It is arguable that Black Swan was the most significant film in Natalie Portman’s career, and it was probably also significant for director Darren Aronofsky.
It was a commercial and critical triumph, and Natalie Portman even won an Academy Award for her performance as a result of it.
The idea that artists push themselves to the brink of fatigue in the pursuit of their craft is an interesting one, but it’s not one that’s typically given much focus in works of entertainment.
It’s possible that this is why it’s so difficult to locate other movies that are like “Black Swan.” However, there are still a few remarkable films in this genre that can be viewed.
Even though M. Night Shyamalan’s career hasn’t been as consistent as many expected it would be, Split is undeniably one of the writer/finest director’s efforts. Some people think that everything hinges on James McAvoy’s performance.
Others are drawn in by the suspense that is gradually ratcheted up throughout the movie. Anya Taylor-Joy, who was previously seen in Robert Eggers’ The Witch, also had a role in this movie.
The main character, played by James McAvoy, is a man with dissociative identity disorder who is responsible for the kidnapping of three teenage girls. He has 23 registered personas, but it seems as though there is the 24th personality as well, one that is more sinister and strong than the rest.
Pi, which was Darren Aronofsky’s first film as a director, was a hit with audiences when it was first released and is widely regarded as one of the top films ever directed by a first-time director. The monochromatic movie explores a variety of topics, including spirituality, mysticism, mathematics, and mental illness.
A mathematician who is fascinated with finding a key number that would allow him to unlock the universal patterns that can be found in nature and uncover how everything in the universe is connected serves as the protagonist of this novel.
The Machinist (2004)
The Machinist is famously known as the film in which Christian Bale underwent extreme weight loss, to the point where he resembled a walking skeleton after the shoot. The fact that Bale possesses undeniable acting talents is demonstrated by the fact that he received high marks from the reviewers for his performance.
The protagonist of the movie is a machinist who suffers from insomnia and other mental health issues, and he is responsible for a serious accident at work. After being let go from his job, he continues to spiral downward into depression and hallucinations.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)(2014)
Alejandro G. Inarritu, who has won an Academy Award for directing, is behind the camera for the film Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and a number of other well-known actors. Both in terms of its financial earnings and its reception by critics, the movie was a huge success.
The film Birdman tells the story of a fading movie star who was once known for playing the role of a well-known superhero known as Birdman. The film has the appearance of being a single long shot.
The performer intends to revive his career by producing a show on Broadway under his own name. It’s odd that Keaton, who is famous for his turn as Batman, hasn’t been cast in roles of comparable quality for quite some time, given that the character he played in that role made him famous.
Both writer-director Dan Gilroy and the lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who was heavily involved in the movie’s production, can be credited with creating Nightcrawler. When it was first released, the movie received a lot of positive reviews for both Gyllenhaal’s performance and Gilroy’s screenplay.
The movie follows a stringer in Los Angeles who records violent events that happen at night and sells them to a local news station, focusing on the subject of unethical journalism and its connection to consumer demand.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The masterpiece of Darren Aronofsky, perhaps second only to Black Swan, is Requiem for a Dream. Strong performances are given by Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Ellen Burstyn, and Marlon Wayans, and the film’s screenplay, cinematography, and editing all contribute to the feeling of isolation and hopelessness.
It is a really dismal movie, in fact. The plot centers on four characters and how drug usage affects how they live their lives. They make decisions that go against their interests because they want to feel alive and valued.
The movie that launched Christopher Nolan’s career was Memento. Memento received two Academy Award nominations despite being only his second feature film and the first one following the black-and-white independent film he self-financed, and it is today regarded as one of the best examples of non-linear narrative.
There are two stories, one of which advances, and the other moves backward. Due to anterograde amnesia, the main character Leonard is only able to recall events that occurred during the previous fifteen minutes. Leonard still intends to track down the murderer of his wife in order to exact retribution.
The complex non-linear plot of The Prestige, another film by Christopher Nolan, is centered on the same central issue as Black Swan: the difficulty of honing one’s artistic abilities. It’s interesting to note that The Illusionist and Scoop were the other two movies from 2006 that also examined the world of magicians.
In the movie, two London-based nineteenth-century magicians who were once friends but have since become rivals compete against one another to prove who is the better magician.
Another recent, up-and-coming director’s movie, Whiplash, delves deeply into the subject of greatness and the price one must pay to achieve it (Damien Chazelle). The movie went on to receive numerous nominations and wins, foreshadowing Damien Chazelle’s later victory for La La Land’s Best Directing award.
It centers on a budding drummer who attends a prestigious conservatory in New York City with aspirations of one day becoming a well-known musician. As he works toward his objective, he becomes aware of the sacrifices that will be necessary, and he finds that his new mentor is demanding and even abusive.
Fight Club (1999)
Unquestionably, one of the most renowned and highly praised movies ever made is Fight Club. Even though it earned mixed reviews and wasn’t as financially successful as the studio had hoped, it went on to become a cult favorite.
It is based on the same-titled 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk and follows a nameless Narrator who experiences sleeplessness and despises his job. Tyler Durden, who makes and sells soap and looks to be the polar opposite of the narrator, enters his life one day. Together, they create the ‘fight club,’ a place for men to gather to fight and be reborn.