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Black Swan

I know what it is to work oneself to death. I know what it is to feel the pressure of inadequacy and struggle under its weight. I know what it is to pray for a loving rescue and waste away in loneliness; and I remember earning this knowledge the hard way in the winter of 2004.

Having recently returned from Kenya (in January of 04’) unexpected circumstances demanded I live with my parents in Utah. Lost there, in a sea of confusing emotions, I took to exercise to cope. Looking for love in all the wrong places, instead of taking control of my heart I tried to take control of my body.

I ran ten-plus miles a day; I took to the weight room for three hours five times a week; and I practiced a strict diet filled with supplements. In three months I wasted away into nothing but bones and sinews. My intense regiment failed to impress a female; it rather led me to my aunt’s doorstep where I collapsed from heart complications.

Darren Aronofsky has returned to the big screen with another artistic portrayal of pain in Black Swan. With his cinematic rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” movie goers are gifted with another taste of his dark brilliance.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky remains a timeless playwright in the world of fine arts. In the nineteenth century he graced the world with countless symphonies and operas, but no project remains as renowned as his ballet, Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is the story of a princess who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer. Forced to live as a swan by day and girl by night, her only hope in breaking the spell is to find eternal love. However, the evil sorcerer becomes so hell-bent on preventing the princess’ escape that she is forced to take drastic measures.

Aronofsky has re-imagined this tragic tale for the silver screen in an equally artistic way. In addition to his incredible visuals he directs three Oscar worthy performances (i.e. Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Vincent Cassel). This brooding portrayal of the classic Russian ballet stirred up some ancient memories. It reminded me how easily I torture myself, and how damning such behavior is. It reminded me that it’s easier to kill yourself in the pursuit of love than it is to be in such. It reminded me to be happy and enjoy my life at the movies :)

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  • sabrina

    this movie was superb !

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad you also liked it… we all agreed that it was one intense experience. This will definitely be up for a good 3-6 Oscars in my opinion, (Editing was amazing)!

  • Anonymous

    Man this was my film of the year next to Inception! While a little artsy it keeps you grounded enough to end the experienced.
    I think you understated Natalie Portman’s performance. I truly believe if she does not get the Oscar then all that is wrong with Hollywood would rear its ugly head. She was fucking amazing! EPIC!
    Glad you got this out so quick…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    Man, sooo cool. This is a great post. I had no idea you went through that in Utah! That’s nuts. I’m not surprised though. When you set your heart on something, you do it. I like that about you sir.

    • Anonymous

      Thx bro! Ya I only recently found it ironic that in avoiding my heart-ache I literally suffered heart failure. It was a scary night and I thank God for my Aunt Karen taking care of me and getting me home. It took a long while after, but I realized you have to own your feelings and be happy about that fact.

      In addition this movie is a beautiful portrayal about the romantic fall that occurs when you make love confusing. Natalie Portman is superb in her layered portrayal of the Swan Queen. Vincent Cassel (my boy from Mesrine 1 & 2), should also be up for best supporting actor. If you liked “The Wrestler,” Aronofsky is even better to watch this time around. The man is a timeless talent; an epic story teller!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

    This movie was amazing – it aroused all emotions

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504821642 Elliott G

    Saw it. Brilliant. The film could have abandoned all dialogue and run with nothing but music and been just as impactful. From the subtle ques of her fall from reality , to the dramatic images, this film is one that gets you excited about how one’s imagination can be transformed into a reality (imagine the story board). Inception was child’s play compared to the “mindf*ck” of Black Swan. The audience is forced to see the world through the eyes of the swan Queen, and feel every emotion along the way.

    This film is a 10/10 for me, mos def my movie of the year.

    • Anonymous

      ELLIOTT!!! So glad I stumbled across this today. Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. Honestly, love your take. Not my movie of the year, but I loved it nonetheless. Thank you for sharing this with me and the fans.

    • Anonymous

      ELLIOTT!!! So glad I stumbled across this today. Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. Honestly, love your take. Not my movie of the year, but I loved it nonetheless. Thank you for sharing this with me and the fans.

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