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The Machinist (2004)


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The Machinist (2004)

Before he played Batman, Christian Bale turned into a character named Trent Reznik in The Machinist.  Reznik is an insomniac who has not slept in a year.  His body begins withering away.  His mind begins to deteriorate.  He is so exhausted that he becomes delusional and paranoid.  Eventually his symptoms cause an incident at work that sets off a chain reaction that sends his life spiraling out of control as he loses grip on reality.  He becomes a man tormented by his own mind.

The film is written by Scott Kosar and directed by Brad Anderson.

The rest of the notable cast includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Michael Ironside, John Sharian, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Reg E. Cathey, Craig Stevenson, and Anna Massey.

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The Machinist is brilliant.  The plot has so many twists and turns that will keep you entranced and guessing until the conclusion sneaks up on you.

9 years after watching this movie for the very first time, it’s still just as potent as ever.  That is a symptom of excellence.  It never gets old.

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Christian Bale appears like he went through hell preparing for his role as Reznik.  He went from being in close to perfect shape to looking like death.  He was so bony that he literally appeared like he could drop dead of starvation at any moment.

Shortly after seen this movie for the first time, I remember reading that Bale lived off of nonfat lattes, green apples, and cigarettes.  That was his diet.  It was basically all that he ate for weeks.  I think it’s incredible how his body went from one extreme to another.  To top it all off, shortly after The Machinist, he got into even better shape than he was prior to filming The Machinist, in order to become Batman.  Talk about a man dedicated to his work.  His devotion to his character helped to turn this movie into a masterpiece.

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The Machinist is pretty warped.  The film will mess with your mind in its own unique sort of way.  Prepare to be puzzled.  This is filmmaking at its best.

I rate this movie a 10 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  BUY!

If you liked The Machinist, then you will probably enjoy the following films:

Out of the Furnace (2013)

American Hustle (2013)

Leave (2011)

Wrecked (2010)

Trance (2013)

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Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2


Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

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If you are thinking about renting a movie from the Redbox, you might want to read this list to help you decide exactly which movie to rent.

Here is another edition of my top 13 current Redbox movies, back by popular demand.

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013

Click on this link to read Vol. 1 from 2/10/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 3 from 4/21/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 4 from 5/9/13.

I have updated the list based on all the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox as of 3/14/13.  They will change some of the titles weekly, but the list should still be pretty accurate for a while and hopefully be able to help you find a good movie to rent.  I have included the DVD covers and previews.  If a movie doesn’t have a cover or preview above it, simply click on the title for my full review of the movie along with the poster artwork and preview.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox, but I have seen 67 of them.  Of those 67 movies, here is the list of my top 13 Current Redbox movies:

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1.  What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)     My Rating: 10

2.  The Machinist (2004) 

3.  Ted (2012)


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4.  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)               My Rating: 9

5.  The Raid: Redemption (2011)

6.  Skyfall (2012)

7.  End of Watch (2012)


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8.  Looper (2012)                                           My Rating: 8.5


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9.  Titanic (1997)                                            My Rating: 8.5

10.  Frankenweenie (2012)

11.  Flight (2012)

12.  Sinister (2012)


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13.  Moneyball (2011)                                     My Rating: 8

You really can’t go wrong with any movie on this list.  Next time you’re going to the Redbox, I recommend consulting this list.  They are in my opinion, the best current Redbox movies.

Now that you have seen my recommended Redbox movies, check out my list of movies to stay away from.  Click on the link below:

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

 Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

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13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

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