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Christian Bale’s 10 Best Movies

Christian BaleChristian Bale’s career is already entering its fourth decade of excellence.  The actor, whose first starring role was in 1987 in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun at age 13, already has a career’s worth of outstanding roles and an Oscar for his performance in David O. Russell’s The Fighter.  For most, Bale is the definitive Batman in the definitive super hero trilogy: Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.  Nolan and Bale put a stamp on Batman that others will be living up to as long as the character exists.  Bale also teamed with Nolan in The Prestige and with Russell again in American Hustle for wildly different roles in two outstanding films.  Bale is an intense, character-driven actor who has twice lost massive amounts of weight (Rescue Dawn & The Mechanic) for roles.  Bale gained 109 lbs for Batman Begins after losing 63 lbs for The Machinist. Bale went from 121 lbs to 230 lbs in only six months which overshot what Chris Nolan wanted for his Batman, so by the time filming began, Christian Bale had dropped to 190 lbs.  The dedication paid off, and Bale continues to be one of the most dynamic actors working today.
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Injustice 2 – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (2017-Xbox, Playstation)

Injustice: Gods Among Us is one of the best fighting games I’ve ever played, not just because the fighting mechanics were great and the iconic DCU environments all perfect.  Injustice got its characters and wove a fantastic story into a genre into which there usually is little to none.  The story of Superman’s fall from grace into global tyrant and the civil war it sparked among the DC heroes was so good it sparked a comic that ran for the five years inbetween the game’s release and the upcoming sequel Injustice 2.

This installment promises to be one of the games of 2017 with more heroes, an intriguing customization and leveling system, and hype built on story, story, story.  A five-part cinematic ramp up entitled Shattered Alliances and included above gives a look at the games roster and serves as a prelude to the DCU’s war with Braniac.  The achievement list looks like a lot of fun and gives some insight into the settings and what appears to be deep replay value of the game.  Injustice 2 will release on May 16, 2017 for Xbox One and Playstation 4.  As always your achievements below are provided by the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Injustice 2 – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (2017-Xbox, Playstation)

Nutrition Obsessed Bane Outtakes

We do a lot of serious looking at film…but sometimes you just want to be stupid funny about the films we love and for that you need Auralnauts.  You’ve probably seen the Kylo Ren Reacts series that the YouTube channel (to which you should subscribe) put up during the roll-up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but before that (and this site), they had an equally fun time with vocally distorting themselves into Tom Hardy’s Bane from The Dark Knight Rises.  So for a Friday laugh, I present: Nutrition-Obsessed Bane.  HE WILL FEEEED YOU….PROPERLY!!! TGIF, Time Killers.
Tom Hardy, Bane, The Dark Knight Rise

Trailer Time: Justice League Trailer #2 *Will it Come Together?*

The first trailer for Justice League released way back last summer at Comic Con was, I thought, a positive step forward.  It had some funny moments, introduced the team, everyone looked good, and even as someone just coming off Batman vs. Superman letdown, I was liking it.  Eight months later, the second trailer….doesn’t really do much more.  Most of it is spent re-reintroducing the team, and it doesn’t clearly outline the threat or much of the plot.  It’s a lot of super-fast “moments” without context (unless you’re hopelessly geeky like me and I know that oh hey there’s Mera or that’s Barry talking to his imprisoned father).

Justice League, Batman, Ben Affleck, JK Simmons

It’s not enough to say the film is in trouble; it’s just not that impressively assembled a trailer.  NO DC HATE: I am not saying I dislike anything I’m seeing; I’m saying it was put together poorly.  Caveat for Batman/Aquaman who really just need a movie for themselves, and the four seconds I got of JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.  My love for Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman is reaching “I need a t-shirt” levels.  Plot synopsis below.  Justice League Part 1 is coming in November.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot will be reprising their roles as the DC Trinity, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.‘ Justice League, and joining them are Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Amber Heard is set to play Queen Mera in the film as well before moving to the solo Aquaman movie in 2018, with Willem Dafoe appearing in a mystery role, and J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Justice League will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017.
Justice League

 

In Theaters This Week (3/3/2017): Logan, The Shack, Before I Fall

The Shack, Octavia Spencer, Sam Worthington

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  March 3rd begins the biggest blockbuster loaded March in movie history with a huge film opening every week the next five weeks.  Three movies open wide, but Hugh Jackman’s final bow as Wolverine make Logan the first titan of March. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/3/2017): Logan, The Shack, Before I Fall