Let’s kick things off with another pic of Nat in Italy. Thanks to Jason.
If it looked a bit photoshoppy thats because it is. Knowme pointed out that the pic is from the Dustin Hoffman set. Sorry.
Amo was kind enough to type up a review of Goya’s Ghosts from Total Film Magazine. This should mean the film will be released in the UK soon. Here is the bulk of the review…
As ?Monty Python? aficionados are always keen to point out in high-pitched voices, no one expects the Spanish inquisition. Likewise, no one expects it to be dull, what with all its brutal torture , violent religious oppression and stomach-turning array of pointy painmakers.
Dull, sadly, is the charge levelled at ?Goya?s Ghosts?, the first movie this decade from Milos Forman, the much-gonged maestro behind ?One Flew Over the Cuckoo?s Nest? and ?Amadeus?. Set during the explosive political and religious upheaval of the late 18th century, it somehow fails to ignite in any way.
Alas, whatever momentum is built up is quickly punctured once the plot jumps forward in time to the revolution, an over-ambitious structure pulling the movie way out of focus. That said, as you?d expect from a Forman film, the visuals are handled with aplomb, the cinematography having an evocative, earthy feel to it and the director even managing to weave in Holocaust and Cold War imagery lifted from his Czech childhood under the Nazis and Communists for more recent resonance.
But that aside, there?s little to really care about. While ?Cucko?s Nest? and ?Amadeus? cranked themselves into emotional top gear, ?Goya?s Ghosts? never gets out of neutral, a fact hammered home by the generous use of Goya?s paintings in the movie: passionate, incisive and angry, there?re everything Forman?s comeback movie isn?t. A downbeat plodder fully deserving of the thumbscrew treatment.
Verdict: Despite an intriguing premise and two strong leads, ?Goya?s Ghosts? aren?t likely to be haunting anyone. Except Natalie Portman?s agent.
And finally, here is some great fanart.
Gregg sent in this beautiful Nat and Audrey wallpaper.
And Adam might be the first to send in a widescreen wallpaper.
Wrapping things up are some avatars from Nora.