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Old 12-31-2010   #1
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Black Swan

I saw the Aronofsky film last night and am currently completely infatuated with it. Stunning, surreal, and extremely disturbing on a multitude of levels. I am sure the Bolshoi that originally performed Swan Lake well over 100 years ago, essentially what the filmed is based upon, are rolling in their graves. It's the Requiem For A Dream of Ballet films.

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I am sure the Bolshoi that originally performed Swan Lake well over 100 years ago, essentially what the filmed is based upon, are rolling in their graves.
But rolling so very, very elegantly and precisely! Looking forward to this.
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Re: Black Swan

Oh, it's exquisite.

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Re: Black Swan

My expectations are exceedingly low for films that hit the mainstream theaters these days (not to sound like a snob), but this caught my eye awhile back. Then I forgot about it. Glad to see it mentioned on TLO, and favorably. I really might see it.

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Re: Black Swan

Black Swan is way more like an Indy-Arthouse film than a mainstream film. I am sure many people went expecting to see something other than what they saw. The film is extremely disturbing on a multitude of levels, and there were people gasping and saying things like "Oh my god!" during certain scenes (often my favorite scenes). I have no expectations for the American film industry, and only go to see films that I research and/or are products of directors or other creative entities that appeal to me. Thus was the case with Black Swan: I am a fan of Darren Aronofsky's film making style and had known about it for some time, not to mention that I like Natalie Portman, who aside from being easy on the eyes, has been a compelling figure to me since The Professional. Her performance in Black Swan is phenomenal, and even if you hated the film, you could not deny the greatness of her performance. It is among the most impressive I've seen from any actor in quite some time. Her acting chops have become top-notch. She is so convincing and authentic in the film that she really is the character, and you actually sympathize with her. Her character is profoundly sad, lost, fragile and bordering on becoming completely unhinged, and at one point, completely out of touch with reality. Without giving too much away, it is during this complete breakdown that the film comes most to life, and the last 20 or 30 minutes of the film are shocking, grotesque, disturbing, and strangely beautiful.

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Re: Black Swan

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My expectations are exceedingly low for films that hit the mainstream theaters these days (not to sound like a snob), but this caught my eye awhile back. Then I forgot about it. Glad to see it mentioned on TLO, and favorably. I really might see it.
I am absolutely an unrelenting snob. But I also might watch this film. I enjoyed Requiem and Pi, though I found them both somewhat uneven. For example, in Requiem, the lady's hair turning suddenly white seemed magical realist-like and out of place in a film that seemed otherwise to take place in a realistic world.
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Re: Black Swan

I saw this last night and thought it was excellent. It is one of the few movies that I have seen that did not disappoint me, as I had such high expectations going in. In fact, I think it actually surpassed my expectations. Beautiful, dark and disturbing, it had everything I crave in a film.
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Re: Black Swan

I feel similarly about the film. It has all the elements of film that appeal to me as well, especially dark films. I look forward to seeing it again.

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Re: Black Swan

I almost never watch movies, but happened into watching this one due to a Christmas Day outing with some friends to the movie theater. I have to agree with Ascrobius on this one. I think it was one of the best films I've ever watched, simply because it was so darkly beautiful.

I blogged about the film around Christmastime, engaging in an imaginary "lobbying session" with Hollywood pleading with them to make more movies like BLACK SWAN. You can find the blog by clicking this link...


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I just liked watching Ms. Portman run around in her underwear.
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