In Theaters

Daniel Barnes @ the SNR – 5/8 issue


*Under the Skin is the best film of the year so far.  Scarlett Johansson  (pictured left) is perfect as the alien seductress at the movie’s center, a blithe black widow who gets increasingly weaker the further she explores a budding humanity that is only skin deep. Director Jonathan Glazer uses the Maxim Hot 100 mainstay in much the same way that James Cameron used former Mr. Universe Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator—as both an almost too-perfect metajoke and as a back door to introducing some troubling ideas about dehumanization. Under the Skin makes Johansson’s blinding sex appeal and self-conscious acting style essential to her character.index


*The rancid Fading Gigolo sleazily postulates that the beautiful and lonely female professionals of modern-day New York crave only one thing: 57-year-old John Turturro (pictured left, with co-star Woody Allen). But here’s the joke: there’s no joke, that’s the movie.

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  1. Because of your glowing review, we saw Under The Skin this weekend. Thankfully it was on a large screen with great sound. I would like to see it again while it is in the theatres, for so many reasons it will really fall short on a home television…

    Overall, a truly amazing film, and it is really sticking with me. I really look forward to talking to you about it more in a few weeks!!