BY KEYMO COLEMAN
Black Swan stars Natalie Portman in her Oscar-winning role as Nina, a ballet dancer who is CRAZY!!!!!!
It also features Mila Kunis as Lily, but honestly, Natalie is the movie.
The movie is about Nina, who has worked very hard in her ballet company. The company’s fading star (Winona Ryder) is booted, so the chance to get the prestigious role of the Swan Princess in the company’s production of “Swan Lake” is up for grabs. Nina wins the role, and it requires a portrayal of the innocent White Swan and portrayal of the seductive Black Swan.
Nina’s only weakness is that she is suited for the technically sound choreography for the White Swan, not the free choreography of the Black Swan. Her quest for absolute perfection is scary to say the least. She becomes nuttier than squirrel doody. She is scared of Lily, her understudy, could snatch the role from her, which leads to some great cinematic moments.
I liked Natalie’s performance. She really convinced me that she was a psychotic woman. Her Oscar was well-deserved. Mila Kunis did well, but Natalie was just too good, and she over-shadowed Mila. The movie is very dark, and is not for kids. One scene in particular featured the two stars doing EXPLICIT adult actions.
As stated, the acting was superb, but the movie was not too entertaining. The movie could really be the last thirty minutes and be excellent. With that being said, I give Black Swan a five out of ten. It was okay. It was jammed with talent, but it was not that great.
After Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, I was wary of watching this third film in the series, but I actually enjoyed this movie. Once again, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Teri Polo, Robert DeNiro, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand return. Jessica Alba stars in this chapter.
The movie is set around Greg and Pam (Stiller and Polo)’s twins’ upcoming birthday celebration. Once again, situations arise that are pure comedy gold. Jack (DeNiro) is feeling his age and decides to make Greg the “God-focker” – the head of the family. Greg tries to prove why he is deserving of the honor. Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba) plays a business partner in a role that threatens Greg and Pam’s relationship. Pretty much, Jessica Alba once again is in a bikini playing the sexy woman (no complaints, though!!!! She has a baby and has FLAWLESS abs??? WOW!!!!!!!). One scene involving male enhancement is note-worthy as well!
This movie is the worst of the trilogy. That does not mean that it’s horrible; it’s actually great. It solidifies its spot as one of the funniest movies of the year so far. The only thing that bothered me was that the film featured old jokes that were used in the first two films. Owen Wilson stole the show, which is saying something! Everyone did a great job. I give this movie a eight out of ten. This movie is one of the top rentals nationwide, and I see why.
Scre4m once again features legendary horror movie characters Sidney Prescott, Gale Weathers and Dewey Riley, played respectably by Neve Campbell, Courtney Arquette and David Arquette.
There’s some fresh blood with a new group of teenagers, Jill Roberts (Emma Roberts), Kirby Reed (Hayden Panetierre), Robbie Mercer(Erik Knudson), Charlie Walker (Rory Kulkin) and Olivia Morris (Marielle Jaffe). Rounding out the cast are performances by Marlie Shelton, Allison Brie, Anthony Anderson and Adam Brody.
Sidney Prescott, now a famous author, has created an identity outside of being the victim of a serial-killing spree. Her last stop of her book tour is in Woodsboro, the original location of the murders. Once again, a killer has begun to torment the town. Her cousin Jill and her friends are obvious targets as well. Original survivors Dewey and Gail are also fair game.
I liked the movie. The character of Kirby Reed is the highlight of the film. Hayden Panetierre is perfect as the smart-mouthed best friend of Jill Roberts (Sidney’s cousin). Her scene where she gets quizzed is very suspenseful. The kills could have been a little more creative, though. The infamous opening was a let-down. The acting was HORRIBLE and the people in it were airheads. There just is no topping Drew Barrymore’s opening from the first movie.
Courtney Arquette was also very funny. Second to Hayden Panetierre; her’s was my favorite character. Finally, the reveal of the killer/killers was very laughable. The actor/s in the Ghostface costume needs an acting coach.
Pretty much, the formula for other Scream movies is present in this one. For a FOURTH time, the trio of Sidney, Gale and Dewey are attacked. Also, it’s pretty obvious when someone is going to get slaughtered like a goat. As a matter of fact, this film has the highest body count of the series. The reason why I liked this movie is because of the other movies and Hayden Panetierre’s role. To me, it would not have been as great if I was not a fan of the original trilogy. If the movie were to stand alone, it would still be good, though. I give this movie a 7 out of 10. I believe that people will appreciate the phone calls from Ghostface and enjoy rooting for these people to make it out alive. I know the emotional impact of certain characters’ deaths will leave people talking. (*I may or may not be talking about the original trio. Don’t assume ANYTHING for that matter.*:))