Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Second time around, the five best movie sequels ever

In the issue number 172 of VideoWatchdog, esteemed film scholar and genre expert Tim Lucas interviews writer/director Quentin Tarantino. In the article Quentin names his top fifty movie sequels of all time.

As you might suspect, it is a terrific and diverse list and delivered with colorful commentary as the iconic filmmaker discusses them with interviewer Lucas. Among the highlights and pleasant surprises are the inclusion of “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” which Quentin calls “…a MAD Magazine spoof but at feature length and it completely works”, and “Amityville II: The Possession” which he says “…has one of the best, most disturbingly sexy stories of incest in any horror film, or practically any movie.”
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Here is a list of this writer’s top five movie sequels of all time.

"The Godfather Part II" (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola

“Senator? You can have my answer now, if you like. My final offer is this: nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.” Michael Corleone.

“Hellbound: Hellraiser II” (1988) directed by Tony Randel

Dark, kinky, erotic, imaginative, wickedly gory, and even magical at times, this twisted, sexy S&M horror sequel showed it was years ahead of its time by foreshadowing the body piercing movement.

Superman II (1981) directed by Richard Lester

A knockout love story, a terrific villain, and one of the most satisfying endings in comic book movie history; it is still a treat to go back and see how sensational Christopher Reeve was in this role, a pure joy.

“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991) directed by James Cameron

To this day, “T2” has the best action sequences ever filmed. James Cameron’s execution of major set pieces is unmatched, as is the emotional heart he infuses into his movies. Persona non grata Arnold Schwarzenegger may be a shell of his former self today, but back then he was a sight to behold and a true movie star in every sense of the word.

"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) directed by Steven Spielberg

It was the original torture porn movie that outraged parent groups, infuriated the moral police, and created the PG-13 rating. Drawing inspiration from the “Weird Menace” pulps of the 1930s and the Men’s Adventure magazines of the 1960s, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” set off a firestorm of controversy when it opened on Memorial Day weekend in 1984.

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