Link Tank: Looking Back at Black Swan Through the Perspective of Ballerinas

Black Swan, the best gangster movies of all time, The Mandalorian Season 2, and more in today's Link Tank!

Black Swan may be a great movie, but a terrible reflection of the ballet world. Ten years later, that perception among ballerinas has not changed.

“Ask any dancer: Ten years in the backbreaking world of ballet can be a lifetime, and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is certainly starting to show its age. To some, it’s a time capsule from an ancient age in dance history, when misogyny and sexual exploitation went unchecked. But beneath its theatrics and fever dream of a third act, Black Swan still presents a mirror those dancers would rather bash and shatter…”

Read more at Thrillist.

From The Godfather to Goodfellas to City of God, here are the best gangster movies of all time.

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“Since the earliest days of cinema, gangsters have been the characters we’ve both loved and loved to hate. During the era of the Production Code, the heyday of the ‘gangster film,’ Hollywood ensured that they were always brought to justice. But the popularity of their stories almost always owed more to the criminal exploits that led up to that moral reckoning, long after they’d won audiences’ admiration, envy, or even love.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Doctor Strange may face a new, more powerful cosmic villain in Avengers 5 and the MCU Phase Four.

“Following Iron Man’s death, Doctor Strange is due to step up in Phase Four. That could lead to the introduction of a formidable cosmic foe, once the Avengers 5 release date finally rolls around. It’ll be hard to top Avengers: Endgame, but there’s no doubt that the superhero team will reassemble at some point in the near future, likely with a host of new members.”

Read more at Inverse.

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit stars Sir Ian McKellen, John Rhys-Davies, and Martin Freeman are hoping to turn J.R.R. Tolkien’s home into a museum.

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“Thanks to Peter Jackson, fans of J.R.R. Tolkien can travel to New Zealand to visit sets and locations from The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. But if one of those fans really wanted to learn about Tolkien himself, and see the actual location where Middle-earth was created, they can’t. But that might be changing.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Russian brand Caviar has released modified, camera-less iPhone 12 Max and Pro for five thousand dollars.

“One of the key selling points of the iPhone 12 beyond being a great smartphone is the fact it doubles as a fantastic camera. However, not everyone wants those cameras on the back apparently, and premium Russian brand Caviar has a very expensive solution for those individuals.”

Read more at PCMag.

The Mandalorian Season 2’s increase reliance on the lore of Star Wars animated series has made it less compelling to some fans.

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“Like a lot of people (and I mean a lot), I really enjoyed season one of Disney+’s The Mandalorian. I enjoyed that it was essentially an old-school western set in space and that we got different adventures each week with a slight through-line of Baby Yoda mystery and more.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.