******** The machinist - 2004
Wow, this was excellent filmmaking. Christian Bale, looking SCARY THIN,
as a disturbed young man who suffers from a severe case of insomnia, he says he
hasn't slept in a year (and you believe him, just looking at his face is
sufficient evidence !)
He works all day at a plant operating huge industrial machines and at night
he hangs out with a prostitute (JenniferJason Leigh is always good at playing
hookers !!) and at the airport diner where he drinks a lot of coffee and flirts
with the friendly waitress. Soon a weird man shows up at work and accidents
start happenin' around Christian, he suspects people are plotting against him,
trying to 'get him', paranoia, etc.
Great story, amazing acting, you can hardly recognize Bale cos' he looks like
a concentration camp survivor, but I REALLY like those dark and disturbing
This is going to be in my Top 5 for 2004 ... 4-sure. 4/5 high.
Trivia : IMDB.com * The producers of the film claim that Christian Bale
dropped from about 180 pounds in weight down to about 120 pounds in weight to
make this film. They also claim that Bale actually wanted to drop down to 100
pounds, but that they would not let him go below 120 out of fear that his
health could be in too much danger if he did. His diet consisted of one can of
tuna and an apple per day. His 63-pound weight loss is said to be a record for
any actor for a movie role. He since gained the weight back for his role in
Batman Begins (2005).
"If you're on a highway and Roadrunner goes "Beep Beep !"
Just step aside or you might end up in a heap (Beep Beep !)
Roadrunner Roadrunner runs on the road all day (Beep Beep !)
Even the coyote can't make him change his ways (Beep Beep !)
Roadrunner, (Beep Beep !) the coyote's after you
Roadrunner, (Beep Beep !) if he catches you, you're through"
Mack David (Lyrics), Barbera Cameron & Jay Livingston
(Music, Vocals) - "Roadrunner" TV Theme - 1972
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