Nolen is perhaps the best cinema director of the history of cinema's 50-year history. Here is my personal cannonical rankling…
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.
'Right now I wanna sleep. I just want to sleep.'
I'm pumped up, I sweat, and I'm feeling totally uncomfortable. That's the feeling I want to have after watching a psycho thriller. The Machinist is one of those movies. Once, you let yourself sink in that kind of scary and haunting atmosphere, you will definitely have an unforgettable experience. From time to time, it reminded me of some genre classics like Fight Club or Memento, and that is definitely a good thing.
I love the way, the story is told in here. The plot is kind of simple and can be explained in just one sentence, but that doesn't harm any of this dark atmosphere. It's far more the way…
A nice mindfuck movie. Fight Club in a different setting. I prefer if a movie doesn't give all the answers in the end but it's still a nice movie.
The Machinist is a meticulous mystery that had me trying to figure it out the whole movie. It's so well structuced and acted by Christian Bale that the movie is intriguing without the surprising ending. The parts aren't as exciting as the whole, but the payoff is worth every minute.
The Machinist is as engaging as it is enigmatic. Drawing inspiration almost entirely from the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky, the movie follows the life of the haggardly Trevor Reznik as he attempts to piece together the strangeness of the occurrences which afflict him. It provokes thought without abdicating its ability to entertain, and its ultimate tragedy revives Dostoevsky's questions of crime and punishment.
That's my humble opinion , is an excellent film , the acting and the change in appearance of Christian Bale is formidable. an enthralling movie
this is so fucking good why have i never watched this before???? like everything fucking CLICKS at the end OMG like how she says "YOU outta be killed" instead of 'THEY' like shit!!!FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Un filme que prometía mucho y que sin embargo no estuvo a la altura de sus expectativas. Aplaudo el tono y la comprometida actuación de Christian Bale, pero en general es una película que si bien entretiene, su genérico tramo final decepciona.
A film that promised a lot and yet did not live up to the expectations. I applaud the tone and Christian Bale's committed performance but overall it is a film that while entertaining, its generic final part disappoints.
The Machinist was just as I expected but thankfully also a little bit more than that.
The story is actually a little bit cliched. It has been done a few times before and after this film, but The Machinist does give a wholly unique feel to it through the use of some very surprising elements and the near perfect, yet also rather basic use of some others.
Some of the latter include the outstanding acting by Christian Bale who, aside from his horrifying weight-loss, actually portrays his illness with real dignity and terrifying realism in what would otherwise have been a rather formulaic performance. Next to that director Brad Anderson (who is basically only known for this film and with…
+1.5 for the noirish driving montages and +2 for the '50's b-movie-theremin musical score. I loved that the film became more disorienting as it went on while simultaneously putting the initial mysteries together. By the end, it was disorienting not because of the many unexplained events but because they were all explainable, and far removed from Trevor's reality.
Even though I never had the sense that there was a antagonistic conspiracy, that Trevor was never just losing his marbles, the film maintained a surreal atmosphere, starting as a vast mystery and ending as a delirious coming together of many, many parts, all with an initially unseen answer. The coming together of the pieces was surreal in itself because delirium was implied by it, and those revelations were as interesting to watch as the opening questions because as all of them were exponentially answered in the climax, the viewer began to understand the extent of the surreal.
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…