Thursday Movie Picks: Rivalry

For some reason, even though it’s such a wide theme, I was having a bit of a hard time this week. I thought long and hard what kind of route I wanted to take with this topic, which angle I should have chosen and I ended up with three very similar movies – all feature artistic rivalry. More importantly, all showcase the main protagonist’s struggles not just with being the best but being the greatest version of themselves. In other words, I ended up with three movies that are pretty dark and heavy.

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Blogathon: White Swan, Black Swan

POSTERSati over at Cinematic Corner started a new blogathon called White Swan, Black Swan and it embodies the idea of duality embedded into a single character. In other words, a character who has different sides to him or her, a character that might seem white to others but is actually black under the surface. An idea that is very interesting so obviously I had to participate, so here’s my take on the blogathon with a tiny little twist.

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Darren Aronofsky and I are connected

About four years ago, since most of the things that happened in my life came with the life-changing moment of starting University, I had a friend who loved movies. We don’t get along anymore, which isn’t a bad thing because I’m better off now, but I do secretly thank her for two things. First of all, I got introduced to my favorite band Incubus and I remember wanting to see Requiem of a Dream after we had our regular discussion about movies. So, despite the fact that these two things remind me of that unhealthy friendship, I still love how much it changed my life and brought me to the weirdly addictive Darren Aronofsky.

This is my contribution to the LAMB’s #31 Director’s Chair.

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# 142 – Oscar nominations

Another year of movies has passed and after the Golden Globes there is only one big event that puts an end to it all (meaning the last year): The Academy Awards – Oscars. And since I did a post about the Golden Globes I felt that I had to do one about the Oscars as well. Now, I am not gonna predict anything, because my taste is pretty shaky lately due to my school work which would be officially over tomorrow – but I am gonna mention my favorites ( by adding a FAV behind it) from the categories in case I’ve seen most of the nominations. Anyway, here it is – Road to the Oscars 2011:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Best Achievement in Directing

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Nominees:

Kynodontas (2009): Giorgos Lanthimos(Greece)

Hævnen (2010): Susanne Bier(Denmark)

Incendies (2010): Denis Villeneuve(Canada)

Hors-la-loi (2010): Rachid Bouchareb(Algeria)

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Best Achievement in Editing

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Nominees:

127 Hours (2010): A.R. Rahman, Rollo Armstrong, Dido(“If I Rise”)

Country Strong (2010): Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges(“Coming Home”)

Tangled (2010): Alan Menken, Glenn Slater(“I See the Light”)

Toy Story 3 (2010): Randy Newman(“We Belong Together”)

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Best Short Film, Live Action

Nominees:

Wish 143 (2009): Ian Barnes, Samantha Waite

 

Wow, if you didn’t do the counting, I’ll do it for you – the most nominations this year went to The King’s Speech (review coming soon) – a total of 12 nominations! My favorite number by the way. So I guess the question now is, how many it will actually get…

 

# 129 – Black Swan

I can finally get to cross out this amazing movie from my waiting list. That being said, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna watch this movie again because it is a true visual treat. Story itself supports it and together they allow viewers to have a great experience with this one. And in addition, you really have to think about the movie after wards – you can’t just watch it and then forget about it. That’s why it is good to watch it again, to see it from a different side, to see the small details and stuff.

It is hard to talk about a movie without giving too much away but the basics are pretty obvious, the story is about a ballerina (they show the dark side of ballet – pretty rough) who wants the lead role in the famous ballet called Swan Lake. You know the story? I remember watching the cartoon version of this when I was little and well I’m a bit disappointed at myself, I think the movie would be interesting on a whole new level if I’d know the ballet Swan Lake. But maybe that will happen one day, maybe not – I just think that this movie has so many different point of views hidden in it.

There is a lot of talk about Academy Awards in the end of the year and Black Swan is right up there amongst the most talked about movie of the year. Not just because the movie is great but because the actresses who were in the lead – Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis got the chance to have the spotlight and they earned it. Both lost a lot of weight to make this movie work, both trained hard because they had to portray ballerinas and based on this movie, being a ballerina isn’t that glamorous! But I think in the end it was worth it for the both of them, Portman is going to have a great year (lots of her movies coming out 2011), Mila Kunis proved that she isn’t just about the comedy (I like her more than Portman!, she’s going to go far). The movie of course wouldn’t be nothing without a sexy French man Vincent Cassel who plays the director of the ballet. And no Darren Aronofsky movie wouldn’t be the same without Clint Mansell who again was behind the soundtrack.

So everything is there, the great performances, the amazing story, the mersmerizing visual effects – Darren Aronofsky has come a long way since Requiem For a Dream but he still has that same style that I like. Until next time, Darren, can’t wait.