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...
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…
I can't tell you how fat this movie makes me feel.
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.
It’s rather strange that I could remember very little about this film from my first viewing, around seven years ago. I think I may probably have been a little drunk and sleep deprived (ironically). It is a devious little head-scratcher that does require pretty much complete immersion in its world to get the full benefit, which probably explains it.
It is the world of the titular machinist, Trevor Reznick (Christian Bale), a lathe operator who appears to have shed his sanity along with his weight after having had no sleep for an entire year. He inhabits a drab world leeched of colour, spending all of his time working, drinking coffee at an airport diner for the company of pretty waitress…
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…
I must admit, Brad Anderson truly hit the jackpot in casting Christian Bale and John Sharian. Both performed and acted brilliantly, the dedication Bale put into this role was monumental, providing a much more authentic experience. Along with a sensationally deviant film plot involving entirely around an Insomnia ridden machinist with a very deranged imagination. A movie that enraptures the viewer to confounding proportions. Fantastic.
"A little guilt goes a long way."
It’s a bit horrifying to see Christian Bale in The Machinist after he lost more than 60 pounds for the role. But after you accept his look (which is hard to ever forget), the film becomes more of a meditation on how we treat people and how we see the world. Precisely constructed with careful shooting and editing, it lays all of the elements of the story out and then things begin to click together. While it’s a story that is somewhat familiar, the visual treatment and performances make it stand out from more conventional treatments of the same topics.
Just can't get over how Bale looks... Oh, and it is a good film.
My dad made me watch "Empire of the Sun." It was before I was really a movie guy, and I don't remember really enjoying it. In subsequent years, I've mixed it up with "The Last Emperor." The only way I differentiate the two is that I've seen "Empire of the Sun" (Spielberg?) and I haven't seen "The Last Emperor" (Bertolucci?).
Christian Bale was like 2 years old when he did "Empire of Sun." OK, maybe more like eight or 11 or 13. But he was young. I don't remember a damn thing about his performance. In fact, I don't remember Christian Bale in much of anything until he blew my socks off in "American Psycho." He owned that film. Bale…
This movie was strange. Bale was awesome. Frightening to look at. He made me tired just watching him. I think I'm going to take a nap now.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie feels like a HITCHCOCK film made in the 2000's
There is so much that I love about this movie. I love the dark cinematography, I love the mystery that seems predicable, but yet it's supposed to be predicable because there are more twists coming from what you think. I love Christian Bales chilling performance and his psychology inept attempt at trying to think clearly. I love the dark images and the slow build up. I love the ending, I love how I was glued to my seat for the entire movie. I found myself moving closer to the Tv as the movie neared its end. I love the music that made you feel like you were watching a…
Una película con gran aire de Hitchcock, lo cual en realidad fue lo que más me agradó. Christian Bale, por su parte, lo hace muy bien; pero considero que pudo haber dejado mayor huella con ayuda de una trama más trascendental, ya que la película en algún momento reitera en exceso, no sé si por su ritmo, por su argumento, o por las dos cosas al mismo tiempo.
353/365 (365 films in 365 days)
I haven't been as engrossed in a film as I was with this one before. The slow pace works really well for the story, and you gotta give it to Bale for going all out for the role. Great stuff.
First of all, I must say that this film goes snail slow, but it manages to grow on you, so you'll end up watching it till the end, anyway.
I was impressed by Christian Bale's commitment to the role, his 63-pound weight loss shocked me to my very core. He played the part flawlessly, I could feel his fear, anxiety, his struggle to finally find out what the heck was going on. I loved the dark tone and mood of the movie, which in my opinion, helped intensify Trevor's paranoia and despair.
- 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).
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-632 are not ordered yet.