“Black Swan” Opens Venice, Wins Raves

September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’ve already talked about Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan a bit, and it’s definitely one of my most anticipated films of the fall Oscar season.  Last night it opened the Venice Film Festival and this morning the first reviews hit the web.  So far the general consensus has been overwhelmingly positive, with many reviewers calling it Aronofsky’s masterpiece and labeling Natalie Portman as a lock for Best Actress.  These should put to rest the early concern that the thriller was too “genre” for the Academy.

Awards Daily has a nice summary of the major reviews so far.


New “Never Let Me Go” Clip

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

While it’s hard to accurately judge a film based on such a short clip (which you can view at Awards Daily, since I’m having embedding issues), Rachel Portman’s moody score sounds great and one could easily envision this as Knightley’s “Oscar Clip”.

And with the film’s release only weeks away, a few reviews have begun to trickle onto the web.  Early word from the UK has been overwhelmingly positive, with The Daily Mail calling it “the most haunting film about love and death [they’ve] ever seen” and The Telegraph hailing it as “British film at its very best”.  If critical reaction stateside is this rapturous, it will be interesting to see what film Fox Searchlight decides to promote most (since 127 Hours and Black Swan, both Searchlight films, are looking good for Oscar contention)

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