In each scene with Detective Donald Kimball (Willem Dafoe), Mary Harron asked Dafoe to portray his character three different ways: 1) Kimble knew Patrick Bateman killed Paul Allen, 2) Kimball didn’t know Bateman killed Allen, and 3) Kimball wasn’t sure if Bateman killed Allen. Harron would then edit the takes together, giving the audience an unsure vibe of what Detective Kimball thought of Bateman.
Would it be a stretch to say that this is (nearly) everyone’s favorite Batman movie?
ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: THE DARK KNIGHT
The third and final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy didn’t seem as popular as it predecessor, The Dark Knight. Hey, what are you gonna do? It still made for some excellent alternative posters.
ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Christian Bale portrays wealthy investment banker Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. It’s a killer role and hopefully I’ve provided some killer alternative posters to go along with it.
ALT-POSTR-MONDAY: AMERICAN PSYCHO
There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable… I simply am not there.
- There is an Idea of Patrick Bateman (midwestmeetyourmaker.wordpress.com)
- Is Patrick Bateman the Next Dexter Morgan? (aniaahlbornblogs.wordpress.com)
- FX Developing ‘American Psycho’ Followup TV Series (variety.com)
- ‘American Psycho’ Sequel Series In Development At FX (m.deadline.com)
- ‘American Psycho’ Series Coming to FX (rollingstone.com)
- ‘American Psycho’ TV sequel in the works at FX (insidetv.ew.com)
- Why it’s important to have brands in books (brandsandfilms.com)
- FX Is Working on “American Psycho” Series Set in Modern Times (news.softpedia.com)
- ‘American Psycho’ Sequel Series in Development at FX (slashfilm.com)
- The Semi-daily Horror Movie Quote of the Day-september 18. 2013 (jmountswritteninblood.com)
By now I am sure that all you film loving, comic book reading, superhero movie geeks have discovered that when the sequel to the Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel hits theaters in 2015 that the part of the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader; you know, Batman; will be played by none other than Ben Affleck. In fact, I know that a lot of you know this from all the venomous comments made toward Affleck, Snyder and anyone else involved in this casting decision. In Biblical times if something truly horrendous happened a person would tear their clothes and throw dirt on themselves as an outward demonstration of their anguish. Well, thank God we have Yahoo!, Facebook and other forms of social media in which to vent or else there would be a lot of dirty naked people walking around right now. As for myself; I choose to keep an open mind and I will tell you why. Let’s list.
1. People say Affleck is a horrible actor.
I disagree with this. Sure, Affleck has made some crappy movies (Gigli, Daredevil) and he doesn’t have the range of a Daniel Day Lewis; but I’ve also seen the man act his ass off in Chasing Amy; and in reviews for his Academy Award-winning film Argo I never read any complaints from critics about his acting. Truth is known he’s really not that bad.
2. Don’t you know? He ruined Daredevil.
Are you sure about that? Are you sure it wasn’t a crappy screenplay and direction from Mark Steven Johnson that ruined Daredevil; not to mention Colin Farrell as Bullseye in one of the worst interpretations of a comic book villain that I’ve ever seen in my life. Johnson also directed Ghost Rider; that one really swept the Oscars that year. Someone truly needs to create a Sarcasm font.
Okay, so it’s not an incredibly long, detailed list. I’m sure I’m not going to convince anyone to change their mind and jump on the Affleck bandwagon. I’m not even trying to do that. All I am saying is that I intend to keep an open mind about it all. I’m going to wait until I see the movie before I pass judgment. I believe that Ben Affleck deserves that courtesy. Thank you.
One more thing: people said the same thing when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman by Tim Burton and he surprised the hell out of a lot of people. Let’s hope that Ben Affleck falls into the Keaton and Christian Bale category and not the Val Kilmer and George Clooney camp. Nipples? Really?
- Batman Ben Affleck (starpittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Ben Affleck Will Play Batman in “Man of Steel” Sequel (blacksportsonline.com)
- Ben Affleck as the new Batman (benjaminingber.com)
- Ben Affleck to Play Batman in Man of Steel Sequel (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Ben Affleck is the next Batman (theverge.com)
- ‘This is a genius new way to take it’: Ben Affleck cast as Batman in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel sparks fan jeers and Hollywood cheers (nydailynews.com)
- Why Ben Affleck as Batman in Superman vs. Batman is not such a bad thing (metro.co.uk)
- Batman Backlash: Ben Affleck Has Nothing on Michael Keaton (variety.com)
- Childhood Is Officially Dead, Ben Affleck Is Batman (wwtdd.com)
- Ben Affleck’s Feelings a Little Hurt Over Batman Outrage (thenothingtonpost.com)
Directed by Brad Anderson
Written by Scott Kosar
The last time I watched The Machinist was maybe three years ago, give or take a month or two. I know that it was before I started blogging; I started blogging two years ago in late November. I also know that if I had watched it and tried to blog on it back then it would have been a completely chaotic review because I would have no idea what to say. The trouble with that last sentence is that now that I’ve re-watched the film I still don’t know what to say about it. How do I describe this movie without giving away plot points and littering it with spoilers? I can’t. I’m not going to. The Machinist is too good a movie than to suffer it the indignity of my giving away every detail and having you, reader, say “Oh, well there you go. No need to see it now.” I will tell you what I can and nothing more; this film deserves viewing, perhaps even multiple times.
Trevor Reznick (Christian Bale, American Psycho, and The Dark Knight Rises) hasn’t slept in over a year. His body is so thin that he calls to mind the photographs taken of the prisoners at Auschwitz during World War II. His eyes are haunted; his ribs and backbone stick out through skin that resembles tissue paper. He works as a machinist. He meets a mysterious fellow named Ivan (John Sharian, Saving Private Ryan), a jovial, grinning fat man in sunglasses and cowboy boots who seems to know more about Trevor than he knows about himself. The only friends Trevor seems to have is a waitress named Marie (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, A Walk in the Clouds) and her son; and a prostitute, Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Road to Perdition, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), for whom he goes for sex and comfort. After a horrible accident at the shop where he works, Trevor’s life begins to take a downward spiral; as what we think is paranoia by proxy of his insomnia begins to sink in on him. Who is Ivan? Why is Trevor so drawn to Marie? Why does he find a Post-it note of a game of hangman on his refrigerator with the head and the body drawn in and the clue _ _ _ _ e r filled in? There’s not much more I can tell you than that.
The Machinist is directed by Brad Anderson. Anderson is also the director of Session 9, another film that requires repeat viewing and that suffers when third parties attempt to explain it away. Anderson seems to have an immense talent for making films that requires a bit of thought on the part of the audience. Unfortunately that talent is sorely lacking in the resumes of the majority of today’s filmmakers.
Christian Bale is one of the most dedicated and reliable actors working today. A person only has to look as far as The Machinist to understand that. Jennifer Jason Leigh is delicious in the role of Stevie, the call girl. I find it hard to believe that she’s over 50. John Sharian is all oily charm in the role of Ivan and Michael Ironside is good in a small role as a co-worker of Trevor’s.
Watch The Machinist. It’s too good film to pass up.
The producers of the film claim that Christian Bale dropped from about 173 pounds in weight down to about 110 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 regained the weight in time for his role in Batman Begins.
Trevor’s landlady is named Mrs. Shrike. This is a reference to Nathanael West’s novella “Miss Lonelyhearts” in which the main character suffers a spiritual dilemma and is antagonized demonically by Shrike, his editor.
The time of 1:30 AM is significant throughout the movie. Trevor often notices something out of the ordinary at this time. During the 1 hour 30 minute mark in the movie, the major plot twist is revealed.
- The Machinist (2004) – 3/5 (allenwatcheseverything.wordpress.com)
- Christian Bale Biography Authors at Comic-Con San Diego on July 13, 2012 (prweb.com)
- Halloween Horror Movie Month: Session 9 (2001) (dtmmr.com)
- What’s The Reason For Matthew McConaughey’s Weight Loss? (contactmusic.com)
- Matthew Fox Covers ‘Men’s Health UK’ (justjared.com)
- AFM: Millenium Films Acquires ‘Eliza Graves’ (m.deadline.com)
- Stars Who Packed On The Pounds For Movie Roles (huffingtonpost.com)
- The 10 most shocking method acting performances (macleans.ca)
- Matthew McConaughey Has Lost 50 Pounds for His Role as Ron Woodroof in ‘The Dallas Buyers Club,’ Says Nutrition Expert (celebuzz.com)
- Christian Bale Bails On Ridley Scott-Produced Project Child 44 (contactmusic.com)