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    Finished up the Bourne Trilogy on Thursday. Gotta say, I think the second was probably the best. I don't understand why Julia Stiles appears in all three, hints at a prior relationship in the third, and disappears again. Really stupid, considering she could have been a good replacement for Marie. Oh well.

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    My favorite are:

    Bourne movies
    Toy Story
    The Lord of the Rings
    Nolan's Batman (even if TDKR isn't that great, although doubt it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrael24 View Post
    My favorite are:

    Bourne movies
    Toy Story
    The Lord of the Rings
    Nolan's Batman (even of TDKR isn't that great, although doubt it)
    You haven't even seen Dark Knight Rises. I'm not enthused about it myself, but my hopes were raised when I heard Ra's Al Ghul has returned. It might just be a flashback, but if not at least it sounds epic enough to bring the trilogy full circle.

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    Another trilogy to mention are the "Police Academy" movie series. The 1st one launched the franchise with success and the arrival of Bob Goldthwait for the 2nd movie as Zed keeped the franchise rolling. However the franchise jumped the shark when Steve Guttenberg and Bob Goldhwait didn't returned for the 5th movie and we couldn't forget the performances of the late actors David Graff and Bubba Smith as Tackleberry and Hightower.

    I could also mention "The Naked Gun" movie triology where Leslie Neilsen show his comic side to his full potential and the chemistry and team work he got with Georges Kennedy, Priscilla Presley and OJ Simpson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephane dumas View Post
    Another trilogy to mention are the "Police Academy" movie series. The 1st one launched the franchise with success and the arrival of Bob Goldthwait for the 2nd movie as Zed keeped the franchise rolling. However the franchise jumped the shark when Steve Guttenberg and Bob Goldhwait didn't returned for the 5th movie and we couldn't forget the performances of the late actors David Graff and Bubba Smith as Tackleberry and Hightower.

    I could also mention "The Naked Gun" movie triology where Leslie Neilsen show his comic side to his full potential and the chemistry and team work he got with Georges Kennedy, Priscilla Presley and OJ Simpson.
    I always think of Police Academy when I see Reno 911. I was never a huge fan of the films, so I can't gage the quality at all.

    Naked Gun was excellent! I only figured out a couple years ago that Pap Smear appeared in all three. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by the greenman View Post
    You can be loose with trilogies if you know what you're looking for.
    Well if we can do that, I'll say that I've always thought of the Coen brother's Raising Arizona, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski as a sort of kidnapping-themed trilogy.
    *insert another Great Piggy Bank Robbery reference here*

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    I think the term "Spiritual Successor" applies in that case, then. I'd say Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Mirrormask are a trilogy for the same reason as your Cohen one- all three, made by the same creative teams, have a basic element that ties them together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by defunctzombie View Post
    I think the term "Spiritual Successor" applies in that case, then. I'd say Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Mirrormask are a trilogy for the same reason as your Cohen one- all three, made by the same creative teams, have a basic element that ties them together.
    Great point! I personally believe some artists deliberately create trilogies from works that can have a sequel. I know John Carpenter made his Apocalypse Trilogy (The Thing, Prince of Darkness, & In the Mind of Madness) which do not tie at all really except they have a similar style of story. Same with Leone's Dollar Trilogy and its follow-up trilogy Once Upon A Time Trilogy . The one that works great is Terry Gilliam Age Trilogy? which consists of Time Bandits, Brazil, & Adventures of Baron Munchasen representing adolescence, middle-age, & geriatric.

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    I think the term trilogy is being used way too loosely here. Star Trek isn't a trilogy. It has had 10 separate movies made, and they are supposed to take place years apart instead of continuously. Now Star Wars can be classified as two separate trilogies. Lord of the Rings can be classified as a trilogy. The Nolan Batman movies can be classified as a trilogy, and Toy Story can be. However groups like Star Trek and Police Academy that have a lot more than 3 movies and have it where each of them really is its own story aren't trilogies. They are merely independent films that fall is the same time frame.

    Now, for my favorite real trilogies.

    Star Wars: A New Hope- Return of the Jedi
    Quite possibly the best story teling and innovating trilogy of all time. Who can't help but like Luke as he tries to avenge his aunt and uncle. Who can't help but like wise old Yoda and the relationship between Obi-Wan and Vader. And who can't help but remember "Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father, did he........No Luke, I am your father."

    Back to the Future
    Okay, 2 was bad, but where 2 had the weakness of traveling to the future, 1 and 3 truly kept me on the edge of my seat. Who didn't love them trying to run the delorium with whiskey? Who didn't love the ingenuity of Doc and the train. Who didn't love Michael J. Fox trying to keep himself in existence as he tried to get his parents together and actually changed who his dad was in the future?

    Lord of the Rings
    Wise old Gandalf. The devotion of frodo and Samwise. The mystery of Aaragon. And the friendship of Ghimli and the elves. Add in the orcs constant barrage and overwhelming power, and this could be one of the greatest action trilogies of all time.

    Toy Story
    Has there ever been a more complete story of "When I was a kid I did childish things, but as a man I put away childish things." Adding in the toys showing their devotion to the need to play only helped cement the deal, and who couldn't help but say "To infinity and beyond" with Buzz despite their age.

    I haven't seen it, but I've heard the Blade Trilogy was good.

    The Hunger Games has the potential to be one of the top 5 trilogies, but I wouldn't be surprised if they split off the last book to make 2 films making it where it won't be a trilogy.

    I'm tempted to list some of the worst trilogies also.
    The Mighty Ducks (1 was good, 2 was great, but 3 was horrendous)

    The Angels Trilogy (Angels in the Outfield, Angels in the Endzone, & Angels in the Infield- I must say only 1 was good. It still gives me a good laugh today.)

    How about the Honey I Shrunk Series (Honey I Shrunk the Kids was good, but Honey I Blew Up the Baby was too corny. While I enjoyed Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, it isn't a good quality set of films.)

    And while I love it, I can guarantee most people would hate The Work and the Glory trilogy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigddan11 View Post
    Star Trek isn't a trilogy. It has had 10 separate movies made, and they are supposed to take place years apart instead of continuously.
    Not true- 2, 3, and 4 take place one right after another, give or take a week. Kirk fights Khan and loses Spock, Kirk breaks orders to recover Spock, Kirk returns to Earth to surrender and whales ensue. It's a trilogy in the same way that the Star Wars movies are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the greenman View Post
    Currently just starting on Karate Kid trilogy, when I just realized, if they make another film, they can have a second trilogy. Wow, and here we are still waiting for Ghostbusters 3.
    I'm still waiting for it

    Quote Originally Posted by the greenman View Post
    You haven't even seen Dark Knight Rises. I'm not enthused about it myself, but my hopes were raised when I heard Ra's Al Ghul has returned. It might just be a flashback, but if not at least it sounds epic enough to bring the trilogy full circle.
    I placed it in my top trilogies before the release of the third movie as well
    I wonder how Ra's would return, he was in a train crash he must be dead if they seek realism
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    Quote Originally Posted by defunctzombie View Post
    Not true- 2, 3, and 4 take place one right after another, give or take a week. Kirk fights Khan and loses Spock, Kirk breaks orders to recover Spock, Kirk returns to Earth to surrender and whales ensue. It's a trilogy in the same way that the Star Wars movies are.
    Maybe so, but it doesn't change that Star Trek 1 was created before them, and it doesn't change that there are 12 Star Trek films, 11 of which have ties to the original series and TNG series. To me the films tie in directly with the series and help tell the full storyline. It feels like it's a lot more than a trilogy when you look at it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the greenman View Post
    You haven't even seen Dark Knight Rises. I'm not enthused about it myself, but my hopes were raised when I heard Ra's Al Ghul has returned. It might just be a flashback, but if not at least it sounds epic enough to bring the trilogy full circle.
    I meant if not of, I went back and fixed it. I meant even if the TDKR isn't that good, the first two are good enough to make it my fav series

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrael24 View Post
    I meant if not of, I went back and fixed it. I meant even if the TDKR isn't that good, the first two are good enough to make it my fav series
    I guess in theory, that's correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigddan11 View Post
    Maybe so, but it doesn't change that Star Trek 1 was created before them, and it doesn't change that there are 12 Star Trek films, 11 of which have ties to the original series and TNG series. To me the films tie in directly with the series and help tell the full storyline. It feels like it's a lot more than a trilogy when you look at it that way.
    Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but the filmmakers and studio think otherwise regardless:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001TH16D8

    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop...gii7kwsA&gl=US

    I have watched the entire film series before the last film came out, and those three standout because they simply tell one story. I've seen alot of film series before, and none ever really work well in telling a sequential story. Mainly due to recasting.

    Edit: added youtube link.
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    I've been noticing that a lot of films will come out based on an authors work in a short stint of time. A kinda, strike while the iron's hot deal. Studios will snatch up an authors work and then attach a blurb about "The author of. . .". I'm thinking about this cause I just picked up "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson, who has had his works in films for a good long while, yet somewhat sporadicaly. The last example of spurt I can remember for Richard Matheson is really just within the past five years with:

    "I Am Legend"
    "The Box"
    "Real Steel"

    All based on works by Matheson.

    So, in this thought I did some searching and came up with another trilogy that I favor. This one of the father of steampunk Jules Verne. I just viewed 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1950's), and plan to watch Mysterious Island and Journey to the Center of the Earth. All made in the 50's.

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    Okay, finished the 50's Jules Verne trilogy. 20k Leagues and Mysterious Island are great and Mysterious Island even uses the same design and sets from 20k Leagues. The oddball out is Center of the Earth which just has bad production value, poor filmmaking, cheesy sfx, and clocking in over two hours has slow pacing.

    So moving on to comedy. To an underrated little seen trilogy with Bill Cosby and Sidney Pointier. The trilogy consists of three different caper/ adventures with Cosby and Pointier as buddies. The duo chemistry is great, but they are classics cause of the characters throughout the films like Richard Pryor as a crooked P.I. and Jimmy Walker as a skinny boxer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the greenman View Post
    Okay, finished the 50's Jules Verne trilogy. 20k Leagues and Mysterious Island are great and Mysterious Island even uses the same design and sets from 20k Leagues. The oddball out is Center of the Earth which just has bad production value, poor filmmaking, cheesy sfx, and clocking in over two hours has slow pacing.
    I believe "In Search of the Castaways" with Hayley Mills should have been the third movie in the trilogy, if you can find it.
    I wouldn't mind seeing those again.
    So moving on to comedy. To an underrated little seen trilogy with Bill Cosby and Sidney Pointier. The trilogy consists of three different caper/ adventures with Cosby and Pointier as buddies. The duo chemistry is great, but they are classics cause of the characters throughout the films like Richard Pryor as a crooked P.I. and Jimmy Walker as a skinny boxer.
    What movies are these?

    Makes me think, there are three amusing Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder movies.
    Silver Streak, Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquadementia View Post
    I believe "In Search of the Castaways" with Hayley Mills should have been the third movie in the trilogy, if you can find it.
    I wouldn't mind seeing those again.

    What movies are these?

    Makes me think, there are three amusing Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder movies.
    Silver Streak, Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil.
    Yeah I looked up 'Castaways' and it is hard to find. Very true as I believe Verne meant it as a sequel as well.

    Uptown Saturday Night
    Let's Do It Again
    A Piece of the Action

    Yes, Pryor and Wilder's films were very similar to these, except these films have a bigger cast of stars.
    I think they did a fourth film together, be interesting to see them all to determine which ones would make a good trilogy.

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    Finally have a chance to update this after moving and vacation and all.

    Anyways, finished the Cosby/Poiter trilogy and the first two films are the best. The third film, A Piece of the Action, is such a sharp departure it doesn't feel anything like the other two. It honestly feels like a blaxploitation remake of To Sir With Love. I did realize upon some research that Poiter did produce (and direct one) the Pryor/Wilder films like his collaborations with Cosby, so something good came out of these.

    Anyway, I watched the Men in Black trilogy justand this week. This was my first time watching part two, and besides a very young and cute Rosario Dawson, part two was a shameless repeat of the first film without adding too much flavor. I kinda wish these films had them teleported to another planet. Honestly, at least the third film was better than the second.

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    I'm starting another trilogy this week with the Ocean's Eleven trilogy. I have only seen the first movie, and bits and pieces of the second on cable, so I'm looking forward to this trilogy. To update my list:

    STAR TREK:
    Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan
    Star Trek 3: The Search For Spock
    Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

    INDIANA JONES:
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom
    Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

    BACK TO THE FUTURE:
    Back to the Future
    Back to the Future 2
    Back to the Future 3

    The DOLLARS Trilogy:
    Fistful of Dollars
    For a Few Dollars More
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Jurassic Park:
    Jurassic Park
    Jurassic Park II: The Lost World
    Jurassic Park III

    Karate Kid:
    Karate Kid
    Karate Kid part two
    Karate Kid part three

    Bourne Trilogy:
    The Bourne Identity
    The Bourne Supremacy
    The Bourne Ultimatum

    Jules Verne Trilogy:
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
    Mysterious Island (1961)
    Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

    Cosby/Poiter Trilogy:
    Uptown Saturday Night
    Let's Do It Again
    A Piece of the Action

    Men in Black Trilogy:
    Men in Black
    Men in Black II
    Men in Black III

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