Movie Review: Black Swan

You may have heard or been a part of the Snowpocolypse a week and a half ago, I was. Luckily, movie theaters stayed open and thanks to that magical thing called “4-Wheel Drive” I was able to get out and be productive…depending on your definition of  “productive.”

I had the same make up for my senior prom.

Anyway, I went and saw Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel. The basic premise it that Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis are in the ballet, Vincent Cassel is the director and is getting ready to put on his new version of Swan Lake. Portman gets the lead, Kunis is her understudy, and then all hell breaks loose. It was surprising how trailers and commercials for the film make it seem like a whole other movie. I’m not going to give anything away, because that’s not my thing, and I hate people who give away plot twists in movies, but let’s just say it’s what you think, but it’s not what you think. Cryptic, I know.

Black Swan was very well directed, and actually pretty beautiful to watch even with all the nail trimming going on. Seriously, who trims their nails with scissors?! The actors were spot on, I’m shocked Mila Kunis didn’t get a supporting actress nomination.

I actually liked Black Swan more than I liked Inception, which I’ll have a review of that up soon, although it’ll be a lot like this one where I can’t give anything away. Frustrating.

Final thought: Ballerinas are self-mutilating, Natalie Portman could have used a prescription of Xanax.

Natalie Portman To Be Stripped Of Golden Globe?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has found itself in a difficult position.

Natalie Portman enjoys the highest point of her career...a mere 6 days before the lowest kicked in.

Less than a week after Natalie Portman, 29, snagged the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama award, the non-profit organization’stop brass are now faced with a unprecedented decision to possibly take the award away from Portman.

“It was not something that we premeditated,” an unnamed spokesperson revealed yesterday. “We just want to make sure that the award went to an actress that was truly deserving of it.”

When asked what aspect of her critically lauded performance in Darren Aronofsky’s dark-thriller Black Swan caused the concern, the spokesperson balked.  “Oh, no.  No, it has nothing to do with Black Swan.  We loved her in that.  It’s just that we…we screened No Strings Attached last night and, well, it just made us rethink some things.”

The HFPA has said that they won’t make a decision until they’ve had a chance to look at all of the data.  But, that early signs were not good.

“It was awful.  Certainly not Golden Globe caliber. I’m not sure we’ll be able to forget this one for a while.” The spokesperson said.  “Not, at least, until Friends With Benefits comes out this summer.”

More as this story develops.