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Old 08-23-09, 02:17 PM
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50 Greatest Ever Movie Sequels (as by Empire)

Didn't see this posted yet.

The list can be found here.

50. Shrek 2
49. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
48. Infernal Affairs II
47. Airplane 2: The Sequel
46. Star Trek: First Contact
45. The Naked Gun 2 1/2
44. Hellboy II
43. 28 Weeks Later
42. Blade II
41. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
40. The Four Musketeers
39. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
38. Die Hard With A Vengeance
37. Halloween III
36. Mission: Impossible III
35. Back To The Future Part III
34. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
33. Gremlins 2: The New Batch
32. Scream 2
31. Return to Oz
30. Lethal Weapon 2
29. Dawn Of The Dead
28. Manon Des Sources
27. Addams Family Values
26. The Color Of Money
25. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
24. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
23. Back To The Future Part II
22. Spider-Man II
21. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
20. Desperado
19. Day Of The Dead
18. The Bourne Ultimatum
17. Wes Craven's New Nightmare
16. The French Connection 2
15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
14. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
13. Batman Returns
12. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
11. X2
10. Evil Dead II
09. Superman II
08. Before Sunset
07. The Bourne Supremacy
06. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
05. The Dark Knight
04. Toy Story 2
03. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
02. The Godfather Part II
01. Aliens

There's a lot of this list that I think Empire got dead wrong, but there's some few under appreciated sequels that they got right.

Happy to see Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and Gremlins 2 get love; but Day of the Dead is not a better film than Dawn of the Dead.
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Old 08-23-09, 02:24 PM
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Re: 50 Greatest Ever Movie Sequels (as by Empire)

DVDTalkers listing examples of why this list is invalid in 4... 3... 2...
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Looks like any other list I have ever seen from any other entertainment magazine or website. Some good items, some bad, and some downright ugly.
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Old 08-23-09, 03:41 PM
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I like Day of the Dead a bit more than Dawn of the Dead. The makeup is a LOT better, the human villians a LOT more compelling, and it's got BUB! The major advantage that Dawn has is that the group of heroes are more compelling but Day doesn't spend 99% of the film focusing on the heroes so it's not too big of a deal. (FYI: Love them both)
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Dawn is miles ahead of Day IMO.
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I stopped reading at #50. Okay, I lied. I peaked at #49 and it justified my decision.
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If they're going to disqualify the LOTR movies as not being true sequels, I don't think BTTF3 should count, as it was shot back to back with BTTF2.

I really thought Spider-Man 2 would be higher, as it seemed like it got a lot of hype.
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Aliens over Godfather Part 2?
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Did Empire forget that there were sequels made before the 1980s? No Bride?
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
I stopped reading at #50. Okay, I lied. I peaked at #49 and it justified my decision.
Hell, I was about to post the exact same thing.
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What a fucking shitty list.
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If they're going to disqualify the LOTR movies as not being true sequels, I don't think BTTF3 should count, as it was shot back to back with BTTF2.

I really thought Spider-Man 2 would be higher, as it seemed like it got a lot of hype.
Neither should the Four Musketeers, since basically they had too much footage for one movie and turned it into two.
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Wouldn't Manon of the Spring not qualify then?
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Gremlins 2 better than the original? WTF?
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Happy to see Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and Gremlins 2 get love; but Day of the Dead is not a better film than Dawn of the Dead.
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Gremlins 2 better than the original? WTF?
The piece never said that the sequels were better than the originals, just that they were good.
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True but the placement of Day implies that they consider it better than Dawn.
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What a joke. Hello? The Road Warrior
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I think Manon Des Sources should be ranked MUCH higher than 28.
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Old 08-23-09, 07:09 PM
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I still say The Empire Strikes Back is the greatest sequel, because it is (depends who you ask), either as great as Star Wars, or better. Plus, it doesn't rehash ANYTHING from the original movie, which Return of the Jedi does.

I still say Godfather II is not better then Godfather I, and T2 is not better then T1. I am not a huge Alien/Aliens fan, so I couldn't be partial about that.

The Dark Knight is alot better then Batman Begins, but I wouldn't put Batman Begins in the classic range of Star Wars or Godfather, so The Dark Knight didn't have as huge expectations going in.
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No Puppet Master II?
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Holy shit. They put some of the worst sequels ever on that list.
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The Real List:

25 Greatest Sequels Ever (in chronological order):

TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934)
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)
FLASH GORDON’S TRIP TO MARS (1938)
ROAD TO UTOPIA (1945)
COURAGE OF LASSIE (1945)
ATOM MAN VS. SUPERMAN (1950)
DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS (1954)
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1967)
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (1967)
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)
WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1968)
EXORCIST II (1977)
URUSEI YATSURA: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER (1984)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA II (1991)
SWORDSMAN III: THE EAST IS RED (1993)
GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1993)
PATLABOR 2 (1993)
DRUNKEN MASTER II (1994)
GAMERA 3: THE REVENGE OF IRIS (1999)
TENCHI FOREVER (1999)
GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (2004)
PUNISHER: WAR ZONE (2008)
CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE (2009)

And there isn't a single one on Empire's list that's on mine.

(And three of them directed by Mamoru Oshii!)

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I like that Temple of Doom is ranked higher than Last Crusade. I agree with that.

I'm also really glad to see Aliens above Godfather II. I feel Godfather II is a bit overrated. I would also have put T2 and Empire Strikes Back above it.

Dark Knight would have been about #20 on my list. Way way way overrated.

Gremlins 2 being higher than The Lost World is a joke. I don't know how Gremlins 2 even got on this list.
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I like that Temple of Doom is ranked higher than Last Crusade. I agree with that.

I'm also really glad to see Aliens above Godfather II. I feel Godfather II is a bit overrated. I would also have put T2 and Empire Strikes Back above it.

Dark Knight would have been about #20 on my list. Way way way overrated.

Gremlins 2 being higher than The Lost World is a joke. I don't know how Gremlins 2 even got on this list.
I was just about to post the same thing about Temple of Doom...for me it ranks just behind Raiders for my favorite in the series. Movie doesn't get much love though(hell...even Spielberg doesn't really care for it).

And Mission: Impossible III happens to be on tv right now as I type this. I was just commenting to my wife that it's too bad it came out how looney Tom Cruise is right around the release date....it really is a good action movie.

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Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
The Real List:
I'll give you credit, you managed to make a worse list than Empire did. I didn't think it was possible.
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