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Quick and Dirty: Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky’s, latest release, Black Swan, comes out in theaters this Friday.  This betch got to see it last night at the NYC premiere suckas thanks to one J-illa who said she has never, in her life, felt more un-fashionable and short.  I’m inclined to agree. I mean the boys from The A-list were there.  How could we possibly compete with that much gay sass?

Black Swan is set in the competitive ballet world with several girls vying for the lead in the next production, Swan Lake,  as Winona Ryder’s character, Beth (a reluctant retiree) is leaving the company. Portman plays Nina, a frigid anxious girl who has been with the company a while and is desperate to get a lead role and also please her over-bearing ballerina mother (played by Barbara Hershey).

Spoilers BELOW:

Nina gets selected to audition for the role of the Swan Queen in the next production but the company director, Thomas Leroy (played by Vincent Cassell) thinks she’s too stiff, not free, not passionate.  He awards the role to someone else but when he tries to seduce Portman and she lashes back he sees that there is some spark in her and, unbeknownst to Nina,  awards her the role right before announcing cast members.  He continues to use seduction to pull passion out of Nina whilst comparing her lacking characteristics to a new dancer Lily (played by Mila Kunis) who is a much more passionate  and sensual dancer and person ( I mean Lily pretty much flirts amazingly through this whole movie).  Nina’s anxiety begins to build more and more as opening night approaches and pressure to nail the dual role of white swan and black swan mount.  Her anxiety start to manifest themselves as fantasy and violent delusions.  Nina imagines she is combating the part of herself who is becoming the evil black swan.  Finally opening night arrives.

I was very, very excited about the film’s release for the following reasons.

1. Mila Kunis

2. Natalie Portman was there too

ant that French actor who isn’t a pretty lady.

3. Portman/Kunis sexy time.

4. Kunis/Portman sexy time.

Truthfully, though, I was actually interested to see Kunis in a non hetero scene “that 70’s show” role and I had a lot of feelings when the movie was over.

The good:

  • Aranofsky delivers on his reputation for visual stimulation. I’ll say one thing. Wings coming out of people’s arms.
  • The film is confusing as fuck  but in a good way.  It’s horrifying and elegant.
  • You spend a lot of time being tricked into believing things that end up not being real and that makes Nina’s building paranoia a much more real experience the audience can feel.
  • Barbara Hershey is scary and amazing as a mother slightly obsessed with her daughter and her lost career.

  • Ksenia Solo who plays the rejected Swan Queen, Veronica, had a small  but affective role and when you look at her imdb photos the girl seems like a chameleon.

  • Aranofsky display the trials of the ballet world and all the physical pain associated with competing in that world.  His use of sound in the performances and Nina picking toenails out add a real pain to the dancers process.
  • Nina’s paranoia leaves room to create lots of horrific jumpy scenes.
  • Portman’s performance was absolutely fucking amazing.  She played the role of a tightly wound white swan so well that the change in her character at the end gave me chills.  It was done so perfectly but I think we already knew that was going the happen.
  • The film was psychological thriller/horror/drama/suspense/dance movie/um…this

which gave me chills of a different kind.  Really though.  This was just the beginning of the scene which for this homo would have been enough but it continues people!  All I can say is I’m really glad movies have to be watched in the dark otherwise lots of strangers would have been able to see my a few people’s “O” faces.

The bad:

The only criticisms I had were that some of jumpy scary moments seemed a bit like cheap and easy thrills and the dialogue was a bit too easy for me to predict…
but then again who the hell can remember what words sound like with this on the screen



  1. December 1, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Terrific review. Natalie Portman is undeniably talented and beautiful and I can’t wait to see the steamy flirty scenes.

  2. Katu
    January 31, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comeone! I love this movie soo much!

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