In 2011 to keep this blog a Recap FREE Zone, I don’t hate reCaps as I am guilty of them at times. However they are Redundant.
No need for me to rehash the same ol sh*t that you can get from other lesbian blogs and websites. I Say Hell No to Recaps and Minicaps unless they are “nightcaps” of fine wine from France and Hell YES! to Forward Movement.
I have been so enamored with the movie Black Swan and with Natalie Portman’s performance that I almost forgot to mention wildcard Noomi Rapace could be a best actress Oscar contender.
Like the healthy lesbian I am of course I enjoyed Rapce’s Lisbeth Salander the kick ass polyamorous goth[?] protagonist in the Millenium Series.
So why didn’t I add her to my initial list of Best actress Oscar nominees?
Because despite the fact that I am not Hollywood star, I also studied acting and I didn’t see an emotional transformation in Rapace, whereas I saw a complete emotional transformation in the character of Nina Sayers the unbalanced ballerina.
At some point Natalie will relinquish her stronghold and allow Lisa Ray to regain her rightful place on the throne but for now it’s Ms. Herslag’s turn.
It’s MY Blog, and if you weren’t curious my visitor’s map would be blank. How’s that for irreverent?
(Enjoy it while it lasts)
I believe that if Annette Benning wins for Best Actress it will be because of her longevity in the business, if Nicole Kidman gets it, then it's will be because she actually was able to lift an eyebrow and if Julianne Moore wins it’s because Hollywood desperately wants to believe that lesbians secretly crave dick.
The irrefutable fact is that the best performance of the 2010 belongs to Natalie Portman. So move over b*thches, it’s Natalie’s turn.
To ALL of the Lesbians and especially to Jenny Shimizu, now that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are Officially MARRIED you can let all of that nonsense about Angelina’s one time foray into lesbianism GO!
I had been urging you all to move on for two years to no avail, but I understand the hesitance to let go. I wouldn’t have been so eager to let Natalie Portman go either. But alas for my fantasy woman it’s over as well.
Therefore, after reading the news about Portman’s pregnancy and subsequent engagement, I decided to look for photos of her with a plain face to clear my palate. I had read on another lesbian blog about she was disappointment and that her XMas had been ruined, considering the pleasure that many lesbians got from watching Portman and Kunis’ faux lesbian encounter.
However instead of continuing the delusion like some are choosing to, I won’t fantasize that Kunis is actually the one who got Portman pregnant, forcing Natalie to become engaged to a man to cover it all up, even though such a thought brings a wide smile to my face.
I thought that a more real approach would forever wipe Portman from my dreams until:
I saw photos of her WITHOUT makeup! She’s still hot.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales were meant to be just that: GRIM. The stories are magical, scary, comedic, and often a violent journey into the forests ...but not all appropriate for very young children. Thus is the beginning of the collective duality inherent in many of us who were exposed to the joys and inevitable horrors that came from the imaginings of the Brothers Grimm. Today actors like Lena Headey, expose me to the joys of cinematic lesbianism and combined? Have Mercy!
The Brothers Grimm.
The most recent re-imagining of the Red Riding Hood story can be traced to oral versions from various European countries and more than likely preceding the 17th century, of which several exist, some significantly different from the currently-known, Grimm-inspired version. It was told by French peasants in the 14th century as well as in Italy, where a number of versions exist, including La finta nonna (The False Grandmother). It has also been called as "The Story of Grandmother" and possibly has roots in very similar Oriental tales, merely because Asian history precedes European history by centuries, not because I am attempting disregard European contributions to the arts.
Red Riding Hood: Starring Amanda Seyfried
Who else would have fit the role of Red Riding Hood (at least in the sense of a wide eyed innocent)?
Elena Arvigo also appeared in a lesbian themed movie
|Fairy Tales are morality tales:|
But what affected me most profoundly as a very young girl, was animated Hansel and Gretel. I was around 6 years old but this was the creepiest movie I’d ever seen. Shaping my insatiable thirst for more sophisticated horror as an adult.
Puppets and Dummies have their own special place in the Horror Hall of Fame, did they really need to combine them with the Brothers Grimm?
I would have preferred that Ms. Herslag (Portman is a stage name) would have at least waited as long as Kate Middleton did for Prince Willliam.
instead of being a fantasy buster for millions of lesbians worldwide.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are married and are parents to a baby boy, .
Portman and “Millipied” started dating late last year while they were working together on 'Black Swan,' which he choreographed. Here is a photo of them promoting the movie.
Natalie, 29, has talked about eating more since she wrapped 'Black Swan,' but she didn't mention she was eating for two but she did mention in another interview that when she had children, she would raise them Jewish, and at least Millipied is a hottie if not an opportunist.
I was watching the news last night when The news about Teena’s death was announced. Now I am aware that many of my readers maybe either too young or too removed to know Teena Marie, but believe me she was really famous and I remember seeing her in concert, years after I had thought that she retired, there she was in fatigues with her guitar, rockin’ the theatre!
Portuguese Soul Singer Teena Marie “Lady T” was the 1st white artist to sign with Motown Records
Teena’s Most Famous Song: Lover Girl
(CNN) -- Teena Marie, a celebrated R&B singer-songwriter, was found dead Sunday at her California home, her manager said.
Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award, according to her official website.
Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.
"Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body," said Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. "I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time."
Among her songs were "Lovergirl," "Portuguese Love," "Ooo La La La," and "I'm a Sucker for Your Love."
While no cause of death has been released, the singer's publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure -- a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic -- a month ago.
"Luckily, someone was there," Jeter said of that seizure. "The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure."
The publicist said that she had a "great" conversation on Saturday with Marie, who told her that she was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week -- in what would have been her first performance since the seizure.
Marie sang under various record labels, including Motown, Epic, Stax Records and Cash Money Classics, since bursting on the scene as a 19-year-old, according to her website. Her last studio album, Congo Square, featured several collaborations.
Eddie Levert, founder of the vocal group The O'Jays, praised Marie as both a singer and mother.
"There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned," he said. "She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.''
CNN Senior Political Contributor Roland S. Martin contributed to this report
Greeting sisters and Others! If you’re celebrating this holiday season I hope that you not only have a safe and happy experience, but remember to not drink and drive.
As I stated in a earlier post, I am not going to go on and on and on about the movie Black Swan anymore (at least not until awards season is in full swing).
I don’t want this blog to become as annoying as that other site AE was with all that cheerleading they did, for the movie Juno during the 2008 award season.
However I never promised anything about not posting anything else about my latest Hollywood crush Natalie Portman.
Like I previously posted, in my eyes Natalie Portman has graduated into a new class of actor and woman-hood. Sure she’s done other adult scenes in movies (including a nude scene), so Portman is clearly not a child but maybe her recent lesbian scene did it because I am looking at Natalie Portman through a different lens and I like what I see.
Apparently so does design house Christian Dior, as Natalie Portman has been named the face of Dior for 2011, as Portman joins the venerable ranks of beauties – Marion Cotillard, Sharon Stone, Charlize Theron, Monica Belucci -- who represent Christian Dior.
"She will symbolize with grace the values of luxury and the glamour of Dior," said Claude Martinez, president and chief executive officer of Parfums Christian Dior, in an interview with WWD. The brand has yet to reveal which fragrance the actress will represent.
Will Portman adore Dior? Mais oui, bien sur!
The Previous Face of Dior was Marion Cotillard:
While other lesbian oriented websites and blogs inundated readers with all possible scenarios that would give Ellen Page the best actress Oscar, I quietly held my conviction that only Marion was worthy of the accolade. Yes, Marion Cotillard won the award for best actress.
Then I eagerly awaited Cotillard's next performance which was in Public Enemies, only to be disappointed feeling that her character didn't live up to her performance as the adult Edith Piaf: The emotionally troubled singer who is ultimately devastated by her lifelong excesses. I was afraid that the Marion that I had come to admire would forever be gone.
Now it seems that it's happened again , this time with Natalie Portman who has literally become a woman in my eyes with her performance as the tense ballerina with the borderline personality in the movie Black Swan. I live in a very cool and progressive city. So it was expected that Black Swan would open here a week before it went nationwide. However, I waited until the movie became available to all (both in the theatres and on the internet) before I delved into my final analysis. You have to see the movie for yourself so as you read my final review you can accurately judge my assessment. In addition I took into consideration Aronofsky's penchant to play with the viewers head and I didn't want to write that something occurred when it had not.
I’m completely in awe of this movie, of the way that it lays out its themes and story right up front: Figuratively, visually and literally (which is why I posted a behind the scenes video, to keep the reality that it’s just a movie).
At the beginning of the movie Nina Sayers (Portman) is seen standing on black surface, alone in a black room, in a white dress lighted by a single spotlight. Nina Sayers (Portman} is then "en pointe" flitting gracefully to and fro, eventually settling into a poised seated position on the floor, much like a swan floating on a lake. When the evil King enters, Portman rises, the two engage in a pas de deux and as Portman spins away from the unwelcome intruder, a flurry of feathers feathers float around her as she pirouttes, her arms gracefully undulating like a swan taking flight from a predator. The transformation is complete, she is the Swan Queen. All to a dramatic score no less.
That's how the fucking movie begins, and it's amazing.
I'm in awe of the way the film glorifies, horrifies, and ultimately satisfies, in the truest sense of the word, rattling you deep inside.
As Nina succumbs to the deepest depths of psychosis, we are witness to her fragmented perceptions, to her tenuous grasp of reality, her instability in self perception and behavior. Right from the start we see that Nina appears fearful of nearly everything and anything. Nina is very repressed emotionally and sexually and having been involved with someone of the same ilk, I know first hand that when they let go and release it's figuratively nuclear. However such a person cannot handle the new found sense of freedom when they allow themselves to let go and we see that internal battle in Nina as the Good and Bad halves of her personality fight for dominance.
We are witness to what appears to be a perpetual plea: Saying "Please" as her teacher taunts her by sexually arousing her and then walking away. Please...what?
Or when she seeks approval from him or guidance from retiring prima ballerina the boozy Beth McIntyre (Played by Winona Ryder).
We witness Nina's mortification at discovering her mother sleeping in a chair, in the same room while she masturbated.
Then there's "Lily" played by Mila Kunis.
I would like to think yes because, that makes that scene all the more relevant and because Nina intentionally blocks her bedroom door with the stick she devised to prevent unwanted access by her mother and when she and Lily arrive at Nina's home after their night out clubbing, Nina pulls Lily into her bedroom after she has a fight with her mother. Nina places the rod to block at the bottom of her bedroom door: A rod that reaches another door preventing the first door from opening. In the morning the stick is removed. Could Nina have removed it herself? I prefer to think otherwise.
However just like with the movie Mulholland Drive I preferred to accept Diane Selwyn's (Naomi Watts) delusion that she was actually lovers with the sensual and voluptuous Hollywood starlet Rita (Laura Elena Harring) when it was all Diane Selwyn's imagination.
Some have described Black Swan as a hybrid of Tales from the Crypt and the Red Shoes.
There were scenes that I winced at and therefore couldn't discern if Nina took the nail file away from Beth when Beth began to repeatedly stab herself, or if Nina had actually done the stabbing (when she arrives home and locks the door she does so by holding a cloth or something as if not to get bloody fingerprints on the door lock.)
Oh my then there's Barbara Hershey as Erica the penultimate stage mother who sacrifices her own career only to fixate on her daughter's career. Hershey is scary as she questions what appears is Nina's self mutilation.
It's a study of madness, MADNESS I say. Nina's madness her mother's, Lily's and even Thomas' (Lily and Thomas were more manipulative than mad) and maybe even our own.
It all implodes the night of the performance as Nina confronts her mother and Lily prior to taking the stage as the Black Swan. When she sees the consequences of her imagined confrontation with Lily we see another aspect of the borderline personality in the manifestation of self-injury without suicide intent.
In this Portman is magnificent as she reacts to what she has done to herself.
Yet again the Black Swan personality takes over as Nina returns to the stage and is transformed into the Black Swan just as she transformed into the white swan at the movie's start.
Portman embodies an emotional fragility, and an elegance that was apparent back in the day when she appeared as Queen Amadallah in that Star Wars movie.
I’m in awe of the ending, that can quite possibly lead to a sequel given some imaginative writing and conceptualization.
Natalie is currently involved with French ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied who she started dating in 2009. Benjamin Millepied was the choreographer for Black Swan.
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Another thing some readers do (at least one did) is chastise me like a “school marm” if I make a mistake on one of my posts or as in the cases of AE who banned my account when I challenged to think beyond the tips of their narrow noses.
Then there are those who are afflicted by too much testosterone and/or bad manners. I have only blocked one person from posting comments on my blogs, and that action came after repeatedly allowing her to state her opinion, but when she resorted to to what I considered was a personal attack, well she was escorted to the exit.
My readers remember how I went on and on about Melissa Sandvig: The “Naughty Ballerina” who made it to the final 7 on season 5 (?) of So You Think You Can Dance.
Interesting because in her review she also uses loads of “filler words” never actually delving into anything about the performances (which is exactly what reviews are supposed to consist of). She writes: “I'm not going to comb over the plot of Black Swan, because the plot is no more or less important than the cinematography, soundtrack, acting, lighting, and every other element that makes a movie visionary.” She then states that the viewer never really knows what happened:
“it's impossible to say what really happens in the movie. It's almost irrelevant to say what's real, because a Black Swan delusion is much richer and infinitely more rewarding than the everyday truth.” (Is that what people write when they don't know what components make a movie great?)
Not again, um yes some viewers do know what happened and it doesn’t entail being bitch slapped in the face with the irrefutable truth sweetie. Hint: “Psychotic Break”.
I've seen movies that did not have huge budgets but because the screenplay was good, the movie was good. That's what all those small independent movies that catapulted Portman onto the "A" list were.
In fact if you ever saw the movie Mulholland Drive then you already have a heads-up on what is going on in the mind on Nina Sayers and it’s NOT A Good Thing. Therefore Nina’s Dance exists on so many levels.
This isn’t about revealing plotlines anyone can just look up swan lake to get a general idea, as much as it is about seeing the intricately woven metaphorical allusion personified by Hershey, Portman, Kunis and Ryder.
On a grand scale the dance is the interplay between madness and sanity, "old" vs "new", attraction and repulsion, life and death, Black Swan is a deadly “Pas de deux” imploding and that is ANOTHER bit of evidence of Aronofsky’s vision. It is about bringing to life Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz’s words.
It’s about understanding that Aronofsky was faithful to the story by a master composer. Yes Black Swan is deliciously grand visually but delve deeper ladies in your reviews. Come On! I have read two reviews that tell me NOTHING relevant to this movie. Even the smallest details hint at a suppressed personality awakening (like the scene where Nina steals the lipstick), It’s ALL there Ladies Attack It! Attack It!
Oh and as a writer I beg to differ. If the story isn’t engaging and the characters underdeveloped then what’s the point of having great cinematography, a solid score or even Natalie Portman kissing Mila Kunis. Are you serious?