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10 Sequels Better Than the Original

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight
We live in the Age of the Sequel. Studios want franchises with multiple sequels, and increasingly, shared movie universes copied on the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While sequel fatigue may be creeping into many movie goers minds, the fact is that sequels are here to stay. Sequels do have advantages over original films. They have a built-in audience connection, the opportunity for deep character exploration and the chance to build large and challenging plot lines that wouldn’t be possible in a single installment. When filmmakers take advantage of these unique tools, the sequel can even eclipse the film that inspired it. The best sequels build on and expand great films. Here are 10 films where the sequel managed to top (even by the slimmest of margins) the original.

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Top 10: Movie Shootouts of All-Time

CineFix is, again, for film lovers, one of the best content producers on YouTube, constantly throwing up thought-provoking lists that are unique that each entry on it tends to summarize an entire category.  For example, for this Top 10 Shootouts List, there’s battles, international films, science fiction films, westerns, etc.  While their lists don’t always line up with what mine would be, I often learn a lot, and at least four from their list would undoubtedly make mine including their #1.  First, as a content warning, this is a top ten list about gun violence so it is obviously violent and thus fair warning is given. Continue reading Top 10: Movie Shootouts of All-Time

Top 5: Scenes from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (IMDB Top 250 #8)

Clint Eastwood, The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Every month we take a look at a movie on the Internet Movie Database’s List of the the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME.  These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column.  These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall.  We’re on our eighth installment in this series.  Click on the links for The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Dark Knight, Pulp Fiction Schindler’s List, and 12 Angry Men to check out previous installments.

It’s the film the term “Spaghetti Western” is most associated with and one of, if not the, most famous Western ever made.  It’s the final film in the “Dollars Trilogy” that Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leonne made, and Clint Eastwood’s iconic character “The Man With No Name” was named by Empire Magazine as one of the 50 Best Characters in Film History.  For all that, and as much as I respect it as a film, this isn’t one of my favorite movies.  The reason for that is that I’m a words person.  If Aaron Sorkin writes something where people are spewing paragraphs like they have guns to their heads and walking quickly through an office….I’m a happy guy.  In the first half-hour of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, there may be a paragraph’s worth of words…..maybe.  It’s simply a style preference and you can’t deny it’s impact on the genre and the awesomeness of The Man with No Name as we’re a year shy of its 50th anniversary of release.  And Ennio Moriconne’s classic score IS the music for the Western genre and some of the most famous notes in film history.  Here are my favorite moments.

1. The Showdown

It’s the ultimate gunfight: simple as that. This is possibly the scene that makes Clint Eastwood the icon he always will be; the biggest Western star of all-time (sorry John Wayne, but it’s true).

2. Rescuing Tuco

I love the scam that Blondie and Tuco have going where he’s continually turning Tuco (and can we just pause to acknowledge one of the best supporting characters ever?) authorities to be hanged, then saving him at the last minute by shooting off the noose.

3. Our Partnership is Untied

No one is really “good” in this film, it’s just that Blondie comes the closest. Figuring that they’ve capped out on Tuco’s usefulness as a hanging dummy, Blondie drops him in the desert and we’re treated to a beautiful stream of Eli Wallach outraged insults.

4. Blue or Gray?

The setting for the film is shortly after the Civil War and this particular miscalculation in estimating sides is probably the funniest  moment in the film.  Stupid dust.

5. Tucco’s Final Insult

Here’s an occasion where Leonne’s style does work.  At the end of the film, balanced on a cross surrounded by gold, strung up once again, Tuco’s not sure if he’s going to be saved this time and the acting Wallach does in conveying the tension is just beautiful.

 

The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Clint Eastwood

 

 

 

RIP – The Good The Bad and The Ugly’s Eli Wallach Has Passed

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Tough year for great character actors.  Another one passes on today: Eli Wallach, most known for The Good The Bad and the Ugly, has died at 98.  Coming Soon’s full obituary is below. Continue reading RIP – The Good The Bad and The Ugly’s Eli Wallach Has Passed