As we say "goodbye" to July and "see you soon" to September, let us open the window, breathe in the warm, summer air, and take a moment to savor the season's quickly passing sweetness. Then let us open our laptops, soak in the screen's warm glow, and take however long we need to get caught up on everything that happened this week, including OkCupid's user experiment, Guardians of the Galaxy's science, and a supercut of Samuel L. Jackson cursing.
- This week, the New Yorker wondered: what happened to original movies aimed at adults? "Like porn?" you're probably wondering. Ugh. No, you weirdo! Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or Dog Day Afternoon! What happened to movies like that?
- Alexander Huls wrote for Esquire about the last great surprise movie death--a death that is 15 years old this week. Happy deathday!
- Here is Graeme McMillan for Wired about what celebrated physicist Richard Feynman has to do with Guardians of the Galaxy, and the role science plays in the blockbuster.
- In a blog post shared on online dating site OkCupid this week, the company revealed that it had been performing tests on its users, purposely altering user data and setting up "mismatches" in order to see how people responded. Here's Audie Cornish and Christian Rudder talking about the experiment on NPR, and here's the Guardian asking if it needed user consent.
The worst dates of my life were w/ people I was in the 90 percent okcupid match zone with, it was like getting a drink with a cousin— Sam Faulkner Biddle (@samfbiddle) July 29, 2014
- "Then, something incredibly odd happened. The bills, which had been supplied by a major Hollywood prop house, were picked up by movie extras and passersby and were attempted to be passed off as legal tender in various stores along the strip." Here's Priceonomics on the line Hollywood has to toe between creating realistic prop money and counterfeiting. (h/t MediaRedef)
- "You can think of most public Oculus Rift experiences as big-budget PG-13 action movies (or, maybe, Super Bowl ads.) They’re broadly crowd-pleasing but can’t venture too much outside the consensus comfort zone, which makes them less likely to either offend or astound." Adi Robertson writes for The Verge about where virtual reality promos fall short.
- "Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation"
- In light of Philip Seymour Hoffman's new film A Most Wanted Man, Adam Sternbergh wrote for Vulture about the year of the posthumous performance.
- The first official teaser trailer for Into the Woods was released this week: check it out here.
- Attention Nerds: Marvel is launching a new line of Star Wars comics.
- "You will always remember, whether you want to or not, that you united with millions of your fellow citizens to take in the sight of Biz Markie trapping a shark in a pizza oven." Here's Grantland on Sharknado 2.
- Spike Jonez will guest star in the upcoming season of Girls, and the news was announced this week through Lena Dunham's Instagram:
- Jon Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater got a November 7 release date this week. And while we're speaking of Jon Stewart, here's the Daily Beast on how he and the Daily Show raised the level of American awareness about Palestinian suffering in the ongoing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. (h/t MediaRedef)
- Finally, I'll leave you with a not-safe-for-work supercut: every time Samuel L. Jackson has said the word "motherfucker." Happy weekend!