Tale of Tales

The king and queen of Longtrellis. Because you need some fairy-tale royalty.

Once upon a time, Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone decided to make a movie in English. Not just any movie in English, though — this one weaves together three Italian fairy tales that were collected by Giambattista Basile in a book called The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones. Basile was one of the people who inspired the Brothers Grimm to collect the folk tales of Germany before it was Germany.
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Black Swan

Natalie Portman and Natalie Portman have a staring contest.

I have to admit, I only had a vague idea of the plot of Swan Lake before this. You don’t need to know it before you go, though; they explain it in the film rather a lot. For instance, Natalie Portman as ballerina Nina Sayers — and yeah, the Nina Ballerina thing is unfortunate — explains the ballet to a random guy she just met who’s clearly too busy trying to figure out how he can get into her pants to bother listening.

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