I was really excited about the prospect of Natalie working on a French film, particularly one directed by Rebecca Zlotowski whose Grand Central is fantastic. Unfortunately, this is one of my least favourite Natalie films. The story has a strong connection to the dead, but its the film that is D.O.A. It certainly looks handsome, and the performances (particularly Natalie and Emmanual Salinger) are solid at the very least.
A couple months back I finally caught Natalie Portman’s feature directorial (and writing) debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The fact that it’s taken me this long to post anything says that a) I’ve been busy and b) I don’t have much to say.
It’s a sincere and accomplished film that, to me at least, didn’t feel like it came from a first-time filmmaker. But like Natalie’s character, it feels somewhat removed and distant. I felt like an observer the whole time, never drawn into the story or characters.
I’m not sure if it is because of Eating Animals, or some other reason, but I’ve noticed a lot of messages on our social media channels along the lines of “How can Natalie talk about how we should treat animals when Dior tests its products on them.”
I don’t have an answer to that but I thought it would be a good idea to summarize the situation. So…
Does Dior test on animals?
It wouldn’t be the first time that advocacy groups would be wrong (see: GMOs) but as far as I can tell, the answer to the question is “yes”, with an important caveat – Dior doesn’t test or work with companies that test unless required to do so by law. China requires testing by law. Dior sells in China. So, for that market, their products are tested.
What does this say about Dior?
It means they’re another company that, like Apple, that even though they do a lot of good they are also willing to compromise in order to access a massive market.
As promised, here is our unique “Mathilda – Nah” t-shirt design. Just click the image below to check out the various products.
There is a standard tee, a v-neck option, a next-level tri-blend version, and of course a version just for the ladies.
Products are shipped out every 3 days.
Please share with anyone you think might like it. If this works out we’ve got a bunch of other cool ideas and we’ll also be surveying you guys to help guide our next projects.
This year I’ve been trying to re-engage with Natland and have a bunch of ideas bubbling under the surface. Video content? Sure. The return of the comics? Maybe. But first out the gate is our very own t-shirt design. The Mathilda – Nah t-shirt will be available very soon, but here is a preview to whet the appetite.
Hope you guys and ladies enjoy it.
Thank you for your patience as we tried out this new theme on natalieportman.co. In a day or two, we will be moving this new design to natalieportman.com.
Hopefully, everything will go smoothly, but you never know so be sure to keep this page bookmarked as a backup.
We’ve got another wallpaper calendar from Ana to get our desktops in the right mood for July. We’re in need of some new graphic artists to create calendar wallpapers. So drop me a line on our Facebook page or Instagram if you want to help out. If not, this could be the last wallpaper…so enjoy it 😛
I came to Song to Song from a bit of a strange place. I adore a lot of Terrence Malick’s earlier films – sure, they will often frustrate, but they are also capable of moments of beauty that transcend the form.
But Malick’s last two films, To the Wonder and Knight of Cups (with Natalie), left me mostly frustrated and cold. What used to feel poetic now felt unfocused and forced. What used to leave a deep impression now felt shallow.
Song to Song doesn’t quite get back to making me feel how I did about his earlier work, but there are moments that reminded me of those films. Don’t get me wrong, I still wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone. It’s going to be maddening for anyone looking for a narrative to hold onto. But in the music, tragedy and striking images, there was enough for me to remain engaged throughout. Read More
day 4 of PORTMANIA is June 9th! the last Day of PORTMANIA 19 which is, of course, NATALIE’S BIRTHDAY!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NATALIE PORTMAN! Birthday cake for EVERYONE!
Today she turns 36. this is a cause of celebration around the world!!!! And what better way to celebrate than with the final four categories of the Charlie Awards?
first up in Best Video is… Natalie playing Password with JJ Abrams and Neil Diamond! and one of the Higgins Boys.
The second and third category is the Best and Worst News of the Year! The Best News was Natalie being Pregnant with her Second Child!
The Worst News is Natalie not appearing in Thor: Ragnarok
and the last category was rating the year 2016 which you guys rated at a 4 out of 5! hooray!
alright! now what? now a Natalie Portman FACT!
Natalie FACT: (warning Natalie FACTS are coarse and rough and irritating and they get everywhere) Natalie once ate an entire bag of jellybeans just to prove a point! Not a soul knows what that point was. it might have had something to do with Jellybean Jones but, again,
no one knows for sure.
and so ends another PORTMANIA. every year is a good year when Natalie Portman is around but this year was the best year ever because there is now TWO NatKids!! i’m sure that will be reflected at the next Charlie Awards. Thanks to Dazza for keeping the site going all the time and thanks to YOU, the viewer for wanting to know more about Natalie. Next year will also be PORTMANIA #20! so start saving up now because it’s an anniversary year and i’m going to have lots of merchandise to sell. maybe i’ll jar some pickles! until then, my friends…
PORTMANIA I’LL MISS YOU!
DAY Three of PORTMANIA!
Let’s do the Charlie Awards first!
The first Category for today is Best Wallpaper and the winner is from Celina!
EXTRAORDINARY, Celina! you must be a professional! AND you can schedule for last December!
the next category is for the BEST DRAWING and it’s a big win for Andrew and his drawing…
EXCELLENT, Andrew! You must be an artist!
and that’s the only two for today! More Tomorrow of course!!!
now let’s talk about a common problem among people of the world currently…
So you really want to PORTMANIA but your dad says “No.” what should you do?
HOW TO CONVINCE YOUR DAD TO PORTMANIA
Step 1: show him Natalie Portman Movies. There’s like 30 of them. Start with The Professional. This will help him realize that she is the BEST ACTRESS EVER.
Step 2: Show him the various Natalie Portman interviews from the many years of her being a celebrity. This will help him realize that she is the BEST PERSON EVER!!
Step 3: Sing him a PORTMANIA song. you can do this by making one up or by singing one of the many official PORTMANIA songs. there are no official PORTMANIA SONGS.
Step 4: Put a cow in his bathroom. This will show him that all animals are equals and they have a right to be everywhere you as a human being are allowed.
Step 5: Show him NataliePortman.Com This will show him many people agree with your philosophies and he’s an idiot for not agreeing.
Step 6: Remove the cow from the bathroom. You’re dad is going to be really upset with this. and he has a right to be. i was way off on the “cows are human beings” thing.
Follow these simple steps and your Father will lose all respect for you! that’s what we were going for right?
now we can all get on with our days. let’s make this a good day by smiling and laughing at everyone you see! pointing is encouraged. Tomorrow will be the final FOUR categories of the Charlie Awards and NATALIE’S 36TH BIRTHDAY. let’s prepare for something amazing!!
PORTMANIA is the one that you want!!
DAY 2 of the 19th PORTMANIA is now and so….
let’s start with a plug for the Natalie Portman Wakelet! it’s a collection of all the videos of all the things Natalie Portman has done for a long time. I haven’t had a chance to update it for a little while but it’s pretty good. go ahead and look around there and SIGN UP! and if you see anything missing in there let me know. i’ll try to add it.
NOW let’s get on with the PORTMANIA!!!
you’ve been waiting patiently for the charlie awards and so here they ARE!
The first category in the Charlie AWARDS is Best Editorial Photo! and the winner is…
MOST DESERVING! The voting was pretty even in this category but this still won comfortably.
the next category is Best Public Appearance and this one had a much clearer winner.
and the Charlie Goes to…
The 73rd Venice Film Festival Planetarium premiere!
This almost had as many votes as the other 4 contenders combined!
Next up is the BEST Advertising Photo
a surprise to be sure. but a welcome one.
and the final category for the day is Most Anticipated Upcoming Natalie Movie!!!
and the winner is………..
LA LA LAND!!!
whooooo! no surprise there!
oh wait… we got it wrong. whoops. one second… i’m so sorry about this… the actual winner is ANNIHILATION! by a landslide!
and that will be the end of PORTMANIA day 2! tomorrow more Charlies and less suckiness! i swear!
PORTMANIA will last FOREVER AND EVER!!
It’s PORTMANIA 19 in 2017 that takes over 4 days when Natalie turns 36!
it’s true natalie will be 36 on friday and so to celebrate we’ll do PORTMANIA!
I know that the page has some bugs so some people will just have a blank page. But that should be worked out soon so I’ll just assume you can see me!!
Last year I tried to convince everyone to elect Natalie President. That didn’t happen. so this year won’t be so elaborate. I’ll give you the results to the Charlie Awards!!
and that’s it? yeah. that’s kind of it. What? you’re not happy with that?! we’re all on a slow ride to hell anyway. what can you do?
sorry to get you down. It’s PORTMANIA. Which is a time to celebrate! we all have to give up meat for a week but i think we can still eat fish sticks, right? is that how it works? i hope so cause i’m eating fish sticks RIGHT NOW!!!
ok that’ll be it for today. TOMORROW the first results to the Charlie Awards and MORE SURPRISES. (surprises usually turn out to be me forgetting my pants.)
PORTMANIA is here to STAY!!
I suppose it’s fitting to welcome everyone to the new site theme. If you’re here you probably saw the announcement on natalieportman.com, but if you missed it we are basically testing the new theme here at natalieportman.co until everything is performing perfectly. Then we’ll transfer back to .com and hopefully the performance of the site will be improved.
We’ve already dealt with a bug where some browsers were seeing blank white pages instead of news updates. Hopefully, nobody is experiencing that anymore. If you do spot any bugs please let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to solve them ASAP.
And then there was one. The final Charlie Awards category is to vote for the overall rating of the year. We actually had some films for a change, which is good, but not all of them were special, which is bad. Did you feel rewarded as a Natalie fan or let down?