It came out this week that researchers were able to peer into the neurons of mice who were made to watch Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil. The video of the experiment is worth watching. Beyond the more significant implications of this work, what interests me most is that researchers are able visualize what the process of having an experience—watching a movie, say—looks like from a neural perspective.
What can I say? In the coming weeks, we have films that offer gassy magical corpses, an exploration of the nefarious world of competitive endurance tickling, and Showgirls, a work that has mainly been filma non grata since it entered the world in 1995. Nonetheless, I am excited to see all of these disparate things, and the gamut of films to come.
Based on A. Scott Berg’s biography, Genius follows the travails of renowned editor Max Perkins’ (Colin Firth), who worked alongside such luminaries as F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce) and Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West), as he tackles his greatest challenge, corralling the creative energies of Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law).
Now Playing / Closing July 28
Following Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, Eat That Question-Frank Zappa in His Own Words seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.
Closing Thursday August 25
In this energetic adaptation of a John le Carré novel, Perry (Ewan McGregor) and Gail (Naomie Harris) find themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s (Stellan Skarsgård) plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.