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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.
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.
Our Patrons over on Patreon just received the first reward – almost 1,000 Natalie Portman magazine photos from the years 1994-2003. If you sign up as a Patron now, I’ll make sure you get the reward. And later this week I’ll send out the first Completionists Reward which will have Natalie photos that haven’t been seen online until now. And later this month another 1,000 photos from our library!
We have 5 Patrons so far. Another 5-10 and we’ll be able to move forward on that new server.
Even if you can only give one or two bucks every month, every cent counts.
So, it probably didn’t escape your notice that the site has been incredibly slow in recent months. It’s a lot better now, but still not ideal. And the server is currently hosted in Kris’ basement in Sweden, which is also far from ideal.
To make matters worse, over the past year revenue from ads has dropped. We can no longer cover the server expenses. And we need to increase them so we can get a new server.
Kris and I have tried a few things but we now need to ask you guys and gals for help. We’ve created a Patreon page for the purpose of bringing in at least enough to cover the advertising shortfall and get a new server.
If we get more support than we need, that will go towards relaunching the Natalie Portman comic and making more original video content.
For supporters, we’ve included two awesome rewards.
– Complete photosets from some great Natalie shoots. – The ability to download the entire np.com image gallery.
I wanted to follow up on Belerofonte’s post about Natalie Portman’s Golden Globes controversy. Running the site’s social accounts, I’ve seen a lot of the anger firsthand and thought I’d add my two cents.
To those who feel that Natalie stepped over the mark and ruined the moment for the directors:
It’s the Golden Globes. A show where celebs get drunk, lob jokes at each other on stage and generally push the boundaries in ways they wouldn’t at more formal awards shows. In short, chill out. I’m sure the likes of Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott couldn’t care less.
To those who feel that Greta Gerwig and other women directors were excluded because of their gender:
Maybe. But if the voters were so against someone like Gerwig, they sure showed it in a very strange way – 4 big nominations and winning Best Comedy. The idea that “well, it won best film so it has to be best director as well” has always struck me as a silly argument. If there was no difference between Best Director and Best Film then there wouldn’t be two categories.
Everyone has their own idea of what Best Director means. I haven’t seen Lady Bird but it seems genuinely considered to be one of the best screenplay’s of the year – that’s the sort of thing that can count against a Best Director nomination or win.
Basically, I find myself somewhere in the middle. Where did you come down?
To much consternation, Natalie’s rumoured appearance in Gravity fell through and Sandra Bullock took her spot in the spacesuit. Well, Natalie might finally get to space in Noah Hawley’s (Fargo series) Pale Blue Dot. Reese Witherspoon was going to star but has had to drop out over TV commitments, opening the door for Natalie. She is currently in talks but, given how much I love Fargo, I hope this one pans out.
“Pale Blue Dot” follows a successful female astronaut who, after coming back home from a mission in space, starts to unravel when confronted by her seemingly perfect American dream life. The film explores the theory that astronauts who spend long periods of time in space begin to lose their sense of reality when they return home.
As you saw earlier, Reese Witherspoon and Natalie are getting the word out about #timesupnow and in what might already be the cutest video of the year, Reese, Natalie, and an Instagram filter produced this:
That’s not all, Reese also announced Natalie’s arrival on Instagram (follow Natalie here!) with this cute post: Read More
I’ve wanted to create more video content for awhile and yesterday I set up a new YouTube channel. Most people watch the videos on Facebook and Twitter, but for the non-social media crowd just subscribe and whatever I share to our social channels will also be added to YouTube.
Today’s new video answer the question, “How do you make a successful ad?”
This time of year is traditionally a bit quiet in Natalieland, but with Annihilation just a couple months away we keep getting a drip-drip of content. In the New Year that will probably change to a flood.
Until there, here are some Annihilation-related bits of news.
– Speaking of opinions, in case you missed it from earlier in the year, the author Jeff Vandermeer is very excited about the adaptation of his novel. He’s calling the film “mind-blowing” and “extremely horrific.”
– And finally, a list of 24 films to see in 2018 that, obviously, includes Annihilation.
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.