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It must be a right bugger watching that clip if you're having trouble dieting.

Even worse if you're trying to break into acting :)

I hope the studio are paying a team of dieticians and trainers to get him back to health afterwards.

The guy had a lot of meat on him before that as well. See him in Reign Of Fire? He was ripped in that. Now he looks like me :)

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Oh, yeah -- I watched this the other day...

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Anyway, THE MACHINIST is a thriller in the Polanski mode about a worker in a factory who hasn't slept in over a year, and the insomnia is making him delusional... or *drum roll* is it?

The film opens with a gaunt Christian Bale rolling up a body in his living room carpet. Putting the carpet it the back of his truck. Driving out to a secluded cliff over looking the ocean. Carrying the carpet to the edge of the cliff... when a flashlight beam hits him. "Who are you?" Bale quickly drops the carpet on the ground, tries to kick it off the cliff as the man with the flashlight gets closer... but the carpet begins to unroll as it rolls down the cliff -- opening to expose the dead guy inside!

Flash back to how he got there -- which is the rest of the film. Bale is so boney, you worry for the *actor* -- it's probably not healthy to pull a DeNiro and gain a lot of weight, but Bale has lost so much bloody weight for this film that he's just a skeleton covered with a thin layer of flesh (and as a Fray Bentos addict I found this particularly obscene).

Bale's machinist has had chronic insomnia for so long it's just part of his life. He has a hooker he sees 3 times a week (Jennifer Jason Leigh in yet another hooker role) and a waitress he flirts with in an all night diner the other nights. He just can't sleep, no matter what he does.

Enter a new employee at the factory -- Ivan (the terrible) -- who tries to make his life hell. Following him, taunting him, possibly breaking into his apartment and leaving cryptic notes -- and a game of hangman. Bale becomes so distracted at work that he causes an accident, where Michael Ironside's arm gets pulled into some machinery and torn off. (Hasn't this happened to Ironside in another film?). Now Bale may lose his job, his fellow employees don't trust him, and he fears that Ironside wants revenge... and maybe Ivan is part of that? As he tries to find clues to Ivan's identity, he becomes more and more paranoid. The hangman game on post its left on his fridge has some letters filled in -- Mother? Miller (Ironside's character)? What is the game all about? How come Ivan keeps giving him these odd clues?

One of the great things about this film is how images and locations are used to create dejavu. A carnival ride he takes the waitress's son on is oddly like a street location later on. The tower above a street is in the same shape as a carnival ride later. We subconsciously get this feeling that we've been here before, that bad things from the scary carnival ride may happen in real life. And Bale's paranoia makes him do odd things (that make sense to us, kind of). At one point, in order to get Ivan's address from his car license plate number (no one will give him the info unless it's part of a police report), he jumps in front of a moving car -- gets hit -- then goes to the police and reports a hit & run accident giving them Ivan's plate numbers. How else can he find out where Ivan lives?

The film gets stranger and stranger -- until Ivan's identity and the reason why he's stalking Bale is revealed at the end... and we go back to that cliff where Bale is disposing of a body. But it's not who you think...

I dug this flick -- weird, creepy, oodles of suspense.

Yup, worth a watch then..

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Oh, yeah -- I watched this the other day...

Click For Spoiler
Anyway, THE MACHINIST is a thriller in the Polanski mode about a worker in a factory who hasn't slept in over a year, and the insomnia is making him delusional... or *drum roll* is it?

The film opens with a gaunt Christian Bale rolling up a body in his living room carpet. Putting the carpet it the back of his truck. Driving out to a secluded cliff over looking the ocean. Carrying the carpet to the edge of the cliff... when a flashlight beam hits him. "Who are you?" Bale quickly drops the carpet on the ground, tries to kick it off the cliff as the man with the flashlight gets closer... but the carpet begins to unroll as it rolls down the cliff -- opening to expose the dead guy inside!

Flash back to how he got there -- which is the rest of the film. Bale is so boney, you worry for the *actor* -- it's probably not healthy to pull a DeNiro and gain a lot of weight, but Bale has lost so much bloody weight for this film that he's just a skeleton covered with a thin layer of flesh (and as a Fray Bentos addict I found this particularly obscene).

Bale's machinist has had chronic insomnia for so long it's just part of his life. He has a hooker he sees 3 times a week (Jennifer Jason Leigh in yet another hooker role) and a waitress he flirts with in an all night diner the other nights. He just can't sleep, no matter what he does.

Enter a new employee at the factory -- Ivan (the terrible) -- who tries to make his life hell. Following him, taunting him, possibly breaking into his apartment and leaving cryptic notes -- and a game of hangman. Bale becomes so distracted at work that he causes an accident, where Michael Ironside's arm gets pulled into some machinery and torn off. (Hasn't this happened to Ironside in another film?). Now Bale may lose his job, his fellow employees don't trust him, and he fears that Ironside wants revenge... and maybe Ivan is part of that? As he tries to find clues to Ivan's identity, he becomes more and more paranoid. The hangman game on post its left on his fridge has some letters filled in -- Mother? Miller (Ironside's character)? What is the game all about? How come Ivan keeps giving him these odd clues?

One of the great things about this film is how images and locations are used to create dejavu. A carnival ride he takes the waitress's son on is oddly like a street location later on. The tower above a street is in the same shape as a carnival ride later. We subconsciously get this feeling that we've been here before, that bad things from the scary carnival ride may happen in real life. And Bale's paranoia makes him do odd things (that make sense to us, kind of). At one point, in order to get Ivan's address from his car license plate number (no one will give him the info unless it's part of a police report), he jumps in front of a moving car -- gets hit -- then goes to the police and reports a hit & run accident giving them Ivan's plate numbers. How else can he find out where Ivan lives?

The film gets stranger and stranger -- until Ivan's identity and the reason why he's stalking Bale is revealed at the end... and we go back to that cliff where Bale is disposing of a body. But it's not who you think...

I dug this flick -- weird, creepy, oodles of suspense.

Yup, worth a watch then..

Where is it out? It showed during the Edinburgh Film Festival for like all of two nights then was gone. I really want to see this film. It's not meant to be out until next week though. (22nd)

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Watched this last night and it is absolutely ace. Yeah it's almost painful looking at Christian Bale sometimes because he literally just got down to the point where it was just bone covered in skin (apparently he went from thirteen and a half stone down to nine stone and wanted to go all the way down to seven and a half stone but they wouldn't let him) but it makes perfect sense in the movie. Yes they could have done it without the weight loss but it makes it more, hmm, palpable that he did.

Apparently his role is generating a bit of Oscar buzz as well which is nice because he is an ace actor, and he would at least deserve some kind of reward for playing Trevor Reznick.

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The thing is he's ripped to fuck again already, just look at the Batman trailer where he's balancing on the logs topless while people hit him with sticks (it's a really quick shot from when he's training). I don't know how he gained so much muscle again so quickly but he did.

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The thing is he's ripped to fuck again already, just look at the Batman trailer where he's balancing on the logs topless while people hit him with sticks (it's a really quick shot from when he's training). I don't know how he gained so much muscle again so quickly but he did.

Steroids?

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