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Beauty Vs. Beast: Swan Against Swan

JA from MNPP here - it's time for some "Beauty Vs. Beast" yo! We're getting our Aronofsky on this week - I chose to take us back to 2010 for a Black Swan face-off for the specific reason that today is Natalie Portman's 33rd birthday (Happy birthday, Nat!), and it was only after that I mentally connected it to last week's Girl Interrupted face-off - only now, seeing them side by side like this, do the paralells seem striking - two crazy gals feeding off each other's craziness, Winona Ryder talking about oral sex... it's a real double-feature. And I suppose "double" is the operative word...


So pirouette yourself to one side or the other between now and next Monday, folks!

PREVIOUSLY And as for last week's Winona versus Angie showdown, y'all made like the Oscars and gave your love to the big show on the sidelines of Girl Interrupted - Jolie took the title with 62% of your votes. Said David:

"She drove poor, fried-chicken-hording Brittany Murphy to suicide in the first 45 minutes and she was just getting started.... Angelina Jolie wins this by a mile."

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ooh a tough choice. help me make it y'all

June 9, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R


I vote for the cake that was minutes away from being pitched in the trash by Nina's batshit crazy mom at the beginning of the film..

that thing was a true 'beauty' !!!

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMallorca

Team Lily because that fierce little Russki NEVER would have fallen flat on her ass on opening night. Get your shit together Nina!

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

Lily -- Mila Kunis was a lot of fun in this role. Although, sadly, I think she peaked here.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBia

I love, love, love this movie.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I knewit! I KNEW it!!!

Who to choose?
Hmmm.... Give the edge to the same birthday girl as myself. ;)

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

sonja -- happy birthday!

mallorca -- i approve of your write-in. Mmmmmcake.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Lily may be a tricksy little minx, but Nina really needed to remove that stick from her ass a lot sooner. Besides, you know you'd rather hang out with Lily. Nina is NO fun.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Team LILY. Too much angst on the other side of the equation.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Team Lily. Hasn't Natalie Portman won enough for this movie?

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T

TEAM LILY. All the way.

She's so much more fun. And sexy, and mysterious, and interesting.

I thought Mila was so good in this, and should've been nominated. Sad that she missed out. The only reason I came to peace with it was because I know she wouldn't have replaced Hailee Steinfeld or Helena Bonham Carter, she was fighting against Jacki Weaver for the fifth spot. And Jacki Weaver 100% deserved that nom (and I love seeing how its changed her career).

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

I would have booted out HBC and HS for Hershey and Dunst.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

For masturbating besides her mother. 'nuff said.

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

Nina of course she killed herself to be perfect. The epitomy of dedication. What more do you want?

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

What Mallorca said. lol

Performance? Natalie, duh. But I prefer Lily all the way as a character. Nina sucks. :p

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

It's *my* turn

- the best line reading of 2010

June 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

ooh this is the closest battle yet. nina had the lead and now lily has it. tight tight tight.

June 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

@Thanks, Nat!
I hope your Birthday was great, too. 8)

Tight race indeed.
Though I was surprised Nina first had the lead.
Seems like more people have an inner Black Swan than I'd thought. *gg*

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Team Lily! Kunis is incredibly fascinating in the role. It really was perfect casting, her sexiness is truly effortless. I hope she'll get other good oportunities to show her talent.

June 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGabriel

I really felt for Nina, mostly thanks to Portman's brilliant performance. And I guess I am a little white --> black swan myself. ;)

June 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkin

Nina only cause I don't think Lily would take the loss as hard.

June 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSVG

SVG - this is an incisive point!

June 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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