Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Top Five: Movie Trilogies

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull permits mere mortals to cower before its glory at midnight tonight (buzz is mixed, though I don’t think many people have actually seen it) and in honor of what has apparently been deemed a national holiday, I've compiled a list of my Top Five Movie Trilogies. In a way, this is also a requiem, since the release of Crystal Skull means the Indiana Jones movies are no longer a trilogy. (A quadlogy? Rombology? Get back to me, grammar police). Whether this proves to be a good thing or a bad thing…Well, one of you guys will have to let us know, because there’s no way in hell I’m going to a theatre at midnight on a school night.

In descending order:

5. Lord of the Rings: Gorgeous to look at, relatively easy to understand, these movies got an anti-D&D skeptic like me into fantasy, if only just for a few hours. Some Shire folk would probably list LotR and the best trilogy of all time. Considering how many elves and gnomes it contained, that fact it made my Top Five is an accomplishment.

4. Evil Dead: In a perfect world, there’d be no natural disasters, we’d all own yachts, and Bruce Campbell would be the mega star he deserves to be. I think Evil Dead II was technically a re-make of the original Evil Dead rather than a sequel, but whatever. Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness are probably the three funniest-and-yet-also-kinda-scary horror spoofs ever made. The fact that they’re also the only flicks of that genre is beside the point.

3. The Bourne Movies: What action movies should be: Smart, exciting, globetrotting, and full of Matt Damon.

2. Star Wars (original): Liking the three original Star Wars movies doesn’t mean you’re a nerd any more; it means you have a soul. So campy, yet so much fun, and when you stand them up to the wooden, CGI-drenched prequels, you realize also so full of heart

1. Indian Jones Movies: Ba ba da da, ba ba daaaa. Ba ba da da, ba ba da da da! I’ve grown to love these movies even more as I get older because when you’re old and cynical you realize how rare good adventure movies are. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was on a par, but the sequels pulled it down to the depths of Davy Jones’ Locker. (Pirate humor. Y’ar!). Indiana Jones kept it going through three great films. Here’s hoping the fourth doesn’t ruin it.

Still ab fab, after all these years.


Red said...

I'd say:

1. Indiana Jones
2. Bourne Movies
3. Back to the Future
4. Lord of the Rings
5. Star Wars

I imagine The Godfather would be on there two once I see the last film (though, I hear it sucks, but the first two more than warrant a place on any such list).

Liz said...

I would have put The Godfather, except I've never seen 3 either. Back to the Future almost made it, but I think the second one is kind of cheesy.

BeckEye said...

What, no love for the Look Who's Talking trilogy? ;)

Garney said...

The 5 best no one has mentioned yet:
1. Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors
2. Robert Rodriguez's Mariachi Trilogy
3. X-Men
4. The Naked Gun
5. Lord of the Rings animated

Dave H said...

Evil Dead is pretty sweet.

Look Who's Talking, even sweeter.

I mean it's a KID, but he talks like a GROWN-UP!! How those Hollywood magicians pull it off, we'll never know...

pistols at dawn said...

What about Air Bud? I mean, sure, you'd have to pick only three, but I think Golden Receiver, World Pup, and 7th Inning Fetch are all classics.

doorknob_dan said...

5. Death of a Salesman 1, 2, 3
4. Apocalypse Now, Apocalyse Then, Apocalypse Later On
3. Breakfast At Tiffanys, Lunch At Tiffanys, Take-Out From Tiffanys
2. A Clockwork Orange, A Tickityboo Purple, Mauve Crazy Movie Making Mostly No Sense
1. Saving Private Ryan, Saving Sergeant Bob, Screw Major Tim - We're Saving Our Own Asses.