Minutiae: The Cake Scene in Under the Skin

With it's almost Kubrickian poise, bitter Scottish landscapes and it's juddering, unearthly score provided by Mica Levi, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin has an understandable - if unfair - reputation as a cold, cruel and detached beast. Scarlett Johansson's inscrutable, unnamed human facsimile may seem in-keeping with this assessment, not exactly warming up the screen. …

Review: Black Widow

Director: Cate Shortland Stars: Florence Pugh, Scarlett Johansson, Ever Anderson There are two prominently featured middle-aged white men in Cate Shortland's Black Widow and they nearly capsize the whole thing. I've been stuck on this since leaving the multiplex. For it's entire first act, this feels like a breath of fresh air for the Marvel …

Review: Jojo Rabbit

Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie With nationalism on the rise - and closer to our doors than we'd often like to think - Taika Waititi's 'anti-hate' satire Jojo Rabbit couldn't be more timely... on paper. The whimsical director has developed a devout following between cult hits like What We Do In …

Review: Rough Night

Directed by: Lucia Aniello Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoë Kravitz Having been denied the opportunity to check out the well-liked Girls Trip last month thanks to its selective distribution in this part of the country, I opted to take a chance on Rough Night as a sort of consolation prize, this despite the advance buzz that when …

180: The Durability Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Back when it was released around this time in 2014, I was perhaps unduly harsh on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, largely citing it as a movie designed to rearrange the pieces on the board for Joss Whedon's second Avengers film Age Of Ultron and therefore something of a stop-gap instead of a satisfying experience in its …

Review: Hail, Caesar!

Over the last decade especially, the Coen Brothers' output has swung steadily like a metronome; from bleak, lean thriller No Country For Old Men to the acidic comedy of Burn After Reading; the existential crisis of A Serious Man to the crowd pleasuring adventurism of True Grit; the melancholy of Inside Llewyn Davis to their latest effort, Hail, Caesar!  - a classic …

Why I Love… #77: Lost In Translation

Year: 2003 Director: Sofia Coppola Stars: Bill Murray (Bob Harris), Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte), Giovanni Ribisi (John),  Catherine Lambert (Jazz Singer), Anna Faris (Kelly), Fumihiro Hayashi (Charlie Brown). Genre: Romance Lost In Translation saw me fall in love with two women. Allow me to try to organise my thoughts on how to express these binding affections, which have grown and …