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Christian Bale Movie Night: Serious Actor, Also in Newsies

Though he wasn't nominated for any awards, I believe some of the year's best performances have come from Christian Bale (3:10 to Yuma, Rescue Dawn), and I'm a little sad that he's missing from the red carpet. The man has been honing his craft since he was a wee child and has been working steadily for years since. To properly pay my respects to the talented Mr. Bale this awards season, I'm designating a Movie Night to him. It's hard to choose given his large body of work, but I dug out some gems. In addition to these titles, he also sang his way into my heart in Newsies and freaked me out in American Psycho and The Machinist.

3:10 to Yuma
I've said it before and I'll say it again: 3:10 to Yuma is an excellent retelling of an old Western, reminding us that this dusty genre isn't dead. The lead actors turn in solid performances including Christian Bale who plays rancher Dan Evans, a man down on his luck physically and financially. Evans seizes an opportunity to earn some good reward money by delivering the infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) to the Yuma prison via the 3:10 PM train. With Ben's men hot on their trail, their journey to Yuma takes on a power struggle that is ultimately as simple as good versus evil. This film has one of Bale's most arresting portrayals in recent history, and should definitely kick off your movie night.

Two more titles from the deeper confines of Bale's past, so

Swing Kids
In this 1993 drama, Bale plays one of three friends growing up in Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. Alongside Robert Sean Leonard (who you can now catch on House), Bale and friends rebel against the status quo by listening and dancing to American swing music. Eventually though, their teenage rebellions are forced to a stop and the young men are faced with some hard choices.

Though sappy at times, it's fun watching the young, strapping Robert Sean Leonard and Christian Bale together onscreen.

Little Women
Bale first really hit my adolescent radar when he brought Laurie to life in Little Women. I'm just going to say it: I don't think there could ever be a more perfect Theodore 'Laurie' Lawrence. In other news, it's a good wintertime family classic with a great cast, including Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon and a tiny Kirsten Dunst.

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la-dee-da-dee la-dee-da-dee 8 years
hmm.. well i think bale is super talented! love all his movies! i think ive seen all of them except for newsies soo.. block buster wtch out im heading over there tonight!
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
Empire of the Sun is AWESOME.. I cry like a baby in that movie. He should have received an Oscar for carrying that movie from beginning to end on his 13 year old shoulders! AMAZING!!! American Psycho.. gotta love the naked chainsaw scene!
gigill gigill 8 years
Crazy, I've only ever seen him in Little Women! I had no idea he was in these other films...must check them out sometime.
em1282 em1282 8 years
juliette--"All the little animals"!! I love that one! I almost forgot. He and John Hurt are amazing in that!
juliette juliette 8 years
I've been a fan since the Newsies days also and when I saw Rescue Dawn and 3:10 to Yuma last year I thought for sure he would be nominated for one of them but somehow it didn't happen. I especially enjoyed his work in Yuma because it was so low key and down to earth and I'd never really seen him in that sort of role before. Oh and watch "All the Little Animals" if you get a chance, some of his best work I think.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Oh, also, totally random tidbit about Robert Sean Leonard--met him years ago after a play he did in NYC. The guy's so sweet and down-to-earth and very cute in person. :)
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
Mmmm....I could sit through many Christian Bale movie nights!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Count me in as a "Metroland" fan--I've also heard that is the one film where Bale's true accent comes through. Then again I'm a fan of anything with Bale, so, really, the guy can do no wrong. Buzz, you are so right--Bale is incredibly under-recognized and underappreciated. Starz has also been airing "The Prestige" non-stop, which is another great movie.
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
oooh lalalaurie velvet goldmine is one of my ALL TIME favorites ... christian bale, ewan macgregor AND a young jonathan rhys meyers (and toni collette!). perfect.
avienndha avienndha 8 years
I still have my Newsies Vhs tape...it's pretty worn. Maybe it's time to upgrade to dvd on that one. Now I have "it's a fine life, carrying the banner..." in my head. Thanks a lot guys! : )
michstines michstines 8 years
I heart Newsies!! I totally sang my heart out with my friends to that movie!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
He is so great! Little Women...oh yes! He shares my name in that one! How about Equilibrium and Velvet Goldmine (with Ewan MacGregor!) and Laurel Canyon, as well?
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Yeah, he proved he had immense acting talent when he was just a little kid in 'Empire of the Rising Sun.' I think he's an amazing actor. He'll always be Laurie from 'Little Women' to me though. :)
magalaya magalaya 8 years
i LOVE christian bale! he's definitely one of my favourite actors :)
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
Aw, Christian Bale- like a fine wine he's only getting better. He's an amazing actor and a stone cold fox. PS- Nicedriveway / Daisie, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale are my list. Yum.
Megatron Megatron 8 years
I love him! I totally agree, Buzz. He has busted his chops and he totally deserves more recognition than he gets. This also served as my reminder to get a card at the local video store sometime this weekend, thanks! :)
Kellylicious Kellylicious 8 years
This headline cracked me up! "Also in Newsies" Newsies has been on a lot lately...not sure which channel - maybe Starz? It has some seriously classic songs, but I always find myself giggling when Christian tries to dance.
elizabelle elizabelle 8 years
so right, so right, Buzz.
snapsh0t snapsh0t 8 years
I looooove Christian Bale! Whenever I see him my mind automatically goes to Patrick Bateman and that yuppie accent. ;P
thewavingcat thewavingcat 8 years
the newsies is the best movie EVER!!!!!!!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I was totally in love with him after Newsies! And I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!! I actually got it for Christmas. Now I want to go watch it!
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
Empire Of the Sun is an amazing movie, it's always on tv and never ceases to break my heart
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Little Women is one of my all time favorites and I'll never get tired of watching Christian as Laurie "spying" with Jo on John Brooke and Meg or promising Amy he'll kiss her before she dies. Sigh.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you raise a very good point - where has he been lately as far as the acknowledgment goes. he takes on hard roles and usually does them justice - yet for some reason - he's M.I.A. from the carpet.
nancita nancita 8 years
I also fell hard for Bale starting with Little Women. What a genius casting move; he was perfect. Since then, I've been trying to see all his movies (Empire of the Sun is fascinating to watch now) but I totally forgot he was in Swing Kids. and I still haven't brought myself to see the Machinist, tho I'm sure it's good. Bottom line: Christian Bale is dreamy.
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