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Top Five Sequels of All Time 

Top Five Sequels of All Time

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Top Five Sequels of All Time

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Sergio Msaid on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:28:16 AM
I totally think LOTR: Return of the King should have been there over at least Toy Story 3. Toy Story 3 was a pretty good movie but doesn't hold the lasting power of the previous 2 movies. I was kinda bored watching TS3 the second time. As far as Harry Potter, yea, that would be on the list perhaps at like number 120 or something.

Christopher Zeidelsaid on Thursday, August 25, 2011 1:15:04 PM
Interesting that you have a couple of recent films on your list like The Dark Knight and Toy Story 3. I know that some ignore recent films when discussing the greatest movies of all time. I don't think I agree with The Dark Knight, however. I found it to suffer from a similar problem as Spider-Man 3 in which there are too many subplots that are disconnected, which gives the film structural problems and makes it confusing. I am glad you chose Terminator 2, Empire Strikes Back, and of course Godfather II as they are definitely among the greatest sequels of all time.

Brucesaid on Friday, July 29, 2011 3:31:05 PM

Good list. When I think of sequels, the great ones... I think more continuation than sequel. The themes and motifs are fleshed out and exposed. You see further over the mountain, than you did before. Each of your films does that. But I can think of a few more.

Guy Hamilton's Goldfinger (1964)

It's a Bond film, based on a novel by Ian Fleming. However, as far as function, as far a further vision, as far as being made because of Dr. No and From Russia With Love. This IS a sequel. And as such, it should be included. The golden woman, Shirley Bassey singing "GOLDFINGER...", Oddjob, Pussy Galore... This is the perfect follow-up.

Sergio Leone's The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

The U.S. theartical cut is Quentin Tarantino's favorite film. And I for one can't blame him. Technically a prequel, this furthers Leone's themes to a fever pitch of Morricone music and tight close-ups. This is 2 1/2 hours of film perfection. This took the first two Dollars films, and turned it into The Godfather of Spaghetti Westerns.

George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978)

This took Night of the Living Dead (1968) and stuck it in a shopping mall. Yet.. that one move took a low-budget sensation and made it nightmare. The "Network" of horror movies, Dawn's satire takes Night's themes and skews them forward in shocking fashion. You will never look at a shopping mall the same, or the horror movie. Those final end titles are unforgettable.

These should be included in any list of the best sequels. Thank you.

veniasaid on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 7:05:32 PM
Thank you for nod to the Empire Strikes back. Of all the movies this is a the tops of my list and nothing comes close to it. I do have to admit I love Return of the Jedi just as much, I don't know why fans don't like it as much. I felt the 3rd movie was a fitting in to the saga and luke redeeming his father is a classic scene for me a real hero, but I guess I am alone but thanks for the star wars nod.

Ezra Cuberosaid on Sunday, July 24, 2011 9:23:35 PM
This is a great list.

For me my top 5 are Toy Story 2 and 3, The Dark Knight, Terminator 2, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (as a whole).

Rick Blainesaid on Thursday, July 14, 2011 4:33:45 AM
Solid list. GF2 is an obvious pick; Aliens and T2 are probably two of the top five action movies ever; and anyone who even mentions Empire Strikes Back in the same sentence as the prequels should be slapped repeatedly.

...but I can't believe you put Toy Story 3 in there over Toy Story 2. Don't get me wrong, TS3 was great...but TS2, in my opinion, is the best family movie (i.e., truly suitable for ALL ages) ever made.

Regarding The Dark Knight - eh, OK...but it kills me that MOST people keep talking about it, and even Inception (which was awesome), without mentioning Nolan's best film, Memento, and his best work as a director (i.e., a story teller) in The Prestige.

Hayden Lanesaid on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 4:48:51 PM
Could not have hit the mark better, Richard. Although the first Godfather is one of my all time favorite films, there are times where I debate with myself on whether or not the second one is better.

david bornsteinsaid on Saturday, July 09, 2011 1:32:03 PM
I agree with Richard, there is not a better movie or sequel ever then The GoDFATHER 1 & 2

Matt Schmitzsaid on Saturday, July 09, 2011 12:26:45 AM
Richard Roeper, you make fun but when I saw "Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach" at age 12, it got a standing ovation from the audience at a climactic moment when Commandant Lassard finally karate chops his crook captor and saves himself. Bizarre, but it happened. "Godfather Part II" indeed.

MIKE NAVISsaid on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 9:26:44 PM
perfect choice Richard for the #1 sequel. However, I do feel that GF3 is very underrated. Whats the deal with the clips?? most of them are either from GF1 and GF3

Reply from Richard Roeper
Sorry for that. Not sure why Team Reelz included clips from GF1 and GF3 in the original piece, but we've fixed it.




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