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Christina Crawford is a now 77 year old woman who wrote a book called “Mommy Dearest” in 1978. Of course I’d heard of it, but I never read it (duh, I’ve only read 5 books for pleasure in my whole life #TrueStory) and I’ve never seen the movie.

So, I’ve got 2 things to say… Firstly, I never saw the movie because when I was a teenager my friends and some adults used to make (harmless) jokes about my (birth) mother being “Mommy Dearest”. They told me what the movie was about and it reminded them of my child-self and my (birth) mother. So obviously, I wasn’t going to run out and rent the DVD. But just now I’m watching an interview of her with Bill Boggs (BillBoggsYouTube) and I’m fascinated by how well mannered and genuine she comes across. People don’t interview like that anymore. And then before clicking away from YouTube, I watched a clip from the movie and I was kind of grossed out. It was made in the early 1980’s and took place in the 1940’s and 1950’s… and it was just so powerful. I was reading reviews and the film was panned as a dud and even a comedy, becoming a cult classic for all the wrong reasons. That saddens me. Here is this woman who writes a deeply emotional memoir about a terribly abusive childhood, and people make fun of it. Was it the acting in the film? What was it? Gosh, as a people, we are so damn critical. We LOVE the negative.

OK, so the second thing is that just watching the clips of the movie based on the book, now I understand why my friends, teachers and parents of friends told me that my (birth) mother was like Mommy Dearest.

So, in closing, I give this now adult woman in her golden years, a ton of credit for writing this book. And given the era, she was very brave to do so.

Thank You Cristina Crawford.


Christina Crawford, (date unknown)


@drewbarrymore flirted with me once in Los Angeles in the gym parking lot. I denied her, (and I assume she cried all the way home) and I felt fine about it. Besides, she probably wanted a ride on my bike and I have a strict policy of “NO GIRLS ALLOWED!” Well, it seems like I made right choice. I heard she bit the fingers off some guy and then proceeded to eat him. WTF?? I could have been that guy. (God knows what she would have bitten off). So Drew: No means NO. And it’s staying no, you people-eater! #SantaClaritaDiet

Santa Clarita Diet #SantaClaritaDiet



@Netfix “Beyond”

Dear @Netflix,

I’m different than your average movie/TV watcher. I have a ridiculously photographic memory and I can therefore pick out edit errors or inconsistencies like crazy. So, as an employee of yours with the job title of, let’s say, “Continuity Editor”, I’d be your favorite person. But as just a regular guy who picks up every single inconsistency or mistake or time error mistakes, I’m just plain annoying. With that said, you did an amazing job with “Stranger Things”. I don’t think there was a single mistake. Seriously. And that must have been hard. All that 80’s stuff was timelined totally correctly. #Impressed. But listen, I just watched S1E1 of “Beyond” with my gay, homosexual, male boyfriend and I picked out a few issues. A few were time line. A few were annoyingly bad edits. Real quick: They’re in the car and his hair is all wet and laying on his forehead. Camera goes to her. Camera goes back to him and his hair is all pushed back. Camera goes to her. Then goes back to him and his hair is back again to laying on his forehead. Another one real quick if I may: She’s at the bedside of whomever the unconscious old man is and she’s talking to him and then she get’s text message responses from him to her phone. After responding twice, the camera shows him from over her shoulder, and if you look at her phone, it has 3 texts on it. Not surprisingly, when he responds to her the third time, it’s exactly what we were already able to see on her phone’s messages screen. There were about 20 errors in all.

I like the show. Can’t wait to binge watch while said gay, homosexual, male lover boyfriend is at work making money so I can stay home and watch TV. But I think you should hire a continuity editor. People (freaks) like me rarely miss a mistake.

With respect, @VocalVirgo.


“Beyond” editing.
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