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February 5th, 2011

(no subject) @ 04:46 pm

I saw Black Swan with my parents (they wanted to go, and I figured they'd read up on the movie to know what to expect.) They both hated it, with my mom calling it 'the most grueling movie' she'd sat through. The violence didn't bother them one iota; some of the nail-clipping scenes made them wince, but what disturbed them the most was the sexytime with Mila Kunis. Ah, generational differences.
 
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From:etesla
Date:February 6th, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
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I actually didn't like it, either, though my issues had a lot to do with it being yet another story suggesting that brilliance equals (or requires) madness. (There was a bunch of other stuff that made me twitch, like false dichotomy land between repressive virginal creeptastic mom-devotion and hyper-sexualized drug-lacing Kunis/the also creeptastic director and his go-home-and-masturbate thing, but the brilliance-madness thing is something I'm totally over.)

And on the level of the Portman-Kunis sexytime, I was also annoyed at what Portman told Entertainment Weekly about the inclusion of said scene:

"Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie. I remember them being like, 'How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller? The answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that."

Gag gag gag.
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From:moof
Date:February 6th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC)
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I thought that a lot of the things you mentioned were overblown - but I also figured that they were very intentionally overblown. In the same vein, I figured that since Swan Lake isn't exactly subtle about its dichotomies, that the movie probably shouldn't be, either.

While I didn't particularly care for the big ol' lesbian scene, I thought that it was somewhat necessary to have, in that it illustrated the fact that the dichotomy was internal and not external.
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From:icis_machine
Date:February 6th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
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I saw it opening weekend and felt similar about some things:

1. the toenail thing made me laugh. That's what you get for dancing with long toenails. You gotta keep them trim to avoid such things.
The ick in the audience was just hilarious to me.

2. I loved the big ol' lesbian scene because I don't get ot play with girls ever. Additionally, I loved the masturbation scene. It was nice to see a women getting off and without a machine helping.

3. I saw the story from the obvious Swan Lake whore/virgin angle but also the Snow White young relaces old story, and the lengths at which artist go to develop their artistry and take on a character.

That said, should it get all the attention it does? Not really but there really isn't a lot of good stuff out there.
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From:cryo
Date:February 6th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
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wow, now I must see this. hurry up Netflix!

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