Wednesday, April 16, 2008
This hiatus will be measurable in weeks, not months, and maybe I'll even stockpile a few posts in the meantime. Of course I'll still be reachable via email. Until then,
Friday, April 11, 2008
The airy, slapdash, and politically angry Tinto Brass film L'Urlo ('70) proved worthwhile if not especially special. The only other Brass film I've yet seen is Caligula and I'm glad I tried out one of his "radical" works before sampling the softcore porn that's made his reputation. It will help put the later ones, whenever I get around to any of them, in a certain context ... if I'm lucky. What L'Urlo has, in addition to a narrative content that would not be out of place in a repertory program among Themroc, late Buñuel, the Panic movement, maybe an Ivan Cardoso film, and some Makavejev and Chytilova, is a loose charm and the lovely, late Tina Aumont (pictured).
(By the way, I saw the film on video without English subtitles, so really this is just a tentative impression, certainly not an actual critical evaluation. Cult Epics has or will put out a DVD of the film to which I look forward.)
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
"For years, Johnson & Johnson obscured evidence that its popular Ortho Evra birth control patch delivered much more estrogen than standard birth control pills, potentially increasing the risk of blood clots and strokes, according to internal company documents.
"But because the Food and Drug Administration approved the patch, the company is arguing in court that it cannot be sued by women who claim that they were injured by the product — even though its old label inaccurately described the amount of estrogen it released.
"This legal argument is called pre-emption. After decades of being dismissed by courts, the tactic now appears to be on the verge of success, lawyers for plaintiffs and drug companies say.
"The Bush administration has argued strongly in favor of the doctrine, which holds that the F.D.A. is the only agency with enough expertise to regulate drug makers and that its decisions should not be second-guessed by courts. The Supreme Court is to rule on a case next term that could make pre-emption a legal standard for drug cases. The court already ruled in February that many suits against the makers of medical devices like pacemakers are pre-empted."
One of many disturbing things one can read about in the news lately ...
Monday, April 07, 2008
-- Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques (trans. John and Doreen Weightman, p. 130)
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
--Siegfried Kracauer, "The Mass Ornament"
"In this material world run on injustice and terror, where "popular" is confused with "industrial," any cultural expression that does not hurl an angry cry or wail a song of mad love (often one and the same) merely collaborates in the regulation and preservation of this world."
-- Nicole Brenez, pp. 1-2, Abel Ferrara