By Marcus Flewellen
In honor of “Paranormal Activity 3″, the second sequel to the wildly popular 2009 movie “Paranormal Activity”, I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 best and worst sequels. Enjoy.
5. “Live Free or Die Hard” – I know, I know what you’re thinking. Why is the fourth installment of the Die Hard on this list? Because it’s great, that’s why! Sure the villain, played by Timothy Olyphant, is a little lame, and the film is about 10 -15 minutes too long, but when it’s great, it’s great. Bruce Willis is at his very best here as the violent, charismatic and now legendary action hero John McClane, and Justin Long is absolutely hilarious as a wisecracking hacker. This is a terrific, funny, and exhilarating film.
4. “The Bourne Ultimatum” – Movies that are released during the summer tend to be loud, obnoxious and mostly joyless. Which is why everyone – myself included – was shocked when “The Bourne Ultimatum” came out towards the end of the summer of 2007. What a sharp and brilliant thriller. Matt Damon delivers a great performance here as super-spy Jason Bourne, who’s out to find out who he is and the people responsible. “Ultimatum” boasts a great supporting cast that includes the always-fantastic David Strathairn and Julia Stiles.
3. “Spider-Man 2″ – “Spider-Man” was good, but its sequel is even better. Every performance is great, every action sequence is terrific, and the film moves at a razor-sharp pace that makes this 2-hr. plus movie move really, really fast.
2. “Toy Story 2/3″ – Is there a better franchise in the history of cinema than the “Toy Story” franchise? (Some would say “The Godfather” trilogy, but “The Godfather: Part III” wasn’t nearly as good as the first two parts.) Anyway, I love the final two installments of this fantastic franchise, especially the third one, which was one of the best films of 2010.
1. “The Dark Knight” – Not only the best sequel in film history, but also the best comic-book movie ever made. Period. Director Christopher Nolan’s fantastic sequel to the also terrific “Batman Begins” is a dark, gritty, flawlessly-crafted masterpiece that haunted me long after I first saw it in 2008. The film will forever be remembered because of the late, great Heath Ledger phenomenal Oscar-winning performance, but the rest of the film is good enough to support Ledger larger-than-life performance. This is an amazing film.
5. “Shrek the Third” – The first “Shrek” was fantastic. The second one was good, even though it wasn’t nearly as good as the first. “Shrek Forever After” is okay. But “Shrek the Third” is an absolute catastrophe. If you took the first “Shrek” and sucked out all of the fun, joy and laughs, you would get “Shrek the Third”. What an awful movie.
4. “Scary Movie 4″ – What is this? And more importantly, why do people pay money to see it? I’ve never walked out on a movie before, but if I had watched this dreadful, godforsaken movie in a movie theater, not only would I leave about five minutes into it and ask for my money back, I’d probably never go to that movie theater again.
3. “Bring it On” Sequels – It’s the same movie over and over again with different actors. Literally!
2. “Son of the Mask” – A terrible sequel to a bad movie.
1. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” – Words cannot describe how much I loathe this film. Not only is it the worst sequels ever made. It’s also one of the worst films ever made. Period. And yet it made hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.
Tomorrow: “The Ides of March”