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 opinion on 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…
officially labelled as a scifi thriller, id call it a horror movie. for me, this movie is a lot more horror than any hostel or chainsaw massacre.
although i certainly enjoyed them: i think johansson's nude scenes dont help with the progression of the story. the movie could have done without them.
What a dull wanna be avant-garde little film.
The third time through I get more details, but the overall impression remains an obtuse and gut-wrenchingly emotional one.
I'll give it credit for being something different, but this film drones on and on with no real payoff. Looks nice though.
No rating yet. I haven't decided if I liked it or hated it. I'm leaning towards the latter. Like Birth (actually worthless), it's a commercial directors attempt an art film. Admirable in most regards and with a great central performance, it just feels empty. I liked it better when it wasn't about aliens and was called Twentynine Palms.
Te va atrapando, poco a poco, lento como el ritual con el que Scarlett -en versión alien caderona- lleva a lo más oscuro a los calentones escoceses para después... Glazer, you twisted son of a gun!
La niebla que cubre las espectaculares y sombrías Tierras Altas de Escocia cumplen un rol importante durante toda la cinta.
Me recordó a la primera vez que vi Mulholland Drive. ("¡Qué carajo acaba de pasar!")
"Hmmm, I think I'll watch this. I've heard some good things about it."
~ 2 Minutes
This is actually pretty damn beautiful.
~ 5 Minutes
Huh… okay… what?
~ 10 Minutes
No, Scarlett… I won't get in the candy van with you. You freaky as fuck!
~ 15 Minutes
I feel ever so slightly dirty now.
~ 20 Minutes
Wh-what am I watching?
~ 30 Minutes
WHAT THE FUCK?! W-WHAT?! I… I JUST… WHAT?! FUCK!
~ 45 Minutes
*Curls up into a ball* Everything is okay, Jason. Scarlett will go away soon... *Weeps*
~ 65 Minutes
Are you okay, Scarlett? I would've eaten that cake, you know?
~ 75 Minutes
Dude… you have no idea the amount of fan-spewn shit…
Clearly a masterwork.
Female Voice: [with a mechanical buzz over shadowy morphing orbs] "T- D, S- Z- Th, B- T- V, H- T- D- K- G, S- Z- P- B, Ba-Ba- T- T, K- Kuh- Ch, Th- V- Th, Zzz- Sss- Bzz- Ch, B-B-Buh- V-V-Vuh, G-G-Guh D-D-Duh."
Female Voice: [now over a shiny white torus, slowly morphing] "B-B-Buh- B-B-Buh, B-B-Beh, B-B-Beh, Bah, N-N-Nuh- N-N-Nuh, N-N-Nuh- No. N-N-Nuh, F- Feel- Field, Fill- Filled- Filts, Foil- Failed- Fell, Felds- Pill- Pills, Pall- Nall."
Female Voice: [now over a watery chestnut-brown eye] "Foal- Foals, Fold- Fold, Pool- Pool, Sell- Se..."
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).