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(2010), R [Hard R*] (1hr 41.5min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Fox Searchlight Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Darren Aronofsky
Producer(s): Jon Avnet, Brad Fischer, Scott Franklin Jerry Fruchtman, Peter Fruchtman, Rose Garnett, Ari Handel, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver, Joseph P. Reidy, Jennifer Roth, Rick Schwartz, Tyler Thompson, David Thwaites
Screenplay by: Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin
Story: Andres Heinz
Cinematography/Camera: Matthew Libatique
Music: Clint Mansel
Film Editing: Andrew Weisblum
Casting: Mary Vernieu
Production Design: Thérèse DePrez
Art Direction: David Stein
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD
I am not going to spend any time to speak of on this Summary/Commentary of this film. The film is that vulgar in places. And disappointing. Disappointing that a PG icon, Queen Amidala would stoop to such moral depths as to demonstrate for money what God calls an abomination. I guess age (30 years old) might lead some thespians into using sex to keep on performing. Just like a subplot portrayed in the film.
I do not enjoy doing analyses of R-rated films but must do so occasionally to maintain the operational integrity of the CAP analysis model which was built by analyzing G, PG, PG-13 and R-rated film. How else could I tell you, for example, a PG-13 movie earned a final score equivalent to the scores earned by R-rated films? Fortunately I will not have to suffer any NC-17/X film since they were never included in the model development or verification and validation ... and won't be. I do not know the standards used to declare a film NC-17/X but I suspect this film should have been declared NC-17/X due to the vulgarity of the content.
I suspect you can draw from what I've said that Black Swan is not an enjoyable film. Portman is reported as having turned down a part in 1999 (at age 18) because it required nudity. At 16 she turned down a role "due to her feelings about young adult actors/actresses being exposed to sex in films." My, how some standards change over the years.
Portman plays aging ballerina, Nina Sayer who competes and wins the part of the Swan Queen in the ballet Swan Lake, a story of a young woman falling in love with the wrong man and killing herself. And that is what Sayer does in the end. Oh, goodie! More suicide ... for love.
The film is filled with visual enactments of Nina's imaginary horrors. One of the enactments intensely violates her self-professed standards at 16 and 18. Mila Kunis as Lily, a competitor for the lead part, helps Portman violate her previous claims of wholesome sexual moral standards in performances.
There will be none of the usual individual investigation area discussions about the content. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) for a complete accounting of content if you want to know the content. It is films like these that make me want to be subjective and simply say the film is too vulgar for your patronage.
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Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 41 out of 100
Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Sexual Immorality (S) - Zero out of 100
Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 47 out of 100
Offense to God (O) - 1 out of 100
Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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