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Old 07-22-14, 01:55 PM
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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Question: what were your expectations for this film exactly?
i honestly didn't have any. this was a blind rental and all i knew was ScarJo and sci-fi. seems up my alley...
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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Saw this at our local film festival on the weekend - quite liked it but at the same time not sure I'll ever watch it again, disturbing and eerie and beautiful all at once. The guy behind me actually has the best succinct review of it I've heard: "Now they've made a sequel to The Man Who Fell To Earth."
Yeah, I also compared it to The Man Who Fell to Earth in theme and style. Both films are very obtuse, demand close attention of the audience, and bring up more questions than they answer (but in a thought-provoking way, not a Damon Lindelof "why did they do that stupid thing when they could have done this much less stupid thing instead?" sort of way). I'm not surprised most people don't like it or outright hate it. This isn't a movie to enjoy. It's a movie to study.
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There aren't many of those these days.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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This isn't a movie to enjoy. It's a movie to study.
Agree. Whenever I finally buy it I intend to study both it and ScarJo in a VERY thorough manner.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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There aren't many of those these days.
Watch Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy"
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

One of my Redbox rentals. I wouldn't even try to review it. If not for the Scarlett Johanson nude scenes, I doubt this movie would be getting as much attention as it is. Just too off beat.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

Awful. Boring. Pointless. Indulgent PoS.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

I'm watching this now and am actually intrigued. It really does pick up after the 12 minute mark. Ha!
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

Looking at Amazon reviews its currently 149 One Stars (I hate it) to 73 Five Stars (I love it).

I think with a little effort this movie could have been a Sci-Fi masterpiece. Maybe some human perspective (like a detective investigating missing persons). Or some character development of ANY humans. Hard to care what happens when you have an emotionless alien surrounded by human props.

Kind of off topic, but with an over zealous MPAA rating movies, I was shocked this movie didn't receive an X rating. It seems like virtually any content suggesting or implying sex, drug use, or foul language will be slapped with an R rating. Not the first time I've seen frontal nudity in a movie, but I don't recall any movie showing erections unless it is XXX porn.

I really wish the MPAA would just go away and the studios would just issue their own warnings "may not be suitable for all ages", etc. I think the MPAA is destroying the movie industry.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

I disagree, the lack of a human to latch onto was part of what made this so unique. You have to accept the alien on her own terms or not at all.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

I don't get the emotionless complaints and feel like the second half had a ton of it.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

Originally Posted by dvdshonna View Post

Kind of off topic, but with an over zealous MPAA rating movies, I was shocked this movie didn't receive an X rating. It seems like virtually any content suggesting or implying sex, drug use, or foul language will be slapped with an R rating. Not the first time I've seen frontal nudity in a movie, but I don't recall any movie showing erections unless it is XXX porn.
I remember the movie Angels and Insects from the mid 90s having a scene where one of the actors has nude where he's sporting an erection. He was in bed with an equally fully nude Patsy Kensit so I can't say I blame the fellow, even though
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he and Patsy Kensit's characters were siblings, who had just been caught in the act by her husband.


I believe that movie had a simple R rating.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

Saw it last night and have to say that this film along with Moon, Primer and Beyond the Black Rainbow are some of the best sci-fi films of the last 10 years.
It evokes the haunting beauty and themes of films by Stanley Kubrick, Andrei Tarkovsky & Nicolas Roeg. Definitely in the top 10 of 2014.

4.5/5
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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Saw it last night and have to say that this film along with Moon, Primer and Beyond the Black Rainbow are some of the best sci-fi films of the last 10 years.
It evokes the haunting beauty and themes of films by Stanley Kubrick, Andrei Tarkovsky & Nicolas Roeg. Definitely in the top 10 of 2014.

4.5/5
Agreed. On all points. I originally gave it a 4/5 I think, but it has stuck with me for weeks. I may have to declare it a 5/5!
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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I'm watching this now and am actually intrigued. It really does pick up after the 12 minute mark. Ha!
Hey Man, don't let the folks who loved this film pressure you into liking it more than you should. You know better than anyone else what YOU like and what YOU don't like.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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Hey Man, don't let the folks who loved this film pressure you into liking it more than you should. You know better than anyone else what YOU like and what YOU don't like.
no, no...i actually watched the entire thing and thought it was quite intriguing. i have no desire to own it, but if it is on cable one day i will check it out again. not bad.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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I don't get the emotionless complaints and feel like the second half had a ton of it.
Not as much as "Schindler's List".
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

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no, no...i actually watched the entire thing and thought it was quite intriguing. i have no desire to own it, but if it is on cable one day i will check it out again. not bad.
coolio.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

Just finished this, and man was it good. Went in totally cold, not knowing anything about it. So happy I didn't read anything about it first, as I didn't know if she was human, alien, demon, robot, or what.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

Just blind bought this for $15 on vudu. Hope I like it.
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Redboxed this and thought it was ok. Visually and especially the audio reminded a lot of a David Lynch movie as another poster said. I did like how she seemed to become more "human" as the film progressed but ultimately it was just too obscure for its own good. My wife absolutely hated it. After reading about the plot of the book couldn't help but think it could be improved with some more elements of the book thrown in.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

She sure looked great in those tight jeans (and without them).

Yum.
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I really had a hard time watching that baby on the beach. It was really upsetting for me. Then when the cleaner guy goes back. Goddammit. I almost turned it off just to avoid anymore possible heartwrench from the beach. Fuck.

Weird movie. Good FX.
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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

This movie actually rates pretty high with professional critics on rotten tomatoes. (avg 7.5/10)

Compared to all the other crap I've rented from Redbox in the last few months, I'm inclined to agree with them. Only 2 movies I've rented in the last year that I considered as good or better than "Under The Skin".

"Blaming a weak lineup of movies coming to DVD, Redbox turned in some disappointing results for the second quarter. Company operating income dropped from $107.2 million in the same period last year to $83.5 million."

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Re: UNDER THE SKIN (2013) (dir. Jonathan Glazer) (Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan)

I have watched this movie a few more times and its one of those movies that really sticks in the mind (and i am not referring to Scarlets bits). The way it is filmed, acted and the music make it almost dream like. The Alien is very creepy looking, but very similar in style to a lot of Glazers other work. The scenes with the Pit are creepy as hell, especially when they are floating. The tube leading to the otherside is simple but very effective.

It did seem to me that the first couple of guys that she takes to the Pit are both clocked in at 10 to 2 if you catch my drift.

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I think maybe Adam is not this way as he seems a little more apprehensive about her intentions. After watching his scene again it really is not made clear what happens to him and is left to interpretation. He does go into the Pit, but not explained how he gets out.

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