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.
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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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Can't really seem to give this a higher rating. It's certainly not bad, but it feels to me a little bit easy for a mind-fuck movie.
It seems that the machinist is a film that wants to be high on meaningful imagery, but doesn't really quite get there. I could predict the course of actions a few minutes they would actually happen. The recurring fish references and Ivan were simple. The kidnapping of the boy by Ivan was an easy find as well... I don't know... I felt a bit disappointed by how easy everything was to figure out..
Also: ...ILLER = MILLER? seriously... I facepalmed.
The atmosphere this film creates is its greatest strength, but the story fails to hold it up. Christian Bale's performance and appearance is mesmerizing, enough so to keep this film lingering in my mind after being disappointed by the twist.
Christian Bale, who can other be. His diet on coffee and apple helped him have figure that suited the role. Suspense, psychologically thrill-filled----'The Machinist'is one of those films that take your breath away. One of finest performances from Bale.
Christian Bale in the finest of form. Top film.
Christian Bale is gaunt, and that's really all the film is known for. Not his best performance or film. The rest is honestly largely forgettable.
Christian Bale, weighing in at 4 pounds, does a solid performance.
É claro que a primeira coisa que chama atenção neste filme é a impressionante transformação física de Christian Bale, que chegou a pesar 55kg e recuperou sua forma dentro de um ano para estrelar Batman Begins. Mas nem tudo é pele e osso nesta produção, a história é densa e envolvente, dizem (e eu concordo) que é um filme que Alfred Hitchcock gostaria de dirigir se estivesse vivo, desde o início o expectador sabe que há algo de errado com o universo do protagonista e recebe dicas sobre isso o tempo inteiro, um drama psicológico de paranoia, loucura e culpa.
- 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…