The Top 101 Sequels of All Time

by Gunther Heinrich, 30 Nov 2009 in Analyses The Movie & Me

Did you know that out of the Top 10 movies listed on IMDB three are in fact sequels?

Just imagine my indifferent reaction to that obvious yet epically useless discovery – until I figured out that only a mere 3500 movies out of millions are considered sequels at all.

Following this shock I did something normal people caring for their sanity should never do: for a moment I perceived sequels as a Genre; and suddenly I was impressed with the success this “genre” achieved.

Following that shock another question came to mind: what are the top sequels of all time in terms of commercial and critical success? After many hours of work this post will give you the answer you never wanted to know to begin with.

To make surfing and reading easier, the following list is split up into several sub-pages each containing ten movies. The rank of every movie sequel is based on a “movie score” that ranges from 0.3 to 300. This is due to the fact that the score is calculated using IMDB rating and US box office respectively, so naturally the numbers vary a lot.

Have fun clicking and reading!

When do you watch a sequel or even the third movie of a trilogy? There are many opinions on that one, that’s for sure.

I came to the following conclusion: you want to watch a sequel when you want to see more.

But this is where a massive problem comes into play that plagues many if not most sequels or thirds. Ironically it’s the first movie itself that basically starts everything else.

It’s so goddamn fucking awesome when I encounter a scene in a movie or series that is magic. It doesn’t happen too often to me but when it does I know again why I love (good) movies so much.

Until yesterday my last and best magic movie moment was the end of Pieces of April by which I almost jumped out of my seat when the scene ended up as I hoped it would. But that is no more.

Now I got a new best magic moment. And this is truly one of the most fucking bestest scenes I ever watched. Not only has the scene perfect timing accompanied by a fantastic soundtrack but it also breaks the fourth wall in an unbelievably good way and indirectly even tells us why sequels are a bad idea. Seriously, can it get any better?

The Spiral of Shit

by Gunther Heinrich, 2 Jun 2009 in The Movie & Me

You know, slowly but surely Hollywood is starting to be a pain in the ass. Ok, I am the first one to scream, ohm write that moviemaking is risky. A Producer can lose money faster than one might think but it is getting overboard because there are simply too many sequels, remakes and prequels in the works.

As to this sequel madness the last weeks were especially entertaining. Many news made their way to the movie blogs and hence to my RSS reader and there was once a point when I started to believe that this whole thing is a big single joke:

Why Sequels are a Wise Investment decision

by Gunther Heinrich, 21 Feb 2009 in The Movie & Me

Sequels seem to be a curse of the movie industry. Each time a movie is really successful you can count on it that the producers will at least think of doing a sequel. And we also can count on another thing, which is bad quality or at least a worse level of quality compared to its predecessor.

But did we haters ever think of the producers? Admittedly, no. But from their perspective, a sequel might be their wisest decision in a long time.