Last year I chose one of my favorite movies where you basically watched someone’s slow descent into madness. I figured, let’s keep that theme going this year too. No one can do insanity like Jack Nicholson, but I gotta say, Natalie Portman did a pretty good job. Black Swan may not be your typical horror movie, but you’d be hard pressed to find a more messed up and disturbing flick to come out in the past year. All of you who just batted your eyes and just brushed this baby off for the numerous reasons I’ve heard, “I’m not going to watch a movie about ballet.” “It’s just pretentious, artsy-fartsy bullshit.” “It just doesn’t look like my kind of movie.” You people have no idea what you’re missing. This movie doesn’t as much go for the jugular like many horror movies, it goes for your psyche. It is a slow build that, by the time the situations have ramped themselves up, you’re fully immersed in watching a complete and utter mental breakdown, and it’s done so well that it almost at times feels like your own. Darren Aronofsky knows that pure and utter creepiness can many times can from the tiniest of details. In this case, a ballerina’s foot, and her toenails (ugh, still shivering at that) is a focal point that can make even the hardest viewer shiver a little. Oh, and that “transformation scene” is just a thing of beauty. Love it. Look, I know this was a critical darling, so you’ve probably heard a lot about it already, but if you brushed this movie aside for any reason, rethink that choice and get pulled down this rabbit hole of insanity. It’s well worth the trip.