The movie Black Swan reviewed…

Went with friends to the beautiful Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s in Beverly Hills last Saturday evening and saw Black Swan. Now I like continuity and smooth transitions, not a fan of jump cuts, but it worked for me in this movie for it made that nervous edge between sanity and that tense grasp on reality even more nervous as Nina, an aspiring ballerina,  kept going farther and farther over that edge. Nina is played by Natalie Portman who I thought did an amazing job, evolving from innocent to not so innocent with a trip through the perils of losing touch with reality. And I liked the way the art of Ballet, as with any art, was presented as an enormous effort for anyone wanting to achieve greatness with their art. That the self has to be set aside so as the art can flourish with all it’s emotional angst, with no barrier of self awareness to diminish the light. I was awake through the whole movie so for me that is a testament to it’s greatness.

After the movie we went to El Coyote’s restaurant and had a few drinks and dinner. I had an Enchilada Howard for dinner, yes, that’s what’s it’s called on the menu. So after experiencing the emotional force of the Black Swan story and then having an Enchilada Howard for dinner I could say the evening went from the sublime to the incredulous.


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