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I Origins

Summary: Ian Gray (Michael Pitt) is a PhD student studying molecular biology with a specialty in eye evolution. Following a brief encounter with a mystery woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), whose identity he uncovers through the unique colour of her iris, Ian makes a stunning scientific discovery with his lab partner (Marling) that has far-reaching scientific and philosophical implications.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th September, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Mike Cahill

Screenwriter: Mike Cahill

Cast: Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Sofi), Crystal Anne Dickinson (Julie Dairy), Venida Evans (Margaret Dairy), Kashish (Salomina), William Mapother (Daryl McKenzie), Brit Marling (Karen), Archie Panjabi (Priya Varma), Michael Pitt (Ian), Christopher Santamaria (Baby Tobias), Sebastian Santamaria (Baby Tobias), Cara Seymour (Dr. Simmons), Chris Victor (Victor), Steven Yuen (Kenny)

Runtime: 113 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR I ORIGINS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s I Origins review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96

Stars(2.5)

 

David Griffiths:

Some actors know how to pick their scripts, some don’t. Brit Marling is one young star that really knows how to pick her scripts. From her breakout role in Another Earth, through to her intense roles in Arbitrage, The East and The Company You Keep she has always revealed herself as an actress who knows what roles are going to make her stand-out in a good way. Seeing her name on a movie poster pretty much means that you’re in for a gritty drama with a bit of an alternative twist, and that is certainly the case for her new film I Origins.

Here Marling plays Karen a young scientist who is teamed up with the talented Ian (Michael Pitt) a doctor whose fascination with the human eye has led him to being on the verge of a huge scientific discovery.

That same fascination also draws him into a passionate yet also volatile relationship with the beautiful Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), a young model whose alternative view on the cosmos often challenges Ian’s scientific beliefs and has him wondering just how right he really is. When tragedy strikes though he soon begins to see that maybe both his and Sofi’s beliefs may be able to meet comfortably in the middle.

If you’re looking for a big action blockbuster then move right along because I Origins certainly won’t be the film for you, no this a well-written slow burn drama just like director Mike Cahill’s first film, Another Earth, was. Despite the fact that his screenplay is slowly paced the film is never short of suspense. There is one moment that really takes the audience by complete storm, while the second half of the film bubbles along with a very different kind of suspense. Having said that though the last quarter of the film does feel a little rushed and it also feels like there is another storyline during that part that was left on the editing room floor.

Perhaps though the best part of I Origins is the fact that Cahill never allows the film’s audience to become lost with ‘all the science.’ Yes there are some pretty high tech scientific terms bandied around by the characters from time to time, but for the most part the screenplay keeps the audience so well informed that they could never complain that they have no idea what is happening. In fact it is the storyline around the scientific breakthrough that moves the film’s suspense along even though by the end of the film you could argue that it has well and truly branched out into science fiction. And while you can take or leave the ‘theory’ that the film is suggesting it never really feels like the film becomes unbelievable or that it is preaching at you. Just like Another Earth though it is the kind of film that may leave you asking questions about what you actually believe.

As you would normally expect Brit Marling is at the top of her game with I Origins but even her performance takes a backseat to the one delivered by one of Hollywood’s forgotten men, Michael Pitt, in the lead role. Pitt has always been an ‘actor to watch’ ever since his early days playing the shy-Jen-Lindley-obsessed Henry Parker on Dawson’s Creek. Since then he has put in brilliant performances on the big screen as well in films such as Bully and Funny Games yet never seems to get the big roles he deserves. Here in I Origins Pitt once again shines a little as he plays the awkward scientist, but it is enough to remind Hollywood exactly what he is capable of.

Also making herself known with her performance in I Origins is Spanish actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey. Most would  remember the young beauty from Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides but here her role isn’t solely about her looks, she has her dramatic moments and she shows that she has more than enough skills to deliver what is asked of her. In I Origins she shows that she is actress with a huge career in front of her.

I Origins is certainly the kind of film that is going to make you think long and hard after you have left the cinema. The theories that it explores it well looked into by Mike Cahill’s screenplay but the film is eclipsed by his debut effort, Another Earth. I Origins is slow in patches but when it’s on key it delivers some moments of true suspense and really has the audience guessing what will happen in the latter stages.

Stars(3.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating: I Origins (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘I Origins′: For our full I Origins review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96 . You can also read Dave’s I Origins review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Hannah Gadsby

You’ll laugh yourself silly for a good cause at the Daylesford Town Hall at Comedy 4 Karma, a fundraiser for the Daylesford Dharma School on Saturday 4th October with a stellar bill of comedians including Hannah Gadsby, Sammy J & Randy, Anne Edmonds and more to be announced soon, plus Dave O’Neil as MC.

The evening, guaranteed to be filled with hilarity, will feature some of Australia’s most popular comics, all generously donating their time for free for this good cause. Dave O’Neil, a man who needs little introduction with his comedy career spanning over two decades making him one of our most recognized comedians will be MC for the fundraiser. Dave has appeared on numerous TV programs, including fifty appearances on Spicks & Specks, been a radio host on various stations, and also appeared at fifteen Melbourne International Comedy Festivals over the years, and is surely Australia’s busiest funnyman. Comedy 4 Karma will be raising funds to continue the excellent work the teachers and staff provide for the 40 or so students who attend the primary school.

Appearing on the Comedy 4 Karma bill will be the killer deadpan perfection that is Hannah Gadsby. Her special brand of comedy entails a droll delivery, delightful wordplay and heart-breakingly funny, self-deprecating observations, continually delighting audiences all over the world.

Discovered in 2006 via the Hobart Comedy Festival where she made her hometown stage debut, she then went on to win the national Raw Comedy award shortly after. Going from strength to strength ever since, she’s appeared regularly in Australian loungerooms via the TV programs Good News Week, Adam Hills Tonight, Spicks And Specks, and Agony Aunts. Dipping into her Art History graduate background she’s also written and presented ABC TV specials on Artscape, as well as her own three part art-based series Hannah Gadsby’s Oz
Sammy J & Randy, who combine catchy songs with chaotic tomfoolery and outbursts of filth, are two adorable characters with an uncanny knack of charming the pants off everyone they meet. Having played sold out houses at The Sydney Opera House, closed the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Gala and sold out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe. Daylesford punters are in for a treat.

Anne Edmonds who is also appearing will delight the Comedy 4 Karma audience. One of Australia’s most exciting new stand up, character and banjo playing comedians Anne has won much critical acclaim and like Hannah, she was discovered at Raw Comedy. She has since gone on to win many other accolades within Australia as well as at Edinbugh Fringe Festival (the breeding ground of comedy).

Founded on the philosophical principles of Buddhism, The Daylesford Dharma School has been in existence since 2009, and is the first Buddhist primary school in Australia. The school teaches children compassion, wisdom principles, interdependence and respect for all life, with a focus on community connectivity and sustainability.

Don’t miss this wonderful night of comedy starring a Who’s Who of the comedy world, on Saturday 4th of October, with big names, big laughs, all in the name of a good cause and good karma at Comedy 4 Karma. Tickets are $40 plus booking fee and available now at www.dharmaschool.com.au or on the door if not sold out. Check out the Daylesford Dharma School facebook page for special Daylesford meal deal offers for night of the show.

COMEDY FOR KARMA
MC Dave O’Neil
Starring Hannah Gadsby, Sammy J & Randy,
Anne Edmonds,plus more to be announced
Fundraising for Daylesford Dharma School
Saturday 4th October
Daylesford Town Hall
76 Vincent St, Daylesford
Tickets $40 + booking fee
available now via www.dharmaschool.com.au
or on the door if not sold out
Doors open 8pm for 8.30pm start

For more information go to :
www.dharmaschool.com.au
www.facebook.com/DaylesfordDharmaSchool

Tarzan

Summary: Tarzan and Jane Porter face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan’s parents, after they died in a plane crash.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 11th September, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Germany

Director: Reinhard Klooss

Screenwriter: Reinhard Klooss, Jessica Postigo, Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cast: Brian Bloom (Miller (voice)), Lynn Robertson Bruce (Karla (voice)), Les Bubb (Jim Porter (voice)), Jeff Burrell (Derek’s Father (voice)), Robert Capron (Derek (voice)), Mark Deklin (John Greystroke (voice)), Cecily Fay (Teeka (voice)), Chris Fries (Chris (voice)), Craig Garner (Tarzan Aged 4 (voice)), Brian Huskey (Smith (voice)), Spencer Locke (Jane Porter (voice)), Paul Lowe (Young Terkoz (voice)), Kellan Lutz (Tarzan (voice)), Jamie Ray Newman (Alice (voice)), Edd Osmond (Young Taug (voice)), Jo Osmond (Young Teeka (voice)), Rebecca Reaney (Jane (voice)), Christian Serritello (Chris (voice)), Trevor St. John (William Clayton (voice)), Andy Wareham (Tublat (voice)), Anton Zeetterholm (Teenage Tarzan (voice))

Runtime: 94 mins

Classification: CTC

 

OUR TARZAN REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Tarzan review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96

Stars(2)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)

 

IMDB Rating: Tarzan (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Tarzan′: For our full Tarzan review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #96 .

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Sin City; A Dame To Kill For

Subculture Entertainment and Icon Distribution are happy to announce that we are giving you a chance to win some double passes to see Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. We have five double passes to giveaway so for you chance to win them just make sure you listen to the latest episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For will be released in Australia on the 18th September, 2014. It is directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis and Eva Green.

Whatever you do make sure you don’t miss our Sin City: A Dame To Kill For competition.

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The Giver’, ”I Origins,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ Night Moves,’ ‘Tarzan,’ and ‘Step Up: All In′ . This episode also contains an interview with Brenton Thwaites, Brit Marling, Megan Fox, Jesse Eisenberg, Briana Evigan, Adam Sevani, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.

Also make sure you take a listen to see what you need to do to win tickets to see Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here

Geoffrey Rush

Fate Films, helmed by producers Jan Chapman and Nicole O’Donohue, is delighted to announce principal photography commences on The Daughter in Sydney, Australia on the 12th of September 2014. With support from Screen Australia and Screen NSW, the shoot will take place in Sydney and rural NSW.

Written and directed by critically acclaimed theatre director Simon Stone, The Daughter is a contemporary portrait of family love, dysfunction, deception and denial, inspired by Stone’s award-winning re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck.

Stone has assembled a superb ensemble cast for his feature film debut, including Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean), Ewen Leslie (Dead Europe, Jewboy), Paul Schneider (Bright Star, Lars and the Real Girl), Miranda Otto (The Homesman, Reaching for The Moon), Anna Torv (Fringe, Deadline Gallipoli), with rising star Odessa Young and Sam Neill (The Piano, Jurassic Park).

Set in the last days of a dying logging town, Christian (Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry’s (Rush) wedding. Reconnecting with his childhood friend Oliver (Leslie) and Oliver’s family, wife Charlotte (Otto) and daughter Hedvig (Young) he unearths a long buried secret. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before. Will they survive the truth?

The film will be produced by Fate Films with Jan Chapman (Academy Award® winner The Piano, AFI Best Film winner Lantana and Palme d’Or nominated Bright Star) and Nicole O’Donohue (ACCTA Award nominated The Last Impresario and AACTA Award-winning feature film Griff the Invisible). When Chapman and O’Donohue saw Stone’s production of The Wild Duck at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre they were drawn to the powerful story which instantly felt cinematic.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Simon whose work we have admired for some time, as well as an exceptional cast and crew to bring this truly emotional and resonant story to the screen.”

Roadshow Films, who has backed the project from its development, will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. Mongrel Film has acquired international sales. Roadshow Films Managing Director Joel Pearlman said, “Simon has achieved renown for his stage direction and we are thrilled to be supporting his entree into feature film directing, supported as he is by the strongest possible production team and phenomenal ensemble cast.”

Fury

Sony Pictures have just released a new trailer for the film Fury which is directed by David Ayer and stars Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal. Fury is set for release in Australia on the 23rd October, 2014.

You can view the new Fury trailer below.