'Boyhood' was the big winner at last night's (18.01.15) London Critics' Circle Film Awards, after picking up the gong for Film of the Year and beating off competition from 'The Theory of Everything' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'.
'Boyhood' was the big winner at last night's (18.01.15) London Critics' Circle Film Awards.
The gong for Film of the Year was handed to the coming-of-age drama, which beat off competition from box office hits including 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'The Theory of Everything'.
Two members of the cast and crew picked up awards for their roles in the film. Richard Linklater received the honour of Director of the Year whilst Patricia Arquette was given an award for Supporting Actress of the Year.
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Director Jonathan Glazer has been feted with a screenwriting fellowship from a medical trust and the British Film Institute.
The Under The Skin moviemaker received the honour at a ceremony in London on Wednesday (26Nov14).
The aim of the fellowship, which comes from charity The Wellcome Trust, is to help bring film and science closer together.
Continue reading: Jonathan Glazer Awarded U.k. Screenwriting Fellowship
'Under the Skin', starring Scarlett Johansson,is out on DVD.
Unless you're the type of person who follows live feeds from the Cannes Film Festival or bets a friend on which movie will win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, you can probably be forgiven for totally missing Under The Skin - Jonathan Glazer's Scottish highlands set drama starring Scarlett Johansson as a man-eating alien. Yep, this film exists, and I'm about to tell you why you should buy it on DVD.
Scarlett Johansson in 'Under the Skin'
The movie was released in the UK in March and received generally positive reviews as well as scoring a healthy box office. It opened with a gross of £239,000 - hugely encouraging for a relative low budget indie opening in Britain.
Scarlett Johansson goes off the radar in this low-budget Scottish thriller, which is far more offbeat than anything she's ever done before. Her fans are likely to be perplexed by the film's lack of any meaningful dialog, its ambiguous plot and relentlessly artful imagery. But inventive filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) has created one of the most atmospheric sci-fi horror movies in recent memory.
Just outside Glasgow, an alien creature assumes the shape of a woman (Johansson) and starts prowling the city streets in search of men. With disarming flirtation, she sparks the sexual appetites of a series of guys, luring them into her inky lair, where they're trapped like bugs in a roach motel. But some unexpected events get her thinking about human sexuality, so she decides to explore it herself. With the next guy, she has a go at romance, and then later she puts herself into a startlingly vulnerable situation. But by going off the grid, she alerts her alien cohorts that something isn't quite right.
By refusing to use standard storytelling or filmmaking techniques, Glazer has made a movie that feels like it comes from outer space. But while we never get a grip on any of the characters, we can easily identify with the yearning emotions they're feeling. Which draws us in on a deeper level than we expect. In this respect, Johansson's performance is unusually subdued. Setting her glamorous Hollywood image aside, she becomes a lost soul who almost looks frumpy (she's still gorgeous enough to get any man she wants), and her search for meaning in human sexuality is fascinating.
Continue reading: Under The Skin Review
The world just isn't safe with the likes of Laura interspersed across the human race. An alien transformed to look like a dazzlingly attractive human woman, she is ordered by her own world to travel to Earth to target unsuspecting wanderers and hitchhikers in a twisted scheme set up by her planet to harvest human bodies for meat. But adapting to a new planetary lifestyle has its difficulties and Laura finds herself struggling with the vast day-to-day changes. She soon begins to realise the power in her beautiful appearance, however, and takes to the roads of Scotland to seduce and drug her usually male targets, offer them to her leaders and thus complete her dastardly assignment.
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Laura is an alien in human form sent down from her planet to harvest human beings as meat in any way she can. Confused by the strange new world she has landed in and by her own appearance, she walks the streets of Scotland seducing and drugging her targets - which are mainly unsuspecting men - before taking them back to the rich corporation she works for to be reduced to food.
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Scarlett Johansson appears to drive Jonathan Glazer's latest movie - but is that enough?
Under the Skin, the third movie from Jonathan Glazer, has severely divided critics at the Venice Film Festival with some calling it astonishing, one of the finest films of the year, and others bemoaning it as silly and throwaway.
Premiering earlier on Tuesday (September 3, 2013), the drama was certainly divisive, though as the boos and heckles rang around the Italian auditorium, some critics were already scribbling hugely positive reviews.
Filmed on location in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands, Under the Skin stars Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as an alien in a sleek black wig who feasts on innocent ramblers. As Robbie Collin of The Telegraph writes in his five-star review, "She takes care to pick off men who won't be missed: lonely souls out late at night with no girlfriends or wives to come looking for them. They get into her van, and the next we see of them they are walking into a black room, naked and visibly aroused, tempted forward by Mica Levi's metronomic score and Johansson's impossible body."
Sir Paul McCartney stunned the crowd at the Coachella music festival by joining Dutch house DJ Afrojack on stage and spinning some tunes in the booth.
The Beatles legend amazed revellers at the Californian festival over the weekend when he popped up at the Dutch house DJ's set in the dance tent and started spinning some tunes in the booth as girlfriend NANCY SHEVELL looked on.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "It was a weird and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Macca popped up in Afrojack's set and was having it on stage behind the DJ booth. Nancy was standing behind him like a typical house DJ's girl.
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Scarlett Johansson will play a ''ruthless alien seductress'' in a cinematic adaptation of Michel Faber's 'Under the Skin'.
Scarlett Johansson is to play a "ruthless alien seductress" in new movie 'Under the Skin'.
The Hollywood beauty will star as the lead character in an adaptation of the Michel Faber book, which will be directed by Jonathan Glazer.
'Under the Skin' tells the tale of an alien disguised as a beautiful woman who preys on humans on remote roads and abandoned areas.
Continue reading: Scarlett Johansson Gets Under The Skin
Birth hangs its hat on a delicate premise that demands kid gloves if it seriously hopes to sustain the already shaky credibility. An elegant transition of life forces starts the film. Physician Sean dies while jogging. Simultaneously, a baby is born. Fast forward 10 years, where a cave-eyed child coincidentally named Sean (Cameron Bright) claims to Upper West Side basket case Anna (Nicole Kidman) that he is her reincarnated ex-husband. Anna's humorless fiancée (Danny Huston) scoffs at the idea. Her mother (a neglected Lauren Bacall) displays indifference. ("I never liked Sean, anyway," she articulates.) But Anna's not so quick to write the boy off.
Continue reading: Birth Review
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