Saturday, February 26, 2011

Women on the verge

It's impossible to watch Black Swan and not think of other films. This is not to say that Black Swan is bad or completely derivative---I loved it.  But it explores a very specific set of themes that automatically link it to other movies, more specifically: mommy issues, dreams, paranoid schizophrenia, dance, toxic friendships, the supernatural, merging identities, sexual repression and/or naïveté, murder, lesbianism, perfectionism, self-injury, and betrayal. All of the following films contain at least half of these themes, if not more. If you loved Black Swan rent them now! 


Black Swan, Rosemary's Baby, The Piano Teacher (not for the faint of heart), Showgirls (basically porn), Persona, The Red Shoes, Mulholland Drive, All About Eve, 3 Women, Suspiria, Images, Carrie, Sisters, and Repulsion. I also wanted to include Single White Female but Bridget Fonda's hairstyle is so god-awful and I didn't want to pollute this blog with it's ugliness!


ps. how amazing is the Showgirls/Black Swan mash-up trailer

11 comments:

Kate Bickmore said...

Oh wow! So many movies I haven't seen! I actually watched The Piano Teacher about a week ago. I don't think it was quite as bad (as far as shocking goes) as Black Swan, but I definitely wished I had some kind of warning before seeing it haha. Black Swan on the other hand is definitely one of my new favorite films. Can't wait still it comes out on DVD!

erin renee said...

oh man, i love you. thank you. took the words right out of my mouth! i definitely thought suspira all the way when i just saw the preview for this movie. i heard she was going to try and remake suspira (lord, please DON'T!!) and did this instead. whew!

p.s. your blog is like my mind link :) xxox love it so much <3

Anonymous said...

LOVED BLACK SWAN! and wow there are lots of great films with those themes in common... another that your post reminded me of is Heavenly Creatures by Peter Jackson... which is especially creepy as it's based on a true story.

whereareyoufromoriginally? said...

lol@you hating on bridget's bowl cut. you were entirely right to exclude SWF because of it.

Anonymous said...

oh dear god i love rosemary's baby. you have such fine taste! although to be honest i wasn't that impressed by black swan; having watched it after Requiem for a dream, it was a disappointment.
anyway,
also perhaps to add to the list:
"antichrist" by lars von trier, i thought was really good.

Chelsea said...

anon-I forgot about Heavenly Creatures! Such an incredible, heartbreaking film. It's really the only thing that redeems Peter Jackson for me.

whereareyou-It is so awful! I actually saw a pair of mannequins in the window of Mango recently and they both had those wigs! So fucking creepy.

anon-I actually never liked Requiem for a Dream. The part with Elllen Burstyn was great but the Jared Leto part annoyed me for some reason. But I never like drug movies---with the exception of Christiane F.

Roxy Teacups and Couture said...

ooooooh! just netflixed all those movies- ofcourse they are going arrive back to back , so I'm in for a super psychotic week!! hahahhaa!

anabela / fieldguided said...

Wow, what an amazing movie primer!!! Watching the Oscars I feel like I probably hate movies, but these remind me that I actually love movies.

jodache said...

These pictures are incredible, and the movie trailer is insane. Thank you.

kristin said...

Must say...watched 'Black Swan' (I couldn't wait to see it) but progressively became bored then angry with it because of how much more effective many of the films you've posted here were. Even Showgirls was much, much better. Maybe I'll rewatch one of these days & see more but for now it will remain the Half Ass Doubletime Derivative DePalma Wannabe in my book!

Chelsea said...

kristin-
It's funny that you say that because I just saw Cracks, which was a mash-up of Picnic and Hanging Rock, Heavenly Creatures, The Children's Hour, and David Hamilton---all my favorite shit! But it was ultimately a letdown. I feel the DePalma comparison although he is the ultimate hitchcock wannabe.