Manchester Comic Con gets Under [my] Skin

Manchester Comic Con 2014

Manchester Comic Con 2014So I tagged along to Manchester Comic Con last weekend and am just finding the time to document my complete and utter shock at the fact I genuinely thoroughly enjoyed it. Comics, anime and battling robots have never been my forte but I went with an open mind I’m definitely glad I did.

I can’t profess to know anything about the various characters, cults or series’ that the event is based around but what I do know is that when a large expanse of people come together with a burning passion for the same thing, it makes for a pretty incredible atmosphere. Seas of people dressed as their favourite characters all salivating over limited edition graphic novels and signed vintage comics puts my faith back in the human intellect and I couldn’t help but smile the entire time.

I did also manage to get my hands on an original first rewrite of American Beauty which, if my house was about to be burnt to the ground, would be the second thing I’d grab (the first being my favourite feline friend Marvin).

In other news… 

‘Under the Skin’ (2014)

I recently watched Jonathan Glazer’s new art house, Sci-Fi offering Under the Skin with full intentions to write a whole separate film review post but to be honest, it left me quite speechless and that’s not necessarily a positive here. Seeing as it rendered me so lost for words I thought I would continue the sciencey, geeky, other-worldly theme and combine the two posts.

Now as I’ve said before, I’m no great lover of science fiction or any of that robot schmobot claptrap so I’m not sure what came over me when I decided to rent this from iTunes on one of my rare nights off. (Perhaps I was subconsciously preparing myself for being immersed in a whole other realm at Comic Con, who knows) After sceptically watching the trailer on YouTube, I did download the film and I did sit through the entire ninety-odd minutes, which I guess has to count for something but I can confidently say Under the Skin has not shifted my indifference towards the genre.

In a nutshell: Scarlett Johansson diverts from her usual roles into alien/sexual predator and tempts an array of waifs and strays into her white van and lures them into a pool of black slime where they eventually whither and explode. I’m not entirely sure why and I can’t say I was enlightened by the end of the film either but I’m taking a warped comment on female power and social gender relations from it. Weirdly the film is highly erotic and is definitely visually amazing wether you’re gripped by the storyline or not so kudos to Glazer and his team for producing an aesthetically unforgettable piece of art.

Maybe with it being his first film since Birth in 2004 Glazer has completely lost touch of reality or maybe it’s just not my cup of tea. I’ll post the trailer below if you want to check it out and feel free to comment below and let me know what you think.

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