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...
Chrstian Bale does a phenomenal job at playing a skeleton.
Christian Bale also does a phenomenal job at playing skinny guys, muscley guys, psychopath's and fat, flabby con men (american hustle).
From the minute the machinist started I knew it had a memento feel to it (the movie isn't entirely in order) and a fight club feel to it (the tone and the darkness). The machinist is one of if not my favourite Christian Bale movie, its got phenomenal performances (no need to mention Bale again) and has huge surprises at every turn (like fun) its so much fun and surprisingly entertaining, Christian Bale is probably my favourite actor, this is a guy who can act any part, do any…
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.
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…
He could really use a Thanksgiving dinner.
Grandissimo film! Stupendo
The Machinist is a unique movie in that I have never seen such a somber thriller. This blend of tones is what characterizes the heart of the film and I have to say it plays its hand admirably. The story weaving done in this non-linear tale really puts you into the head of the protagonist (Christian Bale), and the way it all ties together is satisfying.
The tagline of The Machinist reads "How Do You Wake Up From A Nightmare If You Are Not Asleep?". This rather claustrophobic concept manifests itself very prevalently throughout the film and it truly does make you feel trapped in Bale's insomnia riddled mind. Every moment that he is confused the audience is made to…
The Machinist concentrates on the psychological aspect of Bale's character in a way that the viewer can almost experience his decline. Not many films have successfully portrayed this type of character particularly in such an entertaining way.Although the character has been described as unlikable or repulsive, I found him to be human and as such had no judgement.
The Machinist appears to moves at a medium pace and is thoroughly enjoyable. There are some obvious nods to Hitchcock's Psycho, and also to famous literature (of which I am not familiar). I did not think that these links were necessary and believe that they detract very slightly from the movie itself. Also instead of spelling out certain elements of the plot, the film could have benefited by a little ambiguity. The Machinist keeps its audience on its seat from its great pace and use of suspense. The visuals are equally as stunning and the conclusion is really well written.
I loved the bleak cinematography, eerie music and Bale's scary method acting. I liked the overall set-up and the structure in which the film descends into madness. I disliked some of the plot choices. I hated the last 15 minutes. If you want to see a great film on madness, insomnia and self-destruction, watch Fight Club instead.
Trevor Reznik tiene un insomnio que lleva más de un año, se siente agobiado por un nuevo empleado que aparentemente nadie reconoce y siente el rechazo y presión de sus compañeros después de un accidente laboral.
Esta película es definitivamente de Christian Bale, quien fuera de su drástico cambio físico, demuestra la locura a la que va llegando este personaje por saber que es lo que pasa a su alrededor.
Los filtros utilizados reflejan bien el desasosiego del protagonista.
Crime and punishment revisited
Film #1 of the "Scavenger Hunt #8" Challenge!
Task #20. A psychological thriller film!
I have never seen a performance by Christian Bale that was more than mediocre by my standards before this movie. I think it all lies in the smile. He is happy, maybe because just because hes mad, but seing his smile really sold me on the Bale hype. Also the fact that i have never seen a skinnier man in a movie before, holy shit he looked genuinley creepy.
The movie is great aswell. I loved the look, i think i have a thing for movies with zero contrast. I also dug the cinematography.
,there were some great shots, and some great cuts.
It was dark, but it was fun at the same time. Even painful, but still immensly satisfying. The twist also worked extremely well, it wasnt as dumb as i was fearing it would be throughout.
this movie thought it was a lot more clever than it really was
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…