Today has been a good Nat fan day and I think this update will make it an even better one.
Let’s begin with another new Chevalier/Darjeeling review, this time from AICN.
Hotel Chevalier and The Darjeeling Limited – 4 stars (out of 5)
Owen Wilson as Francis, Adrien Brody as Peter, Jason Schwartman as Jack, Natalie Portman as the girlfriend, Bill Murray as The Businessman. Written and Directed by Wes Anderson
I was highly skeptical going into this film as I had seen “The Royal Tenenbaums” and never liked it. I never could click with the humor and just didn’t see why people liked it so much. Well, not only did I like the film, but I am here to tell you that it is simply the most entertaining thing I have seen in my time here in Venice. The movie had me laughing out loud more than once. The cinematography is great with the use of color to underline anything that is going on. And the acting is superb.
*Chevalier spoilers ahoy*
The Hotel Chevalier is a 13 minute short film that introduces us to the universe in Darjeeling. The film opens with a guy in a trashed hotel room getting a phone call from a woman informing him that she will arrive in 30 minutes. From the conversation you get that they had history and are now broken up. By the time she arrives, the room is spotless with just the right music playing on his iPod. After some dancing back and forth, all clothes come off. Natalie Portman shows a surprising amount of flesh considering. She is completely naked and is shown from behind and the side. You see her body is covered in bruises but you never find out why. You also catch the first glimpse of a suitcase with the number 3, some initials, and an animal pattern on it. The end credits roll without you ever learning the names either character.
Fantastic. Although not liking The Royal Tennenbaums? Tsk tsk. You can read the full review over here.
Moving along, we have the results of that banner poll for ya.
CodenameV sent in some banners and I have decided to add two of them to the rotation. You pick your favourite and the top two will make it in.
One 26.11% (141 votes)
Two 24.81% (134 votes)
Four 21.48% (116 votes)
Three 14.44% (78 votes)
Five 12.22% (66 votes)
So there we have it. The top two will be added to the rotation shortly.
A new poll is ready so…
And finally, Palpatine has sent in 5 new HI RES magorium pics. Pasha has just added them to the gallery so check them out.