precursor to the Oscars. Check out their 2010 nominees after the jump. Read More »

The Fighter is a wonderful movie, with a core set of impressive performances by Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams and the quiet Mark Wahlberg. But one of the most memorable aspects of the film is the cadre of shrill, nattering and high-haired women who are sisters to Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Bale). In a handful of scenes, the women make quite an impression as they provide some antagonistic energy towards Amy Adams’ character, and support the efforts of their mother (Leo). If The Fighter had been written by Sophocles, the sisters would be the chorus.

But who are they? Some of the magic of the characters is that, in the midst of a very recognizable trio of leads (and Melissa Leo, who is probably not as immediately recognizable to many audiences) the actresses playing the sisters are enigmas. Some of them seem like they could have been plucked off the streets of Lowell, MA, where the film was shot. Indeed, some of them were, but one of them had previous experience acting opposite Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant, and another is the sister of Conan O’Brien. Read More »

From the first shot of David O. Russell‘s The Fighter, it’s obvious that a documentary within the film is going to be of paramount importance. And since The Fighter is based on a true story, the documentary in the film actually happened. It’s called High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell, is incredibly significant to the structure of The Fighter, and now you can watch it online, for free.

One of the subjects of the documentary is Dicky Eklund, the brother of championship boxer “Irish” Micky Ward. Christian Bale plays Dicky in The Fighter and Mark Wahlberg plays his brother Micky. Before Micky’s rise to fame, Dicky was once the “Pride of Lowell,” himself, a boxing contender who went toe to toe with legendary boxer “Sugar” Ray Leonard. However, if you’ve seen either film, you know that things took a turn for the worst for Dicky. After the jump, learn where you can watch the documentary and more. Read More »

The score of a film is its beating heart. Music subtly, or sometimes not so subtly, juxtaposed with visuals can do almost anything from create tension, elicit themes, set tone, link scenes or raise goosebumps. Without music, most films are a cold, dead fish. That’s why the Oscar for Best Original Score is such a big award. Many times, the film that wins Original Score will take home several other awards because great music can make a director, editor and even actors look better.

Now, four of the films expected to have strong showings on Oscar night have had their mute buttons pressed. The scores from The Fighter, Black Swan, True Grit and The Kids Are All Right were all deemed ineligible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read the reasons and implications after the jump. Read More »

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