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...
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…
I can't tell you how fat this movie makes me feel.
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.
It’s rather strange that I could remember very little about this film from my first viewing, around seven years ago. I think I may probably have been a little drunk and sleep deprived (ironically). It is a devious little head-scratcher that does require pretty much complete immersion in its world to get the full benefit, which probably explains it.
It is the world of the titular machinist, Trevor Reznick (Christian Bale), a lathe operator who appears to have shed his sanity along with his weight after having had no sleep for an entire year. He inhabits a drab world leeched of colour, spending all of his time working, drinking coffee at an airport diner for the company of pretty waitress…
I must admit, Brad Anderson truly hit the jackpot in casting Christian Bale and John Sharian. Both performed and acted brilliantly, the dedication Bale put into this role was monumental, providing a much more authentic experience. Along with a sensationally deviant film plot involving entirely around an Insomnia ridden machinist with a very deranged imagination. A movie that enraptures the viewer to confounding proportions. Fantastic.
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…
353/365 (365 films in 365 days)
I haven't been as engrossed in a film as I was with this one before. The slow pace works really well for the story, and you gotta give it to Bale for going all out for the role. Great stuff.
First of all, I must say that this film goes snail slow, but it manages to grow on you, so you'll end up watching it till the end, anyway.
I was impressed by Christian Bale's commitment to the role, his 63-pound weight loss shocked me to my very core. He played the part flawlessly, I could feel his fear, anxiety, his struggle to finally find out what the heck was going on. I loved the dark tone and mood of the movie, which in my opinion, helped intensify Trevor's paranoia and despair.
Well done Christian Bale!
At the first beginning , I though it was being quite boring but then the story became interesting and I really liked the film!
Did you know the film was all filmed in Barcelona , Spain?
Christian Bale is really skinny on this film , but eventually you'll get used to that...or not!
"A little guilt goes a long way."
I really love movies like this: Psychological thrillers that keep you guessing. I had been meaning to watch this movie since it came out in my high school days and I finally got around to it and it was right down my alley. Great acting by the usually awesome Christian Bale, a tight, Hitchcock-ian script by Scott Kosar and an overall atmospheric guessing game that really keeps the viewer's head on a swivel.
I say this movie is Hitchcock-ian because of how it sets tone right off the bat as we instantly know that there's something off about our main character. The rest of the movie is filling in those holes and building…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Beautifully constructed thriller about Trevor Reznik who has not slept in a year. He believes he is being chased and is determined to find out why and who. The way the film is shot, in beautiful anamorphic, and looks is phenominal. The pace is great and you can see on screen the care that went into making the production. The performances are also very good. Christian Bale gives his signature 'go hard or go home' performance in giving everything and loosing and extraordinary amount of weight. The narrative of the film is tightly paced and is building towards what should be a satisfying reveal. However the reveal isn't that satisfying, simply because it is a little cheap (hear me out).…
Δεν θυμάμαι τίποτα άλλο εκτός απ'την σκηνή που ο σκελετωμένος Bale τρέχει, την οποία μάλλον δεν θα ξεχάσω ποτέ.
The first thing you are going to notice is how disgustingly skinny Christian Bale got for his lead role in "The Machinist". The next thing you will notice is how terribly thin Christian Bale was for his role in "The Machinist". And then you'll keep wondering how he got so scrawny and why. Actually the movie is pretty good. It is tough to grasp just why Bale's Trevor Reznick is wasting into nothing and why he is suffering from a year long bout with insomnia. Its kept a mystery and as details unfold about why he can't sleep and won't eat the whole thing feels a bit underexplained. That was basically the problem I had with the movie. I thought the performances were good but Reznick's backstory could have used a little more hashing out. --wbeehler Saturday March 03 2012 9:24:20 PM
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).