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Wick-Quoting #36: Black Swan

“I just want to be perfect.”

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Black Swan is pretty much close to perfect.  The director, Darren Aronofsky, seems to enjoy making films with extremely low budgets.  His previous film before Black Swan was The Wrestler, which only had a production budget of 6 million.  However, the difference between Black Swan and The Wrestler is the quality.  Black Swan beats The Wrestler in every way.  Not only did Black Swan make more than 6 times more money than The Wrestler (approximately 295 million worldwide), but it also contains well-liked stars such as Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.  The interaction between the two actors creates a thrilling performance.

BFF?

Natalie Portman displayed what she is capable of in Black Swan, with her sweet girl image combined with a more terrifying personality.  You could say that the film allowed her to express herself to higher levels than her times in Star Wars.  Mila Kunis also fitted very well with her role as the bad girl.  It was interesting to see these two actresses come together and make sparks fly.

Here is a reason why the film was so popular

While this film isn’t necessarily a horror movie, it still contains many elements of one, including frightening images and unnatural occurrences.  Many times, I felt the film to be too much to look at, with all the creepy images, but I was compelled to stay, because I still wanted to be engaged with what was happening and what was going to happen.  You could say that the film was constantly pulling me back in.

Kind of creepy

Black Swan is most definitely in 2010’s top films of the year, alongside True Grit and Toy Story 3.

9.2

Quoted by MWP

Sawazz: 9.2

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Wick-Quoting #30: The Godfather Part III

“Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.”

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After watching the final installment to The Godfather series, one thing came to mind: Part III is substantially better than Part II.  While TG2 (The Godfather Part II) is entertaining to say the least, it lacks the obvious genius of the other two films.  TG3 (The Godfather Part III) is able to surpass TG2 by basically copying the original.  TG3 goes back to the original by including a retiring leader, ambitious new characters, and forbidden love.

1) a retiring leader

An aged Michael (played again by, of course, Al Pacino) is now highly respected, just like how his father was in the first movie.  Now, it is easy to say that the reason as to why the first movie was so successful is because of the compelling character of Don Vito Corleone.  His gestures, his accent, his personality are all very interesting to watch.  In TG3, Al Pacino is attempting to fill in the shoes of Marlon Brando.  Although he doesn’t quite pull it off, he does have his own respectable take on an old, ex-mob boss.  And with the fall of one, comes the rise of others.

2) ambitious new characters

In an attempt to hold up the family’s honor with Michael’s withdrawal, many characters all compete for the spotlight, including Connie, Mary, and Vincent.  While Connie isn’t exactly a new character, her role is drastically different than it was in the previous two movies.  In TG3, she does take action, which is positive in the view of the family.  Mary, Michael’s daughter, gets a lot more accomplished (story-wise) than her brother.  Finally, there is Vincent Mancini (Andy Garcia) who is almost like a combination of the two characters, Michael and Sonny when they were younger.  Fresh faces is exactly what sequels need in order to propel further.  Of course, too much “new” isn’t all that beneficial – just look at the third installments of Spider-Man and Shrek.

3) forbidden love

Like the first movie, TG3 contains flickering love; however, it is far more “messed.”  Vincent and Mary (cousins) end up growing feelings for one another, and it sort of gets out of hand.  Of course, if there’s anything we learned from the first, with all forbidden love comes consequence!

Building on from that, foreshadowing is huge in TG3, which I absolutely missed from TG2.  The way I see it, a film with good foreshadowing deserves great backlighting with its movie posters.  The other day I finally saw Black Swan, which also uses great foreshadowing – and I was blown away.  Foreshadowing – although can be cheesy at times – can really make a movie shine (alright, enough with the cheesy wordplay).

TG3 is not all light and glitter though, due to the fact of some out-of-place scenes and small, annoying details.  Examples of this include the helicopter shoot down and the fact that Michael becomes a saintlike character: both are not that believable.  One of the main problems I have with the movie is Sofia Coppola in general.  I do not enjoy watching her character making a mess of situations, and what I enjoy less is her big mouth.  Her mouth is pretty distracting to watch, and it reminds me of the bigmouth girl from Glee (a terrible show indeed).  I also do not like Lost in Translation, which was directed and written by Sophia Coppola.  No, I am not being biased based on a movie made by Sophia – in fact, I just learned that she is the one who directed Lost in Translation.

Lost in Translation had a budget of only 4 million, yet has made way more than it should have

TG3 has made 136 million, paying off quite reasonably well for itself.  With interesting foreshadowing, Al Pacino, and some nice scenes (especially the ending scene when Michael yells) TG3 is not a film you should miss, especially if you have already seen the first two.

8.5

(I didn’t quite plan for this post to be so long…)

Quoted by MWP


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