‘Black Swan’ music box contest winners!

Posted by · 8:43 am · January 24th, 2011

Thanks to everyone for participating in our “Black Swan” music box contest.  It’s tough to illuminate the pro and con of a movie and I think everyone gave it a great stab.

Ultimately, I was most convinced by Bryan and Cat Scott’s entries.  So each of you drop me a line with your address and we’ll get your prizes in the mail.  Winning entries after the jump.


Black Swan should win because it’s a pulpy, soapy terror-treat examining the masochism of beauty and the creative process.

Black Swan should not win because watching it is an at times beautiful but often masochistic examination of a pulpy, soapy terror-treat.

Cat Scott:

Black Swan deserves to win because of its frightening editing, overwhelming sound design, beautifully constructed set design and costuming, and heart-pounding psychological ambiguity, but it doesn’t deserve to win because the experience doesn’t say anything about mankind in general, only about the potential of great artists.

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  • 1 1-24-2011 at 9:12 am

    Andrej said...

    I don’t think that ‘not saying anything about mankind in general’ is bad enough to make Black Swan undeserving of winning. For a terror movie, I’d rather have an individualistic story than something overtly preachy.

    Regardless, congrats to both of you ☺

  • 2 1-24-2011 at 9:13 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s a fair criticism, though, and one I actually hear, not in so many words, from time to time. I just thought Cat did a nice job of summing up that perspective.

  • 3 1-24-2011 at 11:09 am

    johnny said...

    i wonder if enough voters catched the underlying plot of this movie: mother- daughter sexual abuse. That´s the only way to recognize the masterpiece this film is. I post this ´cause i haven´t read any reviews making reference and think it´s quite essencial to fully apreciate the great job aronofski did. Found this articles very useful. BS for the win!!!!http://freedomainradio.com/BOARD/forums/p/28984/222956.aspx

  • 4 1-24-2011 at 12:43 pm

    Maxim said...

    I think that the take outlined above is fundamentally wrong and the mother character is nothing more than a red herring. I thik the movie is entirely about Nina, whose is the source of her own troubles.

  • 5 1-24-2011 at 4:29 pm

    Voice of Reason said...

    So is Bryan a relative or just an old friend?


  • 6 1-24-2011 at 4:37 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...