"The Machinist"

By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully September 21, 2004 at 7:54AM

"The Machinist"

Saw "The Machinist" at the Ziegfeld last night, after weaving through the fortress of barricades that were set up around the Sheraton. Something about some moron named "Bush" having a fancy dinner party and smirking with other rich assholes.

As for "The Machinist," I have to say, now that I've had almost twenty-four hours to reflect upon it, it might be a little bit too much "Memento" and a little bit too little "Taxi Driver" for my particular taste buds. I will say that Brad Anderson has clearly elevated his game to a whole new level, which is quite commendable. While I really dug the look and score and feel of the film--and do, in fact, recommend it--it still got a little too "gimmicky" at the end. But this movie comes down to Christian Bale. Holy GOD, man, that fella looked downright sickening! A brave performance, though I don't know if it's gonna earn him any awards.

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