"UNDER ANY REASONABLE DEFINITION, IT'S A HORROR FILM": That's the quote from Devin McCullen here which I had in mind upon attending Black Swan last night, and it's an accurate one. This is a film which starts off as an anvillicious, overwhelmingly formulaic black-and-white (literally) drama (seriously, I starting calling out lines before they happened) about The Virginal, Always In Control Girl Who Needs To Loosen Up which gradually, and then completely embraces its freaky side. Oh, yes, it does, and this is decidedly not a sequel to the beloved-in-these-parts Center Stage. This is one intense, occasionally ludicrous film that eventually wins you over through its commitment to its universe and the intensity of Natalie Portman's and Barbara Hershey's performances. (Full spoilers in comments, because I know many here have seen it already.)
added: The House Next Door's Jason Bellamy and Ed Howard talk at length about this "outrageous, unrestrained, heavy-handed, horny opera."