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Category: Western

To sequel or not…

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Randy: Stab 2? Who would wanna do that? Sequels suck! Oh please, please! By definition alone, sequels are inferior films!
Mickey: It’s bullshit generalization. Many sequels have surpassed their originals.

This is a quote from Scream 2 and a great opening for this entry which I wanted to write for a while and re-wrote a few times cause it’s a good discussion, but one that needs considerable thought. Sequels most movies have them. Most great film studio stay on the familiar path, simply because it’s easy money, and if the sequel is received good, heck, let’s do a third. Don’t get me wrong I am a huge fan of the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones. But things go bump in the night, from time to time. Not all movie need it sequels, because the first part already s€&@$£. Sister act is a great example of a bad first, why they did a 2 is beyond me and even a musical.Most first movies are great but then they try and redo all in a second installment. Take for instance Ghostbusters (1984) was great , part 2 entertaining but not as great as the original. The same goes for Gremlins (1984). The original was fantastic! 20 Years after the movie is still great. But prt 2, well we could do without. It had some funny moments but again the first one can’t be beat.

A few weeks ago I read a rumor that WarnerBros has plans/ideas of remaking Gremlims…. I understand it’s outdated but if they would do a remake we probably get a CGI Gizmo(who would want that?. Like Yoda. In Empire and ROTJ he’s was a puppet, and besides his funny way of speaking, that was so loved about him. The CGI version in the prequels, was not Yoda. He was too shiny, I mean too animated instead of the awesome puppet.

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But we’re wondering of, back to the sequels. Sometimes I really wonder why? But the thing is, most memorable films have a part 2 ,3 or 4. Think of a great movie and bet you, it has a sequel or is part of a trilogy. Are we as moviegoers so easily entertained? If we look at the classics like Citizen Kane, Casablanca, High Noon, To Catch a Thief, White Heat, hits in their time and no sequels. But back than very few sequels were made.

So are sequels inferior to the original? I think that question will always remain open for debate, as long as, we, the public love it, then why should the studio’s change. How far will they go making sequels, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, basically blasphemy. The last installments of the Die Hard franchise and Resident Evil, both were bad but still they’re thinking of doing a part 6. Actually Resident Evil already has a release date.

And with that said, here are a few trailers of great sequels:

Aliens

28 Weeks Later

The Color of Money

The Dark Knight

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Indiana Jones and the LAst Crusade

Die Hard 2 (Die Harder)

What is your favorite sequel?

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Road to the Oscars prt 3

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In our road to the Oscars, Django Unchained, the new film by Quentin Tarantino. To be honest, I have a love/hate relationship with him and his films. The first I saw of him ( as a writer) was True Romance, which was incredibly good. Walken and Hopper’s scene by the train tracks, became an instant classic. Tarantino’s list of hits continues over 2 decades and incluedes movies such as: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction etc. He tried to horror flicks, but really Hostel and prt 2, no my cup of tea even though I like horror a lot. What bothers me about his way of film making that in beginning he was new, fresh and now it more of the same. Untill he came back with Inglorious Bastards in 2009. Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz and great actors and they made the film for what is.

So now we have Django, a movie set 1858 a few years before the US Civil War. Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), “buys” (depends on ones defenition of buying) the freedom of a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx). He needs him to find the Brittle Bothers since they are wanted by the law. King is no mere dentist but also a Bounty Hunter, which is a more lucrative business. During their time hunting the brother King grows fond of Django and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Django and King make a deal, which inlcudes getting Django’s wife back from a ruthless plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).

It’s been a while since a western hit the cinemas,  True Grit, 2010, was the last one. It seems the genre is less popular than in the day of John Wayne. Django is a great addition to it. It has a classic western look and atmosphere, and on the other side it is deffinatly a Tarantino film. Again he’s he trying out the “cheep” b-film look, from the opening sequence untill the end credits, and this time it works.  Christoph Waltz is at his best, better than in Bastards. Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting is sublime. I’ve seen most of  his films and it doesn’t matter what film he is in, he delivers! And that is why Django is great to watch. The onscreen magic between these men is absolutly fantastic. Together with Taratino’s love for filmmaking is what makes this a great film. Oscar worthy? Maybe, but a well deserverd nomination.

Django Unchained is now is cinemas and is nominated for: Best Picture, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Original Screenplay and Actor in a Suporting Role (Christoph Waltz)

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And the trailer of course.