Dazza Reviews KoC

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Ah, the beauty of living in Berlin – seeing interesting films early! I’ve just come back from a Knight of Cups screening and tapped up some thoughts. I think this would be considered spoiler free for the most part.

You break up with a girlfriend. You lose a parent. You fall in love. You learn you’re having a child. These “big” moments are followed by moments of reflection. You’re going about your life but your mind is elsewhere, back in the moment. Most films don’t like to delve too deeply into this aftermath. It doesn’t make for great cinema.

KoC is almost 2 hours of those non-moments strung together. Only for the briefest moments do we see the real moments of life occurring and when we do, within seconds they are gone and we are with a reflective Bale ruminating in standard Malick fashion about life, love and everything in between.

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Natalie Talks KOC

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Belerofonte found a new five minute interview with Natalie about Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups. It’s a nice a thoughtful watch, well worth checking out.

KoC Featurette

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Thanks to One Big Soul for the heads up about this new Knight of Cups featurette, which includes lots of new footage (including Natalie) and some interview footage with the cast (including Natalie).

KoC In Berlin And France

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While the U.S. release of Knight of Cups is set for early next year, the film is going to be opening in some other territories long before then. The film has been announced to open in France on November 25th and being in Berlin I’m heard rumblings that it will open here on September 10th.

In fact, if there are any Berlin Natalie fans out there interested in the film, drop me a message on our Facebook page with the first line being “Knight of Cups in Berlin? Hell yes!”. No promises but if there is interest I’ll see if I can get a group together for a screening.

German KoC Poster

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A big thanks to our friends over at One Big Soul for posting the German poster for Knight of Cups, which features Christian Bale ignoring Cate Blanchett in order to look at Natalie.

German poster for Knight of Cups

KOC’s Terrence Malick Tributed

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Knight of Cups opened up this year to some interesting reviews. The Natalie Portman film (of which she only appears briefly, ala common Terrence Malick treatment) may end up being like most Malick films that get defended or attacked by the masses for years to come. However, it’s no apparent contest that director Terrence Malick has been a visionary for decades. It’s why he is being given a tribute at the Deauville Film Festival. To quote their reasons for the award:

“We thought it was the right time to honor a cineaste who places humanism at the heart of his artistic concerns,”

“We can say that his art is both harmonious and sacred. The experience he offers through his films carry us to that delicious point of going beyond the ‘self’ to the benefit of being, thus making his filmmaking unique, necessary and primordial. He turns our meanderings into the pathways of life.”

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KoC In March

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It’s some ways off but at least we know when we will finally get to see Knight of Cups. Andreas had the “video” distribution scoop earlier and now the film finally has a release date of March 4th, almost a year after it’s Berlinale debut. Let’s hope the film proves to be worth the wait.

Thanks to Belerofonte and Deadline.

Broad Green Strike Universal Deal

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Finally, let us have some good news attached to a Natalie Portman project! Broad Green Pictures, a fresh company started by brothers Gabriel and Daniek Hammond, have struck a deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to release their titles for home distribution. This young company has set a bar to release about sixteen films each year; this includes theatrical releases and video on demand. Either way, Universal has granted Broad Green the luxury of having their home distribution handled instead of Broad Green having to expand and take on that challenge themselves.

There are many films to be included with this new deal, and one is the polarizing Terrence Malick film (then again, aren’t they all?) Knight of Cups. The movie stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman. It got a mixed reaction at its debut in Berlin, but it sounds like we will be able to make our own deductions very soon with this great news.

More info and attached films can be found here. Thanks to Belerofonte as per usual!


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Tidbits keeping this show (barely) on the road!

– The Playlist published a retrospective of Wong Kar-Wai’s films, which of course includes the much maligned My Blueberry Nights. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing this film again as I have a rather vague memory of it at this point. The Playlist were fairly kind, although they did not enjoy what Natalie brought to her role.

But the miscast Natalie Portman never convinces as a sassy, free-spirited (and crucial third-act) gambler in Nevada who helps Elizabeth find her way spiritually.

– Novelist Brice Wagner on acting in a party scene for Malick’s Knight of Cups at the 1:13:00 mark on the Bret Easton Ellis podcast. A really fun listen that is worth checking out.

– Finally, Belerofonte found this amazing poster by Nan Lawson for a Wes Anderson inspired art exhibition. Freakin’ love it.


Malick Tidbits

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As we patiently wait for some festival and release news for Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, along with a trailer for Weightless (or whatever it will be called next), I have a few smaller news items courtesy of One Big Soul.

– The news that might actually lead to more news, in the form of reviews, is that Knight of Cups will be playing at the Jerusalem Film Festival on the 15th and 16th.

– Next up are some thoughts from Cate Blanchett, who is also in both of the Malick films. This is what she had to say about her experience of the man.

This is a director who has a particular universe. The experience was brief and mysterious, completely rooted in the present moment, a life in suspension, as he described it. After the end of the film remains a mystery and the story is very allusive. And then you have to adjust to the idea of ​​not having any certainty to be in the final cut.

– With a more negative take on the Malick method, here is Kevin Corrigan’s experience.

I worked with Terrence Malick on a film two years ago, and it’s Terrence Malick! He was trying to reinvent the wheel right in the middle of take and it was a little frustrating. He’s kind of whimsical that way. The guy’s a legend, he can do whatever he wants and he does seem to do whatever he wants. Things aren’t nailed down at all. The movie is truly like this living thing, you don’t know where it’s going to go or what’s going to happen. That can be kind of frustrating when you’ve spent all night memorizing lines and then the lines end up not mattering all that much. I like for there to be form. I like for there to be organization.


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Natalie news has died down a bit so let’s shuffle through another bag and pull out a couple mini news items.

– Natalie will be hosting a PBS airing gala (July 24th) celebrating composer John Williams.

– Lightscamerareaction reports a couple Malick-y items from Awards Watch. The first being a potential scoop that plans are afoot to play Knight of Cups and “Weightless” together at festivals. The other is a review of Natalie’s Knight of Cup performance which goes something like, “he looks lovely and smiles a lot and then looks crushed and lost and that’s kinda it.”

Doesn’t that sound amazing!

Malick Updates

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Even though Knight of Cups is complete and has been screened at Berlinale, the producers are now aiming for an early 2016 release. I assume the mixed reviews cooled any awards season prospects but producer Gabrield Hammonds puts it like this.

“We want to have the longest run possible,” said Hammond, “not for money’s sake, but so we can get as many people to share the experience.”

The Thompson On Hollywood piece that includes the quote also mentions that the second Malick film, Weightless, will not be released under that title. One Big Soul have heard that it is the title of the film but that the distributors have the rights to change it and that’s exactly what they will be doing.

Thanks to Belerofonte.

Knight of Cups Photos

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The awesome One Big Soul has exclusive photos from the set of Knight of Cups. They have over a dozen shots but I’ve just nabbed the three that contain Natalie. Click the thumb below to take a look.



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We’ve got a jam-packed edition of mini news items today.

– Let’s start with this Instyle interview with some of Natalie’s beauty tips (tip one should be “genetics”) and her favourite beauty products.

– Here is the trailer for Marielle Heller’s Diary of a Teenage Girl. What has this got to do with Natalie? Heller is directing Natalie’s upcoming film, On the Basis of Sex.

– I didn’t get a chance to fanboy it up for my favourite moment from Natalie’s Cannes appearance – the time she met Annie Clark (better known as St. Vincent) and her girlfriend, Cara Delevingne (model and actress).

– Another cute moment during the festival was Mindy Kaling, Natalie’s co-star in No Strings Attached.


– And finally, this update was written while listening to the beautiful main theme for Knight of Cups.


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It’s time for another batch of mini news items.

– Here is a video for film geeks (like me), featuring the color grader on Knight of Cups talking about his experience working on the film.

– Lee pointed out the awesome artwork for the Leon Steelseries Bluray. It is a limited edition and if you click the thumbnail below and order, you’ll be helping out the site by giving us a small referral fee.

– Finally, Benjamin will be joining Natalie at Cannes as he is creating an Alfred Hitchcock inspired piece for the opening.


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Apologies for the radio silence. In part due to a hectic few days and also due to the quiet on the Natalie front. I’m hoping we’ll have some good Cannes news this week but until then…tidbits!

– The Avengers: Age of Ultron junior novel (the what now?!?!) has a semi-spoiler relating to Natalie. If you want to know whether Thor and Jane are still together, head over here.

– The awesomely named Tanner Beard is a producer on Knight of Cups and this interview has a this excitable quote about first viewing footage from the film.

We’re out in this outdoor park, this cool place in Austin, and everyone’s drinking their fancy beers and everything, and she hands me these headphones.

So I put them on and she opens her laptop, and she’s like, “You are maybe only one of four people who is going to see this.” And I was like, “Oh, shit.” So I got to see a little cut of five or six minutes of Knights of Cups of where it was at the time. And I just remember watching it, and [thinking], “I can’t believe I get to be a part of this film.” You know what I mean? Because somehow Terrence Malick made the 405 look beautiful. It was just so cool.

– Finally, speaking of Malick, the OTHER Natalie-Malick collaboration (the music scene film with Ryan Gosling) looks as though it is definitely called Weightless.

Thanks to Lightscamerareaction and Belerofonte.

Bigger KoC

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Belerofonte has found a link to an 1080p version of the Knight of Cups trailer. Download the zip file, extract the trailer and enjoy!

This also means we’ve added some sharper screen grabs to the gallery, like this previously blurry shot of Natalie on the beach.

Natalie Portman on the beach in Knight of Cups

Berlinale Videos

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All quiet on the Natalie front again but Belerofonte found a couple new videos from Natalie’s Berlinale appearance. The first video starts with questions on the red carpet and the second video has Natalie arriving, at the one minute mark, for autograph signing and posing for photographs.


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A little of this. A little of that. That’s what it’s all about.

– Let’s begin with The Playlist’s new list of Cannes hopefuls. The other Terrence Malick film, Project V/Untitled, makes their list of 20 although they don’t sound too optimistic about it.

Given that he once went two decades between features, the idea of two Terrence Malick films premiering within four months seems patently absurd. But though a longshot, it’s feasible that “Knight Of Cups”’s Berlin bow could be followed by a trip to Cannes for its untitled follow-up, once titled “Lawless” and which was shot back-to-back with the other film (with which it may or may not be sharing characters; Bale and Blanchett, among others, shot scenes for both). Malick only just finished the film and also has IMAX documentary “Voyage Of Time” on his slate, so who knows what state this project is in. But if it is done, then you know Cannes would clear their schedule to screen it. This is definitely one of the wishlistier possibilities, but it’s not impossible.

– They have also speculated about the films that could be in the next Oscar race, and reckon that Knight of Cups could have an outside shot. They site strong reviews, which is weird considering they were largely lukewarm at best. This could change when released stateside but for now I reckon it’s a massive long-shot.

– Finally, a couple of Euro magazine sightings for Natalie. The images are not new and I’d imagine the same could be said for the articles, but nevertheless…

Natalie on Nouveau from The Netherlands
Natalie in Grazia from Italy

Thanks to Isadora and Dario.