Black Swan

Black Swan

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet. An insecure ballet dancer wins the lead in Swan Lake but slowly loses her grip on sanity when a seductive newcomer is out to steal her role.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2011
Branch Call Number: BLA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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SeaTownRha
Aug 15, 2016

Definitely had me intrigued in the beginning but towards the end it came off as cheesy and rushed. Didn't like Natalie Portman's docile character (even though she killed it at the end) Mila was solid though but overall a decent watch.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 08, 2016

"The Red Shoes" meets "Repulsion."

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StarGladiator
Nov 30, 2015

I originally ducked into the movie theater to get out of a storm, happened to see this was next up, so without ever seeing a review, saw a movie I thought would be a ballet romance, but instead was one wallop of a horror-thriller film --- incredibly well acted by Natalie Portman, Barbara Hershey and Mila Kunis! [And yes, I did cover my eyes with my hand from time to time!]

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booksmile
Aug 27, 2015

Disturbing.
Even without the thriller parts, the pressure-filled world of professional ballerinas is terrifying.

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anniethecat
Aug 14, 2015

I really liked it. Scratch that I really LOVED it! Thought it was great! If you have the time, go for it, watch it, it's not a waste of your time. Also the special features are really cool, you can find them on the main menu on the disk, you get to see the actors/tresses in action, on the set and stuff and all the hard work that was put into the movie, which is cool to see sometimes!

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
May 21, 2015

Since being "mad" was the only way Nina could play the Black Swan "perfectly", it had me wondering just when this daft girl was gonna lay an egg. I'm not kidding.

A psychologist friend of mine (who's also seen this film) tells me that for anyone to become as delusional and "mad" as Nina (the frigid flake) did in Black Swan, it would've literally taken years and years for them to reach this startlingly advanced state of psychotic lunacy. It's true. Something of this nature doesn't just manifest itself within a matter of weeks, you know.

Of course, it didn't help matters much that such a challenging role as that of Nina was given to such a dull, light-weight actress, like Natalie Portman, to tackle.

I don't know about you, but I find absolutely everything about Portman to be nothing but a big frickin' bore. She's one wimp-of-an-actress, if I ever saw one.

In conclusion - I found Black Swan's story to be too fukked-up and frustrating to be considered anything more than just mediocre entertainment. This film only started to show some promising signs of coming to life in its last 30 minutes.

But, alas, by that point in the program, I totally hated Portman's frigid, whimpering character with such a venomous loathing that I couldn't have given a sweet damn what sort of morbid conclusion the whole mess of madness was eventually bulldozing its way into. I really couldn't.

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TRANNY_CLONES
Mar 09, 2015

This celluloid is extremely illogical,because it tries to be sexy and creepy at the same time.That's like trying to go left and right at the same time.That can't work,and it will never work,even for a work of fiction.

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dylankemp
Jan 05, 2015

I dug it. I don't usually like thrillers, but this one is very clever, well acted, and well told. Twisty.

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Nursebob
Dec 14, 2014

Touted as a deeply psychological thriller, Darren Aronofsky’s bird-brained shocker tries to jolt new life into a tired old premise with enough arty hysterics and gaudy effects to flesh out a dozen teen scream movies. The story revolves around Nina Sayers, an up-and-coming prima ballerina who lands the lead role in her company’s controversial new production of Swan Lake; a role which requires her to play both Princess Odette, the virginal white swan, and Odile, the evil black swan and Odette’s chief nemesis. Emotionally repressed and pathologically neurotic, Nina at first finds it difficult to tap into that dark part of her nature which the role of Odile demands. It doesn’t help that her mother is a controlling shrew who blames her daughter’s birth for destroying her own stage career; nor that Thomas, the company’s artistic director, is causing her confused libido to run hot and cold with his mixed sexual messages. Furthermore, fellow dancer and arch-rival Lily seems intent on sabotaging Nina’s grand debut by introducing the naive ballerina to the sordid world of drugs, discotheques, and hot lesbian lust. It all comes to a head on opening night when Nina, her last shred of sanity firmly in the toilet, decides to give the audience the performance of her life... This is the type of overwrought melodrama that wows cinematic dilettantes with its trite Freudian allusions and crap symbolism, whether it be the pink butterfly wallpaper adorning Nina’s bedroom, a menacing winged statue standing in a theatre foyer, or the black feathery tattoos on Lily’s shoulder blades (seriously??) Not content to let this cheap psychodrama play out subliminally where it would be the most effective, Aronofsky chooses instead to assault his audience with some unintentionally hilarious CGI effects including Nina’s bone-crunching morph into a malevolent red-eyed gobbler right in front of her screaming mother. Finally, a host of wooden performances (enjoy that Oscar Natalie), slapdash directing, and a comic book script combine to make Black Swan one giant goose egg.

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0cho
Oct 27, 2014

This is a very dark movie showing what dancers put themselves through. Very well done at times but also a bit of a mind screw at times trying to figure out what is going on.

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zxm
Jan 05, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Mila Kunis can portray potentially possibly evil, with a spanner faced efficiency!

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zxm
Jan 05, 2015

Sexual Content: Contains inadequate Sexual Content, about 3 seconds - just enough to get you into trouble with your MOTHER!!

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Teyfor8Wyoma
May 25, 2011

Sexual Content: Graphic-a little bit too much, in my opinion, at least in the theatrical version (I heard they cut the most graphic scenes out of the DVD, but I'm not sure)

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Teyfor8Wyoma
May 25, 2011

Violence: Gory scenes

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Ciresica
Apr 26, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Ciresica
Apr 26, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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JM9
Apr 17, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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SeaTownRha
Aug 15, 2016

SeaTownRha thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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zxm
Aug 22, 2014

zxm thinks this title is suitable for 30 years and over

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GHN
Nov 05, 2013

GHN thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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missy2
Nov 02, 2012

missy2 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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satiche
Apr 21, 2012

satiche thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Teyfor8Wyoma
May 25, 2011

Teyfor8Wyoma thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Ciresica
Apr 26, 2011

Ciresica thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Sunnchilde Dec 12, 2011

"You DID, didn't you? Hey. Wait! Was I good?"

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Thomas Leroy: The only person standing in your way is you.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Thomas Leroy: You could be brilliant, but you're a coward.
Nina: I'm sorry.
Thomas Leroy: [yelling] Now stop saying that! That's exactly what I'm talking about. Stop being so f**king weak!

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Ciresica
Apr 26, 2011

I did what you told me to do; I felt it.

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zxm
Aug 22, 2014

This film possibly opens with a nightmare sequence, a dance with a man, that then appears with feathers and a black plastic face BUT not that of a swan. The nightmare becomes apparent, when Nina (the Ballerina) wakes. It becomes less clear what is real, or psychosis generated - for instance the pealing of skin from her finger, later seen intact. The Ballet Director complains she is ridged, technique perfect but no real seduction. His emphatic urging sees him get bitten, 40min in! Our concerns for the safety and sanctity of Nina is very much heightened by the Director's announcement of the retirement of one of the older stars, whose shock and dismay suggest this hadn't been discussed with her! How ruthless! The Star then has (accident?). He asks Nina's dance partner if he would fuck her. Then urges Nina to go home and "Touch yourself". This she tries but is abruptly halted when she sees mum, sleeping in a chair in her room! __MUMS PLEASE TAKE NOTE - AND MIND YOUR OWN BLOODY BUSINESS!!__ Nina's life consists of being at home (with her control freak mum) OR the ballet company rehearsal and changing rooms - with the tube train in between. She doesn't mix with the other ballerinas. Nina also has concerns with a rash on the back of her shoulder, that may be sprouting black swam feathers. Her mum notes her long hours and expresses concern. "Don't make my mistake". Then revealing she gave up ballet to have Nina... . __EVERYONE'S__ love interest, that wee hottie Mila Kunis, arrives as Lilly, the natural and uninhibited dancer. .. Director points Lilly out to Nina, heightening the prospects for disaster. There is a hint that it may be some of the connivances going on around Nina that acerbate her condition. Lilly takes her out for a night of fun, seduces her. Nina arrives back at rehearsal some (days?) late and we see Lilly has the role! We see Nina stabbing Lilly. AT this point, I crack my head mightily upon the TV screen, attempting to save Mila. The concussion sees me typing GIBBERISH. YOU may then see Nina, struggling to hide the body. Which she only manages just in time, to avoid discovery!! The last scenes see Nina in lead roll, again with the overly effective swan mask... ! Now on her! Also the feathers from the rash have SPREAD all over her body!! Lilly made it back from being murdered, to dance supporting role... ! Perhaps thanks to my attempted intervention.. . My head still hurts mightily! :-( !

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

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Ciresica
Apr 26, 2011

Nina wants the main role as both the White and Black swan in a ballet show. She struggles through mental breakdowns and the people surrounding her, reaching perfection in her performance but what will it do to her?

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