Several marches are being held in the United States today to demand gun control legistation in the country, and Natalie is one of the people who is attending the march in Los Angeles:
Definitely, Annihilation is a movie that doesn’t leave anyone indifferent, and is generating a lot of creativity and amazing fan art images in social media. These are just a few examples of this:
One of the most praised aspects of the film by Alex Garland is its imaginative visual effects, made by Double Negative Company. VFX supervisor Andrew Whitehurst has been interviewed for Art of VFX about his work in the movie, and the article shows us interesting photos (before and after) of the great work done:
Quiet is the tonic in Natland these last days, but that doesn´t mean that there aren´t a few tidbits…
-The release of Annihilation on Netflix last week has been a rebound in popularity of the film overseas. Alex Garland’s movie is the second most popular film in IMDB right now, just behind “Avengers: Infinite Wars”. China is the only country where it has not yet been released, but today it has been known that the film will be on April 13th there.
–IndieWire has an article that speculates about the films that will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival next May, and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is one of the rumored ones:
Some rumors suggest the movie is in contention for an opening night slot, and it certainly would seem to fit in there, although it would also come as no surprise if it’s the sole Canadian feature in Competition
-Finally, here we can see a compilation video that makes a fairly complete summary of all the appearances of Natalie in film and TV. It is really curious to see her evolution as an actress for almost 25 years, summarized in a few minutes. Enjoy:
Annihilation has been almost a week released on Netflix, and many of you will have occasion to see it. Natalie makes a powerful perfomance in it.
It is, without any doubt, a beautiful film, perhaps irregular and imperfect, but ambitious and with a powerful subtext, which has all the elements to become a cult film. The first step is usually the imagination of the fans, who gives free rein to their creativity in the form of a fan art. Here we have a few posters that show us:
After her break due to the birth of Amalia, Natalie continues adding projects to shoot this year. As we already knew a few weeks ago, she will star in the next project of Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion), astronaut drama Pale Blue Dot. Well, According to Variety, Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver) is in negotiations to star opposite Natalie in the film. He will play the male astronaut who she aggressively pursues after returning to Earth:
According to this Casting Webpage, production could start shooting sometime in June.
Before I give my brief thoughts on Annihilation, if you’ve seen the film please check out this fascinating and fantastic deep dive into the themes of the film.
In comparison, mine is going to be surface level impressions at best and with only minor spoilers). So, let’s begin…
To start with, I am a big Alex Garland fan. I’ve always loved his writing and his first film Ex Machina was my favourite film of the year it was released. I haven’t read the novel, but I was definitely primed for something special.
Today is the day: Annihilation debuts on Netflix in all countries except North America and China. As a veteran cinephile who has seen thousands of films in cinemas over the past decades, it´s a real shame to have to see and discover a great movie like this on a television instead of a theater, but, in return, surely a large part of the audience will be able to enjoy it in a short space of time. It´s a sad precedent that can affect future medium budget films, that are risky, or try something different. Guy Lodge reflects on this in an article for The Guardian.
Anyway, here is the film, finally, and it is undoubtedly an artistic and critical triumph. A new step in Natalie’s successful and eclectic career.
We have a few photos to celebrate it:
Some Sunday tidbits for Natalie fans.
– We’ll be posting the next Completionists Patreon reward on Monday. We’re still just a couple patrons short of being able to move forward with plans for the new server. So please support us here
– Here is an AV Club piece that makes the argument that Natalie’s Padme character should return in the new Star Wars films.
– Speaking of which, here is a drawing of Padme (with Mathilda’s toy?) making out with Jennifer Lawrence from Hunger Games. Because…why not?
It’s been a quiet week in Natland, but here we have a few tidbits…
-It seems that there was a test screening of “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” on Wednesday in USA, and some first reactions have appeared on Letterboxd. It’s likely that we can finally see the film by Xavier Dolan in the coming months (Cannes maybe?).
-Earlier in the week we were able to see Natalie on the set of Vox Lux. Here we have a Instagram video and a couple of new photos from that day:
The 90th edition of the Academy Awards is being held today. Unfortunately Natalie will not attend the event, due to the shooting of Vox Lux in New York, but we can compensate by watching again her speech as best actress winner for Black Swan in 2011, which is , according to Entertainment Weekly, the eighth most watched acceptance speech in the history of the awards on YouTube, with 5,6 millions views:
Natalie’s look on the set of Vox Lux has been one of the most commented topics in social media the last days. Taking into account that Brady Corbet’s film narrates the life of a pop star for twenty years, presumably we will see Natalie wearing a wide variety of costume styles. Gotceleb has a new batch of photos of her shooting a scene in the streets of New York:
Tomorrow I’ll be sending out the next Patreon reward for the $10 tier patrons. Learn about the next reward here.
We are now just one or two patrons away from being able to move forward with our new server plans. A massive thank you to all who have donated and a friendly jab to the ribs for those of you who haven’t come aboard yet.
You’re only allowed to be lazy if you look this good.