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“People: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator shut out of new movie - San Jose Mercury News” plus 1 more

“People: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator shut out of new movie - San Jose Mercury News” plus 1 more


People: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator shut out of new movie - San Jose Mercury News

Posted: 25 Nov 2010 07:28 PM PST

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Movie Review: Black Swan (2010) - Associated Content

Posted: 06 Dec 2010 12:17 AM PST

It starts with a dream and moves quickly into foreshadowing. What follows is an intricate blend of delusional fantasy and chilling reality, both intertwining inseparably. The season for a New York City ballet company opens with Swan Lake; although it's been done to death, this version promises to be more visceral, energetic and stunning. The tale of the Swan Queen involves an enchanted lake, an evil twin, a wicked sorcerer, a prince, seduction, betrayal and suicide. Each of these events mirror repressed, overworked and timid Nina Sayers' (Natalie Portman) downward spiral into paranoia, hallucinations, doppelgangers, and transformation, as she toils over being the perfect ballerina. The symbolism is obvious, with the show having unnerving equivalencies with her life, even going so far as to include actual mirror tricks and mutant-swan transfiguration makeup. Conquering one's fears has never been so daunting. And if it's simply demonstrating the hardships of professional dancing, it's visually gone much too far.After a surprise audition is conducted by Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel), the instructor, Nina realizes she isn't quite good enough to land the role of the Swan Queen - she doesn't seem a perfect match to play the dual part of the Black Swan as well, a particularly challenging character metamorphosis in the Swan Lake ballet. When she's chosen for it nonetheless, her company is split between congratulatory spirits and jealousy. Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder), the previous lead, is forced into retirement due to her age, and is bitter at her replacement. Another threat is posed by new recruit Lily (Mila Kunis), who receives a lot of attention from Leroy when his advances toward Nina fail.

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