I came to Song to Song from a bit of a strange place. I adore a lot of Terrence Malick’s earlier films – sure, they will often frustrate, but they are also capable of moments of beauty that transcend the form.
But Malick’s last two films, To the Wonder and Knight of Cups (with Natalie), left me mostly frustrated and cold. What used to feel poetic now felt unfocused and forced. What used to leave a deep impression now felt shallow.
Song to Song doesn’t quite get back to making me feel how I did about his earlier work, but there are moments that reminded me of those films. Don’t get me wrong, I still wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone. It’s going to be maddening for anyone looking for a narrative to hold onto. But in the music, tragedy and striking images, there was enough for me to remain engaged throughout. Read More
There is not much news in the last days, but here are a couple of them in the form of tidbits…
-A couple of weeks ago, TMZ broke the news that Natalie had bought a new house in Montecito, in the hills of Santa Barbara. Here we have a few photos of this dream house:
-Song to Song, Terrence Malick’s latest movie, will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraHD on July 4, and in it, we can see Natalie more beautiful and sexy than ever. After the jump we have a photo from the movie and a little clip with her, Michael Fassbender and Holly Hunter as protagonists:
After a long hiatus, we finally saw Natalie return to work a few days ago. While we wait for more events, here is a new batch of Tidbits…
-In the coming weeks we will see the Natalie’s cameo in Angie Tribeca. In connection with this, Rashida Jones has talked about the participation of her friend in the sitcom:
Who’s one guest star you were most excited to work with in Season 3 of Angie Tribeca?
Natalie (Portman) had never done TV before, and we’ve been friends for a long time. She was adorably nervous about it, which was so funny from an Oscar winner. (Her character) is a bit of a play on an anti-feminist, old-school idea of a woman. She’s in a power position, but she’s still treated terribly by the men around her in a ’60s, Mad Men-way. It’s one of those characters where you’re like, “Wow, we have come a long way.”
–Song to Song had a very limited release in American theaters last March. Now is the time of its release in several European countries. As a result, photos already seen have emerged, this time in HD.
More after the jump:
We still have no relevant news … but here we have a few tidbits.
-A few days ago, Mimi Leder, director of Deep Impact or series like Shameless or The Leftovers, confirmed to Screencrush that is going to direct “On the Basis of Sex”, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic. The movie still has no filming dates, but presumably it will be one of the next Natalie’s projects.
-Song to Song, Natalie’s latest movie, will be released on Blu-Ray, DVD and UltraHD on July 4th. It will be the first film of the actress that can be seen in 4K in domestic format. This is the provisional cover:
-Finally, Film School Rejects has an interesting article about Black Swan. Undoubtedly the movie by Darren Aronofsky is still remembered, seven years after its release.
It’s been a month since Natalie gave birth to Amalia, and there have not been any public appearances or candid photos yet. Waiting for some relevant news, here are a few tidbits:
-There’s nothing official yet, but according to Jeff Sneider, film reporter and regular writer on The Tracking Board, Natalie (and Jennifer Lawrence), would have passed on the project about Getty kidnapping, directed by Ridley Scott:
Heard Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence have passed on Ridley Scott's Getty family kidnapping movie…
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) March 23, 2017
Considering that the movie would start shooting in May, and that Natalie should also shoot her scenes for Xavier Dolan’s film this spring, it seems pretty credible. We will see if there is any news about it in the coming weeks…
-Song to Song will expand to more theaters next weekend, and Natalie has given a couple more interviews on the film. Here they are:
-Finally, here we have a new instagram still from Terrence Malick´s film, with Natalie and Michael Fassbender:
So far, most official photos we’ve seen of the Terrence Malick’s film are from the rest of the main cast (Mara, Gosling and Fassbender), but here we finally have a third photo of Natalie in the movie, dressing a nice wedding dress, which we had already seen in shooting photos four years ago:
Terrence Malick’s latest film has a limited release in Los Angeles and New York today, and as a result, Natalie has given a couple of interviews about the movie. Here they are:
What do you think it is that Malick brings that makes actors love working with him?
He really breaks down the ritual of filmmaking that we’re all used to. It frees you, in a way, when you go on to something else afterwards. You feel freer because he reminds you that all the rituals aren’t there for a reason, and that you can kind of break them whenever you want, whenever you feel like it. Because you’re always creating these moments in his films, you’re not just following a script and making what’s happening on the page. You have to invent more, and you take that into other projects, too. When you are going into a film that does have a script, you bring that spirit with you.
Were there other kinds of material he gave you to get you into your character?
He provided me with a lot of information — incredible books and films. It was kind of an education as well. A lot of great Italian films, like [Federico Fellini’s] “Juliet of the Spirits” and “La Strada.” He gave me “Middlemarch,” which I’d never read before, and “Daniel Deronda.” So a lot of Italian films and a lot of Eliot.
So your character here is basically a Fellini character crossed with an Eliot hero?
Yeah. [chuckles] She thinks marrying can help her get out of this bad situation, sort of in a 19th century way. And then, of course, that gets her into a much more tragic situation.
Finally, the film’s premiere took place at the Paramount Theater in Austin yesterday, and as expected, Natalie was unable to attend the event. Producer Sarah Green shared a note she received from the actress saying that she just had her baby and wasn’t able to get on a plane yet, but that making the film was an amazing experience. The rest of the main cast (Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender), were there:
… As for the critical reception, the movie is following the same path as the last three films of the Texan filmmaker. “Boring”, “same schemes” and “self-parody” are the adjectives that are repeated over and over again in the first reactions and reviews. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s the same tonic as with Knight of Cups and To the Wonder last years. On a positive note, Natalie seems to shine every time she appears on the screen:
Of the characters beyond the initial love triangle in Malick’s too-white ensemble, Portman has the biggest part, and also the most powerful, owing not only to her character’s fate, but also the actress’s ability to take a slender, nearly dialogue-free role and make it feel fully rounded.
It’s Portman, though, who gets to explode. As Fassbender’s paramour, she thrusts herself from struggling waitress to seductive vixen to startled and scared captive, addicted to the adrenaline provided by his lifestyle, his money, his sex, and his drugs.
It’s interesting to watch following her lead turn in Jackie, a masterful feat of control and calibration of pitch, body, and emotion in every scene of the film. She’s only a supporting player here, but it’s her role as collateral damage to a life lived song to song that leaves you momentarily silenced.
Song to Song, the latest Terrence Malick´s film starring Natalie, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender, will premiere at the SXSW Austin Festival in four days, and here we have a new ad of the movie with the actors: