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December 12, 2010

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Ed Howard

I agree this is a very compelling, engrossing film. I just completed a conversation about it with Jason Bellamy at the House Next Door:

http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/2010/12/the-conversations-darren-aronofsky-part-ii-black-swan/

One thing I'd disagree about is Kunis' effectiveness. I thought she was excellent in this film. Lily is not supposed to really be a threat, even though Nina sometimes sees her as one. Lily is more of a free spirit, the opposite of Nina's repression and shyness. She embodies the liberation of the Black Swan, and as such Kunis' charming, expressive performance is perfect for the character. I don't think I've ever seen her in anything substantial before, and she was quite a revelation here.

RVCBard

Lily is not supposed to really be a threat, even though Nina sometimes sees her as one. Lily is more of a free spirit, the opposite of Nina's repression and shyness. She embodies the liberation of the Black Swan, and as such Kunis' charming, expressive performance is perfect for the character.

Thank you. With all the women hating women going around, Kunis' straightforward, carefree Lily was a refreshing change of pace.

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Much like Marisa Tomei's character in "The Wrestler," I like how she sort of represents a final chance at human connection. That she reaches out to Nina in genuine friendship, as opposed to facilitating the corrosive environment Nina lives in, adds to the sense of tragedy and loss.

Black Swan

This is one of the most surprising, fascinating movies of the year. Portman and Kunis are both gorgeous and natural, and fit perfectly for the part.

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