A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
A little guilt goes a long way...
The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep. This is no ordinary insomnia...
I can't tell you how fat this movie makes me feel.
The tricky thing with this film is that if you do not let yourself be taken in by the tense and dreamlike atmosphere, this film will probably not work for you. For me, it was an engrossing experience from the beginning; haunting, intriguing and ultimately very surprising.
While the plot can easily be summarized in one sentence, it never detracts from the very strong narrative that drives it. We are slowly emerged in the disturbing state our protagonist is in and with him we descend into his pool of sorrows and troubles. For he is troubled and I love the fact that the film very effectively hides from its audience the exact nature of his woes.
This is an atmosperic…
Twelfth watch of Noir-Vember. If you are one of the people raving about Matthew McConaughey’s physical transformation for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, than I insist you give this a watch as well, because Christian Bale trumps McConaughey in every way by almost literally transforming himself in a living skeleton (it’s seriously sickening to look at). Trevor Reznik is machine operator in a factory with some rather unsafe security measures. The place is hazardous under normal circumstances, but as Trevor is slowly deteriorating under the forces of a very extreme form of insomnia, he lifts the factory floor to a red alert zone. The plot is an unsophisticated mix of an alternative thriller and a much too accessible mystery,…
One of the very first roles I had ever seen Christian Bale in aside from playing Batman. At the time, it was astounding to me that someone would physically transform themselves to such an extreme extent for a movie; I had never quite seen anything like it. I've seen this many times since then, and I always find both Bale's performance - and the film itself - to be equally fascinating and disturbing, and it has continued to hold up very well on rewatches over the years.
Bale has become one of my favorite actors ever since my first viewing of The Machinist, and this remains one of my personal favorite roles of his. The film has a perfect eerie quality and atmosphere throughout, and, as I've mentioned in previous reviews, I love mind-fuck films. This is no exception.
The Machinist is director Brad Anderson’s version of a Hitchcock Noir. It’s as simply put as that.
Tonally the film is typically what you would expect of a neo noir, and that said it delivers both visually and audibly. The film uses a dark sepia cast throughout, which really add to the intensity of the piece. The audio used in the film is exceptional and really transports you back in time, to noir's and suspense films of the 60s.
The audio is actually the thing I would most rave about when discussing this film, and not the other more obvious and memorable thing, which brings me nicely onto that subject of Bales metamorphoses for the role.
Christian Bales transformation into…
This strange story isn't really the most difficult part to watch or get your head around; it's watching an alien or The Artist Formerly Known As Christian Bale peering back at you through his hollow eyes. Matthew McConaughey recently took plaudits for such commitment to his role but this takes the biscuit. Well somebody took it because it sure as hell wasn't Bale.
Watching him just lying in bed or changing his shirt makes the skin crawl, hoping that his skinny rib cage and petruding collar bone is some sort of cgi effect. The authenticity of his character is never in doubt although it does create another problem of spending the first twenty minutes distracted, trying to comprehend that he…
Ich wusste nicht was mich erwartet und war überrascht. Ein interessanter Film, der zeigt wie das Leben laufen kann. Einmal anzusehen reicht aus, aber das kann ich nur empfehlen, ihn einmal anzusehen. Ihr werdet auch nie erraten, was auf dem Zettel stehen wird, bis er fertig geschrieben ist, ihr werdet noch verstehen, wenn ihr ihn euch anseht.
Pay attention to this film, because there is a lot going on. This film follows Trevor Reznik, a man who has not slept in a year who slowly becomes paranoid as he thinks someone is out to get him. This film is hauntingly stunning and is very dark in both tone and visuals. From the beginning I was struck with a very eerie, sick feeling, but I was unable to stop watching. I was captivated by the story. Every time I thought I had answered one question, the film took a turn and opened up for several more questions.
There is a lot of attention on this film because of Christian Bale's weightless, but this does as disservice to the…
First rule of Fight Club, talk about Fight Club and no one will believe you.
It's true, once you've seen a few movies of this type, you can already see the direction this one is headed in easily, but there isn't a moment in this film I feel could be taken out and the overall movie would still have the same impact. However, that doesn't change how extremely uncomfortable and eerie this movie is from start to end. Bale is great, and his skinny frame is a sight, and truly adds to his character. There are some fantastic shots in the movie, and it all leads up to a great ending.
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My roommate has had this blu-ray sitting around for years and I somehow never got around to watching it. Christian Bale is crazy good in a lot of films, but this is some completely next level stuff. Dude looking mad creepy. Although the cinematography and atmosphere where spot on the plot wasn't quite there. Not that it was bad, but it's certainly predictable as I had everything figured out 25 minutes in.
Film #18 of the “Scavenger Hunt 4" Challenge
Task 18. An exquisite mindbender!
The original list: letterboxd.com/naughty/list/scavenger-hunt-4/detail/
My list: letterboxd.com/gigasitea/list/scavenger-hunt-4/
The Machinist (2004), also known as “Wait Christian Bale lost that much weight for a film!”, starring Christian Bale and directed by Brad Anderson, is a decent film. The only way that I found out about this film is through Christian Bale losing 28.5 kg (63 lbs) to star in this film. And then, soon after he gained back 45 kg (100 lbs) to star in Batman Begins. Also, the film on it’s own is also pretty good, it’s atmosphere is both tense and dreamlike and it’s cinematography is spot-on. However, the writing is rather clunchy, trying to be a mix of both a tense art-house thriller but the film also being a very accessible mystery, which doesn’t work.
Overall, the film was good, and the atmosphere was great. Would recommend.
6 out of 10.
In any good personal psychological mystery type tale, suspense and suspicion are supposed to hang over the narrative like a spectre. The audience gets traipsed around following the uncertainty of our portaganist and his desperately frantic attempts to make sense, both in the plot and in his mind. The Machinist has an ability to tap into the effects produced by this particular type of thriller's set up, but sadly is unable to hold onto it for long. I hope it is not just me, but I felt like the beg reveal/twist ending at the end was so obvious and predictable that it ended the film, which up until then had some decent momentum, on a sad reluctant whimper.
Film #14 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #18 : An exquisite mindbender!
I'll try to keep this review as thin (haha) as possible in order to avoid spoilers and because, as it happens with most of those movies of the beloved sub-genre of mindfucks, the more you know about The Machinist beforehand, the less impact it has on you. But that's not to say that all of its impact lies just in its mindboggling story, which I'll get to in a minute, as there is also very good filmamking at works here with influences ranging from Lynch (the industrial landscape reminded me a lot of Eraserhead and one partcular character's clothes remind me of Mulhalland…
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
Suggest any, but please do not state the twist in the comments :)
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