On ScarJo Sci-Fi
Spike Jonze (director). Her. 2013.
Jonathan Glazer (director). Under the Skin. 2013.
I do not identify with the prosthetic perfection of Esquire’s twice-crowned Sexiest Woman Alive, but with the alien — sharp boned, nearly breastless — inside of her. I feel my breath catch with Samantha’s only when I’m staring at a black screen vibrating with voices. Is this because I myself am “black” and “alien”? Is it because more than one lover has told me that I have inside me a darkness, a black intensity that I’ve come, with fondness, to call my tarball? Am I simply cursed with the ineluctable self-loathing of a woman in the West? Because I do find myself in these films. Not in the whiteness, but in the blackness. I find myself under the skin.