Frankenweenie could be called a comeback of sorts for Tim Burton, as it is his best film since Big Fish, but I think this Burton might have always been there through the ups and downs; he just needed the perfect project to pour his talents into. [Read more...]
The Dilemma is aptly named for what takes place during these 2 hours of movie time. I know what you’re thinking: “What!? A movie title that somehow represents the movie itself!? That’s unheard of!” Shh… I bat your sarcasm away. Yes, the film is named for the obvious dilemma in the plot itself, but unfortunately the film is marred by the other dilemmas that occurred on the filmmaking end, creating a pretty mediocre end result.
So here’s the obvious: girl and guy codes aside, when you see the significant other of your best friend cheating on them should you or should you not tell them? This is the question that Ronny faces when he sees Nick’s wife with another man, and though he wants to tell him, plenty of variables get thrown into the mix making it harder for Ronny to just come out and break the bad news.
And this is where the problem lies. Though this is a highly debatable topic, turns out it in itself really can’t be the basis of an entire film. [Read more...]
The film follows a pair of friends/business partners that are have an unsuspecting wrench thrown in their relationship when one of them sees the other’s significant other with another man. This proves difficult for the one who saw the adultery, Ronny, as he doesn’t know how to break the news to his buddy, Nick. To compound the problem even further, Ronny, doesn’t know what to do with his own girlfriend as Nick and his cheating wife, Geneva, had been pressuring him to pop the question before all these adultery issues arose. Ronny begins to sneak around after Geneva and when he finally confronts her a war of secrets begins to unfold.
In order to sum up my thoughts on Black Swan you would have to determine what you could based on a blank expression that looked a little like that, mouth slightly more agape. That’s right, I really did just resort to an emoticon to review a film. Unsophisticated response? Maybe a little, but even hours after watching this film and the loss of the visible appearance of that look, the dumbfounded expression is still present on my brain (if my brain could wear an expression of course), with a splash of a “WTF” overtone.
Rising on pointed toe far above the flashy dance films being pushed out in the past few years, Black Swan follows Nina Sayers at the start of her escalating dance career as a ballerina. Following the struggles to outshine the other girls in her dance company Nina is finally giving the starring role of the swan queen in Swan Lake, but it is in the happiest moment of her life that it begins to unravel around her. [Read more...]
Black Swan is another fantastic entry into Darren Aronofsky’s filmography that is driven by a wonderful lead performance by Natalie Portman and could very well be my favorite film of the year when it is all said and done.
The film follows Nina Sayers who has been a background ballet performer in an elite New York company that finally gets her shot at stardom when the company’s lead decides to “retire.” Nina gets her shot in the company’s next performance of Swan Lake and her life begins to parallel her character of The Swan Queen. Nina applies a lot of pressure on herself and beyond that she lives with her mother who is overbearing and is clearly living vicariously through her daughter. Added to the self and parental pressure is the extremely competitive nature of the world of ballet and these elements all thrown together provides for a volatile environment for Nina to try and rise to stardom. So when her director keeps getting disappointed in her work and a new talent from San Francisco shows up in the company, Nina finds herself in a stressful situation.