5 Reasons Why 'Spy Kids' Is The Bomb Dot Com

5 Reasons Why 'Spy Kids' Is The Bomb Dot Com

Some rockin' facts about the franchise that changed my life.
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When I tell people how much I love Spy Kids, the most common reactions are blank stares or pure, unadulterated fury. Some people just don't know how to recognize a cinematic masterpiece.

So I'm here provide some irrefutable evidence supporting the fact that Spy Kids is literally the best thing to ever exist.

1. "Spy Kids" has an amazing, star-studded cast

We've got power couple Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino as Pencil-Thin Fake Mustache Spy Dad and Chic Choker-Wearing Spy Mama.

Tony Shalhoub stars as a freak of nature.

Danny Trejo plays the exact same character that he plays in the Machete series (but that's a point for later).

Alan Cumming provides an image of sheer perfection with impeccable fashion sense.

Steve Buscemi plays an adorable nerd face who lives alone on an island and breeds spooky animal hybrids.

Power couple #2 is Ricardo Montalban and Holland Taylor as hardcore grandparents.

Sylvester Stallone appears in Spy Kids 3D: Game Over as four equally ridiculous characters and a giant mecha likeness of himself.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 2001. Two years later, Elijah Wood played a character called simply The Guy for about five minutes in Spy Kids 3.


That's Selena Gomez. I don't understand it either.

Also, George Clooney is the president of the United States.

Why would all these incredible, already successful actors choose to be a movie if it wasn't amazing? Huh? Riddle me that.

2. The dialogue and acting are incredible

Gettin' past censors since 2001.


A love story for the ages.

Getting deep with Steve Buscemi.

3. The Thumb-Thumbs

"I snap my fingers and my fingers snap you." - Alan Cumming as Fegan Floop

4. It's a great family movie


(Robert Rodriguez and his family)

Robert Rodriguez, the director of the franchise, wrote Spy Kids for and about his family (which is why it's so different from his other films). He wrote it at a time when he wasn't seeing a lot of good movies for families and he wanted to fill that void. He definitely managed to do that, because Spy Kids was not only a financial but critical success. It has a fun plot that works for kids, good role models, some sneaky jokes for adults, and a really nice message about family. It also provides good representation, being about a Hispanic family.

5. It takes place in the same universe as Kill Bill and Machete

...and is connected to Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.

Buckle up, kids.


Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino have a cinematic universe in which a lot of their movies take place, tied together by shared characters. Most of Tarantino's movies, in fact, happen in the same world, aside for a few which he considers too over-the-top, like Kill Bill. These take place in a "special movie universe," meaning they are actual movies in the world of his more realistic films.

Here's a quick rundown.

Spy Kids is connected to Machete and Machete Kills because the character of Machete is the uncle of Carmen and Juni Cortez, the main characters in Spy Kids.

In Machete, there is a deleted scene involving a character who appears in Kill Bill and From Dusk Til Dawn 3.

There is a scene in Pulp Fiction in which Mia Wallace describes a TV pilot she was in that sounds an awful lot like Kill Bill. And if that's a bit too coincidental for you, Tarantino has said himself that when characters in Pulp Fiction go to see a movie, they see Kill Bill.

And from there, every single Tarantino movie is connected, and thus connected to Spy Kids.

Crazy stuff.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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