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My Top 60 Favorite 2nd Chapter Sequels

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People who added this item 130 Average listal rating (57 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3

Faraway, So Close! is the sequel to the successful Wings Of Desire. I still haven't decided whether I like this movie or not. Whenever I my mind reflects on it, sometimes I find myself liking it as a follow-up film that tries to make it's own mark, distinct from the original. Other times, I find it an uneven plot that does a poor job of continuing the concepts that were introduced in Wings.
So until I view this again in order to finally make up my mind, I'm including it on this list. For the time being, it'll help round out this list to an even thirty and with the straddling opinion that I have for this German esoteric fantasy film, I think it's worth recommending just to hear what other afficiandos might think of it.

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People who added this item 213 Average listal rating (134 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
From the year of 1974, there were two female "badasses" of color who returned in sequels that, even though they aren't as good as the first installments of their stories, they have a certain cinematic lavishness that each of their films define in their own distinctive way. And both were entertaining enough (at least they were for me anyway) that the inclusion of the two movies was able to help me fill out this list to an even twenty-five (which, considering the films I had to choose from that were made in the first half of the 70s decade, was not an easy feat).
The first of these butt kicking femmes is Foxy Brown. In her first movie, she was named Coffy, but for whatever reason, the producers wanted to separate this film from that one, despite that the only differences between the two is the name and the fact that Coffy/Foxy dresses a little more "stylish" in this one.
But whatever you wanna call her, she's still played by Pam Grier, she's still hot and she still got her gun pointed where it counts.

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The second of the butt-kicking femmes that I mentioned from the previous entry is Lady Snowblood, a character with whom I fell in love with after her first foray in film the year previous.
Here she returns, but with her primary goal of vengeance already satiated from the original movie, she then sets her mind and her katana (although through circumstances not of her choosing) towards the political realm of espionage.
And as we all know, there's more than enough blood in that arena to quench the thirst of any modern-day warrior's (male or female) sword.

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People who added this item 930 Average listal rating (634 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
Ever since the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre back in 1974, there have been a certain type of subhorror slasher-family flicks that have since tried to match the bar 'o' evil that was raised by the original Leatherface Clan.
While Rob Zombies' creation of Captain Spaulding's kith and kin, in my opinion, doesn't quite match up to the legendary status of TCM, it's was still a worthy effort to the genre.

A family of rednecks that makes even Lucifer go "Damn.... these hillbillies are just plain downright evil.....!"
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In the first Jurassic Park, modern science demonstrated it highest possibilities to date by genetically re-introducing the dinosaurs of the Jurassic era to our time. Then, it went about creating an island theme park in which to inhabit these prehistoric ganstas of giant monsters, in the speculative hope that the general public would eat them up.
As it turned out, it had the opposite effect. It was the park that began eating up the public.
So, in this 2nd installment of the series, we find out that there was a spawning ground for all those back-in-the-beasties before they were transported to the ill-fated amusement park.
Named "Site B", it's the setting for the prehistoric pandemonium that "naturally' ensues from the lessons not learned.

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An old Star Trek villain, the genetically engineered Khan, is back. And he now has a wrath to bestow upon our galaxy-galloping heroes.
Not only that, he also has both a United Federation starship and the Genesis device at his command.
Will the now Admiral James T. Kirk & Crew be able to stop the chesty madman before it's too late?
I don't wanna spoil the suspense for any viewers out there who have not yet seen this early 80's sci-fi classic, but since there were a bunch more sequels added to the franchise after this film, I'm sure it's pretty easy to figure out the outcome.

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People who added this item 1539 Average listal rating (1028 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Just when you thought the Evil Dead were dead, this second installment of the series shows that one of the main reasons they're so evil is because they have a nasty habit of not staying dead.

After the surprise success of the first flick, Bruce Campbell revisits the role as the teenage kid who comes back to the cabin in the woods & settle a score. But this time, he taking names & kicking Ash.
And do you know what sound a chainsaw makes when it's slicing up evil zombies in a better than the first sequel?
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Back during my college days, the whole time that I was enrolled, I probably consumed enough beer so as to qualify me as some sort of a drunken master.
But through my lack of training and discipline, I was never enough of a master to be able to fight in any kind of a kung fu battle whilst in this alleviated state of inebriation. Particularly in any manner that allowed me to use every piece of furniture, silverware and/or knick-knacks that was in my immediate disposal in a cool offensive style like Jackie Chan does in this movie.
But, I was always drunk enough to at least think I could.

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People who added this item 4677 Average listal rating (3165 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
X-Men 2 (2003)
Damn! Lookit all those freakin' mutants!
The students of Prof. Charles Xavier's School Of Gifted Youngsters return, more grander, more powerful and more "mutantly" varied. Considering that this is a movie that needs to handle as many characters as it does, each one with an already firmly established background in the pages of the comic-book universe, it's amazing that they were able pull this project off to the extent that they did. As an example of what happens when a qualified director is allowed more freedom and more money than in the initial film. For this sequel, X definitely seems to mark the spot.

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People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (122 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8
The first French Connection is one of those movies that is often mentioned whenever the subject of classic cop movies of the 70's is bought up.
But you almost never hear about it's sequel, aptly named French Connection II (No "The" in this movie title), whether it be in discussion of cop flicks, or just in any kind of conversation whatsoever.
Maybe that's because, unlike it's predecessor, it's not a movie that helped to move or define the genre it belongs to.
Now, this isn't a criticism of the FC2. Because, on it's own, it stands as a pretty decent police thriller, as it follows Popeye Doyle across the ocean in pursuit of the drug-dealing frenchman who puts the "french" in the connection that this story is centered on.
It's just that, at it's best, what the film succeeds in is, for an hour and a half, the viewer is taken away on a ride-along of a cop caper that transcends international borders.
And compared to other films in this category, not that's not too bad.

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People who added this item 1275 Average listal rating (822 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.4
I loved the first Clerks movie.
So much so that I cringed when I heard that they were making a sequel to it. And after watching this second film, there were some aspects that validated my feelings about doing a follow-up feature to Kevin Smith's indie classic.
The inexperienced acting of the original players, which was still evident in this film, played off so much better in the first film. The main reason being that the combination of being filmed in black and white and we've never seen the fresh faced cast gave Clerks the feel of almost being a humorous documentary. So the lack of thespian skillz seemed to add to the realness of the flick and made the humor feel more natural.
The bigger budget and colorization of C2 made the crudeness of the actors stand out more and, IMO, made alot of the jokes and the points being made in the story, feel a bit forced.
So why did I include it on this list?
B'cuz, even though I don't think Clerk 2 matches up to Clerks 1, I still liked the sharp wittiness of Smith's script, Rosario Dawson does an excellent job of portraying the love interest as such a very sweet character and in the end, the overall message of the movie still came off as being the kind of view askewed that made Kevin Smith's early career a standout from the rest.

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I'll be honest here, the main reason I liked the first First Blood was because of the manner that Rambo was able to seriously kick ass without as much snickering or as many eyerolls from movie viewers that the character began to get starting with Part II. For me, that first chapter in this series was was able to straddle the fine line of being over the top and yet down to earth at the same time.
After R:FBP2 however, Sly's crazy ex-soldier easily crossed over that line and just sorta became more of a cartoon-like character of violence that he's become famous for since then.

Still, for all the bloated brawny ridiculousness that has infested this franchise, I've been able to accept this particular movie for the fiery explosion-laden popcorn escapist fare that it is.
Though, that doesn't mean I have to like any of the sequels that followed up after this one. For me, those all still suck.
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People who added this item 335 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.7
Well, whaddaya know.... the first Hotel Transylvania was successful enough that it's looks like we may have a whole new franchise to check in to every Halloween season.
Here in HT2, the bloodline of bloodsuckers of the Drac Clan looks to be invigorated with the announcement of a baby bat in the oven.
But will it be vampire or will it be human?
Ah, the crazy concoctions they cook up for these computer-conceived creature cartoons......

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With the first chapter of the Harry Potter film franchise proving to be almost as successful as the book, the 2nd in the series is released (and in the nick of time considering that the movies must coincide with the age of the children actors) and solidifies that the kid with the lightning scar is worthy of the reputation of being "The Chosen One". Particularly when it comes to the tweener targeted box office.

Now because these first HP films were targeted towards a more younger demographic, the stories didn't really grab me as mush as the later, darker stories. However, I was still able to enjoy 'em for the colorful enthusiasm and youthful energy they take towards the initial arcane adventures of Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of Hogwarts' spellbinding sorcerous student body.
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People who added this item 808 Average listal rating (472 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
I've stated this before, that I am not that big of a fan of Disney's animated movies. Especially from the stuff they put out during the 70's, 80's and most of the 90's.
Not until they began getting more three dimensional with their graphics did I find myself seeing the three dimensional quality in their stories. And when it comes to computer generated films, I obviously prefer Pixar over Disney.
However, I do enjoy some of Uncle Walt's very early efforts in the area of cartoon cinema. Including the original Fantasia from the year 1940.

The first film successfully integrated classical music with animation in eight featurettes with each medium complimenting the other. The power of the music was enhanced by the visuals of each short (with various degrees of success of course) while at the same time, the hand crafted artwork of each cell seemed to be powered by the notes and melodies of each time tested arrangement.
Almost sixty years later, Disney released this follow-up, which follows the same format of the original with the same amount of varying degree of success of each feature. Although, TBH, personally, I wouldn't have minded if they could've found a way to rev up the stylings of both music and visuals in way that would have better demonstrated the progress made in each field. But in the end, F2000 still manages to entertain and delight in the same manner that Uncle Walt had envisioned when he first dreamed up this moused-eared manner of movie magic.
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People who added this item 423 Average listal rating (303 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Magnum Force (1973)

Harry Callahan may be a cop who's often referred to as "Dirty", but he's still a cop who strongly believes that, when it comes to taking the law into your own hands, a man has got to know his limitations. So when a "magnum force" of renegade officers begin a reign a rogue vigilantism, naturally, the only one who could stop 'em is a good cop with a bad attitude. With his trusty Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum by his side, it's up to Dirty Harry to clean up the streets of dirty traffic officers who tend to deal with violations with more than just a citation.

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In 1943, Universal Studios released Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man, a film that is considered the first to actually team up two of the monster mainstays that will make the studio company famous (in the horror flick circle, that is). Its story is considered the sequel to the original 1941 Wolf Man and at the same time, the fifth chapter in the Frankenstein series.
And while it seems like it's the werewolf who experiences more development as a character, it's still cool to see that the creatures who have become staples in legendary lore of the scare flick are now sharing terrorizing tactics together in the same world.

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People who added this item 2199 Average listal rating (1449 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Casino Royale rebooted the character back to his roots, I started to see this Agent 007 from a different albeit darker light. Royale really took me off guard as such a high quality action flick (in fact, my fave action flick of that year) but one that established that Bond was more than just a human vehicle for some really cool (and sometimes outlandish) spy gadgets. And even though, Quantum of Solace slips a bit from the trajectory that started in Casino (choppy action sequences, looser story) it's high energy and emphasis on characterizations, particularly between Bond and "M", were enough to still keep this installment entertaining to the eyes of this usually non-Bond fan.

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People who added this item 2092 Average listal rating (1322 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6.1
In the same manner that the first Scream movie reinvigorated the slasher genre, the second Scream movie help to invigorate sequels to the slasher genre.
Except now, these groups of movie installments were being called franchises.
The benefit being that now movie goers didn't consider themselves fans of a particular film, now they were fans of film franchise.
Now movie companies felt an obligation to pump out chapter after chapter of a franchise with more of a guarantee that "fans of the franchise" will still flock to see 'em. And whenever a certain chapter in the series hits a lull, all you have to do is "reboot" the series with a new first chapter, and start all over again.
To be honest, for me personally, is comes more as an endless cycle of movie marketing that is enough to make any serious connoisseur of the medium scream.

But still, Scream 2 was a good slasher flick.
Displaying vociferous success in terms of both script and box office, this is a sequel that shows that when it comes to this type of usually overwrought sharp edged thriller, screaming twice can be just as nice.
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People who added this item 725 Average listal rating (437 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
The answer to the title of this movie is green.

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People who added this item 303 Average listal rating (211 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
In the first Omen, we are introduced to a little boy named Damien, who just so happens to be the hellspawn of none other than the Devil himself.
Yep, he's the Anti-Christ. But in the first film, we hardly got to know "Lucifer Jr." as the story and action centered more on the "paternal father" & how he deals with the fact that the boy who he thought was his son was in reality, "the Beast marked with the 666".
So in this follow-up, we now get to see what Damien the person is really like as he struggles thru the growing pains of anti-christlike adolescence. And just like any boy approaching manhood (or half-manhood, half goat-hood), he soon finds that even a pathway towards a demonic destiny is bound to be paved with a few blemishes and pimples along the way.

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People who added this item 1787 Average listal rating (1184 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi," goes from micro-budget indie to macro-budget hit as the traveling gunslinging guitarrero goes from looking like a Mexican everyman to looking like a Spaniard, well, Antonio Banderas. Who, even speaking as a straight-up hetero, you gotta admit.... is a really good looking guy.
Which is probably the main reason why the gal that the hero gets in this flick is played by the always insanely-beauteous Salma Hayek.
Kinda makes me wish I was good-looking.
Maybe then, I'd be spending alot more time outside of the house getting some action instead of kooked up in a dark room putting lists like this one together on the internet.

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People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (49 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 0
Okay, lemme start off by saying that I'm not that a big fan of the slasher flick. So it's rare that I like one (I made a list of the few that I like watching, and it only came out to ten films). What's even more rare is that I'll like a slasher flick sequel.
I enjoyed the first Cold Prey enough to see why it was such a surprise success. This 2nd installment, made more as a result of that the first one did so well (as opposed to a story that had always been planned to be made as a series from the start), follows the standard of other sequels that came from unexpected successful movies; it's not as good as the original. However, because it was somewhat willing to venture outside the formula it's predecessor, it felt more as an extension of the first film & not simply as a xerox-copied script hoping to just lazily cash in.

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People who added this item 606 Average listal rating (394 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
How do you up the ante of a zombie flick that already raised the level of "reality-based" horror & therefore finally busted through the mired schlock that had infected the genre?
revealing the answer to that question would require some big-time spoiler,
so let me just say,
it's about time the films about the living dead starting showing some new signs of life.

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People who added this item 848 Average listal rating (623 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
The humans have almost been totally eliminated whilst the monkeys have progressively propagated (yeah yeah, I know.... this story is about apes, not monkeys.... it's just that, as everybody knows, describing these PotA films as "monkey movies" sounds much more humorous....).
And now, the smartened up simians have learned how to shoot guns and have thus turned our own weapons against us (NRA groups, are you listening?).
Oh woe, the future looks pretty bad for humankind, yet pretty damn good for the monkeys.
This planet has now seen a new dawn...
one that's full of those damn dirty apes!

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People who added this item 1150 Average listal rating (691 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.8
Here's an animalistic tale that's about an Australian talking pig that moves from small time lifestyle of the farm to the bustling streets of the big city. And to whom everyone refers to as "Babe".
Take out the Australian part, and you could easily be describing my last girlfriend. ('Ey, who do I talk to about having a "ba-dum-tish!" emoticon installed around here, anyway?)
An underrated and good intentioned sequel that never seems to get the kind of fair shakes that it deserves.

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Two years earlier, A band of bachelor partying buddies wake up on the "day after" to find that the group has a missing friend, a missing tooth and a missing mommy all collectively wrapped up in a missing memory of what exactly happened.
Backstepping through the City Of Sins, the three grown-up "katzenjammer kids" discovery that the happenings of what occurred the night before is a murky mystery wrapped in one raunchous riddle after another.
Jump to 20, the same group of party-hadry boys once again find themselves in almost the exact same situation, although this time, the backdrop of Bangkok Thailand.

The Hangover movies have become one of the biggest blockbusting comedy franchises to come out in years. And after experiencing the some of the lascivious out-loud laughter that resulted from these two first films, it's pretty easy to see why.
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People who added this item 1948 Average listal rating (1242 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7

To be honest, over-all, as a film, I liked 28 Weeks Later more than it's predecessor, 28 Days.
I thought that Days was much horror-like than it's sequel, but, for me, Weeks had a much more thrilling factor. I liked the increase of the non-stop action, and I found the plot to be more cohesive (whereas in the first movie, the antagonists seemed to change mid-thru, from the zombies to the stoney-hearted soldiers).
I mean, don't get me wrong, Weeks has enough to qualify itself into the category of the horror genre.
But Days felt like it had the creepiness factor in it's advantage since it's the film that first introduces the rabies-infected psuedo-zombies that liked to behave more like the running dead than they did the walking dead.
Either way , between the two films, the quality of the franchise so far is high enough that I'm glad to be able to include both of them on my list of fear-fraught favorites.
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People who added this item 817 Average listal rating (447 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
The Three Colours Trilogy was an emotional and ambitious project for famed Polish director Krzystof Kielowski in which he aimed to create three stories based on the three political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity. Which is why each film is titled on the colors of the French flag (Blue, White and Red).
Taking on the subject of equality as it's theme, White tells the tale of a man named Karol Karol, who after losing literally everything in his life, embarks on a series of acts with hopeful result of setting his life aright.

Despite some of it's darker plot elements and unlike it's movie brothers, White takes a lighter approach in it's unfolding of it's machinations (which may be due to it's color scheme). Considered as the "weakest" of the three Colours, it is nevertheless still regarded as one of the best films to come out of the year 1994.
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As the title of this movie suggests, this is part two of a documentary trilogy that reveals the behinds the scenes lifestyles of various music scenes in the L.A. area during the middle 80's through the early 90's. Obviously, the Metal Years focuses on the metal years & shows the excesses that many of the heavy metal bands of the time, big or small, indulged in and which led to the decline of many of them in this particular part of the Western world. And while the negative aspects of the headbanging way of life are typical of what we would expect within the perimeters of La-La Land,
when captured on film, they can reveal just how gruesome the glam of lead laden rock'n'roll can truly be.

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People who added this item 1843 Average listal rating (1177 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
Personally, while I really liked the first Addams Family flick, the truth is, I found this sequel to be alot wittier than it's predecessor. I point that out because we must remember that Values came out at a time when the idea of a sequel being better than the original was deathly rare.
Nowadays, when it comes to superior sequels, the theatres aren't exactly crawlin' with 'em, but still, there are definitely alot more now than then.

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Clint Eastwood excellently directs this tale of the pacific war from the view of a band Japanese.
A country in which the war is not just against the the Allies, but also in a war within itself between the new methods and technology of the new age against it's revered ancient traditions of honor for one's native land and emperor, not to mention against the obligational feelings towards own family.
Who knew that a tale about the "other side" would make such a great American movie?

Since it is usually considered more of a companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers, I debated whether on not to include Letters here on a sequels list. The inclusion of Charles W. Lindberg, played by Alessandro Mastrobuono, in both films is finally what made me decide to put it here, although I will not debate anyone who may feel otherwise.
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People who added this item 29 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
The Up Series is a continual set of documentary films that literally lasts a life time. Started in 1964, it documents a the lifespans of a select group of individuals, starting at the age of seven and constantly returning to their individual lives every seven years to update their progress in this journey that we all share.
The end result is a group of story-lines of real lives that cause the kind of deep reflection and introspection than can only come from being a spectator of human lives other than our own.

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Even though I respect the fact that in this movie, Hannibal Lector came along, with his fava beans and Chianti, and brought a certain level of high class to the concept of cannilbalism,
I must admit that, when it comes to having someone for dinner, I'm still a meat & potatoes kind of guy myself.

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People who added this item 3189 Average listal rating (2091 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8
The ante has been turned up on Jason Bourne as he learns more and more about his shadowy past while trying to maneuver through an international trail of espionage and conspiracies. And the one thing he learns as travels from one exotic location to the next, is that, despite his fragmented memories, with his innate abilities of that of a high level assassin still intact, this is a bumpy road he can move through as though he were born to ride.

In The Bourne Supremacy, the saga continues of the amnesiac assassin who tries to discover who or what he is before he can be "dealt with" by those who created him. The quality in which the manner of suspense, action and story-line are all meshed together here by director Paul Greemgrass, this second chapter of the Bourne franchise is what, in my opinion, makes this one of the best spies series ever on film.
And, yep, when I say that, I'm even including the one franchise that features that one 007 bloke.
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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
So far, the most updated amazing computer animation in any animated feature.
Simply put, the computer-generated visuals in this film truly have to be seen in order to be believed.
However, even though the story is solid, as the sci-fi epic that Appleseed's visuals aspire to be, it does lack some originality in it's plot-line. It is for this reason, combined with the indistinguisnness of the faces (as is usually common for most 3-D anime) that prevented this film from being ranked higher on this list, despite the fact that the graphics are, so far, some of the most favorite that my eyes have ever laid upon.
That said, there wasn't a frame in this movie where I just wasn't completely stunned with awe. The technical details and intricate designs in Ex Machina are some of the most striking ever to be generated on film.
The Transformers looks like they were created by Fisher-Price compared to the hardware these guys are wearing.
A true marvel to behold.

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People who added this item 132 Average listal rating (78 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Ripley's Game (2002)
Tom Ripley is a crime novel character whom I never heard of until the film adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley from 1999. After hearing that there was series of books based on this guy, I looked up the movie versions to give 'em a looksee. And I gotta say, this final installment of the cinematic series, Ripley's Game, is definitely my favorite of the bunch.
Labeled as a "dapper sociopath", Tom is a man who enjoys his creature comforts and does not mind attaining them through the use of dangerous scams and even murder. By the time of this story, he has amassed a body count of a serial killer and a lavish life of leisure. However, despite a conscience filled to the brim with amorality, Ripley finds himself acting the role of vengeful hero.
Brilliantly portrayed by John Malkovich, who dominates the persona of the character better than any other actor who played the role, this is a game that finds viewers rooting for a mass murderer before TV's Dexter made such a thing vogue.

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People who added this item 7410 Average listal rating (4969 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 9

Considering that it seems like everyone annd their grandma went out to go see this, do I really need to explain why this is one sequel that kix so much ass...?
Gotham City is falling apart, Bruce Wayne is becoming more distant, chaotic vigilantism is growing more rampant and on top of it all, there's some crazy make-up wearing Joker out there who's taking advantage of it all.

Christopher Nolan updates the Caped Crusader to modern standards, Christian Bale puts an overly husky voice to the cowl, and Heath Ledger in a final performance that marks a high point in his all too short career.

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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.8

Just when you thought that beauty had killed the beast for good, turns out that, apparently, the king had a prince.
Although, there are rumors that have been whispered throughout the jungle, that the albino mega gorilla might not really be the son of King and Queen Kong. Word is, that the Kongs' milk-gorilla (that the super sized simian's equivalent to a milkman) was also an albino).
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I am one of in the minority who likes this better than the Last Crusade. While I feel that LC's story was stronger and more down to Earth, for me, the Temple Of Doom action's sequences, while many times cartoonishly unrealistic, still were done with a lot of energy and suspense. Plus, IMO, the stunts didn't seem to try to copy the first Indy film as much as Crusade did. I remember all the hootin' and hollerin' that was going on the theater during TOD, whereas LC, as exciting as it was, didn't seem to invoke as much from the audience (at least, that was the case when I went to go see it). And when it comes to listing my favorites, there are times where my experience in the theater tends to influence my take on the film.

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I went and got this movie not just because the original 1978 Superman movie was & still is my second favorite movie of all time (The Godfather is my all time No. 1, for those of you still wondering), but also because, I kept hearing how Richard Donner's original script for the sequel was better than the one released back in 1980.
I must say, after watching this Cut, I don't agree. Maybe it's because of the childhood sentimentality that I hold for Supe's first two outings on the big screen, maybe it's because the iconic ending of Krypton's Last Son flying around the globe seems to fit better in the first film (IMO, anyways), or maybe it's just harder for me to see Donner's original vision via the different scene edits and jumbled outtakes and screen tests.

I could go into a much more lengthy discussion about this, but, since my movie lists are long enough as it is, I'll save that for another forum.
However, I will say that my disagreement is not so far away with the opinion of the majority when it comes to this subject. This Cut is still an excellent view as a movie, and for someone who grew up on these versions of Kal-El's cinematic exploits, it was exceptionally cool to catch a glimpse of what could've been almost a new chapter from the superhero film series that actually made me first believe that a man could fly.
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People who added this item 794 Average listal rating (500 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4
The follow-up to 1989's a Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers is a stop-motion with a British flavor that doesn't try to whack you over the head with it's look, humor or more importantly, with any kind of "universal life-lesson".
With it's distinction from other films is much more subtle and evenly consistent, the overall result of Wallace & Gromits second outing left me not so much with a roaring laughter that other animated features try to shoot for, but more with a satisfying smile that was firmly set in place from beginning to end.

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People who added this item 6256 Average listal rating (4203 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8
Only two words can be used to describe this movie: Bad @ss.
Not only is this Quentin's homage to martial arts flix, but it also includes homage's to anime and those funky, grainy 70's Bruce Lee's wannabe's that made us laugh with their unsynchronized voice-overs, jagged camera movements and b-level musical sound effects. And yet, he was able to combine all this in a manner that was just plain...
... bad-@ss.

Oh, and by the way,
out of sheer curiosity, I just performed the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart technique on myself, just to see if it works. Now, as I post this, I have just completed taking the 5 steps forward, and am now waiting to see if anything will actually happ

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In this immensely successful sequel (one of the first to be so successful) , the Frankenstein Monster learns to talk, smoke a cigar, and on a social level, put himself "out there".
Now while he and the Bride give a new meaning to the term "made for each other", for any few of you who've never seen this movie,
I won't spoil it for you by revealing whether or not she accepts his proposal or not.

Lest to say that the fact that the name the follow-up film to this follow-up film is Son Of Frankenstein bears no reflection to the outcome of this movie.
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People who added this item 1157 Average listal rating (764 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Okay, after his intro in the first movie, Supes finally gets to take the kid gloves off, kick some real @ss & take names. The three rogue Kryptonians have landed, to reveal to the Last Son of Krypton that he's not exactly the last son of Krypton.
And even though Supe-2 isn't as good as the first one, it's still pretty soild for a sequel, especially back when good sequels were rarer than last sons of Krypton. And even more especially for a comicbook nerd such as myself (this fact, along with that I'm also a sci-fi geek when it comes to movies, will explain the rankings of certain titles as I get closer to #1).
Even the infamous out-of-left-field "wtf" moment when Supes pulls off a big plastic-wrap S insignia off his chest during the climatic battle is negated by the dynamic quality & the strength of the Lois Lane/Clark Kent romance subplot.
A subplot whereupon the mighty Kal-El must learn that with great power comes not only great responsibility, but also, great sacrifice too.

The fact that I have this movie so high up on my, even with it's high content of "cheese" is a just an indication of how much of a comicbook nerd I am.
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The grand epic tale of how to get rid of a ring of tremendous evil power and influence continues (something that I'm sure most divorcees can relate to). In this second chapter to the Jackson film series, scattered members of the Fellowship find themselves in various depths of Middle-Earth, but all with equally dangerous levels of peril on the paths of their journey, thanks to the minions of Sauron, who has virtually taken control of the mystic realm.

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People who added this item 740 Average listal rating (505 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.7

Okay, let's get the obvious part out of the way:
This sequel does not and never stood a chance of being comparable to the original.
However as far as sequels go (particularly at the time it was made, when most blockbuster follow-ups were rarely any good at all),
Jaws 2 didn't pretty well with what it had.
Suspenseful, thrilling, and a story that explained the coming of a second shark in manner that didn't insult the viewer's intelligence.
It may have not kept as many people out of the water as much as the first film, but with that lack of big backing from Spielberg that it had, it kept it's fair share of beach-goers dry.
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People who added this item 4999 Average listal rating (3314 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9
The first Toy Story was a computer generated movie that showed how sophisticated graphics can be integrated into a really top quality and well defined story.
One whose visuals matched it's plot in emphasizing the vibrant third dimensional warmth and color that was starting to become more and more "faded" in the tired 2-D animated family films that movie producers had seemed to be wearily cranking out at the time.
The sequel not only managed to continue this tricky balancing trick, but according to who you talk to, maybe even surpassed it.

The succession in quality for this film series was so consistent, that by the time we get to the third installment, we end up with one of the most successful, critically & financially, animated film franchise series of all time.
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People who added this item 1382 Average listal rating (941 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
While this movie couldn't match the spontaneous quality of it's predecessor, back when this came out, it was still rare for a sequel to reach the level of both box-office and financial success that this one did. The romance between the Rock and Adrian flows wonderfully into it's next level as two people trying to form a unity based on each other's distinct personalities. Carl Withers is not forgotten as Apollo Creed as this installment enters deeper into the life of the champ who's titleship comes into question. And even Mickey manages to surprise us by revealing some of the heart that seemed hopelessly buried beneath his years-long thick crust of curmudgeon hide.
As a follow up to the the first film, the plot in Rocky's second crack at the world belt felt like an natural extension of the story that had begun in the first film and not just as a sequel out to cash in on the success of that initial effort.

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The Man With No Name returns, but now, he comes with a name, ("Manco"....?), teams up with a partner (Col. Mortimer) and this time around, is out for more than just a fistful of dollars.

This follow-up to the first Dollars movie is an excellent example that shows that when it comes to starring in Westerns, Clint Eastwood, who's gun by now has traveled several times into the Ol' West, has begun to develop a taste for cowboy chronicles with a more Oriental flavor, but piled high with spaghetti.
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