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Old 01-15-06, 03:43 AM
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Trilogies where the third movie isn't the weakest

It's become pretty common to denote the third movie of a trilogy as the weakest, but what movie trilogies or quadrilogies (just take off the fourth for this) can you say where the third one is not the weakest of the three movies?
Indiana Jones- The Last Crusade, all great films, but i think and many also show the opinion of liking it over Temple of Doom.

Die Hard- Die Hard w/ a Vengeance- I think it is an improvement over DH2 which seemed to be a bit ridiculous to me, this one was better thought out and the brother going for vengeance making it more probable.

Mad Max- Beyond Thunderome has aged like wine. Being after the the 2nd it was tough to live up to what everyone envisioned should be, Max is a different guy in each movie, bravo to Miller for not rehashing a similar story and instead bringing something totally new, again i appreciate how Ebert said back in '85 that the trilogy just got better as it went along with a more visionary world brought out. Prefer this one over MM1, all great flicks though.

Deathstalker- DS and the Warriors from Hell, this is actually a quadrilogy with the last being weakest. The third one is much more funner and enjoyable with a better plot than the 1st one. The only unreleased one on dvd i hope will get a much needed treatment in all its fullness from Corman's (exec producer) recent deal w/ Disney to release his library of films.
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Die Hard With a Vengeance was my first thought too.

Even though it went away from the Horror/Comedy thing to more of a Action/Comedy, I think most people think of Army of Darkness as a pretty worthy third installment.
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I think Goldmember is 100 times funnier than The Spy Who Shagged Me. I really don't care for that one....or Heather Graham's acting in it. blah

The New SW Trilogy: ROTS is easily better than its 2 predecessors.
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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly is the third from The Man With No Name trilogy and my favourite.
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Smokey and the Bandit 3.

...I keed, I keed.
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I second LotR: RotK being better than LotR:TT.
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Originally Posted by TheMadMonk
I second LotR: RotK being better than LotR:TT.
I'll third it. Each movie improved on the one before.
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I'd disagree with the Mad Max and Die Hard trilogies. The middle film in those trilogies were better than the third and final films. I'd also have to disagree with LOTR. ROTK was the weakest of those films. TTT and FOTR both were superior films.

The prequels. ROTS was much better than AOTC and TPM. I distinguish Star Wars as two seperate trilogies. Perhaps the Three Colours and The Man With No Name trilogies. I also agree that The Last Crusade is a better film than Temple of Doom.

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Originally Posted by run1
"Three Colours: Red"
Bingo.

Even though all 3 films were simply amazing.
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Originally Posted by TheMadMonk
I second LotR: RotK being better than LotR:TT.
I agree, especially if you've seen the Extended Edition DVD's.
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"The Godather, part III"

*runs like hell*
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Although I really liked the first, the third Infernal Affairs was really well done and closed the trilogy nicely.
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Nothing new, but agree with all of these choices.

LOTR. ROTK was my second favorite, FOTR is the best though.
The Last Crusade
Die Hard with A Vengance
Revenge of the Sith. Can't touch the orignals, but miles bette thant he first 2 prequels.
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temple of doom is so much better than last crusade....

agreed with die hard
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The easy ones are Revenge of the Sith and The Last Crusade for their respective trilogies. I'd be really hard-pressed to find another. Red is a good one, but none of those movies are really weaker than the other two. I would say Alien 3, then run away, but according to Fox, it's a "Quadrilogy," and Alien: Resurrection, the last in the series, is a real turd. Hrm.

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IMO:

Blade: Trinity is better than Blade II (but that's more because I hate B2 and not as much praise for B:T).
Porky's Revenge is better than Porky's II.
American Wedding is better than American Pie 2 (although with the release of Band Camp I'm not 100% sure if this still counts as a trilogy).
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temple of doom is so much better than last crusade....

agreed with die hard
Agreed on both. The sloppy and uninspired LAST CRUSADE is easily the weekest of the three, whereas DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE blows away the second film (which I still kinda like.) It's just that DH3 does such a great job of keeping up the tension through action and humor and it really is a love letter to THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123, which is also a great thing.

It's not a trilogy by any means but the Bond films really found their ultimate groove with the third entry, GOLDFINGER.

I would also agree that ARMY OF DARKNESS is a strong third film and is my favorite of the EVIL DEAD trilogy. I would love to see what Sam Raimi would do with a huge, SPIDER-MAN-sized budget for a future Ash misadventure.

THE EXORCIST III is far superior to the second film and, in my opinion, holds its own quite well against the original. It's an intelligent, amusing and terrifying film, truly an underappreciated gem of the genre. Plus, it has the scariest moment I've ever experienced in any movie, ever. (Oh wait, I totally forgot about the two semi-aborted prequels. It's probably better that way.)
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Surprised nobody's mentioned Back to the Future: Part III yet. Or do people really like Part II? I put it on a few weeks ago, for the first time in years, and could barely get through it all.

Agreed with many of the others (Die Hard, Star Wars prequels). I go back and forth on Indy flicks. Temple of Doom seemed like such a turn from the original, but Last Crusade was just a rehash of Raiders threw a bunch of slapsticky-type humor into the mix, and turned Sallah and Brody into near-buffoons at times. So, gotta go with Temple of Doom being better, for originality alone.
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I like part II and III about equally, I kind of consider the 3 BTTF movies to be about equal, with the first being a tad better than the other 2.
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I really like BTTF III a lot, and IMO it is just a little better than II (which, unfairly, gets a bad rap from some people).

Die Hard 3 is just a tad better than 2 (although I like DH 2 a lot), and I've got to agree with The Last Crusade edging out Temple of Doom.
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Beverly Hills Cop III
SW Ep III is better than ep I or II
agree with Die Hard with a Vengience
Oh God, You Devil, better than Book II but not near as good as the original

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