Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday Movie Miscellany - Black Swan

Oh, this one is so, so good.  I've been a fan of Darren Aronofsky flicks since the angsty undergrad days of watching Requiem for a Dream, and Black Swan feels like the more refined follow up.

The suspense in this film feels more unnerving, as I think the stress from career-induced perfectionism in Black Swan might be more relatable than the addiction-driven plot from Requiem for a Dream.  And there's no blaming the psychosis on drugs.

The film does a wonderful job of leaving the viewer rather confused as to what's real and what's not, and the build-up of suspense in the movie is just excellent.  A truly beautiful portrait of a psychotic break, if there can be such a thing.

So parents, please heed a very important lesson to learn from this movie: don't foist your unfulfilled dreams onto your children.  And let them live a little.  If you're too controlling they go crazy.  And god knows we don't need more crazy in this world.

In conclusion: if you're ever in the mood for a psychological thriller, you should absolutely check this out.  Also, I'm going to be having nightmares of freaky skin issues for a good year.

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