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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




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



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.



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.


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.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

Recently the hosts of ‘The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’ came up with their favourite actors here’s who is made their lists.



Jodie Foster

  • Matt Damon
  • Michael Caine
  • Charles Bronson
  • John Wayne
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Denzel Washington
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Michael Douglas
  • Sean Connery
  • Harrison Ford
  • Tom Cruise
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Robert De Niro
  • Tom Hanks
  • Jodie Foster



Russell Crowe

  • Tom Cruise
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Liam Neeson
  • Edward Norton
  • Christian Bale
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Naomi Watts
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Al Pacino
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Arnold Schwarznegger
  • Russell Crowe



Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Russell Crowe
  • Bruce Willis
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Nicolas Cage
  • Emma Watson
  • Steve Carell
  • Michael Cera
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Emma Stone
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Tom Cruise
  • Brit Marling
  • Ben Affleck
  • Matt Damon
  • Michelle Williams
  • Christian Bale
  • Heath Ledger
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Leonardo DiCaprio



Humphrey Bogart

  • Will Ferrell
  • Larry David
  • John Cleese
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Bruno Ganz
  • Edward G. Robinson
  • John Hurt
  • Viggo Mortensen
  • Chips Rafferty
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Sean Connery
  • James Gandolfini
  • Sidney Poitiner
  • Robert Duvall
  • Michael Caine
  • Patrick Stewart
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • John Meillion
  • Meryl Streep
  • Harvey Keitel
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Robert De Niro
  • Humphrey Bogart

The East

Summary: ‘The East’ finds a corporate spy (Marling) attempting to infiltrate a group run by a charismatic eco-terrorist (Alexander Skarsgård). Former FBI agent Sarah, whose job with an elite private intelligence firm sees her going deep undercover with the titular eco-anarchist collective, finds herself torn between two worlds when confronted by the reality that The East are the lesser of two evils when compared to her clients.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 19th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA, UK

Director: Zal Batmanglij

Screenwriter: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling

Cast: Hillary Baack (Eve), Lani Bemak (Lani), Bill Boslego (Barry Redman), Patricia Clarkson (Sharon), Shiloh Fernandez (Luca), Wilbur Fitzgerald (Robert McCabe), Anthony Michael Frederick (Randy), David Goff (Skipper), Ryan Grego (Johnny Perkins), Aldis Hodge (Thumbs), Toby Kebbell (Doc), Danielle Macdonald (Tess), Billy Magnussen (Porty McCabe), Brit Marling (Sarah), John Neisler (Rory Huston), Michael Nouryeh (Jim (voice)), Julia Ormond (Paige Williams), Ellen Page (Izzy), Jason Ritter (Tim), Angharad Robinson (Angie), Pamela Roylance (Diane Wisecraver), Jamey Sheridan (Richard Cannon), Alexander Skarsgard (Benji), Billy Slaughter (Trevor ‘The Fed’), John James Tourville (John James)

Runtime: 99 mins



David Griffiths: Stars(3.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘The East’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(3.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘The East’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3.5)

IMDB Rating:  The East (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The East′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 50 for our more in-depth review of ‘The East’.


The Company You Keep

Summary: When a former member of the radical protest/terrorist organisation the Weather Underground (Sarandon) turns herself in to the FBI, Ben Shepard (LaBeouf), an aggressive young journalist, starts searching around for leads on the other members.

Before long Ben uncovers Jim Grant (Redford) a former Weatherman and a fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than thirty years under an assumed identity as a civil rights lawyer and single father in New York, he must now go on the run.

With the FBI in hot pursuit and Shepard getting closer to discovering his secret, Grant sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person that can clear his name and allow him to go home to his daughter.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 18th April, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Robert Redford

Screenwriter: Lem Dobbs, Neil Gordon (novel)

Cast: Hamza Adam (Maulik Banjali), Julie Christie (Mimi Lurie), Chris Cooper (Daniel Sloan), Sam Elliott (Mac McLeod), Jackie Evancho (Isabel Grant), Brendan Gleeson (Henry Osborne), Terrence Howard (FBI Agent Cornelius), Richard Jenkins (Jed Lewis), Jon Johnson (Albany FBI Agent Johnson), Hiro Kanagawa (FBI Agent Kanagawa), Anna Kendrick (Diana), Matthew Kimbrough (Barnes), Shia LaBeouf (Ben Shepard), David Lewis (Albany FBI Agent Lewis), Donna Lysell (Eva Sloan), Brit Marling (Rebecca Osborne), Lochlyn Munro (FBI Agent Munro), Nick Nolte (Donal Fitzgerald), Robert Redford (Jim Grant/Nick Sloan), Gabriela Reynoso (Maria), Stephen Root (Billy Cusimano), Gabrielle Rose (Marianne Osborne), Susan Sarandon (Sharon Solarz), Stanley Tucci (Ray Fuller)

Runtime: 122 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Company You Keep’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘The Company You Keep’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Company You Keep′: Check Episode #28 (available 18th April, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘The Company You Keep’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating:The Company You Keep (2012) on IMDb