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‘I Origins’ Interview with Writer/Director Mike Cahill & Actor Michael Pitt

25 July 2014 9:42 AM, PDT

Mike Cahill’s I Origins is sci-fi semi-thriller that takes the debate of science and religion to the unexplainable mystery of the human eye. Actor Michael Pitt plays Ian, a scientist who seeks to find a cure for blindness in order to disprove Creationism. More questions than answers are provided, however, when Ian finds himself in a spiritual journey that challenges his cause-and-effect convictions.

Pitt has worked with an impressive amount of directors in a career that is just starting, with names that include Martin Scorsese, Michael Haneke, and Bernardo Bertolucci. I Origins is the second film written and directed by Cahill, who works with a larger scale production this round compared to his tiny debut Another Earth.

I sat down in a roundtable interview with Cahill and Pitt to discuss the film, what intrigues them about the other, the preparation they did for such a science-heavy movie, and more. »

- Nick Allen

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‘The Fluffy Movie’ Interview with Comedian Gabriel Iglesias

25 July 2014 8:17 AM, PDT

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias has just started to make a silver screen presence, having done some voice-work for Planes in 2013 and The Nut Job in 2014, along with appearing in films like Magic Mike and A Haunted House 2. Now, Iglesias makes his biggest effort yet to show the moviegoing crowd his comedy of hyper impressions and voices with his first theatrical stand-up film, The Fluffy Movie.

I sat down in a roundtable interview with Iglesias to discuss his stand-up film, the power of Youtube numbers, the over-the-top stereotype humor in A Haunted House 2, Magic Mike 2, and more.

The Fluffy Movie opens everywhere on July 25.

What has been your involvement with this film project, aside from making the jokes?

This is really challenging for me because it’s my baby, I’m very personal about my standup. That’s all I’ve known. And so the back-and-forth with the film company, »

- Nick Allen

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Lucy

25 July 2014 12:26 AM, PDT

Lucy

Directed by: Luc Besson

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: July 25, 2014

Plot: Accidental high dosages of a mental drug cause an accidental mule (Johansson) to embark on achieving 100% full brain usage.

Who’S It For? Those who like their action movies to be trippy.

Overall

Lucy is unmistakably a product of writer/director/producer Luc Besson simply by its structure. It applies the same type of ticking-clock storytelling that has motivated the tension of his projects like The Transporter, Taken, and 3 Days to Kill; movies that he helped create as a writer and/or producer, but did not direct. In Besson’s own take on the structure he helped fortify for others, Lucy begins with the tensity of these movies, but then it warps.

This film’s transporter is Johansson’s Lucy, an American living in China who is tricked »

- Nick Allen

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I Origins

24 July 2014 7:36 PM, PDT

I Origins

Directed by: Mike Cahill

Cast: Michael Pitt, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Brit Marling

Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: July 25, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: A scientist (Pitt) tries to find the cure for blindness while he falls for a person (Berges-Frisbey) with really captivating eyes.

Who’S It For? People who like the science scenes of Lucy, but with more question marks by the end.

Overall

“The eyes are the windows to the soul” is an aphorism that has degenerated to groan-worthy cliche throughout its billion casual usages. It is also an unfortunate piece of dialogue within I Origins, and by no coincidence the film’s thesis statement, of which writer/director Mike Cahill then attempts to restore profundity to this once poetic phrasing. With the eyes pondered as a means to identify souls, I Origins often keeps its exploration into the debate of science and spirituality at a dangerous whimsy. »

- Nick Allen

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