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Overheard: "Black Swan / Donnie Darko"

Three twentysomething friends eating lunch at new hot restaurant uptown, discussing Facebook. Conversation shifts to The Social Network and an argument over whether or not Mark Zuckerberg saw the movie / stole the idea / is an asshole. They are divided. Youngest girl (who didn't like The Social Network) blurts out:

Did you see 'Black Swan'? That made no sense. She just kept talking to herself. [Pause]. You know how some people like 'Donnie Darko' because it's artsy and crap? It's like that!"

Ha. Uh, yes. Black Swan is exactly like Donnie Darko. (?)

Although now I can't stop picturing Nina haunted by Frank instead of her usual demons! She's already so scared she's like Black Chicken. Frank only makes it worse. "She's He's after me!"

Pssst. Nathaniel is experimenting with his barely used wacom drawing tablet (for Illustration Friday) which shall gather dust no more! He shall improve.


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Reader Comments (14)

That illustration is fabuliciousness.

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

That is one lovely drawing.

Bonus: incredibly funny story. Didn't you burst out laughing at them? I know I would.

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

Her facial expression is priceless. Great illo!

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenata

That's amazing! My new desktop background :).

Two of my favorite movies combined. Yes plz.

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

I think it's hilarious the young one thinks Black Swan is "artsy". Ha! The Coen's True Grit has more art in its little pinky than The Swan.

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCity_Of_Lights

Philip -- two of your favorites? I guess you like "artsy and crap" movies!

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Off Topic - but i just saw Rabbit Hole (in a theater around the block from where some scenes were shot in Queens) and LOVED the picture. I thought everyone actor was individually terrific in their roles, HOWEVER....did anyone else have trouble believing that Nicole Kidman as Diane Wiest's daughter, or Tammy Blanchard's sister - their accents were much more New Yorker and they fit the part of lower class Queens - prob. Irish-American - while Kidman's Becca was SO upperclass, w. some accent problems. I thought they interacted well together I just could not see Becca coming from THAT family/background or world that Wiest/Blanchard are living in. Did anyone else notice this???

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterillnaa

I'm pretty sure Frank would have stuck around right until Nina pulled the feather out of her skin and then he would have said "Whoa...this is a bit much for me," and split.

That girl was clearly unintelligent ("my brain hurts!"), but at least she inspired a funny drawing.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew R.

God there are so many things you could call Donnie Darko (and I've called it lots of things myself), but artsy never occurred to me.

Now that illustration... artsy indeed. And I mean that in the best way.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

As everyone else said, terrific drawing. And mark my words: Black Chicken will be the breakout hit of 2013.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbadmofo

great drawing.
but what's with the big nose on her? :)

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex in Movieland

badmofo - BLACK CHICKEN for the win! I guess Darren Aronofsky does do sequels now (The Wolverine) so why not.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Alex ---uh bird beak? yeah, uh, that's why ! (it's called Nathaniel having trouble with his drawing tablet! ;)

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R
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