Artful Schlock, Arty Dreck

‘Under the Skin’ & ‘Only Lovers Left Alive'

As I watched Jonathan Glazer’s critically acclaimed Under the Skin, I suddenly found myself wanting to write an essay titled “In Praise of Schlock.” For the basic story unfolding on the screen—an alien who has taken on the appearance of an attractive female human seduces and destroys hapless men who wander into its clutches—was the very stuff of schlock. In fact, this story had served as the basis for more than one gratifyingly cheap entertainment. Remember the first and best of...

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Richard Alleva has been reviewing movies for Commonweal since 1990.