Friday, December 10, 2010

Top 10 Movie Sequels

We're a week a way from the ultimate fan boy wet dream - a sequel to Tron. While it's been 20+ years since I've seen the original, I admit my curiosity is piqued. I started thinking about the all the great sequels that have come out over the years and I'm hoping Tron:Legacy can join the ranks.

10) Friday the 13th Part II 

The first appearance of adult Jason, this movie is a horror classic. Hillbilly Jason with the hood is a hell of a lot scarier than his crazy ass mom or the machete wielding goalie of the later films.

9) Blade II

Guillermo Del Toro took the franchise to the next level with this film. His action sequences and visual effects topped the first installment. Too bad David S. Goyer had to destroy all of his work with Blade: Trinity.

8) Aliens

How do you make a badass movie about extraterrestrial killing machines even better? I have no fucking idea but James Cameron did. He built upon Ridley Scott's brilliant original work and arguably improved it.

7) Spider-Man 2

Sam Raimi did such an amazing job on this film. He managed to inject a colossal amount of depth and emotion into a comic book movie. Best part - he paid homage to the classic Spider-Man No More cover.

6) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

When you're a world traveling, ass-kicking archaeologist up against Nazi's and biblical artifacts, who do you call? You're dad. The chemistry between Sean Connery and Harrison Ford alone makes this movie worth watching.

5) The Dark Knight

Is this the greatest movie ever? No. Is it a fantastic sequel? Most certainly. Sure it has it's faults (Why does Batman have the voice of Satan??) but they are far outweighed by it's strength's. Heath Ledger's Joker and Aaron Eckhart's Two-Face are about as perfect as you can get. As an added bonus Rachel Dawes dies a horrible, painful death.

4) Terminator 2

Damn you, James Cameron!!! How do you go from Terminators and Aliens to Titanic??

3) Empire Strikes Back

This classic film gave us a budding relationship between Han and Leia. It introduced Yoda and Boba Fett and it gave us the often misquoted line "No, I am your father."

2) Halloween II

This is what a horror sequel should be. It picks up precisely where the original leaves off and continues the story without interruption. No missing years, no back story, no what does Michael Myers do in his off time while he's waiting for October 31, just a slight recap and go.

1) The Godfather Part II

With this movie we see the story of young Vito Corleone taken from Mario Puzo's novel compared to Michael Corleone's rise and subsequent fall from grace. The stellar cast of this film make it rise above the source material, becoming a celluloid legend.

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1 comment:

  1. Good list. I may have a few others, but it seems you have good taste; for blood anyway.