Movies that are slightly off.
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…
this movie was incredibly made in every way. between christian bales acting, the parallelism followed throughout the movie, and the ending, this is a film everyone who enjoys film should see.
This movie hangs on one plot point which is heavily hinted and predictable. The only thing that wasn't lame was bale's performance.
I don’t know if it’s amazing or crazy how far actors can go into their role. The method acting has gone to a whole other level where the being of the character is more important than the acting. This is psychological as well as physical but there are few actors who go to the absolute limit with altering their physique. They go through all the pain instead of just having the problem solved with cgi or practical effects. Christian Bale is one of the few actors who will go all the way to be the character. For this particular role, he went from 70 kg to 49 kg with an unhealthy diet of canned tuna, coffee and cigarettes. It paid…
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A salvation narrative that is rich with subtext, poetic repetition, and keen visual storytelling.
One of the most overrated and underrated movies. I can't explain. Love it all the same. Could watch again and again.
I forgot just how significant and/or symbolic almost every line of dialogue is in this film once you already know the main themes. A creepy score sets this film on edge and Christian Bale's weight loss is insane. Amazing to think after this he packed the weight back on to play Batman.
mind blowing movie..it's an absorbing and eerie study of paranoia and psychological torment.
A brilliant performance by Bale. He lost about 27 kg to make this film, endangering his health.