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THE BABY: A 12 Step Program by Stewart Moncure (@rsmon77)

For those of you who have been unfortunate enough to see THE BABY, Twitter user @rsmon77 has come up with a 12 Step Program to help you come to terms with what you saw. 

Remember: we’re here for you.

THE BABY 12 Steps, by @rsmon77

I’ve already said my thoughts on THE BABY in #TCMParty , so for those of you seeing it for the 1st time, think of me as like a AA sponsor.

The first step to dealing with THE BABY is to admit it’s real. #TCMParty

The second step is to admit someone pitched a movie about a man in a diaper called THE BABY without any irony. #TCMParty

The 3rd step is to accept this pitch involved a guy describing how said “baby” would “breast feed” from her adult babysitter. #TCMParty

The 4th step is that a producer said after the pitch, “Brilliant! Let’s do this!”, then asked his secretary to call casting. #TCMParty

The 5th step is someone had to hire a director. Is Roman Polanski available? No, but Ted Post is. #TCMParty

The 6th step? That the director of MAGNUM FORCE auditioned actors w/ sides of a script called THE BABY. #TCMParty

The 7th step is to accept someone had to create props, scout locations, cater & lease trailers for a film called THE BABY. #TCMParty

The 8th step is to acknowledge that Dennis is creepy probably because of the actor’s performance. He’s doing his job correctly. #TCMParty

The 9th step is to realize that a cast & crew shot footage for THE BABY that would have to be edited into an actual film. #TCMParty

The 10th step is accepting the producers said, “This whole man-baby isn’t weird enough. Got something weirder for an ending?” #TCMParty

The 11th step is realizing yes, there is something weirder than a man-baby for an ending to THE BABY. #TCMParty

The 12th & final step is that you are not alone. We all have suffered through THE BABY like you, and we all can move on. #TCMParty

Thank you for attending this THE BABY group therapy session. Please pick up some coffee on your way out, and I’m going to sleep. #TCMParty

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Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.

That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.

Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.

In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.

Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.

At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.

About 20 will die.


Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.

So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about?

It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.

Roald Dahl, 1986

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roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.

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Over 1,000 preventable deaths and 128,000 preventable illnesses since 2007 and counting

And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.

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And thanks to anti-vaxxers, measles is back in the United States.

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Save Me Not Second Base

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and a lot of waffling over whether I should get involved with a debatable issue. But one of the things you learn in the School of Humanities is that rhetoric is open for critique.

Go on. Save the boobies. Save the tatas. Save second base. Raise money. Sell wristbands. Base entire campaigns around a secondary, sexualized sex characteristic used pars pro toto for womanhood. You’ll get away with it.

But first save the people they’re attached to.


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Leonardo DiCaprio congratulates Matthew Mcconaughey on his win for Best Leading Actor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, March 2nd, 2014

"This isn’t over," Leo whispers.

Hang in there, Leo. Your day is coming.



Leonardo DiCaprio congratulates Matthew Mcconaughey on his win for Best Leading Actor at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, March 2nd, 2014

"This isn’t over," Leo whispers.

Hang in there, Leo. Your day is coming.

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My 2013 Oscar Picks

Now that the 2013 Oscar Death Race has officially come to an end — during which I saw a respectable 54/57 nominated films — I thought I’d take a moment and pick the movies that were my favorites. These choices reflect what my Oscar ballot would look like; not necessarily the ones I think *will* win, but the ones I thought were the best, in my own humble, deeply flawed opinion.

And, yes, it’s perfectly ok for you to disagree with my picks, as I very well may disagree with yours. The very term “Best” is subjective; there is no objective standard one can use to judge most of these categories. Where and when you were born, the color of your skin, your social class, your life experiences, etc. will all influence what appeals to you on an emotional and intellectual level. 

So, as of today, here are my picks. Time and distance will probably change a few of these. That’s what makes it fun. :)

Best Picture: HER. Runners Up: 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.

Actor in a Leading Role: Tie: Leonardo DiCaprio and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Actress in a Leading Role: Judi Dench. Runner up: Cate Blanchett.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Fassbender. Runner up: Jared Leto.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o. 

Animated Feature Film: FROZEN. (note: have not yet seen ERNEST & CELESTINE)

Cinematography: THE GRANDMASTER.

Costume Design: THE GRANDMASTER.

Directing: Steve McQueen. Runners up: Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron.

Documentary Feature: THE ACT OF KILLING. (Note: have not yet seen THE SQUARE.)

Documentary Short: PRISON TERMINAL

Film Editing: GRAVITY. Runner up: 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

Foreign Language Film: THE GREAT BEAUTY. (Note: have not yet seen THE MISSING PICTURE.)

Makeup and Hairstyling: BAD GRANDPA. (Though, honestly, the fact that AMERICAN HUSTLE wasn’t nominated makes this category meaningless)

Music (Original Score): HER.

Music (Original Song): “Let it Go”

Production Design: AMERICAN HUSTLE. Runner up: HER.

Short Film (Animated): MR. HUBLOT. Runner up: POSSESSIONS.


Sound Editing: LONE SURVIVOR

Sound Mixing: GRAVITY.

Visual Effects: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. (Smaug alone nailed this one for me). Runner Up: GRAVITY.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Tie: 12 YEARS A SLAVE, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET.

Writing (Original Screenplay): HER.

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