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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.


Rob The Mob

The trailer for the new film “Rob The Mob” has just been released. The film is directed by Raymond De Felitta and stars Andy Garcia, Michael Pitt and Ray Ramano. The film opens in the U.S. during 2014. You can view the Rob The Mob trailer below.


The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

During The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Episode 43 the boys took a look at the most unlikable characters in cinema history – here are their lists.


Dolores Umbridge

  • Darth Vader (David Prowse) – ‘Star Wars’ (1977)
  • Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) – ‘American Pie’ (1999)
  • Cal Hockley (Billy Zane) – ‘Titanic’ (1997)
  • Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) – ‘The Departed’ (2006)
  • Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) – ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975)
  • Dolores Umbrige (Imelda Staunton) – ‘Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix’ (2007)
  • Peter (Frank Giering) + Paul (Arno Frisch) – ‘Funny Games’ (1997)
  • Peter (Brady Corbet) + Paul (Michael Pitt) – ‘Funny Games’ (2007)
  • Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci) – ‘The Lovely Bones’ (2009)
  • Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) – ‘Django Unchained’ (2012)
  • Begbie (Robert Carlyle) – ‘Trainspotting’ (1996)
  • Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) ‘American Psycho’ (2000)
  • Sean Bateman (James Van Der Beek) ‘The Rules Of Attraction’ (2002)
  • Bill Sikes (Oliver Reed) – ‘Oliver!’ (1968)
  • Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi) – ‘Monsters Inc.’ (2001)
  • Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes) – ‘Schindlers’ List’ (1993)
  • Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) – ‘Harry Potter Franchise’
  • Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) – Jurassic Park’ (1993)
  • Scar (Jeremy Irons) – ‘The Lion King’ (1994)
  • Kev (Hugo Weaving) – ‘Last Ride’ (2009)
  • Lou Ford (Casey Affleck) – ‘The Killer Inside Me’ (2010)



Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

  • Kev (Hugo Weaving) – ‘Last Ride’ (2009)
  • Begbie (Robert Carlyle) – ‘Trainspotting’ (1997)
  • Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) – ‘The Karate Kid’ (1984)
  • Fred O’Bannon (Ben Affleck) – ‘Dazed And Confused’ (1993)
  • John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) – Amistad’ (1997)
  • Detective Sergeant Johnson (Sean Connery) – ‘The Offence’ (1972)
  • Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) – ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975)
  • Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) – ‘The Social Network’ (2010)
  • Judd Raike (Karl Malen) – ‘Parrish’ (1961)
  • Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) – ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993)
  • Shia LeBouf – Any movie he has made.
  • Sergeant First Class William James (Jeremy Renner) – ‘The Hurt Locker’ (2008)
  • John Bender (Judd Nelson) – ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985)
  • Major Benson Payne (Damon Wayans) – ‘Major Payne’ (1995)
  • Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) – ‘Happy Gilmore’ (1996)
  • Johnny Quid (Toby Kebbell) – ‘RocknRolla’ (2008)
  • Juno (Ellen Page) – ‘Juno’ (2007)
  • Cereal (Matthew Lillard) – ‘Hackers’ (1995)
  • Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) – ‘The Blind Side’ (2009)



Jar Jar Binks

  • Col Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) – ‘A Few Good Men’ (1992)
  • Trent (Steve Carell) – ‘The Way Way Back’ (2013)
  • Danny McBride (Danny McBride) – ‘This Is The End’ (2013)
  • Gny. Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey) – ‘Full Metal Jacket’ (1987)
  • Mr. Martin (R. Lee Ermey) – ‘Willard’ (2003)
  • Sgt. Fatso Judson (Ernst Borgnine) – ‘From Here To Eternity’ (1953)
  • Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) – ‘Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace’ (1999)
  • Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) – ‘Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ (2006)
  • Adam Sandler – Any movie he is in.
  • Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker) – ‘The Fifth Element’ (1997)
  • Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) – ‘Zoolander’ (2001)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Joaquin Phoenix) – ‘I’m Still Here’ (2010)
  • Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) – ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ (2004)
  • Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) – Rushmore’ (1998)
  • Steve Stifler (Seann William Scott) – ‘American Pie’ (1999)
  • Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) – ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975)
  • Gary King (Simon Pegg) – ‘The World’s End’) (2013)
  • Mr. Yunioshi (Mickey Rooney) – ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ (1961)
  • Gilbert Gottfried – any character
  • Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) – ‘After Earth’ (2013)
  • Champ Kind (David Koechner) – ‘Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy’ (2004)
  • Joe (Matthew McConnaughey) – ‘Killer Joe’ (2011)
  • Biff Tannen (Thomas F. Wilson) – ‘Back To The Future’ (1985)
  • Bob Oswald (Rory Kinnear) – ‘Broken’ (2012)



Nurse Ratched

  • Jack Black – Everything he did early in his career
  • Begbie (Robert Carlyle) – ‘Trainspotting’ (1997)
  • Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) – ‘One Flew Of The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975)
  • Bogs Diamond (Mark Rolston) – ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994)
  • Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) – The Mist’ (2007)
  • Percy Wetmore (Doug Hutchison) – ‘The Green Mile’ (1999)
  • Mick (Johnny Harris) – ‘This Is England ’86’ (2010)
  • James (Eddie Marsan) – ‘Tyrannosaur’ (2011)
  • Ace (Kiefer Sutherland) – ‘Stand By Me’ (1986)
  • Derek (Adam Scott) – ‘Step Brothers’ (2008)
  • Earline Fitzgerald (Margo Martindale) – ‘Million Dollar Baby’ (2004)
  • Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) – ‘RoboCop’ (1987)
  • Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara) – Road House’ (1989)

Seven Psycopaths

Summary:A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 8th November, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 13th March, 2013

Country: UK

Director: Martin McDonagh

Screenwriter: Martin McDonagh

Cast: Lionel D. Carson (Corporal Nobel), Linda Bright Clay (Myra), Abbie Cornish (Kaya), Kevin Corrigan (Dennis), Colin Farrell (Marty), Woody Harrelson (Charlie), James Landry Hebert (Killer), Zeljko Ivanek (Paulo), Olga Kurylenko (Angela), Michael Pitt (Larry), Sam Rockwell (Billy), Brendan Sexton III (Young Zachariah), Gabourey Sidibe (Sharice), Michael Stuhlbarg (Tommy), Joseph Lyle Taylor (Al), Tom Waits (Zachariah), Christopher Walken (Hans), Amanda Mason Warren (Maggie)

Runtime: 110 mins


Dave Griffiths’s ‘Seven Psychopaths’ Review: 

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Seven Psychopaths’ on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Seven Psychopaths′: Check Episode #7 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Seven Psychopaths’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating:Seven Psychopaths (2012) on IMDb