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…
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…
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.
É claro que a primeira coisa que chama atenção neste filme é a impressionante transformação física de Christian Bale, que chegou a pesar 55kg e recuperou sua forma dentro de um ano para estrelar Batman Begins. Mas nem tudo é pele e osso nesta produção, a história é densa e envolvente, dizem (e eu concordo) que é um filme que Alfred Hitchcock gostaria de dirigir se estivesse vivo, desde o início o expectador sabe que há algo de errado com o universo do protagonista e recebe dicas sobre isso o tempo inteiro, um drama psicológico de paranoia, loucura e culpa.
Christian Bale really starved himself for the role of Trevor Reznik, a man looking for many answers who hasn't slept in year doubting his sanity. It's suspenseful, alluring, sometimes brutal. Good movie, not a fantastic or unique ending.
I'm going to just ignore the elephant in the room and tell you that it's great. Better yet, I don't even want to tell you why it's great. Just go watch it!
Or, maybe I'll tell you why it's great. It's a tense and deeply atmospheric ride into the mystery behind one man's insomnia and the guilt that follows him after he causes an accident at his work. He is clearly losing his mind, who everyone else sees as clearly losing his mind and yet we follow him on anyway, getting pulled deeper and deeper into his strange and miserable life. The narrative has its twists and turns, yet nothing feels out of place or exploited for dramatic effect. Its clues are subtle yet well executed and it is full of haunting ideas and imagery. Even watching it again it is hard to think of another film that I find so intriguing. Did I mention that it's great?
A tense, original thriller about a man who hasn't slept for a year. The creeping insanity is accompanied by Rogue Banos's theramin. The director (Anderson) keeps things relatively simple, and never goes for cheap thrills.
"A little guilt goes a long way."
It’s a bit horrifying to see Christian Bale in The Machinist after he lost more than 60 pounds for the role. But after you accept his look (which is hard to ever forget), the film becomes more of a meditation on how we treat people and how we see the world. Precisely constructed with careful shooting and editing, it lays all of the elements of the story out and then things begin to click together. While it’s a story that is somewhat familiar, the visual treatment and performances make it stand out from more conventional treatments of the same topics.
Just can't get over how Bale looks... Oh, and it is a good film.
My dad made me watch "Empire of the Sun." It was before I was really a movie guy, and I don't remember really enjoying it. In subsequent years, I've mixed it up with "The Last Emperor." The only way I differentiate the two is that I've seen "Empire of the Sun" (Spielberg?) and I haven't seen "The Last Emperor" (Bertolucci?).
Christian Bale was like 2 years old when he did "Empire of Sun." OK, maybe more like eight or 11 or 13. But he was young. I don't remember a damn thing about his performance. In fact, I don't remember Christian Bale in much of anything until he blew my socks off in "American Psycho." He owned that film. Bale…
This movie was strange. Bale was awesome. Frightening to look at. He made me tired just watching him. I think I'm going to take a nap now.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- 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); 615-639 are not ordered yet.