Filmspotting for the film lovers

By August 29, 2008Nat-news

I’m probably a bit late to the party on this but have recently discovered the film podcast, Filmspotting.

Their weekly shows include reviews, film discussion and end with a top 5 list. I stumbled upon an old episode that had a top 5 list called “actors we wouldn’t cast”. Obviously, considering I’m mentioning this, Natalie comes in at number 5 on one of the co-host’s lists.

Even though I strongly disagree with the choice, I enjoyed the brief discussion.

I’ve created a little sample that includes the Natalie mention. You can get the full episode on their website along with every other show they’ve ever done. I highly recommend the Dark Knight spoiler episode as a good place to start.

If you’re a serious film fan you owe it to yourself to check it out.


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  • omgzrachel says:

    I actually thought Natalie was the most natural in Garden State, lol. But I tend to agree. She is sooo self-conscious and aware of herself that it is glaringly apparent onscreen. And it bugs the shit out of me. The haters always throw out “TAKE ACTING CLASSES” but it was around the same time she actually was taking acting classes that I started noticing this in her performances. Tainted forever!

  • thevoid99 says:

    I’ve been a 3 year listener of the show when it was once called Cinecast. I love Adam & Matty Ballgame. They’re great hosts, very funny, and some of their arguments are some of the best experiences to listen to. I widely recommend this podcast.

  • dazza says:

    I think some actors are very good at being natural while others are more clearly acting. I actually think she’s at her best when she’s in full on controlled acting mode. Even Leon, sure there are moments like the water fight where I’m sure she almost forgot the camera was there, but there are plenty of scenes that are very acted, like when she tells the hotel manager that Leon is her boyfriend. In a good way of course.

    Closer and Hotel Chevalier are also two of my favourites and are both very calculated.

    I think it was more the writing of the character, in Garden State, that wasn’t always very natural.

  • omgzrachel says:

    “I think it was more the writing of the character, in Garden State, that wasn’t always very natural.”

    That’s what I thought. The fact that she was saying some of those lines with a straight face impressed me. A far cry from her wooden, glorified script reading in the Star Wars prequels.

  • Carlotto says:

    Of course in films like “Garden State” or “V for Vendetta” you can (sometimes) see that she is acting, and not being natural. But this is because the film is really “stylized” (do you see what I mean?), and her character has a very strong personality, with very strong attributes. So she just can’t be natural, as she is in everyday life…
    If actors have to take acting lessons, that’s because being natural isn’t (most of the time) not enough.