12 Years a Slave is not that bad...considering it could have been a lifetime!
Monday, 25 November 2013
Friday, 8 November 2013
"Kafka may be the most important writer of the twentieth century, far more important than James Joyce. He describes the fate of the isolated man who is surrounded by a vast and impenetrable bureaucracy, and begins to accept himself on the terms the bureaucracy imposes. Human begins today are in a very similar position. We are surrounded by huge institutions we can never penetrate: the City, the banking system, political and advertising conglomerates, vast entertainment empires. They've made themselves more user-friendly, but they define the tastes to which we conform. They're rather subtle, subservient tyrannies, but no less sinister for that."
- JG Ballard (Sunday Times, 1993)
Wednesday, 2 October 2013
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013
Adult Swim might as well be the situationist cell within today's televisual landscape and "The Heart She Holler" along with "The Eric Andre Show" the most creatively deviant series out there. The second season of this neo-dadaist show where Cabaret Voltaire meets Southern Gothic via Troma (deliriously created by PFFR) premiered yesterday. May it thrive in the joyful insanity it exudes!
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Friday, 6 September 2013
Rowenna Davies reports on the unchanged working conditions of staffers at London's favorite destination for liberal moviegoers, Curzon Cinemas:
Like one million other people in this country, frontline Curzon workers are employed on zero hour contracts. Those that have been working for more than a few years usually develop a few days work they can rely on, but this informal regularity could be swept away at any time without justification.
Workers across all Curzon cinema chains have had enough. A year ago these young, white-collar workers on insecure contracts became some of the first frontline cinema workers to get organised in this country, and they joined the union BECTU. Now union reps say that some 45 per cent of Curzon workers have joined - no small commitment when it costs £5 a month - and a recent survey across the company's eight cinemas found 70 per cent in favour of the union being recognised. So far 1,500 have signed the petition, including famous directors like Mike Leigh.
Despite this, Curzon's management still refuses to recognise the union. Bosses say that they need to verify the names of union staff members first, but the union doesn't want to hand over names which they feel would put members at risk from retaliation, and have instead called for Curzon to work through ACAS.
Read the full article here