Friday, May 26, 2006

"Imagine all the sequels, living life in peace..."

I don't know what is more scary - that the idea of this movie actually crossed someone's mind* or that the movie itself actually looks like something I'd be interested in watching. I mean, sure, it's kind of a stretch with respect to believability - but if Hollywood can make Demolition Man seem plausible, why *not* a sequel to Titanic?

This got me thinking about my top 5 list of movies that would be utterly ruined if a sequel was made. Even if you got all the same actors, the same writers, the same directors. Even if the concept and the storyline was utterly flawless. Even if you sent Scarlett Johannsen over to my house with the DVD and had her make a mac & cheese dinner and give me a backrub while I watched it - it would still suck.

Obviously, there aren't a lot of movies like this out there. But I wracked my brain to come up with my top 5, in no particular order:
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Field of Dreams
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Shindler's List
For a second I was going to add The Sixth Sense, but then I thought one might be able to come up with a decent sequel where Bruce Willis's character** has to figure out whether he's in heaven or in hell. Sure, it might be straight to DVD, but the concept has potential.

Note that the list contains only movies that I actually enjoyed watching the first time. Sure, it'd be easy to make a sequel to Serendipity - but who would want to?

Any others? Tell you what, if you name a movie in the comments I'll put together a plot summary of the sequel as a literary exercise. It'll give me something to do this weekend. But no using movies that have already had sequels made - that'd be too easy.

* Even if it is a parody
** Now that he knows he's dead

6 comments:

towwas said...

Actually I must disagree with you about the Wizard of Oz - I read all 10 or 20 or 50 million Oz books when I was little, and they were great. I bet some of them would make fine movies.

Grafs said...

They did make a sequel to the Wizard of Oz. It was called "Return to Oz" and was made in the 80's. It WAS bad, and we walked out of the theater.

J.Po said...

Mighty Ducks 3

MKD said...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

miss shirley said...

Wow, I want to see that sequel. Oddly.

J.Bro said...

Star Wars. Oops - too late.

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