The anti-vaccination movement is bullsh*t, as explained by Penn and Teller (NSFW). Also, this AWESOME article dispelling anti-vaccination myths.
This video is only about 90 seconds long and is fucking brilliant.
But where’s the cool magic trick?
Evan Rachel Wood is making the news this week with a complaint about oral sex. For her recent turn in Charlie Countryman, an apparently execrable movie about a guy mourning his mother who receives a vision to travel to Eastern Europe, where he falls in love with a gangster’s moll (oh boy), Wood filmed a sex scene. This sex scene apparently depicted Shia LeBoeuf going down on Evan Rachel Wood. And the MPAA, when they saw the film, threatened to give it an NC-17 rating on the basis of that scene. Because there is apparently something so deeply offensive and radical about cunnilingus that the Children of AmericaTM cannot possibly be exposed to it. Meanwhile, as Wood noted in her tweeted rant, “the scenes in which people are murdered by having their heads blown off remained intact and unaltered.” Such are the views of modern film scolds and censors. Just a few years ago they were doing the same thing to the relatively tame oral sex scenes in Blue Valentine. And the media is reporting that Lars von Trier’s upcoming Nymphomaniac is about to get hit with one, too.
It’s funny how increasingly irrelevant the fear of the NC-17 — and the MPAA more broadly — feels.
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I think directors should take the NC-17 rating as a badge of honor. Clearly the rating system and those involved with it are flawed and prude individuals who care nothing about cinema. Flaunt the rating. It should be equivalent to the “parental advisory” on CDs during the 80’s and 90’s. Studios should have the balls to release movies with that rating and not see it as a problem. People willing to see an R rated film I’m sure will be okay with an NC-17 film.