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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
We're Obsessed: The Trailer for "Black Swan"
If there's one thing that's true about me, it's that I absolutely cannot resist a movie like Black Swan, which is the new Darren Aronofsky film about the toxic world of professional ballet, out in theatres this December. I know that's a long time away, but dudes, WATCH THIS TRAILER, IT'S SO GOOD. You could seriously take lessons from this trailer on how to put together a teaser for a movie:
It was like this movie was reverse-engineered out of a "Things That Kat Loves" list:
1. BALLET! Especially Swan Lake, my favorite ballet of all time. Ballet is generally an art form obsessed with the purity of its aesthetics, and Swan Lake's are the purest of them all. It's always a sheer visual delight to watch, even if you're watching the all-swan-dude Matthew Bourne version (which is, by the way, gorgeous.) Loads of beautiful white feathers, gorgeous headpieces, amazing makeup...how could you go wrong with such visuals?
2. Demented ballet dancers played by doe-eyed brunettes!
3. A Winona Ryder cameo!
4. Darren Aronofsky directing! One of the most visceral dude directors around--quite excited to see what he does with the feminine world of ballet. Word has it this project was developed at the same time as The Wrestler, so I'm curious to see the kinship between the two films.
5. My friend JUST saw it at Venice Film Festival and emailed me to say that I was "going to adore the shit out of it." She also said that Mila Kunis is "fantastic," the costumes are "stunning," but she wouldn't give up the goods on the Mila Kunis-Natalie Portman makeout scene. COME ON DAMN IT!
6. Black Swan is supposed to be akin to Polanski's early movies. Now, I'm not too keen on a child rapist, but it's kind of undeniable that his early films like Knife in the Water, Rosemary's Baby, and Repulsion are brilliant. I love a good psychological thriller.
7. The performance costumes were co-designed by Rodarte! It's perfect that they're doing ballet costumes, especially for aforementioned demented ballet dancers!
8. I'm not a huge Natalie Portman fan, but it looks like the film takes advantage of her limitations as an actress and screen presence (perpetual little girl voice, even if she's playing FUCKING ANNE BOLEYN, perpetually tightly-wound) and transplants them perfectly into the darkness of the character.
9. I'm also a fan of any film with a vague Single White Female-type thematic focus. Female transference = YES.
10. And did you get that last bit in the trailer, the stuff with the red eyes and crazyface? I gotta know WTF that is all about.
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