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Black Swan (2010)

A 2010 psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky.

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  • Dec 15, 2010
Wow...what a mind bleep this movie was! I took @woopak_the_thrill's word after reading his review of Black Swan and caught a matinee of this flick tonight. This was everything that he said and more...I was on the edge of my seat, totally drawn into the psychosis of the movie and I literally felt the building of anxiety along with the main character. Natalie! She's AH-MAZING and plays this role extremely well. And I do mean EXTREMELY well. Mila Kunis seems to be getting typecast as I've seen her play this role before but, she does a good job of it, so that's probably why! I liked everything about this movie except for the side effect of feeling completely out of it after it ended. Nando kept asking me what was wrong cuz I was being "weird", I blamed the movie. So, if you tend to view movies in a cathartic manner  (like I do) don't plan to go out after this movie with anyone else. But, do go see it! Thanks Woo!!
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January 18, 2011
So nice to see you around again. I'm getting back into the swing of things too. I've got a review of this somewhere. And I'm glad to see that you loved this one.
January 18, 2011
Good to see you here, too, Sean! How's life been treating you? Yeah...this film was amazing!
December 15, 2010
I'm planning to check this one out when I get more free time. Nice QT, Sam. :)
December 15, 2010
Thanks Adrianna! It's a def must-see, I think you'll like it!
December 20, 2010
I have a feeling I will too. I'll let my hubby know, so maybe we can see it together.
December 20, 2010
It's definitely check it out. But, yeah, warn the hubby that your minds will be bent for a bit!
December 20, 2010
When you say that it makes me think of "Mr. Nobody," lol!
December 20, 2010
December 20, 2010
Did you see that one? I want to review it for William, but I would need to watch it again first, lol!
December 20, 2010
No, I haven't caught that one yet but, I've heard a lot about it. I have to add it to my Netflix, thanks for the reminder :)
December 20, 2010
It's trippy. I was disappointed with it. It had so much potential. Let me know what you think when/if you do watch it. :)
December 15, 2010
Awesome! So far, I've loved just about everything Aronofsky has been involved with and I've been dying to see this film, but our theatre hasn't gotten it... yet. What did Nando think of it?
December 15, 2010
He liked it. He called it and he said it was exactly what he thought except for one gruesome scene. I can't tell you what it is til you see it but, trust me, go see it!
December 15, 2010
I plan to. : )
December 15, 2010
so happy you loved it, Sam. That woopak fella has awesome taste in films LOL! . This movie made the so-called mind-bender "Inception" seem very linear and common compared to the way Aronofsky executed the screenplay of this movie. The ending of this film was just surreal, thought-provoking and ambitious. I cannot wait to buy the BD! Happy you loved it!

P.S. I became "weird" too after I saw the is the kind that stays with you... thanks for mentioning the review :)
December 15, 2010
That Woopak guy DOES have good taste in films. I loved Inception too but, this one was different in the way that it brought you into her developing psychosis, you can see exactly why she was going down the rabbit hole, so to speak. Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one that was "weird" after it lol....thanks for making me feel like less of a psycho :) and for the recommendation!
December 16, 2010
Oh, Sam, if you enjoyed mind-twisting- brain freaks such as this; you may want to rent Perfect Blue. It is sssoo unlike any animated film you'll ever see.
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review by . December 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
4 ½ Stars: Dancing With One's Own Personal Reflections....
Last time Darren Aronofsky impressed me this much was with the film “The Wrestler”; it was a cinematic experience that was filled with a methodical approach, careful calculation, character-driven dualism and compelling drama. Yes, admittedly I was excited to see his latest film “Black Swan” and it wasn’t anything I expected it to be and yet it became so much more. This film is tense, taut, filled with dramatic and horrific logic that will stay with you after the end …
review by . December 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Darren Aronofsky has achieved the impossible: he's made ballet cool. Seriously, get rid of the Best Film award and introduce the Made Something Cool That Was Hitherto Completely Uncool award, and then kick Guy Ritchie squarely in the unspeakables for making Sherlock Holmes.      First, he threw out all that ballet shoe shit and went straight for the jugular, combining Heath Ledger's Joker with Tyler Durden from Fight Club to give us "holy crap it's Natalie Portman": …
review by . January 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I don't admit to being a big Darren Aronosfky fan.  I enjoyed Pi and Requiem for a Dream, but he never became a director that I thought was worth putting on my radar.  He makes intriguing films to be certain, but Black Swan was the first time I saw one of his films and felt blown away by it.  Like I'd just sat through something magical, simple and yet very complex at the same time.  It has its moments where it goes overboard, scenes that go to extremes that, for the most …
review by . January 31, 2011
Ballet is an interesting activity. When done right, it can be mesmerizing and impressive as hell. The physical demands placed on the dancers are enormous (I recall reading a book that described ballet dancers as all being “half-crazed with hunger”), and I can only imagine how heavy the psychological burden must be, especially if you’re not the most stable person in the world to begin with. That’s situation in which a young dancer (Natalie Portman), finds herself in Black …
review by . January 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Haunted! HUNTED!
It’s no theatrical tricks but it certainly set the mood for the entire film. It’s seldom at first scene that I have an idea how to start a review, much less right at the very beginning of the show. Granted, I’ve read a couple of reviews here and there on this movie but I have managed to steer clear of knowing exactly what the movie entails. I know I don’t feel comfortable starting this movie, even though it has tempted me since I got hold of the dvd copy. I managed to steer …
review by . May 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I got this movie on DVD, which was good because even after you watch it, you need to go back and look at certain scenes again to try to determine if they were real or imagined. Portman is a profession ballet dancer vying for the starring role in a new version of Swan Lake in Lincoln Center. Portman is pushed forward by her domineering mother, who herself was a ballerina and keeps reminding Portman that she needed to retire at 28 to raise Portman.    Age is a continuing factor …
review by . April 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****       "Black Swan" is a paragon of psychological filmmaking; a wild melodrama, which was simply made for the sake of its own unique existence. The project was ambitious, and in some ways, I couldn't have seen it working. A film like this being this good just doesn't seem impossible, but then again, go ahead and try telling director Darren Aronofksy what's "impossible". I don't think that the man believes in the word. He's been making films for over …
review by . May 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
When i first saw the commericals for this movie it looked good, but then again its about ballet dancers....booooring right? WRONG! I was shocked and amazed at how much i liked this movie. It was enthralling, sexy, and at some points outright creepy. The movie starts off with Nina, a dancer in the new york ballet who is looking for her break into stardom after being out of the spotlight for several years with the company. When her boss announces that their current star will be retiring and he will …
review by . December 19, 2010
BLACK SWAN is the story of a ballerina driven to insanity by her drive to succeed and to be perfect. It's also one of the more purely fascinating movies of 2010. Natalie Portman gives the performance of her career as Nina, the dancer. Nina has been with the professional ballet company headed by Thomas (Vincent Cassel) for a number of years, and she's hoping this will be the year she gets a lead role. He's reviving SWAN LAKE, and needs a new White Swan/Black Swan. Nina is a technically proficient …
review by . March 16, 2011
Black Swan is a wonderful movie, although it is definitely not for everyone. I know I am also late jumping on this bandwagon, seeing as the Oscars are over, but I had to state my claim and wait for my mum's permission to watch it. But waiting was definitely worth it, because Black Swan is a terrific movie. Wonderfully acted, wonderfully directed, and wonderfully intense, if you were expecting an ordinary movie about ordinary ballerinas, then this isn't the movie for you. Instead, its …
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Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers in a New York City production of Swan Lake. The production requires a ballerina to play both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. Nina (Portman) fits for the White Swan, Lily (Kunis) fits for the Black Swan, and the two compete for the parts. Aronofsky and Portman first discussed the project in 2000, and after a brief attachment to Universal Pictures, Black Swan was produced in New York City in 2009 under Fox Searchlight Pictures. Notable figures from the ballet world helped with film production to shape the ballet presentation. The film is set to premiere as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival in September 2010. The film will have a limited release on December 1, 2010.

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Director: Darren Aronofsky
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: December 1st, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Fox Searchlight
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