I just noticed we passed 200,000 likes and followers on our Facebook group! Thanks to all who follow us there – Facebook is making it harder for content from pages to show up in the newsfeed so bookmark the page and check it yourself if you want to catch every update.
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’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?”
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. Read More
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.
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.