Movie Day – Black Swan

It’s pouring here in SoCal – I mean seriously raining – and it’s supposed to be this way for days and days.
But it’s not snow, so I won’t complain – much. Despite the flooding and the threat of mudslides, I ventured out to see “Black Swan.” The theater was packed so I guess people either have finished their Christmas shopping or really, really wanted to see the movie. Did I like it? Not as much as I’d hoped. Natalie Portman threw herself into the role of the ballerina on the verge of a breakdown and Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder were all good too. I was just expecting more of a psychological thriller than an over-the-top horror movie. Has anyone else seen it? (Jeff, I know you gave it a thumbs up.) Here’s the trailer.
On the baseball front, I suppose I could go into the Yankees’ signing of reliever Pedro Feliciano but I don’t have a single thing to say about it. I want a starter. Cashman preached patience. It’s not my strong suit.


  1. raysrenegade

    Been waiting for this movie to hit. And it is not for the lush kiss between Portman and Kunis, but I digress.
    Just wild how this film has the competive edge of sports in general with the back-stabbing and ulterior motives of a good old fashion throwdown.
    Might be a chick flick, but I might be inclined to check it out….as long as there is about 5 minutes of Mila on celluloid.
    She not that 70’s chick anymore!

    Rays Renegade

  2. Jane Heller

    Their kiss is pretty hot, Renegade. LOL. And Mila is sensational. I saw a lot of guys in the theater and Michael really liked the movie. You’re right about the comparison between ballet and sports, both because of the competitiveness and the pressure on the body to perform at the highest level. Go see it!



    I thought of you the moment I heard that weather report. Hoping the best for you and your neighbors.


    Hmmm. Just don’t know. Was gonna make some rude quip about how psycho gay ballerinas ain’t exactly my thing, but fortunately I didn’t (ooops…showing my Neanderthal side again…no offense to all those who dig it…).
    Let me wipe off my drool and drag my knuckles back over to beisbol. Just saw that the Royals have agreed to trade Greinke to the BREWERS. And people thought that only the Jayson Werth deal made no sense. Swell. Hope he’s happy with a bratwurst & a beer, ’cause that’s about all there is to look forward to in Milwaukee. Then again…compared to crazy ballerinas…hey…not so bad…?!

  5. Jane Heller

    Thanks for thinking of me jojovanb. The forecast is now even worse than I posted – we’re supposed to get the worst series of storms (and rain totals) in at least a decade. Heavy downpours expected all week, no breaks as originally thought. Already our hill has seen some slides, so I really hope I’m not stranded!

    You do sound like a Neanderthal when it comes to ballet, Dave! (Thanks for the Christmas card, btw. Just wanted you to know I appreciate it – and your annual letter.) As for Greinke, I nearly fainted when I woke up and read about that. The Brewers? I guess he didn’t want to step into the bright lights after all. So much for that. Maybe we can get Mussina to come out of retirement.

    Your wife is into Eclipse, Peter? Once addicted, that’s it. You’ll need to stage an intervention.

    I read that he’s pitched more innings than any lefty, Paul? Or something like that? As long as he’s a specialist who can actually get people out I’ll be thrilled to have him.

  6. redstatebluestate

    Forget Feliciano… why not call up Pedro MARTINEZ… see what he’s up to. LOL. As for Black Swan, I felt it was the perfect balance of bizarre/psychological thriller and sexy, arcing narrative… there was some groundedness, which made the way-out there parts more punchy. At least, for me, that’s how I feel about it. And I’m in love with Natalie. She was so good. So, so good.

  7. Jane Heller

    At this point I’d take Pedro Martinez, Jeff – unless the Cardinals have some live arms they want to give the Yankees? On Black Swan, I loved the bizarreness, melodrama and erotic elements. It was just that Natalie’s character started out scared and nervous and on the verge, so I felt there was no real arc for her. I did think her relationship with her mother was well done – how scary was Barbara Hershey!

  8. blithescribe

    Yeah, it is pouring! My family from out of state say it never rains in Southern California. Clearly it does, our rain just tends to happen all at once every other year or so instead of in helpful all season long gentle showers. I hope everything is safe and mudslide free up the coast your way!
    The Black Swan definitely looks great. I have now heard mixed reviews but I am still intrigued.

  9. Jane Heller

    Isn’t this weather bizarre, Kristen? Unfortunately, our road is now impassable for my car (we have a creak that’s rising as I type this) and I’m hoping the “back way” out, which is really just in case of fire, is OK. Haven’t ventured out at all. Hope you’re in good shape down south.

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