Trailer Watch: Black Swan and Monsters, plus Bonus Trailer!

Is Natalie Portman finally going to win an Oscar?

Looks like she could, with the trailer hitting for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, in a movie that looks to be a pretty dark take on the dance film.

Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Also gaining a lot of buzz, after a strong showing at SXSW, is TV director Gareth Edwards’ indie monster movie, appropriately titled Monsters.

While it has been disparaged as District 9 part 2 by some, I think the film has enough of a unique storyline that it will stand on its own.

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (Scott McNairy, Cop Out) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss’ daughter, a shaken American tourist (Whitney Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.

So a little bit of The Mist, a touch of Cloverfield, and yes, some District 9. Seems to me like a good night at the movies, really.

Ah, that bonus trailer I promised you. It will likely be one of the strangest films that you see this year.

The Coen brothers have made some great films, and have their interpretation of classic western True Grit coming out later this year. But their first film, Blood Simple, was a convoluted story of a jealous man hiring someone to kill his wife and her lover. Now take that film, make it a period piece set in China, and give the reins to Zhang Yimou, the man behind Hero and House of Flying Daggers. As weird as it sounds, it actually looks pretty awesome.

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 22:49 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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