Normal Service Resumed

Man, what a time to choose to be positive for a week. I’m glad that’s over. I missed out on commenting on <fill in later TRAIN UP A CHILD, LOUISIANA LIBRARY/PRISON, WHATEVER LIMBAUGH SAID ETC>. It turns out that positivity isn’t really my bread and butter. It get me going the way three pots of coffee and Fox News does.

However, I’m not quite ready to dive back into the muck that is the American Condition. Instead, I’d like to float an idea that I’ve had in the back of my head for some time now: A series of movie reviews of the second movie of trilogies. Difficulty: Can’t have seen the first or third film.

This strikes me as a really absurd exercise and, as such, it appeals to me mightily. The recent release of the second Hungers Games and Hobbit movies is what spurred me to think about actually doing something about this idea. I’ve read The Hobbit over and over, but I think it’d be intresting to see if it holds up as a stand-alone film. I haven’t even read The Hunger Games, so going in fresh to the second film would be interesting.

As you might have guessed, I’m not a huge fan of trilogies. They tend not to have been conceived as trilogies, which means that, frequently, the second film has to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining why the first film didn’t really end the story. And the filmaker almost never thinks “Hrm, I’ve made the first one, maybe one more will properly end it.” Thus, the second film often servers as a bridge more than a complete tale of it’s own.

My plan is to add a few wrinkles to the standard review format. First, how well did the film catch new watchers up on the action from the first film. Second films always have a certain in media res to them. I’d also be evaluating how “complete” the film is. Does it stand on it’s own? Is the ending a true ending, or is it just a cliffhanger setting up the third film?

Other than the two listed, there are plenty of other trilogies I could review due to not having seen any of the films. These include:

The Godfather (yeah, I know…you don’t have to say it)
The Mariachi trilogy (El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico)
The Millenium trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo et. al.)
The Spider-Man trilogy
The Evil Dead trilogy
The Bourne trilogy

I guess I don’t really watch a lot of trilogies, huh?

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