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4.03.2011

Hey, I Saw A Movie


  • Despite having a krillion movie channels and a Netflix account, we rented Black Swan via pay-per-view last night. (Why doesn't that technology kill all the rest?)  I used to watch a couple of new movies per week, but those days are gone.
  • Verdict: Huge thumbs up. I've always believed you don't know how much you like a movie until about a week after watching it. I don't need a week on this one.
  • I expected it to be pretty high tone, but it can almost be described as a smart and modern day Carrie.
  • Women will eat this film up. 
  • There's no question you'll spend a lot of time asking "What the heck is going on?" but, oddly, not in a frustrating kind of way. But you'll have no idea what is real and what is not.
  • I love. love, love Natalie Portman (from Beautiful Girls to The Professional to the fantastic Closer.) Have for years. And she's not even 30 yet.
  • As for her character, I wanted to yell at the scream, "Don't you have just one friend who you can call and say 'Man, there are some freaky things going on!""
  • My biggest criticism of the movie is that it continuously invokes the #1 horror cliche (look in the mirror and see something shocking in the background, take a step backward and turn around to be confronted with someone suddenly standing there, etc.) I hate that. You end up watching a movie in a tense manner - not because it's brilliantly written - but because you know the director is screwing with you. 
  • With all the rehearsal and dressing room scenes, a sexually harassing director, and a naive star, I was laughing at myself for thinking of Elizabeth Berkley's Showgirls so often.
  • And then I read a review that said, "Showgirls meets Fight Club on crazy pills." Spot on. 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe someday you can learn to just enjoy something without analyzing it to pieces! lol

adam said...

Great review!

Anonymous said...

I saw the movie. It was very dramatic and sometimes confusing. You kinda figure it out in the end.
Do you know she ended up pregnant in real life by the leading man in this movie?

Rage said...

I thought it jumped the shark in a couple of places.

SPOILER ALERT:

When she thought she was turning into a swan? Meh.

When she killed herself? WAAAAAAAAAAY far overly dramatic. Even for a ballerina.

Slap a different ending on it, leave the lesbo and masturbation scenes (put more in, even), and the movie would have been much better.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic movie that could only be made even more fantastic with more hot scenes with her and Mila Kunis. Good lord.

Anonymous said...

And all the time I thought I was looking at Sarah Lane's beautiful body. She has made the claim.

Anonymous said...

Skippy sees a chick flick and gives it thumbs up? I'm shocked.

mzchief said...

I read the "Showgirls meets Fight Club on crazy pills." review on Rotten Tomatoes, sometime in early December, and new it was my kind of flick.

I was a bundle of nerves knowing that something freaky was going to happen at any minute because the director was just yanking the audiences chain. I only jumped twice and eeekkked, out loud, once.

Black Swan was one of the best films I saw in 2010.

Anonymous said...

Skippy probably eeekked three times.

aroundthecorner said...

Confusing as heck.

Anonymous said...

My husband hated it but I thought it was a story of a woman dominated by her mother so much she had to become "perfect". It wasn't an entertaining movie but it was worth spending $4.99. A better movie is Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" with Matt Damon. The film's music is outstanding.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you 8:34. The girl was obsessed. The music was wonderful!!!!

Anonymous said...

Black Swan is the best movie ever. And you HAVE to be a ballerina to get it. Real ballet companies are NOT this dramatic, and if you think that your sadly wrong. I loved this movie so much.