A trilogy of the Best Trilogies.

I’ve done a few best of lists in the past, this one is going to be a bit different. This list as you may have guessed, is about three (or four I might have cheated a bit) of the best trilogies ever made, and why.

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Here’s where the cheating starts, I have two trilogies tied for third. The original Star Wars trilogy (movies 4,5 and 6), and the Batman trilogy of movies (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises). The trilogy of batman centric movies made by Christopher Nolan are revered for having the movie touted as proof that comic book movies can be made and taken seriously in Batman Begins, and for having what many consider the best comic book movie ever made in The Dark Knight. The trilogy wrapped itself up nicely in The Dark Knight Rises, though most would agree it was the weakest of the series.

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The original Star Wars trilogy was the start of something people had never experienced before, and almost a paradigm shift in the way movies were made. Though the second half of a planned six movie series, the original trilogy consisted of movies 4,5 and 6 or A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of The Jedi. These movies, were able to bridge the gaps between genres, and between fan and critical appeal.

No. 2

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The Toy Story Trilogy. If i asked you what the numbers 100, 100 and 99 have in common, Toy Story may not be what comes to mind, but those are actually the Rotten Tomatoes scores for each movie in the trilogy. Each year the movies were released, also saw them as some of the most highly rated films by critics and by the box office for the year. That’s something that is incredible hard to do by individual movies, far less over the course of three movies over a few years.

Honorable Mention

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So a bit more cheating here, but before we get to number one, I have an honorable mention that barely didn’t make it onto the list. The Bourne Trilogy (we don’t count that Jeremy Renner one #sorrynotsorry) is one of the few trilogies, that genuinely got better with each iteration. Many trilogy suffer from having the best movie being the second movie, because it usually sets the bar too high for the finale to live up to. Each movie in the Bourne series both raised the bar, and then delivered in spades.

No. 1

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This should come as no surprise, but the number one trilogy of all time, goes to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Starting with the mere fact, that the Lord of the Rings trilogy has received 30 academy award nominations, and 17 wins no less, including a clean sweep of 11 noms and 11 wins for the final movie in the trilogy, this trilogy is the most well decorated of all time. This series is probably also the best example of how movies that are being adapted for the screen, don’t need to be 100% faithful to the source material to be just as good.

What do you think of my list? Any better trio of movies out there you think  I left out? Leave a comment below.

 

Cheers.

Review : The Night Before

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“On Christmas eve, three lifelong friends, two of whom are Jewish, spend the night in New York City looking for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.”

This is one of those movies, that can easily go either way depending on the kind of comedies you like. This movie does prescribe to a particular kind of humour, as one might expect looking at the cast it does have, and that really is most of what will make or break this movie. There is a good bit of graphic humour, and use of nudity, but for the most part i though it fit. Also like a few previous Seth Rogen movies, its not all jokes all the way through, there is a great attempt here to have a story and emotional hooks, that for the most part do work and pay off. The jokes when they do come are mostly good, with a good sprinkling of really great laugh out loud moments that you never see coming. There is also a role in this movie, that could be considered an extended cameo, that is really some of the funniest stuff this movie bring to the audience. This is also a pretty solid movie as a whole, and that helps it a lot when it’s not slinging the jokes. If you’re a fan of the kind of movies you are accustomed to from the talent involved here, you will have a great time with this movie.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Review : The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2

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“As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.”

The end to the Hunger Games series…Yes. A fitting conclusion…Maybe. The explosive finally…No. The final chapter in the Hunger Games franchise is finally here, and its a mixed bag indeed. The good is that, there is still all he tension and suspense from part 1 of this two-parter, and it does pick up right where the first left off. The pacing of this movie though does mirror the first, but it also has some dead spots that drag the film to a crawl at times. Also the Katniss, Peeta and Gale love triangle we have had since the start, really starts to run thin in this movie, to the point where i feel those scenes could have been cut and helped streamline the movie. The action scenes when they do happen however are very well done. They do feel very much like the stakes are very high, and they mirror the brutality of the games. Those games however, were really always going to be the make or break part of these last two instalments. The lack of the games seems most evident in this movie, as it in itself seems like just an extended second half to a movie, rather than something that was truly needed to tell this story in the best possible way. All in all the Hunger Games franchise goes out on a bit a whimper, rather than a bang.

Review Score : 6.5 out of 10

In Case you Missed It

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind :

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a film that takes us on a deep dive into an idea. The idea of who we are to other people, and how that effects our lives. This is tackled through the use of memories as a means by which to visually represent this idea. The movie confronts us with the idea of being able to undergo a medical procedure to totally remove the memories of someone from out mind.

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In what is probably the best turn of acting we have seen so far from usually funny man Jim Carrey, his introverted and underplayed Joel is balanced perfectly by the extroverted and over done Clementine played by Kate Winslet. The story itself revolves mostly around there relationship, and the many ups and down they face as both very flawed human beings, just looking for their own peace of mind.

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The story also follows some very interesting and intertwined side plots with characters that over lap in organic ways that help carry forward the narrative. Playing with the themes of memories allows the film to take some more stylistic and artistic choices in its cinematography and the way it seamlessly blends aspects of memories with current versions of the characters.

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Directed by Michel Gondry and staring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo and more, Eternal Sunshine part phsycological thriller, part drama, part comedy, part romance, but all great movie. Totally worth the time for anyone who is a fan of intelligent film making, good acting and greatly executed concepts.

Review : Ghost in the Shell (2015)

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“In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate.”

In 1995, the original Ghost in the Shell movie made a huge splash on the way a lot of people viewed “anime” and what the animation medium could accomplish. 20 years later, the newest Ghost in the Shell movie is back on the big screen. This incarnation, formally tittles Ghost in the Shell : The new Movie, so i’m just going to use the tag 2015 of this one. The animation is in the classic style we know and love from all Ghost in the Shell properties past, but it does seem very so slightly more fluid to reflect its newness. This movie also doesn’t fail to bring the hard hitting action scenes the series is known for, but they do share the screen with equal parts story telling and drama. The movie does let down a bit in the story area, as the plot seems at times to be more convoluted than complex, and with the fast pace of the film, it can be hard to follow at times. The conclusion of the story does also leave something to be desired, but it is partially made up for by the call back to that 1995 film, in the last few minutes of this film. Ghost in the Shell fans will find a lot to like to here, where more casual fans of this type of animation might feel a bit over whelmed.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

Review : The Peanuts Movie

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“Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home.”

Charles M. Schulz created The Peanuts comic strip over 50 years ago, and finally in 2015 I think its pretty safe to say we have reached a true and great realisation of the style and spirit of the Peanuts gang. Anyone who was worried about the jump to 3D animation honestly need not worry at all. The animation of Peanuts is simply stunning, and really adds to the story and characters that we have come to know and love. All of our favourites are back here too, and Snoopy and Woodstock have never been better. This movie also has a great message, and meaning for all watching it, adults and children a like. There are also things here for both of those groups to like and appreciate. The Peanuts Movie is a great story about being who we are, and that what we do, and what matters most to other people is the way we treat people, and the decisions we make when we don’t think anyone is looking.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : Spectre

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“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”

Straight of the top, this movie is BEAUTIFUL, and i mean absolutely gorgeous and stunning. The entire team here does an amazing job, from cinematography, to set design, to production design, to all of it. This movie also starts with ones of the best if not the best bond intro scene, starting especially with a great tracking shot through a day of the dead parade. Spectre really and thoroughly does bring the story of both these new series of Bond movies, and the character they have been building come full circle since Casino Royale. We are now back in the vein of the old James Bond movies, and the character himself has now become those bonds, and a bit less of the gritty, rough and tumble Bond we have had so far. There are some draw backs however. The return of the Bond of old is great and all, but i definitely think that a lot of that will be lost on the general audience. The story also seems to wander at times, and even though it is going forward, it still seemed a bit unfocused. Lea Seydoux, is an vision as always, and the rest of the Bond team is also really good here. All in all, Spectre is probably the 3rd best Bond movie, of these new 4 movies, but thats not to say it isn’t really good, and that it’s not worth seeing especially in cinemas.

Review Score : 8 out of 10