you can watch the first twelve minutes of the film ‘Sound of My Voice’ here. it was written by my brother Zal, and Brit Marling. my brother directed it and Brit stars in it. I wrote the score. the film is in theatres april 27 2012
Within our lifetimes, we’ve marveled as biologists have managed to look at ever smaller and smaller things. And astronomers have looked further and further into the dark night sky, back in time and out in space. But maybe the most mysterious of all is neither the small nor the large: it’s us, up close. Could we even recognize ourselves, and if we did, would we know ourselves? What would we say to ourselves? What would we learn from ourselves? What would we really like to see if we could stand outside ourselves and look at us?
I watched Another Earth the other day and I fell in love with it. It was fabulously shot and fantastically written. Plus I cried… a lot. It also has ignited an obsession with Brit Marling, too. If you havent seen it yet I recomend you get on it.
Science and religion needn’t be at odds with each other. That seems to be the overall message from the sci-fi romance, I Origins. Written, directed and produced by Mike Cahill (Another Earth). The ambitious film examines the age old question of our existence within the familiar boy meets girl, boy loses girl narrative and does so in a refreshingly original fashion.
The film opens with an array of eyes photographed by Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist who is obsessed with them and the discovery they might hold. For many years there’s been an ongoing debate on the structure of the eye. Too advanced to replicate, it is believed the eye’s complexity proves God’s existence. Ian Grey believes differently however. A man of science, he sets out to prove the eye’s evolution.To help him with this quest is like-minded lab partner, Karen (Brit Marling).
One serendipitous evening, Ian meets an exotic girl at a Halloween party who disappears shortly after he’s photographed her striking eyes. Eventually he finds her again and the pair become inseparable. But since Sofi (Astrid Bergés-Frisbey) is free spirited and spiritual her views begin to cause conflict in the relationship.
Without giving away too much, something happens to end their relationship. Fast forward several years into the future. Sofi’s exact eye pattern shows up in India, which is scientifically impossible considering that our eyes are unique.
Since I certainly don’t want to give the entire film away, I’ll stop there.
What I liked about I Origins, is that the film didn’t deteriorate into the typical religion is right and science is wrong, or vise versa, debate. Through Ian and Sofi, each side was represented and neither character was unlikable for the beliefs they hold. Another thing worth noting is the strong female characters. Karen, played wonderfully by Brit Marling, was Ian’s equal and although it was apparent she was attracted to her superior early on, she wasn’t jealous of Ian’s love for Sofi.
But it’s the performances that really complete the movie. Known mostly for unconventional characters he’s portrayed Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) was very convincing as a scientist and Astrid Bergés-Frisbey was absolutely charming. Steven Yeun, (Walking Dead) who played Ian’s best friend Kenny, stole every scene he was in as the film’s comic relief. And of course I mentioned Brit Marling earlier.
So, if you are tired of big budget special effects films, check out I Origins. It’s sure to enrich your soul.
I Origins opened July 18th and is in limited release.
When early explorers first set out West across the Atlantic, most people thought the world was flat. Most people thought if you sailed far enough West, you would drop off a plane into nothing. Those vessels sailing out into the unknown, they weren’t carrying noblemen or aristocrats, artists or merchants. They were crewed by people living on the edge of life: the madmen, orphans, ex-convicts, outcasts like myself. As a felon, I’m an unlikely candidate for most things. But perhaps not for this. Perhaps I am the most likely.
I actually had a guy pick up on the fact that I was part of the Princess Bride generation, and he sneakily snuck in the “As you wish” line in casual conversation. We looked at each other for a long moment and I was like “I see what you did there” and we laughed about how cheesey it was. I wasn’t about to tell him how much that made me involuntarily melt inside. He was about Westley’s size, with blonde hair and blue eyes, which made it all the better/worse. It’s not that I need a guy to respond to my every command or anything, but Princess Bride was what I grew up with and Westley has a lot of qualities I look for in a man…stoic, strong, witty, intelligent, a smartass. I watch the movie often and his effect is never diminished. He’s classic.
Peanut butter and chocolate. Those Reese’s ads are 100%, it is the best combo since Saturday and Sunday. No doubt.
Yes, he can make me a canoe. Yes he can eat me out with that mustache. YES! YES! YESS!!!! (7! 7! 7!!!!!!!!!!)
They are buttery, crunchy, salty, a lil sour. They are in my dreams, in my heart, and sometimes make me feel funny things in my pants.
Edward Norton. I don’t think I have to explain, unless you’ve never seen him act. In which case I feel sad for you.
Fluffy towels. You know it’s good when there is NO roughness, just caress. You know it’s really good when you want to steal them even if they belong to someone as innocent and wonderful as your grandma.
Angel. Of Buffy and Angel. My boyfriend says I like him because I like “Greasy Creeps”; he’s not a Buffy fan. But here’s the deal; I started watching Buffy when I was 11 or 12 (AKA when I hit puberty), and Angel was dark, mysterious, sensitive, strong, tragic, artistic, brooding … oh god do I love a good brooder, so anyway I have a strong attachment to him. The only thing missing here is a stronger sense of humor. You could say he dictated my taste in men for my teenage years, if not for life.
Jason Dohring. I would like to state for the record, that I loved him before he had chiseled abs, but since he has them, why not show them off here. He has this undeniable adorable factor mixed with a sharp sense of humor and the sweetest head tilt that never belies ego. I’ve seen him in more than Veronica Mars and he without fail makes me squeal. I melt for this man.
I am a woman after all, and who doesn’t get a little weak in the knees when they see this?
Viggo. If one man can be pointed to as the origin for my “sexual awakening”, it’s Aragorn. I was 7 when I saw the first movie and even then I knew there was something intensely interesting and hot about this man. I’ve since learned a lot more about Viggo and seen more of his films: He speaks 6 languages, is a poet/painter/photographer, was married to punk princess Exene, does exactly what he wants, and is incredibly thoughtful and generous. What a man.
Xena. You could make the argument that she’s more of a role model for me, but there’s also something undeniably sexual for me here. I think she represents something that is hopefully in every woman, the wild and independent warrior who doesn’t need a man. She’s mature, she’s dark, she’s strong, she’s sensitive, she has faith in herself always. It’s a great character achievement and that steel-y glint sells her as a fierce goddess.
Ken Watanabe. You could say I have a thing for older men. You could also say I love his voice. I can’t fully explain it, other than he seems to have deep soul and I want to swim in that river.
Brit Marling. She is a goddess, she writes/directs/stars in stuff that comes out of her brain. She does one thing at a time and is a visionary in my opinion. Her stuff is always worth waiting for. Her voice is like silk and so is her golden hair (I’m assuming). I hope she one day has the same cult status as Hitchcock. It takes a few days for me to come back to reality after seeing one of her movies/being in her head.
And, of course, a good bottle of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
I encourage you all to make a similar list of things that make you feel fuzzy on the inside and funny in your pants ;) cause it’s fun, and a little naughty. #ladyboners