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.
'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…
If only Aronofsky had directed this...
When you ask an actor to lose so much weight and endanger his health, then you should make much better movie. There is enough tension and horror, but also boredom. The main premise makes sense.
Still, I didn't like it. It gets repetitive, I couldn't wait to finish. It also looks cheap and second-rate. Simplistic, too. Yet, it's spooky enough to haunt you.
Christian Bale is phenomenal. Amazing performance
Enjoyed it for Bale's performance. Probably not something I need to see more than once. Good movie.
Relying on a bluish palette of desaturated colors, Anderson creates a tense atmosphere of nightmare in this intriguing thriller. But it is Christian Bale who deserves especial merit for his unbelievable dedication (even physical) in this story about the unbearable weight of guilt.
It does what it's trying to do very effectively and Bale is insane in his commitment to roles. It just leaves you feeling rather hollow.
Eat a steak Chris!
Ein Film der komisch, langsam aber irgendwie doch eine gute Story hat.
Irgendwie aber nicht mein Ding da die Story vielleicht doch ein bisschen zu leicht zu durchschauen ist und man sich bei dem Film nur ekelt...
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).