Natalie Portman

Black Swan

December 1, 2010

I have been anticipating to see a psychological thriller like this, and unfortunately it is being shown at limited theaters.  Darren Aronosky, the director of Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler, brings us a spine chilling rivalry between two ballerinas in New York. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were friends before the production of  Black Swan. They’re still friends now, but while filming Aronosky separated the girls and instigated jealousy to fuel the hot acting that they deliver. While there is a steamy sex scene between the two, the significance should lie on the hours of rigorous ballet pointe training that they endured. Dedicated to the film’s integrity both Kunis and Portman ate strict diets in order to stay under 100 pounds. I’m not sure if this film will turn me on or freak the shit out of me, but I do know it will be awesome.

I Love You Phillip Morris

December 3, 2010

Glenn Ficarra and Jean Requa team up again to direct this highly animated unconventional love story. Steven Russell, played by the hilarious Jim Carrey, is your average god-fearing man, until a car crash “awakens” him. His revelation, liberates his sexual life and even leads him to a life of crime. And it is in prison, where Russell falls in love with Phillip Morris, played by the dreamy Ewan McGregor. Like most Jim Carrey films, I love you Phillip Morris, will keep you laughing until the end.

The Company Men

December 10, 2010

This goes out to all the unemployed, which nowadays is almost all of us. The Company Men seems to be a truly inspiring feel good drama. The story centers on three men (Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jone, and Chris Cooper) in the midst of a corporate downsizing and how it affects their lives, families, and masculinity.  Writer and Director John Wells, who is previously known for directing the hit TV show E.R., provides us with an uplifting film that confronts our economic crisis.

Tron: Legacy

December 17, 2010

The title speaks for itself. I am hoping its a good remake, and it’s definitely worth seeing in IMAX 3-D.

True Grit

December 22,2010

Just about every movie that the Coen brothers crank out is a classic that I’d buy for my movie collection. This year they are remaking Henry Hathaway’s True Grit. The Coens adaptation does not deviate from the plot: a gritty U.S. Marshall, played by Jeff Bridges, helps the stubborn young woman, played by Hallie Steinfield, track down the man her killed her father.  Although the Coen Brothers have produced award worthy movies, such as No Country for Old Men, I think they are taking on a challenge by remaking an already intelligent and well directed film. With excellent casting choices such as Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, I’d like to see how it turns out.

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