Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Under the Skin
A mysterious seductress preys upon the population of Scotland
Jonathan Glazer's atmospheric, visually arresting abstraction stars Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien who prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell, only to be consumed by a strange liquid pool.
I don't get it.
I don't get it.
At least give it a rating.
But I don't get it.
Was it good?
Would you recommend it?
I don't know.
How does that work?
I don't know.
Just give it 2 1/2 or something.
Because it's good.
Then what's the issue?
I don't know.
For fuck's sake.
I don't understand it. It confused me.
Just your plebian mind.
You know this whole review is entirely self-indulgent, right?
So why are we doing it?
Only thing we could think of.
Also we're attention whores who like likes.
It is rare for me to finish a film and be unable to form any real opinion on it. Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, loosely based on Michel Faber’s novel of the same name, is a film that deliberately defies easy understanding. It is a befuddling, enigmatic and contradictory work that demands total engagement from its audience as it avoids all the trappings of a conventional movie. Yet after I left the theatre, both impressed and disappointed, I have been unable to shake the film from my thoughts.
It is a film of surprising contrasts - it is simultaneously mesmerising yet tedious, surreal yet mundane, erotic yet sterile. It is this internal conflict that makes the film so difficult to…
ScarJo cruisin' the hills of Scotland and channeling her inner Natasha Henstridge in Jonathan Glazer's incredibly unique one-of-a-kind viewing experience. Motorcycle zoom zoom. ScarJo naked? Hooker high heels. Ants. The way ScarJo looks in her jeans. Red lipstick makes you more fuckable. Minivan cruisin'. Disorganized directions. You should always buckle up for safety. Lonely guy. Chatty chap. Seductive strip. Disappearing wang. Ocean waves. Wetsuit chum. Lifesaver. ScarJo's jacket. Getting hit in the head with a rock fuckin' hurts. Crying baby. Clubbin' for some lovin'. Leprechaun sounding gent. Sexy backwards walk. Weird as fuck faces. Sideways cock. Fade to what the fuckin' fuck fuck fuckin'? Red rose. ScarJo's eyes. Smart dude. Face first fall. Attack the Block rejects. Hoodie man is…
How do you even rate a film when you sort of loved almost everything about it yet have no concrete idea of what it was all about? It's pretty rare in cinema to find yourself constantly struggling with your very own emotions, unsure of which side to settle with for whenever a step is taken in either direction, something from the opposite end of the spectrum keeps bringing you back in the middle.
Under the Skin is one film that provides such unique experience. It is a mystical blend of horror, sci-fi & mystery that's easily one of the most perplexing, challenging & polarising narratives to come out in years and tells the story of a mysterious woman who drives through the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I love it when a straightforward story gets a unique treatment. Glazer's film is deliberately alienating, visually and aurally arresting and singularly engaging. I say the latter with no small amount of reserve as it asks a lot of its audience making it difficult to click with. But click with it I did.
Glazer opens with the birth of Johansson's character. In a beautiful visual sequence, we hear her find her voice followed by a rather disconcerting scene in which she clothes herself. Disconcerting because of the compete lack of empathy for the dead girl she is plucking her new wardrobe from. Against a sterile white background we see her clinically do what needs to be done. She gives the…
Guillermo del Toro by way of Kubrick, gothic, sci-fi, noir. The most beautiful movie I’ve seen this year. Jonathon Glazer gets the importance of time, silence, darkness, lack of context. Scarlett Johansson is great, but not overwhelming, (which is perhaps for the best) as an alien who is not quite feminine, but who performs femininity. It’s all about who is sexually empowered and why. When she meets the deformed kid, she meets someone who has no sexual agency of his own. She is powerful as long as she conforms. When she rebels and sets the kid free she is punished. At length. Sci-fi minimalism. The scene with the disfigured kid is achingly sad. Johansson is not quite desexualized, but we…
‘Under the Skin’ proves sci-fi is a genre best served obtusely. My review: indieethos.wordpress.com/2014/05/13/under-the-skin/
Even as an alien, she still manages to be a hoe.
This is why I avoid trailers. Unfortunately, I happened to see the trailer for Under the Skin multiple times over the past few months while I saw repertory screenings at the local arthouse. The trailer is packed full of surreal, engaging imagery, and the marketers even went so far as to use quotes that suppose that director Jonathan Glaser might be an “heir to Kubrick.” So by the time I actually saw Under the Skin, it was thoroughly overhyped and unable to deliver on my expectations. But I definitely liked it. It’s a strange little science fiction movie that creates a significant, believable portrayal of an alien on Earth with effectively no budget and mostly non-professional actors.
There’s lots of…
WOW WOW WOW WOW OK ALRIGHT.
I honestly did not expect anything that happened in this movie.
I put this movie off, because Scar Jo is not my favorite actress and I was just like "meh" when I would saw it online.
But, wow I wish I watched this sooner because I fucking loved it.
Not your typical "thriller" movie, it was so beautiful and so artsy.
Uh oh, I'm late for class because of this review. Just fucking watch it. Bye!
Lo siento, lo he intentado pero no he podido entrar en esta película. Metraje sobrestirado para un guión con una trama de media página.
Ni me interesan los temas ni el planteamiento. Algunos planos y secuencias muy bonitos pero poco más. A mi parecer, un coñazo.
she is better in avengers
So ... I originally gave this one star. This is a better film than that, but still lacking, as if there's not enough material for an entire film. Even knowing what I was going to watch, the film felt terribly long and slow, probably far slower than it needs to be, once again leading me to believe that it has filler given a light script.
Don't get me wrong ... there are plenty of interesting concepts here and some are done well, but as an entire film, I find this an incomplete thought, something that may also be skewed by this seemingly not being my cup of tea.
Lastly, the score is amazing.
A little unsatisfying, yet a great movie.
Scarlett Johansson does an excellent job portraying an alien woman on the hunt for men. She uses her body to lure her victims and there is some nudity but it's never just there to please the viewer. This is an art film, not a cheap sexy thriller.
The multiple segments of her trapping various men give a little more detail on what is actually happening every time, so the film manages to keep you in suspense while exploring themes of human social behavior and loneliness. In my opinion these elements could have gone yet a little deeper.
In the second half of the film the alien breaks the cycle of finding and trapping…
Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).