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#31 Old 01-05-2011, 12:07 PM
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#32 Old 01-05-2011, 12:17 PM
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I don't see anything wrong with pausing a movie as many times one wishes in the privacy of one's own home/hotel room. It's like we're talking about child pornography, here. I loved American Beauty. For different reasons.
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I don't see anything wrong with pausing a movie as many times one wishes in the privacy of one's own home/hotel room. It's like we're talking about child pornography, here. I loved American Beauty. For different reasons.

I loved it too, especially for bringing to light common dysfunctions, which is one of the things I like about Black Swan too (Look, Ma! On topic! )

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i really liked the soundtrack too.

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Let's get back on the topic of Black Swan, eh?

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Black Swan was a good film, it had an interesting effect on me. While the protagonist Nina seemed to be going more and more insane throughout the film I found myself doing the same thing. Really, by the time the credits rolled I felt like I should go checked myself into a mental institution. It's been a long time since any film has made me feel this crazy.
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I remember when she appeared topless in American Beauty at age 16. My pause button still has yet to recover.

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Yea I was a little iffy about black swan [it didn't seem like something I'd like] but it was great! I read some reviews saying it was kind of slow in the beginning but I was mesmerized from beginning to end =] I was also please to see Winona, love her!

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I haven't seen any of the directors other films but I hated walking out of the theatre after seeing this movie with so many questions (which is what I heard the director does). What was real, what wasn't? There were SOOO many of those moments after I left the theatre...

My friend was looking forward to seeing this film and walked away upset and not satisfied... I on the other hand didn't know what to expect, just that i like Natalie Portman and walked away really enjoying the movie.

two thumbs up from me!
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Great movie. I went with a friend of mine and we didn't have much time to talk before the movie started, so I was going to suggest we grab a coffee afterwards. By the time the credits were rolling I had scrapped that plan because I could hardly move. It was so affecting.
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Glad to see there's a thread about this.

I went to see the movie twice. The first time I didn't like it at all... I found it too way heavy handed and stereotyped. But I think that was partly my state of mind. The second time I saw it I enjoyed it a lot more (saw the really gory self-mutilation parts coming and shut my eyes). But both times I saw it I was drained afterwards and had to remain seated for a minute or two. An ex-prima ballerina of Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal said that it was very well-documented and in keeping with what goes on in the ballet world, the search for perfection, etc.
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I've had this sitting on my HD and tried to watch it a few times, to no avail. I keep getting bored, because Portman's character is uninvolving, and she's not a brilliant actor. Other than the overly maudlin 'the Wrestler,' I'm a huge Aronofsky fan too, and I was really hoping for a return to form, but no Some nice shots, but unlike in 'the Fountain,' Aronofsky hasn't managed to create a disconnect where Portman isn't Portman but the character, if that makes sense?

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WHILE I AM NOT DISCUSSING PLOT, SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS POST. (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, LOST FANS.) I THINK IF YOU CARE THAT MUCH ABOUT NON-SPOILER SPOILERS, YOU SHOULDN'T BE IN THIS THREAD TO BEGIN WITH, KTHNX.

Fair warning aside...

I thought I would never forgive Aronofsky for the pathetic display that caused douchers the world around to quiver in their pants and choke out idiocy like "Aronofsky has a vision, maaaaaaaan." I speak, of course, of Requiem for a Dream. But I really liked The Wrestler, so I decided I'd see Black Swan. And it was... In simplest terms, it was worth it.

The negative first: Black Swan was clearly ham-fisted. Every-friggin-where. From the OMFG!SYMBOLISM to the obnoxioiusly overused "I'm walking down the street and holy ****, lookit that cinéma vérité, *****es!" nonsense to the noise of the subway sounding like wing-beats... It was just clumsy. I actually did something I NEVER do, and spoke (well, whispered) while in the movie theater. I leaned over to my brother and said, "Hey, so, do you think obsession ever becomes madness?!?! After having it pointed out seven thousand times, I still can't be sure." (In related news, I'm an *******.)

And I completely agree with some people's reviews that it had really strong elements of Aronofsky doing what he does best which is, let's face it, gathering a crowd so he can measure his movie-making-dick in public. <-- I'm paraphrasing a weensy bit.

BUT. I'm quite glad I saw it. Special effects were very nicely used. The sensory discomfort was very effectively done and I was cringing and curling my toes and I swear I spent half the ride home checking for hangnails. And you know what? I'm really happy movies like this can get made, made fairly well, and can be brought to a large audience successfully. We need a lot more Black Swans and a lot fewer Marmadukes, yanno?

Though it's about Inception, a blogger wrote this, and I think it applies to Black Swan as well:

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Inception opened over the weekend, and while that was the movie event of the summer for dorks like you and me who can use the internet and visit Wal Mart without aid of a Rascal scooter, there was some question as to whether such an expensive “art” movie would play to the real America. It was kind of an important issue, because regardless of whether you liked it or not, Inception failing to earn out could jeopardize the chances of a studio ever giving a director the creative freedom to make an expensive, non-comic book, non-sequel, non-franchise, non-board game, non-remake, non-Will Smith’s-son film like this ever again — even to a big swinging wiener like Chris Nolan.

Aronofsky went for it. He didn't sear my soul, but it was a solid effort. And the fact that so many people liked it gives me hope.

Glad it was made. Glad I saw it.
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still waiting for it to show at our theatre.
but in the meantime...Jim Carrey was on SNL last week and he's still got it goin' on with da funny.
Black Swan SNL-style

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still waiting for it to show at our theatre.
but in the meantime...Jim Carrey was on SNL last week and he's still got it goin' on with da funny.
Black Swan SNL-style

that was kinda funny...

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I just saw the trailer, it looks quite good. I am hopeful it could be as good as his other works like The Wrestler and Pi.

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If I remember correctly, he's the one that the domineering lead man asked" "Would you *** this girl?". Apparently, he would/does/did.

i have to clear this up. that man is Vincent Cassel. Who is married to Monica Belluci.



he is not giving that up. she is marrying the actual choreographer.

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i have to clear this up. that man is Vincent Cassel. Who is married to Monica Belluci.

he is not giving that up. she is marrying the actual choreographer.

I think you misread *AHISMA*

'Cause she was right. She said Natalie is marrying the guy the domineering male lead spoke to. She didn't say Natalie was marrying the domineering male lead. And she was right. Benjamin Millepied did appear in Black Swan in front of the camera, as the dance partner. And yes, he was the one Vincent Cassel's character asked "Would you *** this girl?"

Then again, I don't really care. Because any excuse to post a picture of Monica Belluci is fine by me. She's delicious.
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Sorry, I am heading for a tangent here, but Natalie Portman is way hotter.


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She looked best with her head shaved imo


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finally got to see this tonight.
Natalie Portman was brilliant and she deserves whatever awards come her way for it.
actually the whole cast was great. Vincent Cassel was a nice surprise. i like his rugged looks...hadn't seen him since The Birthday Girl.

it's a good psychological thriller that kept me on the edge...
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i never knew throughout if what i was seeing was real or just a figment of Nina's mind. i actually thought at one point that Nina had killed her mother before the story unfolds for us on film and that the mom i was seeing on screen was just in Nina's mind ala Norman Bates.

the ending is a mind-blower. and incredibly sad. nah, not just the ending, most of the movie was sad.

...like Slingblade or The Gift.
will see it again when it comes out on dvd.

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Sorry, but I found this to be a contrived piece of crap. There is a dark side to ballet, but this wasn't it. The dancing sequences were ordinary too I'm afraid.

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Although I thought the movie was "good", I basically agree with you, Nishani.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpMPFGBtE7Q

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NO ONE TOLD ME HOW SCARY THIS WAS DAMNIT

Scared to turn the lights off or look in mirrors now...

I enjoyed it, I was hoping for a bit more but I liked. Wish I could articulate better.

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I'm kind of hankering for a remake of the Red Shoes now. Done well, that could be incredible.
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I thought it was fantastic. The final black swan dance was brilliant.

It was a bit weird watching it with my Dad, though.
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NO ONE TOLD ME HOW SCARY THIS WAS DAMNIT

it wasn't scary

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I want to see this so badly, but I have no intention of watching this with my parents.

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it wasn't scary

It has plenty of terrifying moments
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Also, scared of masturbating now...
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Also, scared of masturbating now...

Amen to that. So bloody messed up when her Mum was in her room.
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