Saturday, November 20, 2010

Black Swan Spreads Its Wings

Good news for those of you who are not so patiently awaiting the feathery pirouettes of Natalie Portman. Black Swan is opening wider than originally anticipated. The December 3rd bow, which was originally intended for just NYC & LA, will now include Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, DC, Toronto and Dallas/Ft Worth. That probably means expansion to smaller markets will come sooner too.

Meanwhile, this (to your upper left) arrived in the mail today.

Dilemma! I am DESPERATE to watch it but I'd prefer to see it on the big screen. First screenings are meant to be special. Can I hold out for 4 more days until my scheduled screening? But it's right here and I've been waiting so long. Aaaaaaaahhhhh. I suppose it's a good problem to have.

What would you do? How strong is that self discipline of yours?

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have watched it tonight.

Anonymous said...

Instead I watched Flash of Genius. I'm impressed with your will power.

Anonymous said...

WATCH IT. do it nathaniel.

- sean c.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the good news. Just today I was lamenting that our biggest theater in Wichita, KS doesn't even have a date set for 127 Hours, King's Speech or Black Swan. But the date for the premiere of Yogi Bear is on the theater's website! Arrghhh...

/3rtfu11 said...

Wait for the theatrical experience. Black Swan is a widescreen movie. Also, I’m certain it has a lot of odd Foley effects on the soundtrack. Wait for the real thing. You have the rest of you movie watching life to see it on a monitor of some sort.

dinasztie said...

WATCH IT RIGHT NOW! And then watch it on the big screen too.

starfish brown said...

I would wait for the big screen. Especially for this kind of movie.

Vince in WeHo said...

I would wait to see it in theatre and then watch it again immediately on the screener.

Ruth said...

Wait for the big screen! Nothing like seeing things on the big screen for the first time!
I would just admire the cover - anticipation is great!

James said...

That's hard! I was lucky enough to see a screening of Black Swan, and it's awesomely terrifying on the big screen, so I suggest be patient. Of course your lucky enough to watch it all over again and obsess. For that I'm quite jealous.

Anonymous said...

Distract yourself with other movies! Go watch HP (I've heard it's quite good, can't wait to see it) or some other new release that will temporarily take your mind off it

Paul Outlaw said...

I just saw a screening of it tonight, and I think you'll be sorry if you watch that screener first. The images are big-screen potent, and there was something even more thrilling about a full audience reacting to this film.

Michael said...

wait, nat.

and you're so lucky they send you DVDs. do you vote???

Andrew R. said...

Watch it twice, of course!

(And first screenings on DVD can be special-I saw Dr Strangelove for the first time on an airplane!)

Anonymous said...

Think from the point-of-view of the people who made the film. I bet if you made It you'd want people to see it in theaters first, it brings the movie experience in full effect.

Arif said...

how lucky you are, Nat...can't wait those movie to my country....way the go Nat.....

michael said...

The waiting is the hardest part.

Imagine if someone starts spoiling the movie, like it happened to me with "Million Dollar Baby".

NATHANIEL R said...

I have decided to wait. but it's killing me.

I watched THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT again (third time) instead. Still plays like a dream (and plays really well at home... some movies are diminished by that).

James T said...

Wait! I can't wait to know what you think of it but I don't want to be cruel. You'll enjoy it more on the big screen.

OtherRobert said...

Another Black Swan package? No dead animal remnants this time? Good on the publicity/marketing team to push this film hard, early, and often to overcome the Academy horror bias. Animal Kingdom should be doing the same, even if it's just shooting out postcards with critic pulls and FYCs.

Hold strong and don't watch that DVD unless you are truly compelled to rewatch it before voting for whatever awards body you can this year.

Dom said...

Saw it last night. Turns out to be very divisive, lots of people loved, many more hated it.

I personally loved it but fear the Academy won't get it. Fingers crossed for A Natalie nod though, she is spectacular. (But too weird maybe?) Her crotch also deserves recognition. That thing is everywhere.

Paul, where did you see it?

Popcorn and Cigarettes said...

Nathaniel!!!
Trust me when I say you should wait to see it in the theatres.
You have to watch it on the big screen with an audience.

Sara said...

I thought you already saw it? I could swear I read a review here about it, it got a B? Am I going nuts?

Paul Outlaw said...

Dom: I saw it a regular (no Q&A) SAG Film Society pre-release screening at the DGA in Los Angeles. Seeing The Fighter with Q&A at the WGA this afternoon and Another Year (at the DGA, w/o Q&A) this evening.

amir_uk said...

It is, quite simply, one of the greatest films ever made.

No pressure, Nathaniel!

Do you ever award A+s?!...

amir_uk said...

I totes know that was super hyperbolic, by the way...

But its place in the canon is assured... fo sho.

NATHANIEL R said...

sara -- you are not going nuts. it was either my toronto contributors or my london contributors who saw black swan already. not moi.

Maria said...

Ugh, how much I envy you!
It opens here in March, while the screener will hit the net in a week or two. I want to see it first on the big screen as much as everybody else, but I wouldn't be able to wait for four fucking months!

tesh said...

I SAW IT last week. PLEASE WAIT for the big screen. VERY rewarding.

Nicole✗✗ said...

I would watch it! I have almost no patience. But if you can hold out do it as long as you can.

7Bis said...

WAIT!! You have the best of both worlds because you can get your mind blown by the big screen experience then go home and watch it 100 more times straightaway! I wish I didn't have to wait until next year for my second viewing...

Anonymous said...

Yes, whine about the privilege you have to see something new TWICE weeks before the majority of the lowly viewing audience get the chance to see something once. Very smug and unseemly.

7Bis said...

^ Anon, was that comment directed at me? I just feel it can be worse waiting to see something again because you're in the full-blown obsessive phase rather than the anticipatory phase - and I'm definitely obsessing over Black Swan! I'm in the UK so it's the rare occasion that I don't have to wait months to see a film that is being raved about online - I apologise if that came off as "smug" - I'm just an average punter who got lucky with her London Film Festival tickets.

Ryan said...

wow nathaniel.. that takes SERIOUS discipline (although i do see your point)!