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The Black Swan Review

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I will first and foremost admit that I have become very lame recently. I would estimate that I saw approximately 4 movies in my 3 years living in Boston. Since June, I have seen over 6 movies in NYC. I would attribute that to getting sick of the club/bar scene for the most part.

While I am somewhat of an avid movie watcher, I don’t have a lot of movies that I can say SHAKED me to my core. After having seen The Black Swan on opening night, I will say that the movie rocked me, entirely and I can’t stop thinking about it.

There’s no doubt in my mind a) Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis will win Best Actress/ Best Supporting b) That I will be seeing it again very soon

I think there were so many twists, dark eerie psychological moments and just plain intensity that no matter what type of knowledge you have about ballet, you will fall hard for this film.

I think Natalie Portman showed such raw vulnerability in this film — she herself is a porcelein doll within the Hollywood scene — always flawess and perfect to the public eye. Much like her real world, Nina, her scarily naive ballerina character in the movie lived life in fear and insecurity. She strived to be perfect, which in her eyes, encompassed being 90 pounds, throwing up meals, never being sexually involved with anyone and living at home with her mom to focus her entire life on her ballet. It eventually took over her life and her sanity.

While Nina strived to become the Black and White Swan in the Swan Lake, she was never able to break out of her own rigidity and need to maintain her fragile life. Mila Kunis’ character, comes in and just demonstrates everything that Nina herself wants and wishes she could be but can’t — she’s sexual, carefree, eats what she wants, does drugs, but most frustrating is that she’s a better dancer.

Throughout the movie you are scared, a bit grossed out and perhaps at some times (during the heavy sex scenes with Mila and Portman) a bit turned on. Mila absolutely had her breakout role in this film. She was heavy, moving and most of all convincing.

I will absolutely recommend this movie to anyone who has a sense of insecurity at times and or feels personally inhibited from things they wish to do or what they at times want to be themselves.

The Black Swan is horrific, twisted, dark, heart wrenching but more over, the best movie I have seen in years. See this movie now.

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Joaquin Phoenix — The Actor, The Rapper, The Lost Soul

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I will say, before all else, that I was NOT a fan of Phoenix’s character in Gladiator. Ok, now that I got that out of the way I will start my rant on all of the uncertainty that IS Joaquin Phoenix.

He is — without a doubt, a great actor and an unbelievably sexy man. Well, let me back track and say that he used to be both of those things. Now, I really can’t explain what he’s thinking — professionally, mentally OR aesthetically.

Joaquin, after having had probably the most bizarre interview with David Letterman in 2009, announced his termination from the Acting Industry, for reason undisclosed. He began to dabble in a pathetic rap career shortly thereafter.

The biggest news of all was the transformation of Phoenix’s overall appearance — having gained a considerable 50 extra pounds, added unwashed dread locks, a massively scruffy beard and permanent stay on sunglasses. All of which began the buzz that led to “I’m Still Here” — Phoenix’s new movie released on 9/10/10, produced by brother in law Casey Affleck.

After having watched the trailer, read many movie critic reviews, in addition to seeing the wild postings all around SoHo  — I can confidently say this movie looks like it may live up to the long awaited hype. Shepard Ferry has been progressively putting art work up throughout NYC in addition to the wild postings on street corners. The buzz has been generating for a while and I’m excited to see how the movie really is. I don’t think that it has a lot of depth necessarily — an actor dropout, who decides to give up good hygiene and manners in hopes of distancing himself from “that life”. I believe what he’s doing, in my opinion, is drawing more attention to himself than when he was in actuality an actor. Well see how the movie unfolds — I wonder what turn it will take.

500 Days of Summer — Review

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I apologize to a hometown friend of mine, Scott Neustadter, one of the two writers of the film, because I should’ve A) seen this as soon as I knew he wrote the film and B) because it was one of the best movies I saw this year….

This movie captured me as much as I was watching it in an attempt to go to bed, I just could NOT stop watching it…. What makes this movie unbelievably solid in my opinion is not the cute puppy love Thomas, played by Joseph Gordon- Levitt has for Summer played by Zooey Deschanel. It was the underlying concept that — somewhere along the way things go one way for one partner in a relationship and completely another for the other person in situation.

The movie also played on one EXTREMELY relatable point…. what we all have for expectations of other counter parts and what the reality of the situation really is. When Thomas goes to the party at Summer’s house after things have gone downhill completely between the two — what he envisioned the night would be and what really occured were two totally different things…. I think this concept of reality versus expectations makes this movie so real in my opinion. Who HASN’T been in a relationship in which you envision the way things will go and they just fall so far off the mark and you’re left wildly disappointed? It’s happened to mostly everyone I know including myself.

I will not be giving away the ending to the movie here, but I will say this much — the ending totally nailed it for me. Even though the movie itself and the underlying concepts of the movie were so spot on, the ending really made me absolutely recommend this movie to anyone — I’m the furthest thing from a helpless romantic but the ending made me think positively about finding happiness and destiny in regards to love.

Get this movie now…. that’s all for now. Kudos Scott, kudos.