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…
Film #29 of the "Scavenger Hunt #2" Challenge
Item #29: A film with a shocking twist
Well maybe the twist wasn't so shocking. But this was one damn great film. Bale is an impressive actor as always, perfectly capturing insanity. It's a shame the screenwriter went on to write terrible horror remakes. Another Hollywood one-hit wonder. Recommended for insomniacs.
Yo también confesaría todos mi crímenes con tal de que me dejen dormir.
I felt like this film was exactly Fight Club and I started to get annoyed
Turned out it's not EXACTLY Fight Club...
one of the many clowns of Fight Club's personality disorder, but still, original enough.
Good paranoid fare....Sense of foreboding throughout, quite Hitchcock-y .... Christian Bale is quite thin too.
Very good acting and cinematography.
Bale is insanely thin.
El ambiente de la película cumple su objetivo, bastante oscuro y misterioso. La trama no me pareció nada especial o que no se haya hecho antes, pero la actuación de Bale es de calidad.
This movie had potential to be way more than it was. You get the sense that the movie is building up to something great and original, but the end leaves you with a feeling of dissatisfaction.
That's it? That's what the movie was building up to? The conclusion is wholly underwhelming. I was expecting something a bit weirder. Something with a deeper meaning.
It's a shame. The movie isn't a bad one. Pretty much everything else is on point from acting to cinematography, but the script ends up being a let down.
lol did anyone else guess literally every "twist" towards the end of this movie?
Improves on the dialogue and the acting much from Session 9 (Christian Bale is stellar), yet the "Inception"/"Fight Club"-copy cat symptoms are painfully obvious as the cliches pile up one after one in it's attempt to "blow your mind".
It was great in constructing the miserable situations that constantly surround our protagonist, machinist Trevor Reznik, abnormally skinny guy who hasn't slept for a year and is friends with a whore and a waitress.
It delivers when it is most suspenseful and manages to not lull you to sleep thanks to fast cuts, schizo-paranoid anxiety attacks that our hero faces, and a typical Memento-esque plot that turns out just how you suspect it to.
But it's a great thriller nonetheless and you should watch it solely for the performances delivered in it.
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 :)
It has to be a reveal, something…