Mass-distributed fantasy is a dangerous game. E.L. James invites us into a world without inhibitions, where we can shed logical limitations in favor of a completely foreign experience. But even in the fantasy-world movies represent, there should be some uncrossable line we lay out for our protagonists.
Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” is by no means an anti-feminist parable of domination and enslavement but is instead a powerful exploration and exaltation of female sexuality, pleasure, and self-determination.
For a movie about some pretty kinky stuff, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” is surprisingly hilarious. Some of this humor is intentional; in fact, in Taylor-Johnson’s take on E.L. James’s erotic sensation — about the relationship between a young student and a business mogul with a predilection for BDSM, jokes are cracked more often…
Each week, there are a barrage of films, theatrical productions, art exhibits, and musical performances open to the public both on and off Stanford’s campus and The Arts & Life Editorial Staff is here to help you wade through the muck. The following is a compilation of our suggestions for what to catch –– and what to skip –– this week in Arts & Life.