Thursday, July 14, 2011

Netflix & Black Swan

First comment/question/thought:

WTF netflix? You used to be a good deal, but now, not so much. I AM DEVASTATED. As many of you know from reading my blog, I occasionally mention movies that I've seen. My hubby & I have netflix and we usually watch 1-2 movies per week. It's nice because we have date night on wednesdays and consists of us cooking dinner and a movie. But, we really only use the DVD portion of Netflix so we could just get that... but I mean, $7.99 seems kind of steep for 1-2 movies per week. We could use the streaming portion but it seems like the movies I want to see are never available for streaming. So, is it worth it to keep it or just go to Red Box? My movie choices will be limited, but Blockbuster is always available and it's only like $2 to rent a movie now... so we now have a very important decision to make.

Second thing:

The movie, Black Swan...

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I have mixed feelings about this movie. The premise is right up my alley. I LOVE a dance movie, hello Centre Stage

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AND i love a horror movie - especially something that is a psycho type thriller like American Psycho or Silence of the Lambs...

so the plot had potential. Also, I heart Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis - both some of my favs... And actually, they both did well with their performance. I truly believed Natalie was fragile, and so focused on perfection that she was a teeny bit psychotic BUT I didn't like how it played out. I am no movie expert, and maybe i'm just not smart enough to understand the metaphor, who knows.

DANGER: SPOILER ALERT - if you haven't seen it and want to see it, do not read any further

so I get that there's this whole like, inner struggle between being perfect/good and being human. And she's growing up from this 12 year old girl who has been overprotected by her crazy, obsessed mom and I guess that the black swan was the Yang to her "perfect" Yin but I don't know if the director did a good enough job making reality/metaphor distinct. I understood what he was saying, but also thought it was poorly done.

Just my opinion and opinions are like a-holes :)

A lot of people loved it. I think sometimes, a director/writer gets so caught up in trying to make it confusing/shocking, whatever, that they get lost in story and don't see that it's not clear to the viewer.

so... that's my movie review... when am I going to get a show like Siskel & Ebert?
also, I don't know if you notice, but I use a lot of these.... I don't know why. I just like them

Have you seen Black Swan?
What were your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you about Netflix. It's kind of not worth it anymore. I am not able to stream on my computer (too old), but can on my phone (how weird is that?) but, like you said, they often don't have the things you want to see available for streaming.. (and can you picture my husband and I having date night by watching a movie on my phone?)

    Oh, and we have Black Swan right now at home (from Netflix) and have been trying to watch it for weeks...