Movie sequels tend to get a bad rap in the movie-verse – mostly for good reason. Many sequels seem to wane in the quality category because the primary goal for the studios who greenlight and fund such things as “Legally Blonde 2,” or “Transformers 2” is profit. But among all of that useless garbage floating in the cesspool of failure, there lie some gems. But those glittering jewels of awesomeness can get lost sometimes; so we brave writers sift through the plethora of terrible and bring those gems back to the surface for everyone’s enjoyment. You’re welcome.
5. “Evil Dead 2” (Sam Raimi, 1987)
This is the best worst sequel ever. This movie was supposed to be weird and schlocky – unlike the first one. The first “Evil Dead” was definitely supposed to be actually scary, but once that movie hit cult status as being a hilarious (but still badass) horror movie, then the sequel became more self aware. And it was, and is, so awesome. For example, the opening has a dainty skeleton sensually dancing its parts together. Oh sorry, what was that? Yes, you DO need to see this now.
4. “Spiderman 2” (Sam Raimi, 2004)
There’s something about Sam Raimi. He can revitalize or continue a story that people might find tired and make it super entertaining. This “Spiderman” movie is campy at times, but never cheesy. It has the perfect balance of emotion (when Peter Parker tells his Aunt May he was basically the cause of Uncle Ben’s death) and humor (when Parker gives up being Spiderman for a bit and there’s a neat slo-mo walk he does down New York streets). Also, Doc Ock is a badass, conflicted villain who deals with science I feel doesn’t really exist. But that doesn’t matter because it’s still a really fun movie.
3. “Star Wars: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back” (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
OHMAHGAWD. THIS MOVIE. It is unbelievable. I watched this one the most out of the original trilogy as a kid. Even then I thought it was better than its predecessor, “Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope.” It has pretty much everything that is most cool about this series. Luke training to become a Jedi with Yoda, badass action scenes with those big AT-AT’s that Luke expertly takes down like a boss, and it has a villain that just won’t quit – Darth Vader trying to bring Luke to the dark side with the most OHMAHGAWDREALLY?? moment in movies up to that point. Vader’s evil, Luke is not, but hey, that’s what really awesome narratives contain – complex and insightful allegory. We learned that since they’re related, good and evil can simply be two heads of the same coin. Which is pretty neat.
2. “The Dark Knight” (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
This movie is by far the best in Nolan’s trilogy of “Batman” movies. This is actually one of my favourite movies of all time, so I literally have nothing bad to say about it. Heath Ledger as The Joker is one of the best performances I have ever seen from anyone ever. I’m not over-exaggerating. He became The Joker, there was no trace of the heartthrob we saw in stuff like “A Knight’s Tale.” His mannerisms, his voice, his stance and posture – it was all The Joker. This movie tells a rather dark tale about even the best of us falling into the dark trap of evil. This is summed up when Harvey Dent utters the now famous line – “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” The amount of badass in this movie can hardly be contained (hence it’s long running time) and I find there are no slow parts. It skips along at a crazy pace that will amaze your senses and leave you wondering how Nolan can create such a dark movie but make it so fun to watch.
1. “Toy Story 2” (John Lasseter, 1999) and “Toy Story 3” (John Lasseter, 2010)
Both of these movies are fantastic, heartfelt, funny, and superbly entertaining follow-ups to the original “Toy Story,” which was already an instant classic. The characters are genuine and each have such distinct personalities and dynamics with the other toys that the movies are just great fun to watch. They are all so re-watchable. You can never get bored watching “Toy Story” movies. Also, no matter how many times you see “Toy Story 3,” you will always cry at the end. And if you don’t, then I’m sorry to say I’m pretty sure you’re an emotionless monster.