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Ten Movies That Would Be Better With Muppets

For the past several months, Disney has saturated the public with a series of ads for their upcoming release, The Muppets. In these ads, the beloved gang has spoofed one new release after another, ranging from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to Paranormal Activity 3 to Green Lantern and everything else in between. These ads have been a blast every step of the way, energizing the younger generations while also filling the older generations with nostalgia. With The Muppets just a few short weeks away, it’s left me to wonder–what other movies would be better with Muppets? Continue reading

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10 Dirty Secrets That I Keep

No, not THAT dirty. Just dirty movie secrets I keep- things that I generally don’t say out loud because I know it’ll make someone else angry. It’s much like Peter Griffin’s confession on Family Guy that he didn’t like The Godfather. Even if you really do think that The Godfather “insists upon itself” and you preferred The Money Pit, you’d be wise to not bring it up very often. There’s also the notion that it’s better to keep some things to yourself for fear of how you’ll be viewed among your peers. I’m hoping that there are at least a few people out there who agree with me on these. I also hope that half my readership doesn’t view me as some sort of angry ogre after finishing this article. So without further adieu, here are 10 Dirty Secrets That I Keep.

1. I like Kevin Smith, and I like his movies
This puts me in peril of losing a lot of credibility with a lot of people who take films very seriously. You know what? I don’t care. Clearly, his movies (other than maybe Clerks) aren’t beacons of cinematic accomplishment. But they make me laugh. I even liked Cop Out. Hell, I liked it quite a bit. His schtick about being an outsider who broke the system gets a little tiresome, but I’m not going to hold that against his films. And he seems to be a genuinely good human being (if you don’t mind the vulgarity and crass topics, which I clearly do not). Continue reading

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A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Recently, I’ve been labeled the Monarch of Muppet by my friend Marty. “Nobody likes the Muppets as much as you do”, he says. And I really don’t deny it. I’ve already mentioned that when I was a kid, I wanted to be Kermit when I grew up (which is part of why I love Hot Fuzz so much- Nicholas Angel/Simon Pegg confesses to the same thing). All of this Muppet talk has served as my madeleine, prompting my very own Remembrance of Things Past. I’m sure Freud would have a field day with this. Here are some of my earliest TV and movie memories. Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: Great Frogs of Hollywood

It hasn’t been uncommon for groups to avoid getting their due in Hollywood. For the most part, women were relegated to second class citizens in early Hollywood. Of course, they had pivotal roles but it was only through the male protagonists that most of them had any role at all. Eventually, this wrong was righted and more and more weighty roles went to actresses. A similar arc happened with African-Americans in cinema. But there’s one group that has never gotten the proper due from Hollywood- frogs. Today, I’m here to help the healing begin. Here are some great frogs of Hollywood. Continue reading

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Battle of the (Fake) Bands: The 10 Best TV/Movie Musicians

Will the Partridge Family make the cut? No. No they won't.

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Seven Things I Learned from The Muppets

There’s nothing like a big slice of late 70’s and early 80’s childhood nostalgia. There were a lot of shows that held my interest when I was a wee lad. I loved Scooby Doo. Heck, Daphne was my definition of the ideal woman when I was 5 years old. The Smurfs were somehow interesting to me, a fact that embarrasses me now. The Dukes of Hazard was great because I lived in South Carolina when it was on. As near as I could tell at the time, it was a documentary. But no show from that era taught me more that would equip me to deal with adulthood than The Muppet Show. It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the seven things I learned on the Muppet Show tonight. Here are seven valuable life lessons I learned from watching Jim Henson work his magic.
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