This crowd-pleasing, critically-acclaimed Coen brothers western remake/adaptation took the box office crown in its third weekend of release, setting itself up as a major Oscar contender.
Sure, the latter is about ballet and the former has Cher and Christina, but the two films are twin journeys into the voyeuristic world of ripped female bodies and supercharged girl-on-girl tension.
While there are many great films targeted for awards this season, the buzz film that stirs the most emotional reaction, of shock or a cringe has been ...
Like the protagonist of her 2006 novel, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Ayelet Waldman is a Jewish redhead who attended Harvard Law School and is ...
Female artists are generally incensed by the portrayal of female sexuality in Black Swan, often asking, "Why does a woman still need to use her sexuality to move ahead in her career?"
Don't let the lackluster ho-hum holiday season cinema schlockfest fool you. 2010 was a stellar year for films. In a break from tradition, quality films did not only turn up during the Oscar-friendly month of December.
Portman has a lot to celebrate this week: Black Swan is getting rave reviews, she's creating a bunch of Oscar buzz for her starring role in it, she's engaged, and she's preggers. Whew!
While the movie has its big, viscerally-felt moments, much of what makes Portman so effective in the role is her attention to the more subtle aspects of Nina's descent.
I hope I will not be thought of as a coarse Philistine for not praising this film. I confess that I am not a devotee of the ballet; indeed, I have att...
Black Swan is wrapped together in a wonderful package by director Darren Aronofsky to such an extent that you are gripped from almost the beginning right until the captivating end.
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis' grinding, slavish devotion to training for their roles as top ballerinas is bringing to light the pressure, tears and constant paranoia that real-life dancers so often face in pursuit of the art.
And what do we do with the worst parts of ourselves? We lose them. And we live.
If torture, perfectionism, masochism and emaciated, ethereal sprites pirouetting themselves into delicate music box coffins, can become an exalted, g...
The world is full of White Swans -- if only one knows where to look for them. To prove my point, I boldly make the following predictions. I guarantee all of them will come true within the coming year.
Speaking from his jail cell, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said, "On behalf of all of us here at WikiLeaks, I want to offer my congratulations to all the winners, including Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, and this year's Best Picture, 'Burlesque.'"