Friday, December 24, 2010
Spotlight On: Natalie Portman
In The Professional, Natalie played Matilda, a little girl whose whole family gets murdered. Set on getting revenge, she learns how to be a hitman from a "cleaner" named Leon. This was Natalie Portman's first movie and also one of her best performances. She was only 12 or 13 at the time, but she did a great job acting alongside more experienced actors like Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.
Star Wars: Episodes I-III
Next, is one of my biggest guilty pleasures, Where the Heart Is. Natalie plays Novalee Nation, a young pregnant girl who lives at the Wal Mart after her redneck boyfriend leaves her there. She ends up giving birth at the store, then lives with a complete stranger played by Stockard Channing, and falls in love with a local guy. The whole story of this movie is kind of rediculous, but my sister and I watched the VHS for this movie so many times that we completely ruined the sound for it.
Next is the movie that turned me into a total sap. Before Cold Mountain I never cried during movies, but for some reason I was bawling while watching this, and have been huge sad movie crybaby ever since. The scene that made me cry was the scene with Natalie Portman. She has a pretty small role in this movie as a lonely war widow named Sarah who lives by herself in the middle of the woods. There is a scene when some Yankee soldiers find her house and ask her for food. When she says that she has none, they tie her to a pole and lay her baby on the ground. What made me cry was her crying and screaming for her sick baby and begging them to cover him up. She was so frightened for her baby that I just started bawling my eyes out.
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta is one of my favorite movies. The movie pretty much belongs to Hugo Weaving's performance as V, but Natalie Portman is also great as Evey Hammond, a woman who somehow becomes involved with a mask-wearing "terrorist" known simply as the letter V. Natalie is a trooper for shaving her head for this role, and I have to admit that she does look great bald.
The Other Boleyn Girl
If Natalie doesn't win the Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Oscar for this movie I will be very surprised and disappointed. She was perfect as Nina Sayres, the ballerina who is slowly losing her mind in preparation for her role as the black swan. This was my favorite movie of the year, and Natalie Portman as Nina Sayres was my favorite performance.
Upcoming Movies: You will soon see Natalie in the movies No Strings Attached with Ashton Kutcher, Your Highness with James Franco, and the superhero movie Thor with Chris Hemsworth.
And just because I think that it's hilarious...