Friday, November 12, 2010
Saw Black Swan tonight. Aronofsky talked first. He has a little mustache. Vincent Cassel came up on stage. The man exudes confidence and charisma. What a badass. Then Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Mila Kunis, and Natalie Portman came up. None of them talked. Kunis is one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. Aronofsky said, "Sylvester Stallone is here! Everyone, Sly... are you here?" People looked around and then Stallone yelled, "I'm here." He was about eight rows behind us, wearing sunglasses in the theater. The movie started. It was good. It is relentless in its focus on female discomfort, and on the discomfort of things like clipping toenails, being painfully massaged by a doctor, tugging loose bits of skin off your body, and accidentally masturbating in front of your mother. Barbara Hershey is extremely unpleasant (in a good way) as a controlling, infantilizing, humiliating mother. Cassel is sleazy and awesome, especially in the scene where Portman comes to his apartment. Portman has one expression for most of the movie. Her one great scene is when she gets cast in a role she wants and calls her mother... what she does with her face is perfect in that scene. The movie looks great... incredibly atmospheric and kinetic, unsettlingly grainy. Clint Mansell's score is effective, but will he ever write another score as good as Requiem for a Dream's? I doubt it, just as I doubt Aronofsky will ever make a movie as good. Mila Kunis is great. There's a fairly long scene where she performs oral sex on Natalie Portman. For real. The end is really pretty silly (and is kinda the same as The Wrestler), but much of what comes earlier is terrific.