Song To Song Review

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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

New title for Weightless: Song to Song

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Four years after, we finally have news of the other Terrence Malick’s film that Natalie filmed in 2012.
During the last two years, the movie was known as Weightless, but now IndieWire reports that the final title of the film will be Song to Song. The website also confirms its premiere in the USA on March 17, and gives more details of its argument:

Here’s the premise: “In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples — struggling songwriters Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling), and music mogul Cook (Michael Fassbender) and the waitress whom he ensnares (Natalie Portman) — chase success through a rock ‘n’ roll landscape of seduction and betrayal.”

In addition to the main quartet, a number of musicians appear as well: Patti Smith, Lykke Li, the Black Lips, Iggy Pop, Florence and the Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Considering Fabio briefly appeared in last year’s “Knight of Cups,” that sounds about right.


Also, the site has the first official still of the film (unfortunately Natalie does not appear in it).

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By | Nat-news

Some big “mini” news items for you guys today so let’s get straight to it.

One Big Soul has revealed that Broad Green have set Natalie’s next Terrence Malick film, Weightless, for release in the U.S. on March 17, 2017. They seem to think that a Berlinale unveiling, like Knight of Cups, is likely.

– In more great news, musician and composer Mica Levi will be producing the score for Jackie. Her score for Under The Skin is one of the most haunting and memorable musical scores that I’ve ever heard so I’m really thrilled about this. That said, the music for Jackie will probably be significantly different.

– Finally, artist Shirin Neshat, had some really nice things to say about her artistic short film collaboration with Natalie, Illusions and Mirrors.

“With Natalie, her professionalism and experience as an actress was tremendous. I almost didn’t have to explain anything, she was so quick to understand what I was looking for,” Neshat recalls. “As it was a great pleasure for me to work with someone as Natalie’s caliber, I think for Natalie, who works on big Hollywood productions, it was a fun experiment to work on an experimental, abstract video piece.”

Festival Hopes

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The Playlist looks at 50 films that might be in contention for appearances during the fall festival circuit. Natalie has three films that get a mention. I think I’d be happy enough if just one of these pans out.


Given that Pablo Larrain is one of the best directors we have right now, that we have three movies from him this year can only be a good thing. And after “The Club” and “Neruda,” his English-language debut on “Jackie” couldn’t be more eagerly awaited. Following Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the days following the assassination of her husband, it should be a very different kind of biopic, and with filming having begun last December, we can’t imagine this not getting an awards push, though it’s currently without distributor. Larrain has some history at Venice — he was on the jury there three years ago and “Post Mortem” screened there — so there, TIFF or NYFF are all viable.

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Weightless Has A Running Time

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After Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick and Natalie collaborated straight away on a second film. It had a naming identity crisis but finally landed on Weightless. Based on the shoot, it seemed that Natalie was going to be much more of a central character and, with a story set in and around the Austin music scene, it sounded the more promising of the two films.

We may find out later this year as the British Film Classification Board have just posted that the film is 145 minutes and has been given a 15 rating for “infrequent strong sex”. That will probably translate into an R rating in the U.S.

Here’s hoping that a trailer follows along sooner rather than later.


By | Nat-news

Some odds. Some ends. You know the drill.

– First up some great news for Natalie’s directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The film has distribution, will be opening later this year and is aiming for an Oscar foreign language submission…although that may be a bit optimistic. Read about it at THR.

– In other upcoming Natalie film news, the second Terrence Malick film is now finally titled Weightless – assuming the producers are correct. Originally called Lawless, it feels like it has had an identity crisis for years. Now can we see a damn trailer already? Knight of Cups has rocked my Malick fandom quite a bit but I’m still quite hyped about everything we know about his Austin set film.

– Speaking of Knight of Cups, the film had a very strong per screen average in its opening weekend but I’m not sure how far it is going to be able to expand.

More Knights

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Looks like it’s going to be a big week for Knight of Cups news, leading up to the (tiny) opening on Friday. It has been a loooong wait to see the film and having seen it last year, it is probably not going to be worth the wait unless you are one of the few in-tune with the very personal and unique presentation that Malick is working with.

– Let’s start with a new video interview from One Big Soul.

– Next up is a new teaser trailer that is really great. The music and the visuals go together beautifully.

– Then we have a couple positive reviews.

The Village Voice calls it sumptuous.

You don’t reason your way through a film like this; you let it wash over you, pull you this way and that.

Or you reject it. Many will run screaming from Knight of Cups, even as some of us are enraptured. At times, Malick almost seems to welcome this polarized response.

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It’s been a pretty great start to the year for Natalie news. Let’s try and keep that going with some mini news items.

– More encouraging news about Annihilation, the director Alex Garland seems intent to make it more than the typical action sci-fi. “Atmosphere and tone over structure and plot” and “impressionistic mood poem” sounds right up my alley.

– A very deep review of Knight of Cups that is positively rapturous about the film.

This poetry is a resistance and a provocation within contemporary cinema. It speaks a nostalgia for a world full of spirit(s). But also, in one or two key shots, a nostalgia for the aquarium of magical fauna that lit up childhood. We forget to our detriment this essential quest in Malick – those eyes which dream up watery nymphs here, or dinosaurs and a levitating mother elsewhere. The meanders of Knight of Cups belong to those who have opened their eyes for the first time to a world that, through habit, they usually screen out.

– Finally, I’ve been coming around on Jane Got A Gun but this new clip from the film is a bit cringe-y. What do you think?

KOC opens in France

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The day where we can all witness the evasive Malick film Knight of Cups is finally almost here. The film has opened in France, and the new reviews are kind of what you’d expect for a newer film of Terrence Malick’s. With a 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, you shouldn’t have any fear just yet. The reviews have been split on either loving the artistry of the film or finding it pretentious and overly stuffed. If you’ve liked Malick films before, you may like this latest addition.

As the reviews keep coming, we also have a slightly different trailer. Nothing that really sets this one apart from the other trailer, but it’s good to keep the fire burning since we are so close to finally seeing a film we have heard so much about for years.

Do you think the film will score higher the wider it gets released? Are you excited to see it still? Let us know!


By | Nat-news

A new week and a new batch of mini news items for you guys to snack on.

– Let’s kick things off with a scene scene clip from Knight of Cups, which has Natalie and Christian Bale enjoying some art and each other. The voice over would be Natalie, if it wasn’t dubbed into German.

– Something that slipped through the cracks is a really nice write up on Natalie’s talk with Darren Aronofsky at TIFF. Some really nice comments about Darren, the roles for women in Israel and Mike Nichols…

“I stole all the things I learned from him, and I remember him everyday,” Portman said.

She recalled that rather than having his actors rehearse scenes over and over again, Nichols would have them partake in “naming moments”.

This practice, Portman said, “has been really instrumental for me and how I look at everything and be like, ‘This is the moment where they fall in love,’ ‘This is the moment where he realises she’s cheating’.

“Just naming it with all the people together makes you all part of telling the same story.”

– Finally, thanks to Miriam for another good find, a video interview about A Tale of Love and Darkness from Cannes.

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!