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See, for me Black Swan is faring very well in my memory. This is one of the only movies that I feel like I understand some of its visual language during my first viewing.

From the naming of the character Lily, to the dressing of Nina in white, and then shades of grey, and then in the final scenes black--when her madness totally overwhelms her. Nina's mother is dressed in dark tones always, as is Lily. There was one shot in particular I keep thinking about: the sequence with Nina practicing by herself, but in the studio. The piano accompanist leaves, and eventually the lights go out. The scene had begun with light, and human company--and Nina's costume looks light grey. As she runs through the facility, further and further frightened there less and less of a color contrast. Eventually she find Lily, banging the hell out of the director--when the camera cuts back to Nina, her costume almost looks white again.

A random tale of two celebrity sightings:The day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday) my husband and a friend went to a Black Swan screening on the Fox lot. (William Fox theater, a smaller theater). The screening is supposed to start at 6:30. It's 6:35, the theater's half full--no biggie--screenings start late all the time. Now it's 6:45, the theater is full except for two seats behind my husband, and the pasty abused PR guy keeps thanking everyone for their patience. My husband and his friend are anxious to see the movie, anxious to start their vacation, and wondering who has the juice to hold up the screening. It's 6:55 and the door to the theater opens, and my husband sneaks a peek back, to see the douchebag who's kept everyone waiting. Oh. My. Purple. Lord. It's Prince. He's wearing the suit, the heels, the big A-list sunglasses, and he has the inappropriately young female companion. He fulfills all the star cliches you want--he walks in, sits down--boom there go the lights, pow up comes the Fox Searchlight logo, and all my husband can hear is people all over the theater whispering, "PrincePrincePrince".It's a pretty visceral movie, and knowing He Would Die 4 U is sitting behind U makes everything feel weirder. Prince does the A-list thing and leaves right before the movie ends. After the movie, my husband and friend are stunned. At the movie, and the Prince, and holy wow LA, etc. They get all the way back to the car (on the Fox lot, the parking lot is not close to the screening rooms, and is a noticeable walk) and notice my husband has managed to lose his new bluetooth. They walk all the way back to the theater, the door's are locked, they're looking around for security, and my husband sees a PR rep he knows talking to a guy. He goes over to ask the rep to see if she had a key, or radio to get ahold of someone in security, explaining about his bluetooth. The bystander gave him a tip on where to call for security, and wished him luck in the bluetooth search. Walking away, my husband pinged in his head "Hey, I think that's the Prison Break guy." It was, and Wentworth Miller will always be a weird asterisk when I think about Black Swan and Prince.

Did you and your husband strike curious poses?
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I think there needs to be a small white truck parked next to the scene of the accident, watching but not participating.

How was the crowd for The Lovely Bones?

That's how I felt when I saw Gangs of New York, followed closely by City of God. DDL is fantastic in Gangs, but the movie didn't do much for me. City Of God though, that's the real thing.     I don

Did you and your husband strike curious poses?
I wasn't there. I wish I was there, and I'm hoping in a couple of years my memory will have changed--and I'll believe I was there.When he came home and told me I screamed. Not hollered or squealed, but out loud screamed. My throat was a little scratchy the next day. I've also been daydreaming about Prince just showing up in my day--maybe at happy hour as I check out the beer-aritas?
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I wasn't there. I wish I was there, and I'm hoping in a couple of years my memory will have changed--and I'll believe I was there.When he came home and told me I screamed. Not hollered or squealed, but out loud screamed. My throat was a little scratchy the next day. I've also been daydreaming about Prince just showing up in my day--maybe at happy hour as I check out the beer-aritas?
For NYE the casino I was working for the midnight confetti shoot and balloon drop had Purple Rain, the Prince cover band. They were amazing and the guy looked a ton like Prince.I still think changing his name to that symbol will always make me think he is basically confused about real life and will pull a Michael Jackson somehow, someway.Doing a lighting job for Kurt Russel here in the desert for some speaking thing next week end, probably less than 100 people will be there since its an exclusive club. Jerry Weintraub promoted his book when it came out here and got about 150 people total. Both members of this country club. Plan to keep Goldie far enough away to still remember how she looked in Foul Play...
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The Town.I was expecting more, and the ending was a pretty big let down.
just finished watching the town. very good movie. pretty sure you just didn't get it.also to theraflu:

the addiction stuff was just another one of the reasons he wanted to "get away," i.e. more than just getting away from robbing banks. part of the start a whole new life thing he was trying to do.

not sure I need to spoiler tag that but why the hell not. I rarely get the chance.

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just finished watching the town. very good movie. pretty sure you just didn't get it.
Oh, you're right.

Affleck would have had no trouble getting out of there alive, let alone, scottfree.

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I thought this was a good movie, very tense, very well acted, but ultimately I wasn't lost in the movie's world. I can't pinpoint anything in particular that I would do differently (maybe not have the ballet director spell out the story for us in the beginning, but I don't imagine many viewers will know the story of Swan Lake (I didn't), so maybe it was necessary), but it doesn't break into my top five for the year.
I felt the same in that I very much enjoyed the movie but I knew I could only rate it 4/5 and I couldn't articulate why it just fell short in some way. Then I read a little review by some random movie nerd online and he expressed what I hadn't noticed thinking as I watched:

There are just too many clichés. Some of it is obvious because the director makes it so - i.e. the plot of Swan Lake as you said. But the whole mother character was ludicrously clichéd - she is the overbearing stage mom who forces her child to pursue perfection in order to compensate for her own failed career. I thought that while I was watching but didn't acknowledge what a weak point it was until I read it elsewhere. Add in the prima donna cliché, the man in a position of power who screws all the ingenues cliché, etc etc. Even the repressed sexuality leading to insanity cliché is straight out of Splendour in the Grass. There isn't an original character or situation in there. Another thing which I thought of later was that the cinematography wasn't memorable to me. With other films, even other Aronofsky films (especially The Fountain) there has been stunning visual imagery that stayed with me. I can still picture a scene in the Fountain where the married couple are laying in bed and there are close up shots of their skin in an orangey light where you can see the tiny hairs and it feels electric. The Black Swan didn't offer anything at that level for me. I guess I feel he could have been more innovative and avant garde with the cinematography. To it's credit: I loved the whole plot based around Swan Lake and I didn't mind knowing what was happening i.e. that she was turning into the Black Swan - that clearly wasn't meant to be a secret since anyone can figure it out as soon as her back starts bleeding. I loved the execution of the plot with the twists added - Lily turning up alive, the sex scene having been a dream - which I didn't anticipate.

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watched punch-drunk love this morning and just finished eternal sunshine. weirdo-love-story-fest all day. I think eternal sunshine is one of the best movies ever. just so damn good.

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watched punch-drunk love this morning and just finished eternal sunshine. weirdo-love-story-fest all day. I think eternal sunshine is one of the best movies ever. just so damn good.
How is this queer the odds on favorite to win KoOT?
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How is this queer the odds on favorite to win KoOT?
gotta admit I got a little misty at the end of eternal sunshine when he said "ok." yep, got a little choked up.and now I just finished pineapple express. I actually laughed quite a few times but man oh man, what a steaming pile that ultimately was. that movie should not have happened.
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and now I just finished pineapple express. I actually laughed quite a few times but man oh man, what a steaming pile that ultimately was. that movie should not have happened.
a lot of good jokes but not really a movie----that's what I felt too. But, it had some redeeming value at least.
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a lot of good jokes but not really a movie----that's what I felt too. But, it had some redeeming value at least.
it's the funniest movie I've ever seen that I've hated. I think that's the best way to describe it.
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I felt the same in that I very much enjoyed the movie but I knew I could only rate it 4/5 and I couldn't articulate why it just fell short in some way. Then I read a little review by some random movie nerd online and he expressed what I hadn't noticed thinking as I watched:
Hmm, maybe that's it. Didn't quite feel original enough.
i've never seen 'eternal sunshine.'
I reckon you need to rectify this.
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