Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Black Swan, Week In Movies.



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I apologise in advance for how much of a wordy ramble this post is going to be... The day of my cinema trip to see Black Swan finally came around yesterday. I had read a lot of reviews and comments on the film, including various blog posts and of course the unavoidable Oscar buzz, and had high expectations going into it. I wouldn't say I was disappointed by the film at all, but I did expect to leave the cinema having fallen in love with it, which unfortunately didn't happen. I did really like the film as a whole and thought it was another case where the cinematography was at many times stunning. I guess you kind of know what to expect if you've seen Requiem For A Dream, it's that same feeling afterwards. I am quite a fan of some psychological thrillers, and I definitely enjoy films that really make you question and think about things, Black Swan certainly does that. I left feeling quite inspired to make some artwork, perhaps some drawings or textile pieces. The textures of the Rodarte costumes were beautiful and very inspiring for textile work. I have to say, I'm glad they didn't give away too much in the trailer as if they had it wouldn't have been such an interesting watch. I would definitely say it's worth going to see, but I'm unsure how it would hold up on second, third and fourth viewings because part of the interest for me was the unpredictability of the characters.
 Plus, it's just another thing that makes me wish I never quit ballet.


I haven't watched much else yet this week. I ended up renting The Joneses on itunes as it was one of thier 99p films this week. I've made a promise to myself to start making more of the cheap rentals they have, maybe to rent one or two a month, in addition to my two lovefilm rentals... and any cinema trips of course! All I really have to say about The Joneses is that I thought the concept of a fake family made up of salespeople moving to a rich town and being paid to show off their belongings and encourage the neighbours to buy the products was alone actually a very interesting idea. However for me the film didn't make the most of that. I thought the script was quite dull at times and I didn't like the ending at all. I guess for 99p it wasn't that bad though! The only other films I have watched so far this week are Wild Target & The Devil Wears Prada, as I'm a little behind on returning my rental. 

I thought since the Oscar nominations are out, and I'm having a long ramble on films, I'd mention them as well. It was a nice surprise to see Helena Bonham Carter's name pop up in the Best Supporting Actress category for The King's Speech, and I'm hoping Geoffrey Rush wins Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film as I thought he was fantastic. I was equally surprised to not see Mila Kunis receive a nomination, I was convinced she would be up for supporting actress too. I have to say that I was disappointed not to see 127 Hours receive a nomination in the cinematography category as I personally was pleasantly surprised by how beautifully made it actually was. I'm interested to see who's going to win. My guess is Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will both do well, but they are the obvious choices!


If anyone has any favourite film recommendations for me, please let me now in the comments. I'm always looking for new films to watch!
If you actually sat and read through all of that then I'm very impressed! I'm also very sorry for boring you.
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