Finally, 'Species' for Pompous Film Nerds: 'Under the Skin' Trailer
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Finally, 'Species' for Pompous Film Nerds: 'Under the Skin' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 12, 2014 | Comments ()


The movie ‘Under the Skin’ is being subjected to a barrage of Internet commentary pointing out that it’s basically just Species except gritty and serious. This would normally be the place where I say that was unfair and reach down into the depths of the trailer’s meaning to pull out themes that tie this story to a greater and more interesting purpose, that while it might reflect similar themes to any number of B-movies, that this is really a thoughtful and original take on something.

But then I watch this trailer:

And yeah, it’s totally just Species for the sort of people who are only capable of enjoying movies like Species ironically, probably while wearing oversized glasses and berets.

There’s more text in that trailer than I’m used to, and I read on average two or three books per week, so I’m comfortable with large quantities of reading. Of course most of the text in the trailer is just “this is the next Kubrick” handjobs, so that’s actually helpful since I don’t much like Kubrick and it helps me classify the work mentally. Yeah, I know, I’m smart and watch movies, so I’m probably supposed to like Kubrick and not liking him just put me in a certain camp for certain people. He’s like Terrence Malick for me that way. And they’re both like the James Joyces of film: smart people tell me that their works are brilliant and deep, but all I see is a tedious mishmash that exhausts me.

But Species jokes aside, I’d just like to point out that ‘alien roaming Scotland picking up hitchhikers’ could also serve as a summary for a goodly portion of episodes of ‘Doctor Who’. This TARDIS runs on blood.

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  • stardust

    I wasn't going to see this movie until I read your last line. Now, I have to. Blood-fueled TARDIS, indeed.

  • That trailer looked like a movie that is completely up it's own ass. It'll probably be the darling release for a certain kind of critic, do somewhat well at film festivals and art-houses(mostly because it will be infinitely more polished and professional than 75% of the other offerings), and make about 100$.

  • I don't know how you got anything out of that trailer. I read the blurbs, so I know someone at Playlist really liked the movie, but I could not tell you what that movie was about. There's a lot of dark shots and it is sort of creepy, so the mood is set. Looks like we get some sex scenes and probably mind games, which could make it appealing, I guess, but I didn't see anything to indicate why the reviewers quoted are gushing.

  • logan

    I have a beret but I only wear it ironically.

  • L.O.V.E.

    This is bullshit. Why is it that every time I am kidnapped by an alien it looks like Steve Buscemi without eyebrows?

  • Tom

    I guess if your starting point is, "I'm so clever that everything bores me and I'm determined to spread my righteous ennui far and wide." Then, yeah...Species.

    Otherwise, maybe this might be fun and interesting?

  • Genevieve Burgess

    "And they’re both like the James Joyces of film: smart people tell me that their works are brilliant and deep, but all I see is a tedious mishmash that exhausts me."

    I think I love you.

  • cruzzercruz

    Wow, Steve-Lloyd, you must be super smart, reading all them books.

    Oh, good! You told us that you were, just in case we weren't sure.

  • Is there something wrong with admitting to being smart and reading a lot? If he said "I'm a great cook and I use a lot of healthy ingredients, so I know I'm supposed to like kale, but I think it's bitter and uninteresting." would you have the same issues? Not sure when it became problematic to talk about how our brains work + stuff we're good at influencing what we enjoy or don't, but if we can't, then what basis are we to use?

  • cruzzercruz

    Yes, because stating that "I'm smart and read books" is somehow supposed to elevate him and the value of his opinion, above those of the people he's accusing of pretension for potentially liking this movie.

  • Okay. So if he didn't mention that, it would be cool that he snarked on people who are inclined to put down SF unless it has an arthouse sheen to it? You know, the same sort of folks who look sideways at you if you don't like directors or movies they think are so important. Because those are the people I thought he was talking about, and I'm okay with them being targeted for the same kind of derision they dish out, but one has to establish one's propers, or they come back with "well, you obviously aren't smart enough to understand."

  • Aaron Schulz

    well how would we know he was if he didnt let us know? its well beyond a plebians mental capacity to understand a mind like his

  • the dude

    Stephen, you´re being childish.

  • cruzzercruz

    I like the part where he calls the movie and its fans pretentious, before rambling about his distaste for Kubrick and James Joyce and wrapping up with a Doctor Who reference.

  • the dude

    And I know everyone can like and dislike what they want, but someone who doesn´t like Kubrick is not a film lover on my book.

  • stardust

    I can take Kubrick or leave him. Some of his movies I like, some I find tedious, as Steven does.

    So, oh Arbiter of Film Lovers, do I meet criteria? I shall await your answer with bated breath.

  • the dude

    Don't worry, you meet the criteria, you pompous ass. OR is that me? ;)

  • I don't like Kubrick, so I guess my love of film is negated. How am I supposed to proceed? I need someone not at all pretentious or judgmental to tell me why my personal taste is wrong and how to fix it.

  • Greg!

    Maybe with a more open mind. Kubrick's movies are varied enough that it would be hard to dislike all of them unless you were actively trying to do so. To date, I haven't met anyone who disliked Spartacus for example. Prove me wrong, the internet!

  • the dude

    I said it's okay not to like him. but in my opinion, Kubrick is pure cinema, and it´s hard not to like him because he basically made one film in each genre

  • Well, as long as we have your permission to dislike someone, I guess we are safe to proceed.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    I loathe Kubrick.
    Then again, I think that the Resident Evil movies are brilliant. So fuck me, right? What have I been doing on this site for the past 7 years?

  • bastich

    I agree with everything you said, Steven...but honestly, the movie trailer had me at the "graphic nudity" warning.

  • Uriah_Creep

    They also had the words "erotic" and "Johansson" in the same sentence, so I'm good to go.

  • BWeaves

    " I’d just like to point out that ‘alien roaming Scotland picking up hitchhikers’ could also serve as a summary for a goodly portion of episodes of ‘Doctor Who’. "
    BWA-hahahhah. So true.

  • Zirza

    Have hope. The book was good.

    Although in fairness, this looks much stranger than the book ever was and that's saying something.

  • Less Lee Moore

    You havent even seen the movie yet and you already sound like an asshole. What the fuck happened to this site? When did everyone become a cynical prick?

  • I don't know. The trailer doesn't make me want to set aside time for this. Didn't see anything that seemed erotic, and who the hell knows if the story holds together. Seems pretty ridiculous, and SLW made that point in a sideways way.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Well, you don't have to be a cynical prick about it.

  • cruzzercruz

    I like cynical pricks, and this site has always been full of them.

    But yes, he does sound like an asshole.

  • Less Lee Moore

    I've been reading this site for about seven years now and yes, there's always been cynicism and snark, but it's usually reserved for things that the writer has actually seen, heard, or read. There's also always been an equal amount of thoughtful criticism and outright gushing. This is just whiny bullshit that condemns pretentiousness while simultaneously sounding pretentious. I expect better from Pajiba and I always have.

  • Aaron Schulz

    im pretty surprised he wouldnt really like it, sounds like its his wheelhouse.

  • TK

    [hysterical laughter]

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    WELL, WHEN TK?!? Fuckin' mods. Never a straight answer.

  • stardust

    And when the hell did all these whiny babies show up?

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    ...clearly the sarcasm font wasn't on when I typed that other comment...

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