Casting on 'True Detective' season 2 has been equal parts crapshoot, publicist spin and investigative free-for-all, but where we thought a female lead had been narrowed between 'Mad Men''s Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams, the dam has burst wide open to suggest that Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson, Marvel favorite Jaimie Alexander and at least 4 more names are all in the running for our next 'True Detective' mystery.
The first 'I Origins' trailer has arrived, and the film seems like a suitable follow-up from the team of writer/director Mike Cahill and star Brit Marling, who first worked together a couple of years ago on 'Another Earth.' The pair have returned with another strange but seemingly less subdued sci-fi outing, this time with former 'Boardwalk Empire' star Michael Pitt in the leading role, and a whole lot of eyeballs.
When Mike Cahill took the stage after the world premiere of 'I Origins' at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival he spoke excitedly about how special speakers were installed in the theater to take advantage of the film's rich sound mix. Did they movie have a good sound mix? Yeah, I suppose it did. But, did it do anything to make up for the half-assed storytelling and dull performances in this desultory and frustrating film? Uh, no.
Brit Marling plays a woman who joins a group of environmental activists with every intention of bringing them down for her corporate employers.
In Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage, Richard Gere plays a billionaire who seems to be cursed by the late Christopher Wallace's words of wisdom. Here he's got a merger going on, which is a terrible time to get into a fatal accident with your lover. Check out the trailer.
'Sound of My Voice' is a testament to the ingenuity of independent film. Here is a movie that builds a massive science-fiction world out of literally nothing. It features dangerous cults, government conspiracies, mysteriously gifted children, and possible time travelers -- and almost the entire thing takes place in a drab, suburban basement. Director/co-writer Zal Batmanglij and star/co-writer Brit Marling likely couldn't afford to mount all the futuristic stuff they imagined onscreen so they built an ingenious work around: they show you almost none of it and use the sense of mystery to reinforce the film's central themes.
This may seem like a movie about the future. But it's really a movie about belief.
Where did this Brit Marling come from? She comes from the future! Or at least that's what her character Maggie wants you to believe in her film 'Sound of My Voice.'
This beautiful, young, inquisitive actress and screenwriter has been a part of the indie film conversation since her double-barreled debut at Sundance 2010. The star and co-author of the mostly good 'Another Earth' is now primed to release her second low-budget science-fiction (kinda) drama/thriller and I am here to tell you that it is fantastic.
And it should come as no surprise that Ms. Marling, a Georgetown economics major and, again the co-author and star and Georgetown economics major, speaks in sharp, assured phrases, pouncing on difficult topics with a fierce intellect.
We met in an eerie boardroom somewhere where she was carrying a bag from Evolution, a store in SoHo that sells jewelry made of bones, change purses made from frogs, paperweights of insects in amber...