Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sequel?

iron_man_threeThis Friday sees the release of “Iron Man 3″, the third film in the Iron Man franchise, and the fifth time Robert Downey Jr. has played Tony Stark (including his cameo in “The Incredible Hulk). It won’t be the only big sequel this summer, either, the slate is full of them. “Star Trek Into Darkness”, “The Hangover III”, “Despicable Me 2″, “Monsters University”, “Fast and Furious 6″ just for starters.

Sequels have come a long way though. Franchises are carefully planned now, and audiences don’t attach¬†half the¬†stigma to them that they once did. Once upon a time, the question was “Which sequels are better than the originals?” Nowadays, the second installment in a franchise is often expected to be the best.

There are no shortages of sequels out there. Many of them are great. What’s your favorite? Will you go old school with “The Godfather: Part II” or “The Empire Strikes Back”, or something more modern, like “The Dark Knight”? How about one of James Cameron’s noted sequels, “Aliens”, or “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”?

There are hundreds to choose from, and the choice is yours.

So let’s hear it! What’s YOUR favorite sequel?

Daniel Fogarty

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143 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Sequel?

  1. Air Plane 2; The Sequel. Fly me to the Moon! Not quite as funny as the first, but what is? Who could forget Moon base Commander Buck Murdock(Shatner)? If that’s not funny enough, then how bout; Naked Gun 2.5? With lines like, “I haven’t had this much sex since I was a Boy Scout leader!” Leslie Neilsen strokin’ the Love Muffin’!

  2. Good question! :) There are quite a few sequels i like but these are the best!
    Aliens
    Terminator 2
    Lethal Weapon 2 and 3
    The Dark Knight

  3. Nothing new to see here, T2, Empire, Aliens are all top drawer.

    Let’s toss out nods to some other stuff, shall we? Army of Darkness, Evil Dead 2, X2, Dawn of the Dead ’78, Pulp Fiction (If you consider the Vega Brothers connection cannon).

    Nightmare on Elm Street 3 is probably my favourite 80s slasher sequel, although I remember being blown away by Hellraiser 2. I kinda want to throw The Devil’s Rejects in here, too… because it was so much better than its “Part 1″ and, for me anyway, really enjoyable.

    Oh… there’s just one more thing…

    • Havent seen that, not really a fan of Rob Zombie.

      Meanwhile, horror movies much? LOL :D Nightmare on Elm Street 3 was my fave of that series aside from the original, so that’s a good call right there. Hellraiser 2 was pretty sick too, you’re right.

      Pulp Fiction isn’t a sequel though, cmon. LOL

      • If he ever gets around to the oft-rumoured Vega Brothers movie (yeah right), it will become part two of a trilogy. Until then… I agree completely, but I can’t do a TIOT without busting your balls, can I?

        You can’t really talk about sequels without having a sub-genre section devoted to horror movie sequels. Sure they’re the norm for every type of blockbuster now… but Horror (and Porn) is (are) the sequel King (and Queen).

        Love the complete disregard of the picture too. It’s like I didn’t even post one. :P

      • I don’t think I would count Pulp Fiction as a sequel to Reservoir Dogs even if Double V Vega were ever made. DVV could be a sequel to RD and a prequel to PF, but even then it’d be more like it’s a crossover between the two rather than PF becoming a retro-active sequel to RD.

        Calling Pulp Fiction a sequel to Reservoir Dogs just because two characters are related would be like calling Disney’s The Lone Ranger a prequel to Columbia’s The Green Hornet just because Britt Reid is the Ranger’s great-nephew.

      • It’s far from a defined line, and the comparison (in my knowledge) would be unprecedented. In the case of the Vega Brothers, we’d be talking about a movie written and directed by the same person, featuring the same characters. Other cross-over movies might feature the same monsters, the same “Universe”, or something along those lines… but they don’t have the opportunity to directly set up events that occur in other movies.

        Horrible, Obvious, Please-Don’t-Do-This-Quentin-You’d-Kill-Our-Spirit Example: If Marsellus Wallace buys Mr. Pink’s suitcase full of Diamonds and later hands them off to Brett to launder.

        Homework:
        Is Silence of the Lambs a sequel to the original The Red Dragon?
        Is Mallrats a sequel to Clerks?
        Is Highlander 2 a sequel to Highlander?
        Is Friday the 13th Part 2 a sequel to Friday the 13th?
        Is The Prisoner a sequel to Danger Man?

        Keep in mind I’m only trying to spark discussion. I agree that PF currently isn’t, and probably never will be a sequel.

      • My take on your homework questions…

        1. I don’t know much about Hannibal Lecter, but for the novels, yes. For the movies, assuming you mean Manhunter for the “original Red Dragon”, no — fringe case, but SotL is a reboot, just one based on a subsequent novel.

        2. No. Same universe, side story. The films don’t interact in any way, despite the shared characters.

        3. There’s a Highlander 2? Nonsense.

        4. Yes.

        5. No. Not without direct in-series confirmation that they are the same character.

  4. I’ve got to say The Dark Knight hands down. My favorite sequel and one of my favorite movies ever. And one of my favorite performances (from Heath Ledger obviously). The third one was good too, but couldn’t even compare.

    The Empire Strikes Back is also a very close second.

    • The part I like best about that comment is where you say TDKR cant even compare :D LOL So true, so true.

      Dark Knight is undeniably one of the greatest sequels ever, and arguably one of the greatest movies ever! They dont get much better than that, Nicole.

  5. I looked back at the title of the post, “Your Favorite” is the operating term here, not the best. If it is the best, anyone choosing anything other than Godfather II or The Empire Strikes Back, is wrong. However if the criteria is your favorite, then let all who have shared enjoy the fruits of their comments and live in peace.

    Favorite being the movie that I would watch and “enjoy” (rather than admire), then the answer is:
    Army of Darkness. Now give me some sugar.

      • Yeah, but the whole Favorite/best thing never stops me from judging people’s answers anyways. I say favorite every week, but it doesn’t stop me from hammering dumbness. LOL :D

        Meanwhile, the only thing that keeps The Dark Knight out of that Godfather II / Empire Strikes Back level of greatness is the fact that Batman Begins wasn’t as great a movie as the movies that those two were follwoing. Otherwise, I think it’s an all time great film.

        Meanwhile, I’ve always been partial to “First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow.” for Army of Darkness quotes. LOL :D

  6. Not withstanding other commenters’ choices,

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), my choice, is sequel
    to Fistful of Dollars (1964) & For a Few Dollars More (1965)

    Blondie (Clint Eastwood): “Every gun makes its own tune. “

  7. Hi, Fogs and company: ;-)

    ‘Aliens’ has all the Lovecraftian mystery of its origin. Mixed with the 1950s “Red Scare” mindset regarding soldiers and their weapons that blow stuff up real gooooood!. Vasquez RAWKS!!!

    ‘Godfather II’ has the biggest and most well executed back story in film today.

    While ‘The Avengers’ has an excellent payoff after so much minutia to begin with. Superb execution of just how awesomely dangerous The Hulk can be. Really like how he sucker punched an unsuspecting Thor amidst the rubble.

    • It’s funny, I guess “The Avengers” IS technically a sequel, isn’t it? I wouldn’t have thought of it, but it definitely should be in the conversation.

      Amusing seeing you get worked up over stuff blowing up real gooooood! :D

      Game over, man, game over!

      • Yup. But… it leads in to what we were talking about, because if The Avengers (a crossover movie) is a sequel to any/all of Phase 1’s pre-amble movies, then PF can become a sequel to RD, depending on how they weave the story of a Vega Brothers movie. But only arguably… because The Avengers, and Howard Stark don’t necessarily make Captain America a prequel (which is a kind of sequel) to Iron Man…

        Or is it…?

      • I’d be more inclined to call The Avengers a crossover than a sequel, but it’s a very fuzzy line. Your court, of course, but I’m just saying the appellate court wouldn’t hear an appeal on this ruling. :D

      • Hi, Fogs:

        “Game over, man. Game over!” was an ad lib by Bill Paxton that worked well and became iconic.

        Now if you want to go foreign. Look for the subtitled “Millennium Trilogy” of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘The Girl Who played with Fire’ and ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest’. Very well executed, medium budget, creepy goodness. With bad guys worthy of any and all anger and contempt!

  8. “The Godfather Part II” has to be number one, with-eh, I think I’d have to go with “Before Sunset”, as a close, close, second even above “The Dark Knight”. Other than that, there’s a few sequels that I think are underrated. I actually think “Die Hard 2″, is the best of the “Die Hard” films actually. I also don’t like the original “Superman” film, I’ve always thought the Superman origin story, never worked well and that Lex Luthor is very overrated villain, and the ending was a cheat, to me, but I thoroughly enjoy “Superman 2″, and that that’s the premiere “Superman” film so far. Also, gotta give a shout-out to “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey”. To see a Ingmar Bergman, parody, in that film of all things, there should be a lot more credit given to that film. The first one “Bill and Ted’s” really cool too though.

    • Not a big fan of the second “Bill and Ted”, honestly. I did just catch the Donner cut of Superman II, though, and it’s a big improvement over the theatrical version.

      “Die Hard 2″ being the best Die Hard film is just crazy talk though, Dave. Lol

      I have to catch those “Before”, “After” movies one of these days. Many people hold them in high regard…

      • You haven’t seen “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”! Dude, the third one’s coming out already, what the hell! See them now! They’re masterpiece. I already posted my CANON OF FILM blog on “Before Sunrise”, and I’m waiting to post my next one on “Before Sunset”.

        “Bill & Ted” gets funnier if you’ve seen “The Seventh Seal”. If you haven’t seen that yet, catch that one. (Or any Bergman for that matter)

        Now, as to “Die Hard”, there’s some problems with the first one. People don’t want to say this, but the Paul Gleason character, shouldn’t be there. He’s not a real character, he’s just there to do something stupid and stops the action, which is the best part, and does something to help the terrorist almost succeed, there no other purpose for his character, and it stops the film dead in its tracks. The Reginald VelJohnson character makes sense, his connection to the outside world, but a lot of the movie is slow. Many of the in-between moments, there’s not a good rhythm. Now, “Die Hard 2″ is ridiculous, but it’s got great rhythm, action sequence, every second, the person fucking things up, is actually on the terrorists side, so it makes sense, and c’mon, he blows up the plane with a lighter. “Die Hard 2″, is fucking awesome! More than all the other “Die Hard”‘s. Especially 4, and probably 5. (Not sure I’m even gonna bother with that one, unless I get a request for it.) “Die Hard 2″, all pure Hollywood action moviemaking, and nothing else, and it’s over-the-top, it’s ridiculous, and it’s awesome.

      • Sorry, Dave, I don’t allow people to link to their own posts here, aside from the day I did “Plug your blog”. Some people don’t handle it responsibly. I edited the link out.

        I’m (painfully) aware now of the esteem people have for those movies, it just gets tough to fit in films that Im not going to post about. If you’d like to “sponsor” one of them for the reader’s recommendation series, I’d be happy to check them out… Be forewarned, it’s a long wait list at this point, though. :(

        I’ve seen “The Seventh Seal” but I saw Bogus Journey first. Even then, I don’t think the references are going to be that funny as to elevate it enough to be saved.

        And, Im sorry, man, you can write a textbook if you want, Die Hard 2 is not better than Die Hard. It’s just not correct, no matter what your personal feelings are. Sorry, but its true. :(

      • Hold on, I wasn’t trying to plug my reviews, I was only trying to plug my blog, I was referring you to my piece, so that you can look at it. My instinct is to do that, instead of regurgitating it for this kind of conversation, which, clearly I’ve clearly I’m capable of doing, since I can write a textbook on the qualities of “Die Hard 2″. (Which, I guess we’re agreeing to disagree with that one, but “Die Hard”, does has some flaws in it.) That wasn’t intended as a plug, and I apologize for making it seem that way.

      • “I wasn’t trying to plug my blog.” I meant to write. Eh, alright, I apologize again for that. My typing finger deceived me there. Alright, I won’t bring it up explicitly again. Sorry. :(

      • Dave, I’m sure you were well intentioned, that’s not the point. Even in the best case scenarios I’m going to crack down on it – in large part because I grew tired of getting outside reading assignments from well meaning folks. 90% of everyone here is a blogger, and they all write posts on similar topics, especially when its a review. Take this weekend’s Iron Man 3, for example. I realize that most of those people have written or will write their own reviews, but I cant have every other comment refer me to them. It doesnt put me in a good place, Dave.

        Plus, there are many people who just want to link dump, too, so combined, I got sick of it and decided to call an end to it. It’s nothing personal, I’ve told many others the exact same thing. Just be aware going forward…

  9. Wow, there’s a lot of good sequels but I’m going to give a few sequels that don’t get enough love… “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army” and “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey”.

    • I’m really shocked that “Bogus Journey” has gotten mentioned twice, today. I’m a fan of the first, but I think the second is really really bad.

      Hellboy 2 is great though. Love that. Del Toro, doing his thing! :D

      • I love the first “Bill & Ted” film but the 2nd one had ambition and really did more with the characters as well as featuring some great references to classic art films.

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