Feb 232010
Authors: Johnny Hart

Fine people. I’ve got the hint.

You don’t want to hear about my embarrassing personal life. Well, too bad.

Just kidding, calm down. But, I will be talking about something I’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. There’s nothing else.

This week’s topic: sequels that are better than the original.

See, people always dog on sequels, and most of the time it’s valid. But I’m here to avenge the second installment, the number two in the storyline.

1. ‘The Dark Knight’

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, ‘Batman Begins,’ and made it even better: ‘The Dark Knight.’

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. ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’

Can I ask, if you will, has anyone ever seen the first “Terminator?”

Like, really, I thought “Terminator 2” was the first movie in the series until “T-3” came out. I just filled in the holes in the plotline in my mind with the awesomeness of explosions.

Ooh fire. Pretty …

“Terminator 2” not only was better than the prequel, it revolutionized how we use technology in movies today.

Thanks “T-2,” you just made James Cameron a butt-load more money.

3. ‘The Godfather: Part II’

I really debated on whether this movie was actually better than the original “Godfather.”

Denying the awesomeness that is “The Godfather” is like slapping the baby Jesus in the face. Or like a kitten or something equivalent.

Basically it came down to it’s probably equal to the original, but that doesn’t make it not an incredible sequel. Or movie, at that.

“I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!” Goosebumps.

4. ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’

OK, so I have to admit, I’m not a huge “Star Wars” fan.

I know, I know, tar and feather me now. How could a film fan like me not love “Star Wars?”

Well, I never saw the holy trilogy until just recently. My life is so sheltered.

But you can’t deny that “The Empire Strikes Back” is a great movie. Even if you think “Return of the Jedi” is better, they both surpass “A New Hope.”

Personally, I really like Ewoks, so I’m partial to “Return of the Jedi,” but whatever.

5. ‘Toy Story 2’

This choice is a little weird for me. I kind of feel too old to be a fan of a children’s movie.

But the “Toy Story” series overall astounded audiences, and that can’t be ignored.

Though the original “Toy Story” changed computer animation forever, “Toy Story 2” 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 “death” he’s been carrying all week. His editors are very angry. Send support e-mails to verve@collegian.com.

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