Friday, April 24, 2015

White Swan, Black Swan Blogathon

Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is a magnificent film. Among the numerous themes it explores is duality. Is our lead character a black swan or a white swan? It also happens to be the favorite movie of Sati over at Cinematic Corner. As such, she decided to use her latest blogathon to pay homage to it. Not surprisingly, it's called the White Swan, Black Swan Blogathon. Yes, we're talking about duality, here. In Sati's words...

There are so many fascinating cases of character being one thing to the outside world and completely different person in reality - Mavis from Young Adult, Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, Brandon from Shame...you can choose characters from all the genres and it's doesn't matter if they are lead or very supporting.

Okay, cool.

Click the link to see all the rules in detail. The main thing to know is that Sati is looking for characters who most certainly are just one person with multiple sides. So no lookalikes or twins or any of that crap.

I get it. Let's do this.

I'm going with someone who absolutely fits the bill. She's our heroine in 1996's The Long Kiss Goodnight, played wonderfully by Geena Davis.


WHITE SWAN
 
 
Manifestation: Samantha Caine
Samantha is your typical soccer-mom/school teacher/devoted soon-to-be-wife in a little bity Pennsylvanian town. A fun night for her involves baking cookies. She rocks fluffy sweaters and long skirts, and genuinely looks forward to the town's upcoming Christmas festivities. Being mean just doesn't seem to be in her DNA. I suppose if you pushed her, she might say "Oh fiddle sticks!" However, something is amiss. She can't remember anything from more than 8 years ago. It becomes imperative that she figure out what happened back then when some folks show up to kill her. Slowly, but surely, she starts remembering. Some things start coming back to her.


She realizes that she is not at all what she's convinced everyone she is, including herself. Samantha is really the...

BLACK SWAN


Manifestation: Charly Baltimore
Charly couldn't possibly be any more different than Samantha. She's a brash, cussin', hard drinkin' broad who isn't afraid of anything. And she's definitely not a school teacher. She's a CIA operative who has found herself in one hell of a mess. Good thing she's an expert at hand-to-hand combat and with all sorts of weaponry. It seems Samantha was the last cover Charly used before things went terribly awry. She really believed she was this sweet, dainty flower when in fact she was the exact opposite. So did everyone else except a few special people who wanted her dead. Charly likes to play hardball, though. Therefore, there's only one thing to do: kill everyone trying to kill her. The ladies in the PTA will never believe this.



Check out some of my entries in other blogathons:

20 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for joining the blogathon! I love your choice - this is one of my favorite action flicks form the 90s and damn it's kinda timeless. Shame about Geena Davis disappearing.

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    1. Thanks for hosting and having such a great idea. It was a blast putting this post together.

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  2. Love this pick! So right on with this one too. I just saw this about a year ago and, which I didn't love it, Davis KICKS ASS!!!

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    1. Davis is awesome and I will confess to loving this movie. I've probably seen it a dozen times.

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  3. Great write up! I haven't seen this film. but I loved reading this piece. I'll have to check it out.

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    1. You absolutely should. This is The Bourne Identity before Matt Damon. And contained in one movie.

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  4. An interesting choice. I really got to see this one at some point, and I got to find a way to get in on this blogathon action.

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    1. This is certainly right up your alley. I highly recommend it. Love to see you get in on the blogathons. I am still going to do yours. Just taking me a little long to put it together.

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  5. Boy do I miss a lot of blogathons! There are so many sites I am still yet to stumble on....

    btw, I just nominated you for the first ever Official Award of Awesomeness!!

    http://wp.me/p4P9IW-sa

    Thanks to Eric @ IPC for the Award image.

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    1. There really has been an explosion of them the last few weeks. This one is still going on if you want to get in on it.

      Thanks for the award. I'll try to get something up over the next few days.

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  6. Great choice! Geena Davis was pretty awesome in this one.

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  7. That is a great choice. A very underrated film and certainly a fun one.

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  8. Damn, I haven't seen this film in years, and those pics take me right back to sitting in the cinema giggling like a little kid at how nuts it all was, and loving it!

    *flips through DVD collection*

    Ahhh, there you are baby. You and I are gonna have fun tonight.

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    1. Yes! Loves this comment! It sits in my DVD collection for whenever I "need" it, too!

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  9. I definitely need to see this movie!

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