Film Review: Under the Skin

Under The Skin

Under the Skin written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer, directed by Jonathan Glazer (Film4, British Film Institute, Silver Reel, R, 108 min) Starring Scarlett Johansson. In Appreciation of Art Jonathan Glazer cut Under the Skin from a different cloth. To approach this film as you would any standard movie from Hollywood is to miss the point categorically. Therefore, this review needs to pivot in order to capture this piece of art well. So let’s get plot out of the way. We won’t need much more than a paragraph as Under the Skin intentionally withholding in its plot; it’s not the point of the movie. A Broad Sketch As a broadest sketch, Under the Skin reveals an alien female life… Read More →

Film Review: Her

Her by Spike Jonze

Her written and directed by Spike Jonze (Annapurna Pictures, Warner Bros., R, 126 min) Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Newspaper Trains There’s a photo that’s been making the social media rounds. It shows a black-and-white image of a commuter train with passengers reading newspapers. The inference of the image being: times haven’t changed human nature much. The only difference between then and now is the medium of information. Now our eyes are glued to the iPhone. This image struck me because it made me think deeper about the relationship between technology and human interaction. No matter what innovations occur, we all have the same desire and anger, the same hopes and fears. If… Read More →