Black Swan ★★★★★

This is Darren Aronofsky's only film that isn't as blatantly overt in its themes, and also his best film. Coincidence? I think not.

While still relatively easy to decipher - not to mention moreso with each view - there is a sort of intensity that Requiem for a Dream and mother! lack. Jared Leto and Jennifer Lawrence fell flat on the kind of screenplay that can only communicate its genius through a talented actor (yes, I'm throwing full shade.) Natalie Portman succeeds in what J&J do not - a performance that inarguably carries the entire feature, aggressively engaging with the viewer throughout her devolution.

The ballet setting is at times hazy and dreamlike, the cinematography beautiful, and the characters are written dangerously-well.

Oh, and one last thing. I know I've crapped on Aronofsky a lot already, but the Black Swan poster and the mother! poster are almost identical. WOW cracked face she must be falling apart!!! Revolutionary thinking, buddy.