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…
What a beautiful and touching film! Scarlett Johansson is truly outstanding and it’s great to see her doing more alternative roles again. I wasn’t familiar with Jonathan Glazer’s work but I was instantly captivated by the story, the extravagant visuals and haunting score. Under the Skin is not only a very compelling drama that examines an emotionless alien who gradually starts to perceive how it feels to be human, but it’s also a highly original sci-fi flick. In addition, there were a couple of disturbing moments and one in particular which actually made me gasp in shock. Following this outcast who slowly grows some kind of empathy towards the human race and seeing her interactions with all the different types of individuals that cross her path made for a truly intriguing journey. Under the Skin is one of the most fascinating films I’ve seen and I just can’t wait to experience it again.
It’s interesting that the most revered science fiction film since the medium’s inception is one that is so cold. When we look at 2001 we see Kubrick study humanity from its ape ancestry to the farthest reaches of future space travel. It is a commentary on humanity as a whole and asks far more questions than it answers. This it seems is a good thing. It’s paved the way for countless dissections of the film and it is as highly regarded today as it ever has been. When you look at the film though, it would be difficult to say it’s warm. Characters seem a little stilted, and they appear more as place-cards for human beings than human beings themselves.…
Too bewildering to love. Too compelling to dislike. Too chilling to ever forget.
A beautiful, slow-paced, tense, haunting story of an anthropomorphic alien on earth. Disguised in the body of a young woman who bares a striking resemblance to Scarlett Johansson. She finds herself in Scotland, exploring in her white van. Pulling over on sidewalks to speak with and charm young men. Asking them questions and tempting them in to her "home".
I won't go into much detail as this is a film best left to seeing without much influence on your idea of what the film is about.
The film is stunning. Shot with a mix of hidden cameras throughout the city of Glasgow as well as some breathtaking shots of the seaside and highlands of my fair country. I'll admit a…
Menudo pedazo de película nos ha traído Jonathan Glazer. Hice bien en ir ayer martes por la noche a ver la nueva obra del autor de Sexy Beast, con el cine medio vacío y con esa sensación de quien huye de la rutina en medio de la semana. Por cierto, y antes de olvidar mencionarlo, me gustaría aclarar que esta es una película para ver en el cine. Incluso añadiría que es una película para ir a ver solo.
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This film does get under your skin. Weirdly fascinating but at times uncomfortable to watch. One of the most bizarre starts to a film I think I have ever seen.
The scenes where Scarlet Johansson's other wordly character lures unsuspecting Scottish males into her lair are markedly unusual to say the least.
It's good to see Scarlett in a role like this. I imagine it was out of her comfort zone especially with scenes where she was required to remove her clothes but she does it well... the acting I mean.
One to watch if you like odd.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- 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).
- The Cremaster Cycle
- Sweet Movie
- The Holy Mountain
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
ranges from entry-level weird to...Cremaster
not necessarily disturbing, but it helps