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…
Ok, Christian Bale lost a lot of weight, that doesn't make this a good movie. I had high hopes for this movie because psychological thrillers are possibly my favourite genre. Unfortunately it wasn't very good. It is an extremely cliche psychogical thriller and definitely not one I will be watching again. While all of the performances are fantastic, it still can't save this movie.
A decent watch, but honestly the film could have done without the obnoxious mystery music every couple of scenes. The music took away from the film, it made everything feel more cliche and cheesy when it actually had an alright plot. Christian Bale does really well and everyone else's performances were okay, minus the awkward scenes with the kid. The ending was good where everything came together but I felt like there needed to be more impactful pieces leading up to the ending, as the 'dementia' theme was underplayed.
7,8 Too much skinny
This blew my mind. The imagery was grotesque and there were so many twist and turns. I was at the edge of my seat
This movie has probably been on my instant queue since it came out, and last night, while it was raining sideways I finally decided to put it on. After I was finished, I was well-versed in the lesson of a movie that can't stand the test of time.
Sure, Christian Bale churns out a great performance as this toothpick of a guy whose name sounds a lot like the musician from Nine Inch Nails. It's not going to make the film amazing, though, with just one person in such a multi-angled story. This is the type of film everyone was making in the early 2000s, waiting for someone to call them the next Fight Club.
Truth be told, I wish…
filme maravilhoso e que atuação sensacional de Christian Bale e sua transformação é assustadora.
The Machinist is an extremely easy film to criticize - note the mediocre writing, the mediocre cinematography, mediocre acting: but the director's vision ultimately pulls through, and despite an extremely predictable film remains enjoyable through its chilling tone and gritty aesthetic.
For this very reason this is Brad Anderson's magnum opus. He clearly acquired his vision through horror and thriller films of the 20th century, yet he combines this vision with elements of the contemporary thriller, making it both accessible and fresh despite its vintage direction.
Thematically, this film is insignificant and highly unrevolutionary, yet The Machinist is an accomplished film in its own genre, and while it may not be among the new generation's best, it is a great film which merits appreciation for its atmosphere.
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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