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No More Muppets & Other New Hopes for the New Year
by Tim Josephs

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A Note to The Readers: Recently I was going through some of my older columns and I noticed that links had been attached to certain movie titles and actor names that take you to Amazon or ebay (how ironic). I was unaware this was happening and am not in favor of it. You don't need us to tell you where to shop. Plus, since I'm not getting a dime from these links, I'm doubly opposed to them. Now, onto this week's thrilling column:

So another new year is upon us, and once again I have some movie-related hopes for 2012 and beyond. Without further ado, here they are:

No More Muppets

I found THE MUPPETS kind of cute but ultimately unnecessary. It would have been better about a half hour shorter, and better still had it just been a TV special. The main theme of the movie is that the Muppets have been forgotten and need to come back so
everyone can remember how great they are. Thinking about that later, I wondered why. Do we really need the Muppets anymore? Now, I like the Muppets. Their 70's show was great as were their early films. But do we need to keep resurrecting them every few years? Can't we just keep them alive through their early stuff and let them fade away gracefully?

Someone I was talking to about this said it's nice that a new generation of kids can see the Muppets. First of all, there have been several Muppet movies in recent years: Pirates, space, Christmas. The Muppets have never really disappeared. And secondly, and more importantly, we live in an age where nothing is ever gone for good. You could probably find nearly anything that was ever put on film on the Internet or at least on a site where you could purchase it. Things like new Muppet movies shouldn't keep getting
made for so-called "new" fans when their much better stuff is readily available. (And by the way, my little niece and nephew who have seen and liked other Muppet movies were only lukewarm on this one). But of course, as with everything else in Hollywood, this all goes back to money. Sure, they could put THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN back into theaters and make a little money, but they'll make a ton more with a new film and the subsequent merchandise that comes from it.

More Woody Allen Like That

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS was by far Allen's best film in years and sure, it's unreasonable to expect stuff like that from him every time, but it's nice to know he can still create something that good.

No More Adam Sandler

No more Adam Sandler movies, I should clarify. I'm not suggesting that anything happen to Mr. Sandler, certainly not something
like an "accident" that permanently destroys his voice box and/or does something to his face that makes him unrecognizable. I would never suggest such a thing.

More Will Ferrell

Ferrell was great in the drama EVERYTHING MUST GO and it's nice to see him in a more serious work, but I'd like at least a few more silly comedies from him before he goes full-fledged Bill Murray on us.

No More Vampires

The vampire craze fortunately seems to be dying down (no pun intended), and with one more of those silly TWILIGHT movies, maybe that will be the final nail in the coffin (pun intended that time).


This next big series starts in March and I hope it's as good as the books. Some of the action in the books is brutal and definitely not for young kids so I further hope the films aren't too watered down.

Happy New Year!

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Mike Thomas
Jan 3, 2012 12:18 PM
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Very concise column Tim. Bad news on the vampire front: BREAKING DAWN, Part II is out in November, so we'll have more of Bella's whining. Good news is that Seline is back, in her tight, TIGHT leather outfit, kicking ass and doing REAL vampire stuff (sparkling vampires? - please).

And Will Ferrell will NEVER go away, no matter how much we complain.

Keep 'em coming!

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Thoughts, observations, conjectures, complaints about movies and mostly how they relate to me personally. If you're looking for something a little broader, try Ebert.

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Tim Josephs
Born to write (literally much to the displeasure of his mother, he emerged with a pencil clutched in one tiny fist), Tim spends most of his days crafting epic monosyllabic poems, new comical titles to his favorite Beatles' songs (Hey, Dude), and angry letters to local businesses that have wronged him in some way. He's really an okay guy once you get to know him.

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