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Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Under the Skin

Each week we pick a film and ask brave cinephiles to choose what they think of as its Best Shot. Next Tuesday is Ingmar Bergman's Oscar winner for Best Cinematography Cries & Whispers (1973) but before we get to that dying sister merriment, let's travel to Scotland where Scarlett Johansson is luring men to their doom. Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is mysterious enough that it need multiple eyes to decipher it. And the film even repeatedly suggests you do the looking what with it's eyeball construction (?), predatory gaze, and actual dialogue.

Do you want to look at me?

We do, Scarlett, we do.

I normally show the choices in chronological order within the context of the film but given Under the Skin's brooding enigmatic events and telling repetitions, the articles are displayed in the order they were brought to my attention from the Best Shot club members. 

Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Cinematography by Daniel Landin.
19 shots / 23 participants. Click on the images for the corresponding article

Suddenly, the glimmer goes wide, echoing through the blank canvas... 

A film about the weaknesses of those who are never taught to fear
-Pop Culture Crazy 

Something, compassion perhaps, develops in her mind and burns in her heart... 
-Lam Chop Chop 

Under the Skin (2014) emerges as an odd, cold-blooded twin sister to Her (2013)...
-Manuel Betancourt

More like a painting you would see in a museum than a frame in a movie...
- Ben's Talking Pictures

Under the Skin the movie is a little bit like if you took out the whole novel and was left with merely the intriguing cover of it in your hands...
-Cinematic Corner 

The most interesting thing that Glazer and Landin have accomplished visually is placing us within the headspace of the otherworldly visitor...
-The Entertainment Junkie

When everything that came before suddenly shifted into what was about to come...
-A Fistful of Films

A seductive alien wearing a Scarlett Johannson meat suit... 
-Sorta That Guy 

It is a nightmare, but it is also beautiful and transporting...
-Antagony & Ecstacy

A feminist movie where even a great threat to humanity becomes prey to men’s desires just because it takes the form of a woman...
- Coco Hits NY

Intriguing but utterly terrifying...
- I Am Derreck 

Glazer uses her star image and her sexuality to great effect, but make no mistake; this is a great performance...
-Victim of the Time 

Subtle and fun while remaining expressive... 
- Drew Byrd 

In any cartoon of an saucer landing on Earth, there would be a platform that comes out of the shapeship so the alien could walk out...  
- Movie MoJoe 

What is happening? What the fuck is happening?
-Me Says 

This man isn't as easily seduced however...
-Film Actually 

The film defies categorization in a way entirely unlike anything else I've seen...
-Dancin' Dan 

Don't adjust your eyes
-Film Misery 

The longer she stays among these people, the more she finds...
-The Film's The Thing 

Victim, Predator, Innocent...

Two similarly composed but contrasting shots...
-Best Shot in the Dark 

Glazer has the power to render the familiar alien and, by film's end, the alien familiar...
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NEXT WEEK: Ingmar Bergman's 5 time Oscar-nominated classic Cries and Whispers (1973) with Oscar winning cinematography by Sven Nykvist.

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Reader Comments (13)

I e-mailed this to you yesterday, but I guess it went into your spam folder? Anyway, I did a Best Shot which can be found here:

Sorry for the confusion. I wonder if all my sent e-mails are getting eaten like this.

Now to read everyone else's picks.

July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKacey

I got it. post updated. 21 pairs of eyes this time. Can't wait to read all of these.

July 22, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Mmm did you get mine? I sent it over facebook.

Here it is, just in case:

July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

On a less technical note, I am amazed at the wide variety of shots chosen. I thought all of them would be from the seduction sequences or the beginning Scarlett getting dressed sequence.

To each their own, huh?

July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKacey

Hmm now I kind of wish I chose the insect (ant?) lol

July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDino

I actually really love how varied some of these are.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

So many amazing shots to choose from.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Mark -- sorry. i've added now. I always forget when people send me stuff on facebook.

July 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

No worries. :D

What's the best way to send it to you?

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

e-mail or tweet or comment on the promo post.

July 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I don't want to be presumptuous, but could this be the best collection of visuals from this series? I mean, these are amazing. I'm so happy I was able to participate this week.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

So excited to read all of these! Digging in now.

July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

I encourage everyone to read all of them. I have only finished a few and everyone has such interesting takes so far.

July 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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