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Black Swan (2010)

A 2010 psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky.

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Haunted! HUNTED!

  • Jan 12, 2011

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 clear of it for a few days, amidst a whole load of other more “comfortable” and (hopefully) enjoyable movies to watch.
Hunted & Haunted are the very first few words that came to mind on Act. 1. It brought back a nightmare (somewhere in time and lingers in my subconscious; not knowing but nonetheless down underneath the day light) of being hunted… it’s déjà vu. It is with such déjà vu that I began my evening; one of the coldest night of the year. I’m writing this as I’m watching the first 15 mins of the movie. There is something about this movie… which I don’t like! It is dark… and stark… my first impression. Like some horror movie, despite the title. There are hints of terror in the background… the moods are not “right”. It could be the lights… I hate dark places!
At this point, I’m actually tempted to go online check out the plot. You know, to lighten the “tension” of watching. That’s why I’m such a bad candidate for horror movies! My heart won’t be able to take that kind of adrenalin pumping throughout a 2 hour ordeal! If I’m an animal out there, I’d rather be hunted than be running for my survival, LOL!

I did check out the plot and that took the fun out of watching this movie. (I know, shame on me...) Not because I know what it entails, rather, it is not the kind of movie I’d have enjoyed. My intuition has served me well, I thought. In some ways, I was pre-warned too. So, that’s probably why I was apprehensive.
Hallucinations, like suspicions, are the most dangerous & destructive part of one’s mind. It’s the seed of evil and thereby something I do not believe in exposing myself to. I know some of you here enjoy horror movies a great deal and despite my personal feelings about it, it’s all a personal choice as to what one chooses to come into contact with. This is not said to judge  anything or anyone. Rather, it is my personal belief that sometimes, as it is clearly demonstrated here, that we shouldn’t try to challenge or seduce our own reality. You fool around with it often enough (as with nightmares which we have no control of) you’d end up tricking your very own reality into believing things which you would not normally have believed. It is the same with suspicion, it kills relationships and it destroys one’s life.

Hence, it is only fitting how this movie ends. One cannot be white and black at the same time. It’s probably the same with regard to evil and god. If one fools around with both, one ends up destroying oneself! I can see why this movie is so popular and highly regarded by many reviewers here. In retrospect, the movie explores and exhibits areas which we normally wouldn’t have. Seduction in more ways than one is the inherent theme. However, destruction is what the message is, imho. Entertainment wise, it’s not the kind I’d search for. Personally, I don’t think it’s a healthy movie. I wouldn’t want my teenage nieces to go watch it, period.
If self mutilation is what turns the audiences on, then this is the kind of movie you’d like. I personally feel very uncomfortable watching such acts. So, on that note, I wouldn’t have recommend it to anyone I know. Entertainment comes in many forms. For me, this is not one of them.

Haunted! HUNTED! Haunted! HUNTED!

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April 30, 2011
I just saw this movie too and was stunned but unlike you, I enjoyed it much more. There is something a little malevolent with Natalie Portman's portrait on the cover that only proves there is something not quite right with this movie and that is only the tip of the iceberg. BTW, I wouldn't let kids watch it either. Black Swan has a very Black R Rating, theres no gray area in that choice.
May 01, 2011
I do not respond well to horror film, no matter who the actress is :-) and this one literally shattered all the beautiful conception I've of ballet! That's unforgivable! It's my mistake, I shouldn't have picked it up to begin with.
May 01, 2011
It's always a shame when we see a movie about something we like and it sours our love for it. Almost happened to me with Attack of the Clones. Sometimes you just never know with some movies no matter how good they look.
May 01, 2011
Luckily for me, I was at the Bolshoi and watched the Swan Lake long before this!
January 17, 2011
This is one of the best reviews I have ever read, love the way you worded everything. I think this is the first review I have read that isn't rating this high.
January 18, 2011
Oh wow, thanks for your kind words! I simply think and see things differently, I suppose. Keeping in mind I'm no horror fan :-) But then since this is a thriller, it should be done to thrill and shock so in that sense the movie is a success. The very reason why I picked it up to begin with too, because so many are raving about it. Then again, as they said, one man's meat is another man's (in this case, woman's) poison ;-)
January 12, 2011
*This comment was deleted by an angry friend because this movie is awesome* GGrrrr!!!!!
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woopak is angry LOL!
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review by . December 04, 2010
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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
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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
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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 . May 29, 2011
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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
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**** 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
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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 …
review by . March 13, 2011
   Arnofsky's latest is a pretentious work, with little content. His sophistry stops at camera work, and the only real value of the film lays with Natalie Portman's acting - and the makeup artists.
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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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