Three years ago, my friend Ryan- a filmmaker- came back from There Will be Blood and noted that he now knew (paraphrasing, but close) “what it was like to witness greatness the way people did in theaters when they saw The Godfather.” I saw the same film and completely agreed with the assessment. This weekend, I saw Darren Aronofsky’s latest, Black Swan. For the first time since seeing There Will Be Blood in the theater, I experienced that same feeling. It was as good as any American film I’ve seen since 2007. And prior to 2007, Black Swan is better than the overwhelming majority that I’d seen since… well, I’m not really sure how far back I’d have to go to find one that was better. I’d have to go back many years. What made it so great?
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