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Categories: Art, Editorials, Ethics, Film, Health, Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Art, (in)visibility, and Ebola

“What are the consequences of a digitally-created society in the psyche of the global community?” By Leigh E. Rich, Michael A. Ashby, and David M. Shaw [V]isibility is central to the shaping of political, medical, and socioeconomic decisions. Who will be treated—how and where—are the central questions whose answers are often entwined with issues of […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Film, History, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Two Deaths and a Birth

Reminiscing and rehashing principles in biomedical ethics By Michael A. Ashby and Leigh E. Rich Two anniversaries and one notable death have been observed in the last two months of 2013: the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, the centenary of the birth of French Algerian Nobel Prize-winning author and […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Film, Health, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Eating people is wrong

Or how we decide morally what to eat By Michael A. Ashby and Leigh E. Rich Though from opposite sides of the world and of different genders, religious backgrounds, and professional disciplines (but not necessarily scholarly orientations), we both grew up being fed tales of cannibalism. For one of us (LER), born and raised in […]

Categories: Editorials, Ethics, Feminism, Film, Health, Media, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Today’s “Sexmission”

Editorial for the 9(3) issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry By Leigh E. Rich and Michael A. Ashby The Polish film Seksmisja (Sexmission) opens with a quote from playwright and author Sławomir Mrożek: “Jutro to dziś—tyle, że jutro,” which is translated in the film’s subtitles as “Tomorrow is today—but a day away.” A popular […]

Categories: Ethics, Feminism, Film, Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on ‘Eggsploitation’

Oocyte (egg) donation is riddled with issues that have few, if any, solutions By Leigh E. Rich In one sense, so-called “third-party reproduction” that uses gametes contributed by anonymous (or known) “donors” is no longer novel (Murphy 2009; Sargent 2007; Sauer 2001; Mastroianni 2001), but the highly profitable IVF industry (now sometimes called “ART” for “artificial reproductive techniques”) is still in […]

Categories: Editorials, Film, Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Aliens and archaeology

The latest in the Indiana Jones series unearths conspiracy theories By Leigh E. Rich “Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.” — Edward Abbey Sometimes I feel like a humorless Jerry Seinfeld, asking a not-nearly-drunk-enough crowd “What is with the” dot dot dot. There is enough in this world to give one […]

Categories: Film, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Wild and crazy times

Honoring the passing of Billy Wilder By Leigh E. Rich Gone, but with an extensive list of movie credits of which most have heard if not seen, legendary director Billy Wilder is certainly not forgotten. The nonagenarian’s passing earlier this year gives one pause, and what better way to spend that moment of silence than […]

Categories: Film, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Morsels of ‘Macbeth’

Updated bloody tragedy a well done treat By Leigh E. Rich Scotland, Pa. Written and directed by Bill Morrissette Staring James LeGros, Maura Tierney, Christopher Walken Grade: A Scotland, Pa. is Shakespeare well done. Literally. A modern-day retelling of Macbeth set in the realm of hamburger griddles and deep fat fryers in 1972 rural Pennsylvania, […]

Categories: Film, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on ‘Time of Favor’

Denver International Film Festival By Leigh E. Rich In light of the Sept. 11 attacks and the now year-long strife between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East, Israeli film Time of Favor couldn’t be more temporally poignant. In rather understated and inventive ways, writer and director Joseph Cedar broaches the delicate topic of suicide […]

Categories: Film, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on ‘Possible Loves’

Denver International Film Festival By Leigh E. Rich Life for Carlos is rough: Too many people love him. And all he must do is decide—a gargantuan task of which this 30-something seems particularly incapable. Poor, poor man. A Brazilian romantic comedy reminiscent of Sliding Doors, Possible Loves tells the story—well, three stories—of Carlos, a lawyer […]

Categories: Film, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Crash course

James Cameron’s revisionist history is a tragedy By Leigh E. Rich and Lisa Tiger Titanic is doomed from the beginning. Outrageously extravagant and poorly constructed, she is the monster-child of ambition and technology. The three-and-a-half-hour travesty is unpreventable. Weighted with Hollywood formulas and historical inaccuracies, nothing can save writer/director James Cameron’s sinking epic. Unlike her […]

Categories: Film, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Deathless brilliance

Latest ‘Othello’ steeped in ‘double knavery’ By Leigh E. Rich After enduring 400 years punctuated by the collapse of empires, the advent of motion picture technology, and the avocado-green kitchens of the ’70s, Shakespeare has earned the appellation quintessential artist and sage of humanity. His plays, often adapta tions of stories popular during his generation, […]