Movies of the week: The Machinist and Mulholland Dr.

Since I really have no other ideas regarding media related activities I guess I’ll just talk about movies. That’s really the only subject I know anything about. As I said last week, I’ve been working through a list of mind-f@!k movies which has really gotten good.

I’m going to talk about Mulholland Dr. first, because personally I think its garbage.
First of all, the movie wasn’t even intended to be a movie. The director, David Lynch, originally made it to be a television pilot but after tv execs rejected it, he added an ending and made it a movie. THAT IS NOT HOW YOU MAKE A COHERENT MOVIE.
“The film tells the story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms, newly arrived in Los Angeles, California, who meets and befriends an amnesiac hiding in her aunt’s apartment. The story includes several other seemingly unrelated vignettes that eventually connect in various ways, as well as some surreal scenes and images that relate to the cryptic narrative. The New York Times wrote that while some might consider the plot an “offense against narrative order … the film is an intoxicating liberation from sense, with moments of feeling all the more powerful for seeming to emerge from the murky night world of the unconscious.”
I am one of the people that thinks its an offense against narrative order, thus I will not discuss how much I dislike this movie any more. I really think the only redeeming factor of this movie is the super hot lesbian scene, and it is a good scene.
Another scene on the other hand make no sense and I have no idea its relevance to the rest of the movie.

I don’t know why the dialogue was cut out of this video, but it doesn’t make any more sense with the dialogue still in.

The other, better movie I watched this week was called the Machinist with Christian Bale.
Trevor Reznik (Bale) is a machinist who has had chronic insomnia for a year and who was feeling guilt about something in his past. The movie is about intense character study and internal war against mind and soul.

Reznik does not know what is wrong, and carries on working as a machinist. His alarming appearance and behavior cause his co-workers to shy away from him, they eventually turn on him after he is involved in an accident that costs a man his left arm. He says the reason for the accident was he was distracted by an employee he just met named Ivan. No one at the factory admits knowing “Ivan”, however, and there are no records that he was ever an employee. That’s how the journey of self-search starts.

I won’t give away the ending but I will tell you it’s a Memento/Fight Club ending, which is almost like giving it away.

“Christian Bale starved himself for over four months prior to filming, as his character needed to look drastically thin. Allegedly, his eating consisted of one cup of coffee and an apple (or a can of tuna) each day (approximately 275 calories, or 1.2 kilojoules).[2] According to the DVD commentary, he lost 28 kilograms (62 lb), reducing his body mass to 54 kilograms (120 lb). Bale wanted to go down to 45 kilograms (99 lb) but the filmmakers would not let him due to health concerns. He later regained the mass, plus an additional 18 kilograms (40 lb) through weightlifting and proper eating, in preparation for his role in Batman Begins.”

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3 Comments on “Movies of the week: The Machinist and Mulholland Dr.”

  1. Allie Says:

    OMG!!! he looks disgusting! that takes discipline, i could never give up the munchies for that long

  2. VIctor Says:

    Pre-Batman: Christian Bale is the man.

    Post-Batman: Christian Bale is a sellout.


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