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The Weird, Raunchy Muppets Movie We’ve Always Wanted

Have you heard about The Happytime Murders? It’s a really crazy, raunchy movie with Muppets. I’m not sure if it’s an official Muppet production…but jeez louise!

Looks hilarious, I’m definitely on board. It’s also nice that Melissa McCarthy might actually be in a good movie this year, compared to the dreck trailers I keep seeing her in…

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Why is the Mission Impossible Film Franchise So Completely Meaningless?

I do not understand the continued existence of the Mission Impossible film franchise. There have been six films over the past 20 years, and the new one, Mission Impossible: Fallout, looks like it’s going to be a big release later this year. But despite all of this, from what I can see, the Mission Impossible series has zero impact on the pop culture landscape.

The only thing anybody remembers about the Mission Impossible movies is that one really cool scene from the first film, where Tom Cruise descended into a room via all those cool ropes.

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Sole cultural impact

Does anybody have any idea about anything that happened in any of the other films? Without looking it up, can anybody even name the other Mission Impossible films? The fourth and fifth movies had sub-titles instead of numbers. Do those sub-titles have anything to do with the plots?

I know I’ve seen some of the Mission Impossible movies, but I can’t tell you which ones I’ve seen. Honestly, it’s entirely possible I’ve seen them all, but I don’t even remember that much! Does the franchise have a singular, ongoing storyline? Or does the Mission Impossible team simply get betrayed by some new government villain each movie?

Why do these movies keep getting made? Do they have any impact on the world whatsoever? Or are they just known as those movies where Tom Cruise does all those crazy stunts? And sometimes gets hurt?

The reason I bring this up is because there’s one line in the trailer for Mission Impossible: Fallout that bugs me. Ving Rhames, who has apparently been in every Mission Impossible movie, says, “Oh, you know, same old Ethan.” You can find it at 2:00 in the trailer:

And I thought to myself…do we really know the “same old” Ethan Hunt? Does Ethan Hunt have any impact on anything? Does he have established character or personality traits? Is there anything unique about Ethan Hunt? Or is it just Tom Cruise?

We all know everything about James Bond. And Jason Bourne and the unique aspects of his character and movies are well known. The Fast and the Furious movies have a pretty compelling motor vehicle gimmick that keeps them going.

But what is the point of the Mission Impossible movies?

Who really knows anything about Ethan Hunt?

Why do these movies keep getting made?!

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Gonna Be a New Predator Movie

I didn’t watch a lot of movies growing up in the 80s and 90s. We just weren’t a family that went to the theater or rented anything that wasn’t PG. Name nearly any classic 80s movie and I probably didn’t see it until years later in college or adulthood. The original Predator, for example.

But hey, there’s a new movie! The Predator!

I have zero interest in the Predator franchise. I’m pretty sure I’ve only ever seen that original movie, and like I said, that was only after leaving college. But unless MoviePass goes belly up before this film comes out, I’mma gonna go see The Preadtor. Why the heck not?

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Overdoing It: 6 Surprise Villain Reveals in Recent Disney Movies

Disney Villains are nearly as iconic as Disney Princesses, and way more notable and memorable than Disney Heroes. Disney Villains are an institution unto themselves, with their own brands of clothing, TV shows and even Disney Channel movies. And why not? Ursula, Captain Hook, Judge Frollo, Hades, Maleficent; these are legendary characters who have earned their place in pop culture.

But I’ve noticed something kind of weird in recent Disney movies…they don’t really have major, iconic villains anymore. Instead, Disney keeps trying to surprise us with a villain twist.

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Lulling you into a false sense of security

Obviously this isn’t a trait of Disney movies alone. Lots of films have surprise villains. But looking back at some recent films, almost every major Disney animated feature film from the 2010s has featured a surprise villain twist. Where a character we thought was a good guy is later revealed to be the villain. That’s weird, right? Like, do they not realize that they’re all doing it? Maybe if they were more spread out, it wouldn’t be as weird. But, with the exception of one of the earliest examples back in the late 90s, most Disney animated films in the past five years have featured a surprise villain twist.

I really think this is a weird trend and I hope they stop soon. SPOILERS for a bunch of recent Disney/Pixar movies.

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I Can’t Wait for Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

I love Teen Titans Go! I loved the original cartoon, sure. But Teen Titans Go! is something truly special. I know a lot of people hate it, but man, those people are squaresville, daddy-o! This show is hilarious and is one of the best examples of trolling in television!

So bring on the movie!

Love it! Hilarious trailer! Can’t wait! Though as much as I love Will Arnett, they probably should have gotten someone other than the voice of LEGO Batman to do Slade. What happens if they want to do a crossover?!

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