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...
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…
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…
'Iván el Terrible'.
An amazing film! Hitchcock would be proud.
Bale is excellent of course, but I get really irritated by films where reality is blurred. All narrative tension is lost if reality is possibly a dream.
Man, if you haven't seen this gem, you are in for a real treat someday when you finally get around to checking it out. Bale proves why he was given the bat suit with a performance that comes complete with a physical transformation. This film is one giant puzzle and will surely have you guessing down to the final scene. Great stuff!
nothing extraordinary. the paranoia and sense of thrill is lost in a somewhat predictable and lackluster script. found myself being able to guess character's lines they were about to say just because the script is full of cliche responses and anomalies. i have a lot of respect for bale's physical alterations, but his performance in this movie is really not that good, even laughable at times. i think it's mostly in part of how it was written and directed, but everything is so overly dramatic and it makes you not concerned for his character, but rather makes you laugh at him and not really care what the truth is. I would say watch it, but it's not the movie it could have been.
குற்ற உணர்ச்சி + Insomania
Rewatched. Christian Bale really took the dark theme and ran with it. Looked like an extra out of Schindler's List. Plot-wise, loses a little steam towards the end, isn't really able to grab and fully take hold of the viewer. Half-star bump for Bale.
For some reason I thought this stared Jason Statham. Boy, do I feel silly...
The Machinist is a slow-paced , depressingly grey and intriguing little pot boiler. Christian Bale forgets to eat and puts in strong performance, made all the more powerful by the fact we are used to seeing him beefy. While its never going to be on mine, or anyone else's top ten, I was satisfied with how it all played out.
But can you imagine how good this would have been with Jason Statham? Trevor could have accidentally ripped Miller's arm off with a hand shake. They could have then dumped that dismal factory setting and relocated the whole enchilada to Miami. A missed opportunity methinks.
- 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).
- Gone Girl
- Fight Club
- Citizen Kane
- Mystic River
Suggest any, but please do not state the twist in the comments :)
It has to be a reveal, something…