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Added by Xanadon't on 19 Oct 2010 11:56
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My Favorite Movie Trilogies

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SCI-FI HORROR PERFECTED

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: Flawless first film, flawless second within its context, strong but lacking third.

BIGGEST STRENGHTS: Too many to name, including uncanny sense of atmoshere- the Nostromo becomes such a real place; highly talented cast; great monster; Ash android puppet; chest-burst; title sequence.

BIGGEST WEAKNESS: Not a trilogy at all, because of that damn 1997 'resurrection' movie. This should be a major setback, but the brute strength of the first half or the series still lands the "Alien" saga atop my list anyway.

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 13

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A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXIE FAR, FAR AWAY

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: First installment amazes and completely takes you away from planet earth, second manages to out-do the first, and the conclusion is strong, even if ever so slightly disappointing.

BIGGEST STRENGHTS: Where to start?.. fantastic die-cast models; fantastic over-all effects; mind-boggling on-screen creations throughout; Darth Vader; Han Solo; gold bikini; Hoth; R2-D2; light-sabers; sexual tension between Leia and Solo...actually there's very little not to praise here.

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: Yoda (that's right, I said it); too much ewok; George Lucas going on to lose his fucking mind.

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 14.5
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COPPOLA'S MASTERPIECE SAGA

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: To me the original is a nearly flawless film in all technical, artistic, and story elements. It can't be topped. Part II is nearly as great, but doesn't contain as many truly memorable scenes, and despite Coppola's best efforts, feels a bit disjointed. Part III receives more criticism than it generally deserves, though obviously has nothing on the other films. But it felt necessary to me and I'm damn happy it exists.

BIGGEST STRENGTHS: Everything, minus...

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: No Duvall in Part III; unfortunate last-minute casting of Sophia Copolla; constant reminders to audience throughout part III that Andy Garcia is Tom's HOT-HEADED illegitamate son. Cuz remember? Tom was hot-headed too??? Yes, we fucking get it.

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 13.5
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ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: 'Fellowship' did everything anyone could realistically ask it to do...and better. 'Two Towers' is in my opinion the weakest of the lot, though I'd be hard pressed to explain exactly why. 'Return of the King' may be the most satisfying conclusion in movie trilogy history.

BIGGEST STRENGTHS: Middle Earth; Rivendell; Gandalf; Gollumn; Aragorn; that dickhead Steward of Gondor; incredible movie-making magic every where you look; profoundly impressive handling by Peter Jackson in interpreting Tolkien's books and world.

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: Boromir, Chrisopher Lee (as much as I hate to say it...but also seems to depend on the mood I'm in); still too new to feel right listing it above #4 on the list.

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 15
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THE REVENGE TRILOGY

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: These films aren't truly individual installments of one franchise, but are regarded as the 'vengeance trilogy' because of the common thematic threads that run through them. 'Mr. Vengeance' is the slowest paced of the three, but works on an intelligent symbolic level, and overall very good. "Oldboy" is the most widely known of the three and for good reason. An absolute must-see. Finally, "Lady Vengeance", while a bit of a structural mess, is an extremely compelling film that isn't easy to shake.

BIGGEST STRENGTHS: Director Chan-Woo Park is a fascinating and skilled artist with a true gift for challenging and captivating viewers; plot twists; morally sticky contemplation

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: Not a "true" trilogy

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 13.5
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NO FATE

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: The Terminator stands on its own as a great sci-fi actioneer and the effects still hold up fairly well. T2 is non-stop fun, thrill, and innovation, combined with a fully realized story that makes it a true classic. T3, when taken simply as an action film is completely satisfying. But aside from the incredible highway/big truck/demolition/telephone poles snapping like toothpicks scene, it can't possibly stand up to the first two films.

BIGGEST STRENGTHS: Cyborgs (duh); Arnold at his best; musical score; over-all story concept; re-watch value

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: No longer a trilogy due to the 2009 release of the sometimes fun, but deeply flawed "Terminator Salvation"

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 13.5
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BRUCE CAMPBELL: THE MAKING OF A CULT HERO

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: The Evil Dead will always find a loving audience with its perfect mix of attitude, scares, and humor. And Evil Dead II is even better. Army of Darkness ups the ante set by the first two films, but to my mind with mixed results. It seemed to out-reach itself in some ways, both minor and fundamental.

BIGGEST STRENGTHS: Ash; organic special effects; zippy one-liners; tree-rape; severed hands; irreverant, unabashed fun

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: some supporting performances; reliance on established 'brand' that's felt while watching "Army of Darkness"; apparent existence of a 4th film, which I refuse to investigate.

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 12
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VAMPIRES vs. LYCANS...FINALLY!!!

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: The first film is a slick, dark, brooding, trashy, shallow mess... that had the balls to pit vampires against werewolves on screen. For that alone I'm happy this film happens. 'Evolution' is, uhh, well, a step backwards. But the third film? A triumphant rebound, and a prequel that actually works pretty well.

BIGGEST STRENGTHS: Kate Beckinsale in leather; Vampires and Werewolves (semi)successfully woven together into one story-line; guilty pleasures are fun; vampires; werewolves;

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: There are plenty, but I don't feel like dwelling on them, okay?

TOTAL STARS AWARDED: 10
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DR. JONES!

CHAPTER BREAK-DOWN: 'Raiders' is a classic action/adventure jam-packed with memorable scenes. 'Temple' is almost universally regarded as the red-headed step-child of the series, and "The Last Crusade" makes a strong argument for best of the series.

BIGGEST STRENGTHS: melting face; iconic music; natzi meets propellar; steamy romance; that cool hat

BIGGEST WEAKNESSES: I'd rather be watching "Star Wars"

TOTAL STAR RATING: 11.5

I know not all of these are technically trilogies... but it's my list. So here they are- my favorite movie trilogies of all time, presented in order. Hope you enjoy.

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Comments

Posted: 6 years, 7 months ago at Dec 3 7:28
Excellent list! Love the comments & the way it's presented.
Posted: 6 years ago at Jun 24 19:33
Great list!

My favorite trilogy is The Vengeance trilogy, even though I love the Star Wars, Alien, & Evil Dead-trilogy as well.
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Nov 12 17:08
Love this list, Xana! Boy, I thought I was the only one who thought Yoda was a weakness.. Glad to find someone!

A little mistake if you don't mind:

It's supposed to be Galaxy rather than Galaxie!
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Nov 13 0:45
good list!
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Nov 13 1:12
voted!
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Nov 14 3:34
I love the Godfather trilogy. Part III got a lot of criticism, and much of it deserved. I hated it when I first saw it. I was waiting for something to happen and it never did. After going back and watching it with a more open mind, I realized that, by itself, it is not that bad of a movie. The problem appeared to be the first 2 movies had set the bar so high, everyone was expecting way too much from this film. I think it was made to bring a conclusion to the story of Micheal. How he finally had to pay for his sins.

I agree with the analysis of the Indy trilogy. They should never have ruined the franchise with that fourth movie.

I think LOTR is the most near-perfect trilogy on this list.
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Sep 10 8:05
Yes, yes I know they aren't. In fact I mentioned this.

I know not all of these are technically trilogies... but it's my list.


I don't care for Nolan's batman films. The Toy Story trilogy is very strong. It's almost an oversight even, except I've only ever watched each of them exactly once and I'm sure it will stay that way. The Matrix trilogy is exactly where I left it. Unwatched, unconcerned.

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