The Machinist


It’s almost Halloween, and so you’re contractually obligated with Satan to watch a horror movie. He takes those contracts seriously, folks. But as you go over all the countless sub-genres to watch, keep in mind that just because it’s a sub-genre of horror doesn’t mean it has to be a horror movie at all – or even fantasy. After all, reality is way scarier. Here’s proof, listed conveniently with the horror movie tropes they echo.



These days you’re not a true thespian until you’ve gone AIDS skinny at least once for a role or, failing that, Stay Puft fat. Researching the many time actors have opted to change their bodies for a role, it became clear how many lists like this seem to pop up on the internet. Almost all these lists rate the change by how much was lost or gained. In an attempt to be different, I’ve decided not to judge this by a number but rather how much apparent pain they went though. It’s more fun that way, and sometimes it involves more than one movie. To give you an example of what I mean, check out the starting point:


In an interview with Shock Till You Drop Brad Anderson, director of The Machinist, broke the news that he will be working on an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel “Concrete Island” – a book Cole recently dreamcast and wrote about for Print to Projector. Fans of The Machinist should take special note of this because not only will he be re-teaming with the writer of that film, Scott Kosar, to get together the script, but he also says that he will once again be looking to Christian Bale for a star. Anderson describes the upcoming film as “ … like an urban Robinson Crusoe story. A guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape, and he’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban metropolis.” In regards to Bale, Anderson said, “Christian’s on board to do that, when we can fit it into his schedule of course.” We all know what Bale’s upcoming schedule looks like, so it may be a while, but it looks like this is going to happen.


Kevin Carr rages against the idea that some movies of the past are just too controversial to be made by the studios today.

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