Tag: Scarlett Johansson

GEEK OUT! AT BEST, THE APPEAL OF UNDER THE SKIN IS STILL ONLY SKIN DEEPGEEK OUT! AT BEST, THE APPEAL OF UNDER THE SKIN IS STILL ONLY SKIN DEEP

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Directed by Jonathan Glazer.
Starring Scarlett Johansson.

Highly rated low budget sci-fi flick with ScarJo playing an alien seductress. Nothing really happens except for ScarJo luring unsuspecting horny Scots into her lair where their essence is drained from them, leaving their skin behind. Sure, you get ScarJo in the buff for your troubles and other eye candy in the form of bleak Scottish landscapes but more than that? Not much else to recommend itself in terms of story-telling, Under the Skin has a strong sense of the ‘arthouse film’ about it. You know, the kind that announces in every frame – “Look at me, I’m fuckin’ art!”. Not so much.

GEEK OUT!GEEK OUT!

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
(Directed by Anthony & James Russo. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford & Sebastian Stan)

Finally, a Phase 2 Marvel movie knocks one out of the park! Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World had not quite hit the heights of Avengers and thus it was left to Captain America: The Winter Soldier to deliver the goods.

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REEL TO REALREEL TO REAL

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Is Spike Jonze’s Her a geek film? One could argue that it is a scifi movie but the elements are so marginal that in fact it’s probably more of a romantic comedy-drama with superficial scifi tropes. BUT. This last week, I have been speaking to my students about the purpose of setting in a story and I could not help but be distracted by the setting of Her.

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