Thor: Ragnarok gives us the third cinematic helping of MCU’s Thor. Click here for my review, but basically I thought it’s proclivity for comedy made it a rather empty experience. But it got me to thinking…how many great third entries in a film franchise/trilogy are there? Most trilogies fail on the third outing: see The Godfather Part III, Spider-Man 3, X-Men III, Scream 3. In many cases, the second outing was so incredible that it’s hard for a follow up to live up to expectations (see: The Dark Knight Rises). Very good/great third entries in a film franchise/trilogy are a rarity, but here are My Top 10 Best Threequels! Continue reading

Review: Star Wars: Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983) (Full Of Diminishing Returns?)


“The Emperor Is Not As Forgiving As I Am”

Time has not been kind to Return of the Jedi. As a child, it was my favourite of the original trilogy. As an adult, it is my least favourite. If ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was just another sequel to Star Wars, rather than the middle part of a trilogy, I’d expect it to be like ‘Return of the Jedi.’ ROTJ repeats the Death Start storyline of Episode IV, as a typical Hollywood big budget sequel would do. Of course, there are more explosions, more action and more characters, in typical Hollywood big budget sequel fashion. But looking past those things, there’s very little that contributes to resolving the many plot threads dangling from ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’ The Oedipal storyline between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader is the most (and perhaps only) satisfying aspect of ROTJ, but it’s sometimes lost among the nonsense happening elsewhere. Continue reading