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Black Swan

 
#1 Black Swan
07/02/2011 17:49

Bazza

Was anyone else as moved as me by Black Swan? The constant, building tension. The grating, visceral crunches and breaks, the "feel it in the room right now" paranoia and exhaustion. And, my god, some of those set pieces - beautifully shot. The rapidly cut club scene - shot and edited in that flashy, fast paced way that is surely the best to emulate that on the floor abandon and euphoria. The last act itself, as those feathers began to sprout, as the climax the entire film had been building up to was chillingly and beautifully realised in the final grandiose pose, spread wide and basking in that blinding evanescent glow.

And then the realisation that perfection had been reached - the gibes of the instructor to “let go” and achieve transcendence manifested in the fusion of reality and fantasy: real life had transformed into the artistic goal - and her death therefore signified the final convergence of this and thus its perfection.

Breathtaking.

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#2 RE: Black Swan
07/02/2011 19:52

astradeni to Bazza (#1)

Yes, breathtaking.

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#3 RE: Black Swan
07/02/2011 20:32

Forex Trader to astradeni (#2)

Don't be ridiculous! Swans are white.

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#4 RE: Black Swan
07/02/2011 22:02

Another Anon to Forex Trader (#3)

Chick flick if you ask me; Natalie Portman was incredible (as always) but IMOH the premise was a bit lame

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#5 RE: Black Swan
08/02/2011 09:26

Private Eye to Another Anon (#4)

I nominate you for "Pseuds Corner".

Are you aure you're not Alain De Boton?

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#6 RE: Black Swan
08/02/2011 09:42

Evil Consultant to Bazza (#1)

I've not seen the film, but the book didn't really do it for me. I found Nassim-Taleb's choice of the Black Swan as a metaphor inappropriate, as the issue is not that the risks weren't known more than the nay-sayers were sidelined by groupthink. The plot was also a bit thin, and I'm not sure how Natalie Portman fits in.

EC

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#7 RE: Black Swan
08/02/2011 10:26

Mars A Day to Evil Consultant (#6)

Evil, Natalie Portman is just fit, where she fits in seems a marginal matter.

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#8 RE: Black Swan
08/02/2011 10:42

MakesMyTopFive to Mars A Day (#7)

I'm surprised there isn't more discussion of Mila Kunis - she has been in my top 5 ever since Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and was even the voice of Meg in Family Guy for a while.

Kunis or Portman - no argument, Kunis every time!

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#9 RE: Black Swan
08/02/2011 11:52

anigav to MakesMyTopFive (#8)

In the film - definitely Kunis. She's exactly the type of girl you don't want to take home to your mum. Unpredictable, edgy and sexual - the complete opposite to Portman's character.

In real life probably Portman.

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#10 RE: Black Swan
09/02/2011 23:53

KW to MakesMyTopFive (#8)

I agree with one of the prev reviewers; id take kunis over portman any day ( portman aint bad though).

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#11 RE: Black Swan
11/02/2011 00:40

anon to KW (#10)

EC works for Accenture. Surely.

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#12 RE: Black Swan
11/02/2011 07:31

Evil Consultant to anon (#11)

*bzzzt* wrong answer! Thank you for playing.

EC

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#13 RE: Black Swan
11/02/2011 09:49

Mr Cool to Evil Consultant (#12)

I always had EC pegged as well established in a tier 2 strategy firm. Knows what he is doing but too mentally well balanced to be MBB.

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#14 RE: Black Swan
11/02/2011 10:06

Keeper to Bazza (#1)

Agree, great film. Watched it same night as King's Speech. Black Swan is by far the better film.

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#15 RE: Black Swan
11/02/2011 21:52

Manperson to Keeper (#14)

Chick flick without a shadow.

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#16 RE: Black Swan
14/02/2011 08:43

rc to deleted (#0)

Natalie impressed but Mila went down well too....

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