Fine people. Iâ€™ve got the hint.
You donâ€™t want to hear about my embarrassing personal life. Well, too bad.
Just kidding, calm down. But, I will be talking about something Iâ€™m pretty likely to experience this week: plopping down in front of a TV.
Well, more specifically, watching movies. And even more specifically, watching movie series or sequels. And even more specific … oh, got you. Thereâ€™s nothing else.
This weekâ€™s topic: sequels that are better than the original.
See, people always dog on sequels, and most of the time itâ€™s valid. But Iâ€™m here to avenge the second installment, the number two in the storyline.
1. â€˜The Dark Knightâ€™
Christian Bale is a badass. Heath Ledger is a badass. Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart: All badasses.
Director Christopher Nolan took one of the best re-imaginations of the Batman universe, â€˜Batman Begins,â€™ and made it even better: â€˜The Dark Knight.â€™
One of the greatest tells of a great sequel is that it can stand alone as its own movie, and this flick does it wonderfully.
My Bat-sense is all tingly now. I need to clean up.
2. â€˜Terminator 2: Judgment Dayâ€™
Can I ask, if you will, has anyone ever seen the first â€œTerminator?â€
Like, really, I thought â€œTerminator 2â€ was the first movie in the series until â€œT-3â€ came out. I just filled in the holes in the plotline in my mind with the awesomeness of explosions.
Ooh fire. Pretty â€¦
â€œTerminator 2â€ not only was better than the prequel, it revolutionized how we use technology in movies today.
Thanks â€œT-2,â€ you just made James Cameron a butt-load more money.
3. â€˜The Godfather: Part IIâ€™
I really debated on whether this movie was actually better than the original â€œGodfather.â€
Denying the awesomeness that is â€œThe Godfatherâ€ is like slapping the baby Jesus in the face. Or like a kitten or something equivalent.
Basically it came down to itâ€™s probably equal to the original, but that doesnâ€™t make it not an incredible sequel. Or movie, at that.
â€œI know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!â€ Goosebumps.
4. â€˜Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Backâ€™ and â€˜Return of the Jediâ€™
OK, so I have to admit, Iâ€™m not a huge â€œStar Warsâ€ fan.
I know, I know, tar and feather me now. How could a film fan like me not love â€œStar Wars?â€
Well, I never saw the holy trilogy until just recently. My life is so sheltered.
But you canâ€™t deny that â€œThe Empire Strikes Backâ€ is a great movie. Even if you think â€œReturn of the Jediâ€ is better, they both surpass â€œA New Hope.â€
Personally, I really like Ewoks, so Iâ€™m partial to â€œReturn of the Jedi,â€ but whatever.
5. â€˜Toy Story 2â€™
This choice is a little weird for me. I kind of feel too old to be a fan of a childrenâ€™s movie.
But the â€œToy Storyâ€ series overall astounded audiences, and that canâ€™t be ignored.
Though the original â€œToy Storyâ€ changed computer animation forever, â€œToy Story 2â€ stepped it up to the next level.
And now, if I watch either, I regress to a mess of childhood grossness, which, in fact, does excuse my outward immaturity.
Entertainment Editor Johnny Hart has a hard time following deadline, especially with the â€œdeathâ€ heâ€™s been carrying all week. His editors are very angry. Send support e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org.