Monday, January 3, 2011

Black Swan

Black Swan was awesome. It is rated R, so is definitely not appropriate for all audiences, but it is a really interesting movie about femininity, perfection, and sexuality. I'm not going to give any more about it away because it's one of those you-should-go-see-this-and-be-entranced-and-terrified-for-two-hours-movies.

I was also really impressed with Natalie Portman. I know lots of people are avid fans of her, but I just like her. (But I will drop anything to watch Where the Heart Is whenever it comes on Oxygen.) She did an amazing job in the movie in both acting and dancing, and it was really one of the most compelling performances I've ever seen by any actress. So riding on my "You go, Natalie Portman!"-attitude, when the January Vogue arrived, I went straight to her interview. And imagine my surprise when I read that Portman and a friend, Annette Savitch, had started a production company called Handsomecharlie Films.

Says Portman, "We're very into female comedies; there just aren't enough. We're trying to go for that guy-movie tone, like Judd Apatow's movies, or The Hangover but with women--who are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar."

“There’s a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men’s-magazine cover and playing yourself—a woman with desires and needs who loves and laughs with her friends—in a bra and underpants. You become an object if you simply put it out there. Most movies are made by men, it’s totally natural that they’re going to present their worldview, so we’re trying to find more women who are writers and directors who are expressing their worldview. Did you see Tiny Furniture? Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in it; she’s 23, and it is just amazing. She walks around in her underwear for the whole movie; it’s harsh. She’s the subject, she’s not the object, and it’s beautiful—that’s the kind of thing we need more of.” (from

So I'm excited now to see what Handsomecharlie turns out. Even though it was started in 2008, this is the first I've heard of it, and I'm hoping that we'll all be hearing a lot more about it soon.

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