Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Black Swan

The Black Swan
The Grand Theater
Excellent

Honestly, I didn't enjoy this movie for the first 45 minutes. I was expecting it to follow the formula for a traditional suspense thriller. What I learned as I approached the latter part of the movie is that this movie wasn't deigned that way. What this movie does is take you into this balerina's world and mind. You're never sure about what's real and what is not. It is a fascinating movie. The movie is powerfully scored and feels like a ballet itself. I'd like to see it again with the understanding that the movie is more like a ballet, then it is a movie. Hopefully this understanding will help you enjoy it more from the begining.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

True Grit

True Grit
The Grand Theater
Excellent

Very good movie, however very gorry. That doesn't bother me in the least, but I can't imagine the John Wayne version being as "gritty" I admit I haven't seen the original, I will put it on my to-do list. I thought the acting in this movie was superb. For someone who isn't crazy into westerns, this was one that made me at least a little thirsty for more. As a composer/musician I found the soundtrack very appealing. Throughout the movie different variations of the same hymn were used quite effectively to set the mood for the action on the screen. Go catch this in the theater if you still can.