Today in culture: Newfest begins, the Cloud Atlas trailer emerges, and the uncensored Dorian Gray comes out.
-Guilty pleasures. The New York Times’ film and media critics (respectively), A.O. Scott and David Carr, discuss which secret indulgences we should feel gross about and which ones are totally fine. (Girls is up in the air.)
-The Cloud Altas trailer is out, and it’s epic. Nearly six minutes of the Jim Broadbent, Halle Berry, Ben Whishaw and Susan Sarandon-starring meta-vehicle, adapted from David Mitchell’s 2004 novel, shows the intersection of a bunch of different stories playing out in different times, against a series of obnoxious yet generic voiceovers. Plus, Hugo Weaving with mutton chops! Thanks, Wachowskis!
-A fascinating study suggests that our brains see male bodies as whole and female bodies as broken into chunks. Could porn have had anything to do with that?
-100 years of bad language in film. The Guardian takes a look at the history of film censorship in the UK. What words get you an R rating? What genitals don’t?
-Oh no they didn’t! The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray is upon us, and apparently (though unfathomably) more salacious and wonderful than the censored version.
-Monster Theory: James Farago points out the danger in marking James Holmes case down to an individual’s madness and not a country’s obsession with violence and heroism.
-Amazing film posters by Tomer Hanuka, including Melancholia and Vertigo.
-An excerpt from J. Edgar Hoover Goes to the Movies: The FBI and the Origins of Hollywood’s Cold War by John Sbardellati.