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...
Chrstian Bale does a phenomenal job at playing a skeleton.
Christian Bale also does a phenomenal job at playing skinny guys, muscley guys, psychopath's and fat, flabby con men (american hustle).
From the minute the machinist started I knew it had a memento feel to it (the movie isn't entirely in order) and a fight club feel to it (the tone and the darkness). The machinist is one of if not my favourite Christian Bale movie, its got phenomenal performances (no need to mention Bale again) and has huge surprises at every turn (like fun) its so much fun and surprisingly entertaining, Christian Bale is probably my favourite actor, this is a guy who can act any part, do any…
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…
Christian Bale method acting? Count me in! His transformation for this film was absolutely amazing. This is another film that takes on snippets of Dostoyevsky's books and modernizes them a fair amount. We have Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) as a gaunt and haunted individual who agonizes over something, but isn't quite stated outright. We have to go along for the ride to find out what exactly caused him to act this way, with subtle hints and drops all throughout the film.
The visuals in this film, some loud and glaring and others ethereal and fleeting, are something to admire. I've watched this so many times that I always seem to learn something new or catch a connection that I didn't…
There’s seeing the pictures and knowing how far Christian Bale took extreme method acting for this film, and then there’s seeing it. The whole thing is just incredibly unnerving and uncomfortable, with a distinctly dreamlike atmosphere that makes sure you know that what you’re watching only has a loose connection to what the reality of the story truly is. So, it isn’t much of a surprise when everything unravels and we learn the details the film has been holding back, but that doesn’t stop the weird atmosphere and Bale’s astounding commitment to the character from being engrossing. It’s probably not one I’d want to watch again, but one I’m glad to have finally seen it as it’s been on my watchlist for ages.
Christian Bale, man.
The Machinist is a disturbing psychological thriller and it is a weird movie. Sometimes the tone of the movie becomes so dark that it almost felt like a horror movie.
The real star of this movie is Christian Bale.
Christian Bale commitment for this movie is on the extreme level. His brilliant performance made this movie watchable. There is no wonder he has become one of the best actors out there.
The Machinist will definitely be remembered as one of the best movies of Christian Bale. All in all, I would say The Machinist has a good story, a very good ending and a brilliant performance. And I like it.
superb acting, bale.
A machinist who claims not to have slept in a year encounters a fellow factory co-worker that no one else can see. Christian Bale's tortured performance in this spooky psychological thriller goes beyond his frightening weight loss for the role.
To be honest I fell asleep the first half (that’s just because that happens sometimes, not because I was bored). For 75% of the movie I was only kinda following the characters but then the ending scenes hit and I was fricken rattled. It made me think a lot. so i guess woah is all i have to say.
Christian Bale is absolutely amazing, as always. I might even go to say that this is his best performance. This film really caught me by surprise. I won't say any more as I might spoil it, but this is definitely one of the best films I've seen in a very long time.
Great film about a man balancing between reality and dreaming! Surprising ending!
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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