PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE WRESTLER and now BLACK SWAN, Darren Aronofsky continues to impress and his latest film deserves your attention. BLACK SWAN follows the life of Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a ballet dancer whose dream is to be the SWAN QUEEN and prove to her dance coach Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) that she’s the perfect candidate. Along the way to achieve her dream Nina battles the hatred of her fellow dancers, the last Swan Queen Beth (played by Winona Ryder), and the new dancer Lily (played by Mila Kunis). Nothing will stop Nina from achieving absolute perfection, except for herself. Constantly being berated by her coach, coddled by her mother, and fearing the free spirited nature of Lily causes Nina to lose her grasp with reality. Aronofsky uses visual elements to portray the angst going through Nina’s mind, while she breaks down the walls of her insecurity.
With most Darren Aronofsky films, your heart breaks for the characters and you can feel nothing but empathetic for them. In Requiem for a Dream, the struggle the mother goes through to be in her son’s life and improve on her own, makes you question how much time you give to your own family. In The Wrestler and Black Swan, both characters are struggling to make other people believe that they are still worth the time and validate the career choices that they have made. What person hasn’t questioned if it’s time for a change in their lives.
PLAN AND SIMPLE.
A mental meltdown does not even come close to explain what happens to Nina. She metaphorically has a rag tag band of Marines napalm her mind like an attack on the Viet-Cong, while an air fleet prepares to drop the A-Bomb Hiroshima style (two different wars I know). While her dance coach methodically chips away at her insecurities, she suddenly starts to lose her connection to fantasy and reality. Darren Aronofsky does an amazing job in drawing true emotion out of his actors, and making NY a character as well by adding elements that remind you of the solidarity associated with being a New Yorker.
Take my word this is not a chick flick. Aronofsky could have cast James Franco as the lead, and Jake Gyllenhal as his rival, and called it NUTCRACKER NOIRE…and it would still have been an amazing movie. The subject matter is just that good. So, if you’re seriously looking for a great movie to watch before the end of the year, skip BURLESQUE and go see BLACK SWAN.
Keep in mind (1:30) Natalie Portman in a thong.
Medieval comedies have been done before, but not quite in this century so why not give funny guy Danny McBride a shot. After losing his fair maiden James Franco must go on a quest with his brother to rescue her, what takes place next looks to be an amusing roller coaster ride. And, you gotta love a good red band trailer.
This is what happens when you’re in a relationship…
One day you find yourself saying, “Hey, do you want to see, enter chick flick title here_____________”, and your lady will of course answer with a “Yes”. And, suddenly you’ve established the fact that from this point on, you don’t mind seeing these types of movies. Now here comes the part that will blow your mind…you know like chick flicks.
With a unique cast featuring Mindy Kaling of The Office, Christopher Brian Bridges aka Ludacris, the Swan Queen Natalie Portman, and Demi Moore’s husband Ashton Kutcher you’ll enter this movie questioning if I’m supposed to like this. Within the first three minutes when a conversation segues into “My parents are getting a divorce…Can I finger you”, your ears will suddenly perk up and your interest will be heightened. From this point on the humor becomes even more clever and relevant to situations that you believe can actually occur. If you’re looking for something to see with your lady (which will allow you to see the Mechanic with Jason Statham) this is the perfect movie that a couple or even someone single will enjoy.
No Strings Attached Red Band Trailer:
Working title for my chick flick, where simply the main characters will immediately “catch feelings” and cut out all the time and commitment involved in watching the inevitable conclusion where both parties decide they want one another. Like most genres the formula can always be tweaked to get through the menusha associated with watching someone figure out “oh…I think that I’m in love with you”.
*ALL LITTLE PERSON CAST*
Clip from the movie Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman.
Hesher is a loner. He hates the world and everyone in it. He has long greasy hair and homemade tattoos. He is malnourished and smokes a lot of cigarettes. He likes fire and blowing things up. He lives in his van, until he meets TJ.
A proper trailer for the movie Hesher. This flick looks like you’ll be walking into the theater with tons of questions, and when you walk out you’ll ponder “What is a hero?”.
Loud music. Pornography. Burning stuff to the ground. These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) brings into the lives of 13-year-old TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father, Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he unexpectedly takes up residence in their garage uninvited. Told through the eyes of TJ, HESHER is a dark fairy tale about an eccentric unhinged drifter who appears out of nowhere to help a struggling family deal with loss in the most unconventional of ways. TJ is simply going through the motions of his daily life, quietly grieving throughout each day, until Hesher arrives like a force of nature, not stopping for anything in his path. Paul is also so grief-stricken the he can’t muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Hesher also befriends TJ’s grandmother (Piper Laurie), who lives with them. She’s extremely lonely as her son and grandson are unable to snap out of their fog. When Hesher arrives and appreciates her cooking and listens to her stories, it’s as though she found a new friend, under very odd circumstances. The only friend TJ really has is Nicole (Natalie Portman), who is a supermarket cashier who comes to TJ’s rescue when he first encounters Hesher. They have an odd relationship that’s based, in part, on TJ’s infatuation with Nicole. Although initially a rather terrifying character, over time Hesher’s anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.
Thor: The Dark World
Coming in October
Hey guys, it’s another Thor movie. If your smart you’ll watch this trailer once and never watch anything else related to this movie until it’s release date. All trailers do at this point is spoil
Oh and this looks dope.