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Under The Skin (2013): Film Review

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Under The Skin is a 2013 Drama/Fantasy film starring actress Scarlett Johansson and directed by Jonathan Glazer

Budget: 13.3 million USD

Box Office: 7.2 million USD

IMDb: 6.3/10           Roger Ebert: 4/4           Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

I give it: 4/5

Under the Skin is a 2013 production that belongs to the sci-fi genre. However, most viewers of the film agree that the film breaks away from some of the most common factors seen in Sci-fi films. When the words “Sci-fi” or “Science Fiction” are mentioned, people almost automatically think of Oscar winning blockbusters like Gravity (2013) or Interstellar (2014). That, or their mind shifts towards Star Wars (1977-still going strong) or Star Trek the famous TV series (1968) that’s also been made into a film series. Notice the words “Stars” as the shared elements between the two titles. This is due to the fact that for such a long time, science fiction films have been associated with galaxies, stars, extra celestial beings, life on different planets…etc. However, Under the Skin presents itself as an astoundingly unconventional sci-fi film with no Space fights or laser beams whatsoever. Under The Skin is a sci-fi film that takes place on Earth, Scotland; to be specific.

The story is about a mysterious nameless woman played by Johansson, who roams the streets of Glasgow, Scotland, hunting for men who she lures in with her vibrant sexuality then eats, not literally. Eventually, we understand that Scarlett Johansson is an alien who’s completely disconnected from normal human emotions and feelings.

That, of course, doesn’t in anyway mean that Under the Skin is free of the mesmerizing visuals we find in sci-fi films. In fact, the film is packed with them but it does so in the most avant-garde way possible, establishing itself as a visionary science fiction film rather than a movie about colorful creatures fighting each other for entertainment reasons. That doesn’t necessarily mean that this specific kind of pleasurable and humorous films isn’t needed. But every now and again, it is refreshing to find a film rising from a certain genre, altering the peoples’ view of it.

Until this very day, some people still believe that a true, genuine sci-fi flick has to have certain elements and iconographies in order to be listed under the sci-fi genre. However, I believe that is a common mistake that societies tend to make when exposed to a certain constant, unchanging thing or nature for so long that they forget that it can be altered or reformed.

The opening scene of Under the Skin is very important, as it has been directly linked to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey numerable times. The scene is viewed as a reference to 2001. The story opens with a black screen and a white dot in the middle that keeps growing until it overtakes the whole screen with its blinding brightness, followed by a cosmic close up, followed by a close up of an eye. All this is happening while a score that is so similar to that of 2001 is playing and a woman (Johansson’s voice) is mumbling incomprehensible words. This scene establishes the viewer’s understanding that he/she’s about to go on a journey rather than watch a film that he/she might forget after. The sequence also sets the scene for what’s to come. In a sense, this scene is a perfect opener, enlightening its spectators that they’re in for a film that is more concerned with building atmosphere than it is with multifaceted plot or dialogue.

There’s only one main character and one star in this film and that is Scarlett Johansson. Her character is of an alien who lands in Scotland and takes form on Earth as a very beautiful and very seductive young woman. Johansson’s character displays an absence of empathy. Another important aspect when it comes to the characters of the film is that some of the men Johansson chats with are real actual passers by who have no idea they’re talking to a huge movie star or that they’re being filmed. Johansson drives the van herself and the scene is shot in hours on end.

The narrative content of the film is innately sexual as it focuses on a woman luring in men using her sexuality, beauty and body in order to then use them for her own special purposes. The film makes great use of the documentary style to
the extent that what you see as a reality on screen is almost too relatable that it initially becomes uncomfortable to watch. In contrast to this amount of reality thrown in your face, comes the way more cinematic and stylistic filming style, which dominates a large part of the film. Consequently, this filming style juxtaposes against the realism of the very realistic scenes. The film’s music is almost perfect. It’s horrifying, alarming, disturbing and startling in every way.

The whole film feels like one long dream/nightmare where everything is familiar yet, seems strangely odd. Where places that echo with safety now vibrate with anxiety and fear. Under the Skin reminds us that cinema is the closest thing we have to dreaming without actually being asleep. Remarkably, the director manages to take the feeling of everyday scenery and turn it into one that is associated with alienation and disconnection from the real world. The film attacks its viewers with its bold, alien visuals and its almost perfect musical score and magnificently produces a delightfully nightmarish cinematic environment while holding back nothing. The visuals and music are so in sync that you feel threatened watching every frame of this film.

It’s been said that this film in particular is a beautiful, yet a dreadful metaphor of women’s sexuality. Some film critics even describe it as one of the most powerful feminist films of the 21st century.

It is quite understandable that during the 80s and 90s period, Sci-Fi films were directly associated with individuals labeled as “Geeks” or “Nerds”. However, now, serving a total disclaimer to the above claim; sci-fi films have managed to become part of the mainstream theme of entertainment. Now comes Under the Skin, placing the sci-fi genre among Art house cinema as a step to alter and develop the specific genre. This only serves to prove that no genre is limited to its most popular iconographies and no filmmaker should stop trying to develop, revise and experiment with any of the well-known genres. The biggest, most significant proof of constant generic change is Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin.

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Le Méridien Cairo Airport Invites Travellers To Savour The Beauty Of Golden Hour This Summer Season

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This summer season, LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT is helping sun-seekers savour the good life and the beauty of Golden Hour with its own take on Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts’ global brand programme, Au Soleil by Le Méridien.
Personifying the laid-back elegance of European summers and the allure of the Côte d’Azur, this season’s global programme revolves around ‘Golden Hour,’ the magical hour at the end of the day under the sun – a sacred moment in time to slow down and indulge in simple pleasures through all the senses.
Beginning June 2022 LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT will invite travellers to soak in the summer season and Golden Hour, both on- and off-property:
The Hotel will feature a How to Summer Guide, dedicated Petit Plates menu offering Mediterranean inspired mini baguettes perfectly paired rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling Programme. In addition, Le Méridien is bringing modern twist to classic games traditionally enjoyed outdoors during warm weather days such as the iconic backgammon, as well as, poolside chess and other timeless summer pastimes both to-go and as an oversized option, inviting guests to linger a little longer, with an exclusive warm weather soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague.
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Au Soleil Stay Package at LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT
Beginning June 1 through October 31, LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT will offer a special Au Soleil stay package that includes daily breakfast and a complimentary Le Scoop by Le Méridien gelato or sorbet, Au Soleil brunch and Au Soleil movie night every weekend
On-Property Experiences that Salute Golden Hour
From relaxing rosé and backgammon to bronzing in the afternoon sun, travellers visiting LE MÉRIDIEN Cairo Airport will be able to capture the spirit of Au Soleil in a variety of ways:
● A dedicated Petit Plates menu, offering Mediterranean-inspired mini baguettes and local light bites – from oysters to grilled fish – all with perfectly paired rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling programme.
● A modern twist to classic games traditionally enjoyed outdoors during warm weather days, such as the iconic seaside pastime of backgammon, as well as tic-tac-toe, poolside chess and chic modernist-style Jenga sets.
Le Scoop by Le Méridien, featuring various flavors of gelato and sorbet – incorporating authentic ingredients like bright green pistachios from Sicily, as well as fragrant vanilla beans from Madagascar – reminiscent of a glamourous, sunny summer spent on the French Riviera. Le Scoop is designed to be enjoyed while taking part in the European summer tradition of a “passeggiata” to unlock the destination’s locale. “Passeggiata” is an Italian term referring to a traditional evening stroll in the town’s piazza.
● An exclusive summer soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague, inviting guests to lounge a little longer.
● A distinctive on-property design aesthetic, evoking the spirit of Au Soleil and the playful glamour of endless European summers for travellers all year round.
● A How to Summer Guide that captures the unspoken rules of a perfect day Au Soleil, whether on the beach or in the town, including Sun Safety tips from the brand’s amenity partner MALIN+GOETZ.

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Cairo Festival City Hosts “Wings for Life” Marathon for the First Time in Egypt

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In Cooperation with Red Bull, Ignite Egypt & Allianz Egypt with the Aim to Raise Donations for Spinal Cord
Cairo Festival City Hosts “Wings for Life” Marathon for the First Time in Egypt

Cairo – May 8, 2022: Cairo Festival City (CFC), an affiliate of Egypt’s leading real estate developer Al Futtaim Group Real Estate (AFGRE), hosted the “Wings for Life” marathon, which is taking place for the first time in Egypt. Taking place in cooperation with Red Bull, Ignite Egypt and Allianz Egypt, the event aims to support research to find a cure for spinal cord injury, one of the world’s most severe injuries and the most expensive to cure.

“Wings for Life” world run is a global running movement that was inaugurated in 2014 by the Wings for Life not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Supported by Red Bull, the marathon annually takes place all over the world simultaneously during the first week of May, with the participation of professional athletes, runners, and wheelchair participants from across the world. The global movement aims to collect funds to support cutting-edge research to find a cure for spinal cord injury and raise awareness about the risks of spinal cord injury.

Cairo Festival City is committed to host several events and marathons to raise awareness on different diseases and collect funds to support finding a cure for them. These events include the “Run for a Heart” marathon that aimed to raise funds for child’s heart diseases, and “Run for a Cure” marathon that aimed to raise awareness among women about early detection of cancer and supported efforts toward treatment.

About Cairo Festival City
Cairo Festival City’s lifestyle and amenities truly captivate the world’s attention, while setting a higher benchmark for integrated mixed-use community living, with many choices at hand. Setting the best example of a self-sustaining eco-friendly “City within a City”, CFC offers remarkable experiences for every resident, tenant and visitor with its avant-garde villas, lavishing apartments, high-end administrative offices, elite shopping mall, world-class hotels, international school, sports hub, state-of-the-art service centers, and sophisticated automotive park.

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DJ KABOO’S “ENTA” HITS MOONKNIGHT’S INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE WITH HIS ORIENTAL WAVES!

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FOR THE FIRST TIME, MARVEL’S LOGO OPENS TO THE UNIQUE ARAB TRAP BY EGYPT’S HOMEGROWN TALENT DJ KABOO ON THE LATEST EPISODE OF MOONKNIGHT, HITTING THE SERIES’ WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE WITH EGYPTIAN CLASSIC. The new show, directed by renowned Egyptian director and producer Mohammed Diab, showcases current Egyptian talent with one of the Middle East’s rising Egyptian DJs and music producers well as Dubai’s star disc jockey, DJ Kaboo being one of them. Already having his first track “Arab Trap Made in Egypt” featured in the premier episode of the series which sampled “Khosara” by Abdel Halim Hafez which was licensed by Mazzika group. His second track “Enta” which is the fourth track of his Arab Trap E.P. sampling “Batwanes Beek” by Warda being the new hit track that stole the show on the third episode of Moon Knight, with the track not only being used for both the intro and the credits of the episode but being added to Marvel’s official playlist, taking Egyptian music and Kaboo to a whole new level on the global stage!
A Dubai’s club regular scene since becoming the 2013, Pioneer’s DJ Middle East champion, he was driven by his passion of mixing-and-mastering old popular Arab tracks in hopes of introducing the culture to a global audience. He honed his music production talents to carve a new sub-genre of “Arab Trap” releasing the powerful “Arab Trap Made in Egypt” in 2018, followed up by his Arab Trap E.P. in 2020. This string of successes led to him being known as the “Arab Trap King”, earning his place among the scene’s elite.
The Arab Trap king was presented with the amazing chance to have his tracks featured in Marvel’s new series in late 2021. Following the unbelievable opportunity, he contacted his manager, Carousel’s CEO Daliah Galal to take it to the next level, where she helped seal the deal. Marvel ended up taking both tracks which sampled the popular classic tracks from the Arab world. Kaboo was enthusiastic with the new series’ potential of exposing the world to a fresh and revitalized take on classic Egyptian and Arab music with an injection of modern trap elements for a new and energetic audience.

Kaboo performed with prominent global artists such as Drake and Rihanna as well as Arab superstar Mohamed Ramadan, with him being the official DJ for Rihanna’s 2018 Fenty Dubai Launch Party and later on he became Mohamed Ramadan’s official DJ in 2021. Who he had notable performances with at the 2022 Middle East music festival. This recent collaboration with Marvel stands to elevate Kaboo’s efforts to explore and introduce to the world his unique “Arab Trap” style with him as one of the rising stars in the region’s music scene with this being his time to introduce the rich Middle Eastern flavor to the world!

@Djkaboo @Mazzika @Thecarouselworld @Daliahgalal

 

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