1. So I bought a new phone. My Galaxy S4 just COMPLETELY snuffed it. Couldn’t recover anything. So now I’m in the Apple cult. 8 PLUS. Big bloody sucker. But I got nice long legs and it fits well in my front jeans pocket. Good leg mobility still. And great battery life. So I don’t know, does the picture look better than my others? Maybe.
2. THE MOVIE. BLOODY BRILLIANT. It’s like if Kubrick, Herzog, and Sophia Coppola had a film baby. Jonathan Glazer’s stuff was already nicely moody and freaky, but Under the Skin really is his masterpiece.
There’s great casting, and then there’s great meta-casting, and choosing Scarlett, the defining sex symbol of the 21st century, to play an alien embodying their understanding of the most sensual female form to snare men into her trap (the goo is so scary) is brilliant. It’s like a reverse Superman thing.
The film is also a brilliant form of the Kuleshov effect. Scarlett is driving around Scotland and passing and talking to real strangers who don’t know they’re being filmed, (fantastic rigging of the van). Scarlett can’t be 100% in character in those situations, but doesn’t need to be. We know who she is so every interaction and smile she gives comes off as sinister, until the second act. The trivial things she sees in themselves mean nothing, but because they’re seen by “her” these people and places mean so much, frightening and beautiful.
And I LOVE the music!!! One song I have on my iPod, it’s called “Love”. Very appropriately titled. The theme plays all the correct romantic notes, but it’s all a fake electronic noise. Just like the alien who begins to feel for the meat bags, and even realizing that her body is to inspire and create love. But not under the skin she’s in. Just like the music she’s a mechanic understanding of love but not conducted with the right instruments for it. A haunting and sad tale of humanity seen from an outsider. #cinephile #cinema #movie #movies #film #cinephilecommunity #moviecollection #bluray #bluraycollection #undertheskin #scarlettjohansson #scifi #horror #horrormovie