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. …

The Best of 2014

The top ten Under The SkinHerThe Wind RisesIdaBoyhoodThe LEGO MovieNightcrawlerThe GuestNymphomaniac Vol. 1Only Lovers Left Alive Film Of The YearUnder The Skin " Under The Skin detaches the viewer from the identifiable shapes of conventional filmmaking, evoking an alien approach to such banal locations as shopping malls and roadside cafes. Watching the film is like discovering …

Up ‘n’ Under – a new wave of cinematic sci-fi?

In the last year two films have appeared that have seemed visionary, movies which feel utterly distinctive and separate from one another, but which share a strange and encouraging connective tissue. Those films are Shane Carruth's Upstream Color and Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin. In many respects these two films are wholly different from one another. Tonally …