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macgeek2004
2005-04-06, 00:23
One of them has to be the best.

Moogs
2005-04-06, 00:31
Are you kidding me?

You have to be willfully ignorant about what makes good script-writing and acting and storylines to get this one wrong.

All three have their great special effects, all three are entertaining. Only one has both a great, non-convoluted storyline, and some great acting and scripting.

1. LotR
3. Matrix
4. Star Wars

No one even comes in second.

If the Matrix had less canned / predictable scripts (thanks to Keanu mostly), it would be more of a competition because I believe there is a compelling story for the most part and good acting (usually) by Weaving, Fishburn and a few others. Star Wars - particularly the last two - are just shit compared to the other two trilogies.

All special effects and the special effects are all overdone / overused. Mediocre acting throughtout (and Annakin is just awful), and a typical "let's entertain the 5 year olds" script.

Man, not even remotely a contest in my book.


[UH WTF - the original poll had three options. I thought this was a poll about sci-fi / fantasy movies]

Brad
2005-04-06, 00:32
I added a few important contenders to the lineup. :D

Moogs
2005-04-06, 00:33
I added a few important contenders to the lineup. :D

I'll say (see edit above).

Anyway my #1 stays the same, my second would be the GodFather by a long ways... then everything else.

Brad
2005-04-06, 00:33
[UH WTF - the original poll had three options. I thought this was a poll about sci-fi / fantasy movies]
Said nothing about that. Just "Which Trilogy rules them all?"

Moogs
2005-04-06, 00:36
Said nothing about that. Just "Which Trilogy rules them all?"

Yah, then the choices went from three to ten. :D :mad: :smokey:

macgeek2004
2005-04-06, 00:37
oh.. um thanks for adding all of that...i guess...

_Ω_
2005-04-06, 00:38
I added a few important contenders to the lineup. :D

From this line up I went with Indy as they were consistently good.

Other possibles for the list might be Terminator and Alien trilogies.

Brad
2005-04-06, 00:42
Et voila!

macgeek2004
2005-04-06, 00:44
I have a strong feeling that LOTR is gonna win this by alot.

Koodari
2005-04-06, 02:02
Add more trilogies!

Sergio Leone's dollar trilogy
Evil Dead

In the current selection, original Star Wars, Indy, LotR and Godfather are going to be the "top tier".
I also predict we'll see a "second tier" with Terminator, Alien and Matrix. They have a common weak point; last movie of the trilogy.

I honestly can't say what puts SW and Indy in top tier, I just know they are there. My vote went to Indy. :)

curiousuburb
2005-04-06, 02:29
More Trilogies (though some selected from larger bodies of work)

Kubrick:
Paths of Glory, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove

Chaplin:
City Lights, Modern Times, Great Dictator

Kurosawa:
Kagemusha, Ran, Seven Samurai

Hopi-titled stop motion films:
Koyanasqatsi, Nowaqatsi, Powaqatsi

Stooges films:
vs The Mummy, vs the Wolfman, vs Frankenstein

And no Shatner???
KHAAAAN! should be there, even if ST: TMP and STIII: SFS weren't as good.

_Ω_
2005-04-06, 03:05
[b]I also predict we'll see a "second tier" with Terminator, Alien and Matrix.

The only reason why I remembered these two is because our sat tv provider ran them both recently as a duo. Got me thinking which of the two is better....and I would have to say Alien for sheer terror (excluding the last). SW was fantastic in that role and when you look at the age of the first movie and time between films her character is amazing. It was also great for letting the viewer decide upon what was frightening - the percieved terror so to speak.

But still would go Indy - great body of work with a certain innocent charm about it.

SledgeHammer
2005-04-06, 08:16
My vote went to Indy.

Trilogies aren't just any three movies by a director or with the same characters. They usually have a more important linking thread. For instance, ST:II, III, and IV are usually considered a trilogy within the larger series of ST movies because they tell one story throughout, despite having each there own plot line.

CitizenTony
2005-04-06, 08:16
I went with Indiana Jones since all three movies were consistantly good and did not lose track. I was surprised to see it as the number one pick though. Back to the Future would be my second pick for the same reasons.

alcimedes
2005-04-06, 08:28
odd. i went with godfather, and then would have voted for LoTR. for those who didn't vote for the godfather trilogy, have you seen it? just wondering. :)

Mass Appeal
2005-04-06, 08:28
There are 4 Alien movies not 3 and if you count AVP, which I don't, that would make 5.

kretara
2005-04-06, 08:34
The Godfather trilogy!
Without a doubt this is the best trilogy ever.

LOTR is good, very good. But it can't beat the Godfather.

Kickaha
2005-04-06, 08:34
I'll toss in Terry Gilliam's trilogy: Time Bandits, Brazil, Baron Munchausen.

What's that you say? Not a trilogy? True, they are a triptych, tied together on purpose by a theme: fear. They are, according to Gilliam himself, analyses of the fears of childhood, middle age, and old age.

BuonRotto
2005-04-06, 08:50
If Godfather III weren't so bad, it would be my pick, no question. But III was bad, very bad. As a whole, I can't pick something so uneven even if the first two were so great. I'm looking for consistency, people!

It's close between LoTR and Indiana Jones, but I picked the latter since I think it's the most even as a whole. It didn't take itself as seriously as LoTR, and I think when we look back, that will hurt the Jackson trilogy. Hobbits jumping on beds in slow motion and 5 endings to RotK put Indy ahead. The Alien trilogy was also good, but I'm probably the only person who thought that Alien4 was better than Alien3.

Moogs
2005-04-06, 08:56
Some of the other ones being named by Burb and friends, are not really trilogies in the sense that it's not one story being carried through three movies with the same set of characters... the Kubric stuff for example.

I mean those are all great, great movies, but they're not a part of a trilogy AFAIK.

thuh Freak
2005-04-06, 09:33
If Godfather III weren't so bad, it would be my pick, no question. But III was bad, very bad. As a whole, I can't pick something so uneven if if the first two were so great. I'm looking for consistency, people!
the overwhelming awesomeness of the first two (particularly the second one) outweighs any horribleness of the third. the gf3 shouldn't even be considered part of the trilogy. it was rubbish, pure rubbish.

BuonRotto
2005-04-06, 10:33
...and hence isnt a real trilogy! :p

murbot
2005-04-06, 10:59
Evil Dead.

Duh.

nomorewindows
2005-04-06, 10:59
I cannot believe you didn't include Clerks, Mall Rats, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. What is wrong with you people?!?!??! (What Kickaha said about Gilliam, only with great porn movie titles.) :lol:

pscates2.0
2005-04-06, 11:01
I'd have to go with Indy or the original Star Wars (kinda silly to put the Star Wars prequel trilogy here since no one has seen "Episode III", macgeek's unhinged - and possibly unwarranted - praise and acclaim notwithstanding).

A few trailers and a leaked plot synopsis on the Internet don't quite count as "having seen it".

:err:

I didn't care much for the second Indy movie, but the first thrilled me beyond words...I've seen it about half a gazillion times over the years (just like "Jaws"). And the third was very enjoyable too, even though a little Connery goes a long way IMO. The second one wasn't globetrotting enough (it was just in that stupid underground cave the entire time) and anytime you introduce kids into something (Short Round and all those slave kids), it usually spells "ah hell...this is gonna suck" (see Jake Lloyd in "Episode I" and any episode of "Full House" or "Home Improvement").

So much like the greatness of the first two "Godfather" movies leveling out the badness of the third, the first and third Indy movies do the same for the second.

:)

Man, what a great story "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was. I believe that was the first time I ever became aware of editing and pacing in a movie. Just a true rollercoaster, where you had just the right amount of edge-of-your-seat thrills and adventure, softened and given balance and breathing space with humor, romance and mysterious, curiosity-building exposition (explaining what the Ark was and why Hitler wanted it, the cafe conversation between a grieving, drunk Indy and Belloq, a couple of scenes with Sallah, visiting the old man who translated the inscription on Marion's medallion and realizing the Nazis didn't get the full info from it and were, therefore, digging in the wrong spot, etc.). And that little wormy guy in the black hat and glasses...ewww! Total slimy villain!

"We're...heh...we're not thirsty...".

Good stuff!

And it took me getting a bit older and realizing some things until it hit me just how sexy Marion was!

:)

Damn, what a great movie! Among my all-time favorites, hands down.

onlyafterdark
2005-04-06, 12:17
Indy all the way. It's the one trilogy that I can come back to time and time again and still be entertained as much as I was the first time I watched it. Great movies.

SledgeHammer
2005-04-06, 12:29
I voted Indiana Jones (like I said), but I have to say I do love the Back to the Future movies. (I love The original star wars and LoTR too, but that almost goes without saying.) And as cool as they looked, the second two Matrix movies just didn't live up to the original.

Brad
2005-04-06, 12:46
Yeah, BttF and Indy were the first two great trilogies that came to mind (thus the higher order in the list). My vote went to Junior... er... I mean Indy. :)

LudwigVan
2005-04-06, 14:06
Not to be highbrow and all, but there's also the well-regarded "Three Colors Trilogy" by Krzysztof Kieslowski (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001425/) -- "Red," "White," and "Blue".

I haven't seen it, though, since I'm not really the art house type.

CitizenTony
2005-04-06, 15:18
I cannot believe you didn't include Clerks, Mall Rats, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. What is wrong with you people?!?!??! (What Kickaha said about Gilliam, only with great porn movie titles.) :lol:

That would be my first pick, but are they really a trilogy? Other than having the same people (in different roles) and a slightly interconnecting story they are really seperate works.

Besides, you have to throw in Chasing Amy and that brings us to a quaternary.

Mac+
2005-04-06, 18:36
Wow - I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the Indy movices as a kid. It's reassuring to hear that they have stood the test of time too. :cool:

As much as I loved the GF triolgy, I agree with BuonRotto - the third instalment was sub-par. The second Indy instalment was sub-par too, but for some reason I'm more forgiving of it - perhaps because they are more like separate chapters (self contained adventures) whereas the GF story is one long narrative that is tainted by the mediocrity of the third.

Rocky i-ii-iii wasn't too bad I thought. Saw iv ... wasn't great :rolleyes: and have not seen v onwards. If SW can be subdivided, perhaps the Rocky trilogy can be also?

LvB - I have a friend who swears by the Three Colours trilogy ... unfortunately, I have not seen them. They're on my TO DO list. ;)

I still like the original SW trilogy - perhaps for the sheer joy it brought me as a kid. I remember being so hyped up when I saw the trailer for ROTJ in the cinema. It just looked awesome and it has probably been the only film (aside from the upcoming ROTS) that I have actually "spent time" in anticipation, if you know what I mean. Casting an older eye back, I still feel it warrants a nostalgic vote, but I'm not convinced it belongs at the very top of my trilogy list.

Hmmm - can't commit to the vote yet.

... oh, and CT - thanks for the new word: quaternary (I thought you had misspselled quandry) ;)

BuonRotto
2005-04-06, 18:41
That would be my first pick, but are they really a trilogy? Other than having the same people (in different roles) and a slightly interconnecting story they are really seperate works.

Well, that describes most of these so-called trilogies then. :)

Ooh, we forgot

*drum roll*

Police Academy!

*ducks!*

onlyafterdark
2005-04-06, 19:09
Ouch, you had to bring it up didnt you.

naren
2005-04-06, 19:26
Not to be highbrow and all, but there's also the well-regarded "Three Colors Trilogy" by Krzysztof Kieslowski (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001425/) -- "Red," "White," and "Blue".

I haven't seen it, though, since I'm not really the art house type.

I was just going to bring up these films, and, as I AM the art house type, having seen them all I'd say Red, the final film is the best.
Blue and White were just a little too obsessive for me. Very, very good regardless though.

I just not sure how Indy, Aliens or Matrix can make it on this list, Each has such awful films in the trilogy. Not even on the level of bad movies, more like betrayals of the Human species... :grumble:

macgeek2004
2005-04-07, 19:59
The point of this thread was to decide which trilogy out of the ruling trilogys was the best. We know that the Jurassic park trilogy isn't as good as the Star Wars Trilogy. So that's why I put only the best. It would be fine to add the Godfather Trilogy, and the Indiana Jones trilogy. But you put way too much. Alot of it, as you can see is nobodys favorite.

BarracksSi
2005-04-07, 20:32
LOTR was crazy. Heck, I can't quite call it a "trilogy" even though it's three separately-released films -- it's all one storyline, and each film is incomplete without any of the others. It's nine total hours with a year between installments. But, you could also say that it's the most cohesive.

Matrix... ugh. I've never slept so thoroughly through an action movie before Matrix.

Star Wars used to be a trilogy, but now it's more like a hex-logy (or is it sex-logy?). That one's difficult to categorize.

Indy rocks, though. Heck, so do the Muppets -- but which of the Muppet movies are part of the trilogy? I can think of six.

Actually, I haven't seen very many of the ones on this list. I'm just not into movies enough. Ask me about a movie, and I probably haven't seen it.

macgeek2004
2005-04-08, 16:37
Same here. I've probably seen 0.00000000000000000001 percent of movies that most people have seen.

I personally think that LOTR is better than Star Wars, i'm just more into Star Wars right now.

macgeek2004
2005-04-10, 14:30
I just bought the Extended LOTR Trilogy.

Brad
2005-04-10, 14:35
Heck, so do the Muppets -- but which of the Muppet movies are part of the trilogy? I can think of six.
When I had posted that entry, I was thinking about the original three Muppet movies (The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan) since the others were make posthumously of Jim Henson and, IMO, never quite had the same feeling.

murbot
2005-04-10, 14:54
What, the feeling of being totally fucking gay and shitty?

rollercoaster375
2005-04-10, 16:55
LOTR is THE best trilogy EVER in my book. Although, I can't say I've seen more than half of those movies.

Wraven
2005-04-10, 17:58
LOTR is THE best trilogy EVER in my book. Although, I can't say I've seen more than half of those movies.

Priceless.

Wickers
2005-04-10, 19:03
Evil Dead!

Hail to the king baby! :lol:

curiousuburb
2005-04-10, 23:19
Jaws made me want to avoid swimming in certain oceans to this day. Not top of the food chain.
Jaws II made me want to avoid swimming with annoying kids. I'd throw them to the shark.
Jaws III made me want to avoid bad 3D films on principle. Possibly the worst trilogy finale ever.

Cheesy fx got worse as the films went on, and those spoiled on jurassic rendering may laugh at the shark, but the first film was prototypical summer blockbuster, and printed a memorably musical threat in a few menacing bars. I was told not to watch the film when it came on tv late one night as a kid, but snuck down to peek at it and had nightmares for weeks. Blue shag carpet and that music in your head can mess you up.

Rent the original Jaws if you haven't seen it. And yes, you'll need a bigger boat.

LudwigVan
2005-04-10, 23:56
Better yet, wait until June 14th, then pick up the 30th Anniversary edition of Jaws.

macgeek2004
2005-04-11, 16:44
Lord of the Rings is the Best Trilogy. The (new) Star Wars Trilogy (1-3) will be the best after Revenge of the Sith is out.

alcimedes
2005-04-11, 19:02
Enough with the Star Wars already.