December 23, 2004

Et Sequelae

When a movie hadn't been created as the start of a series we don't tend to expect a sequel to be as good. Some movies simply shouldn't have sequels; do we really want to see Rick and Louis take on Rommell in the desert? How about Freddy Meets The Wolfman?

Sometimes a sequel turns out not only better than expected, but better than the original movie. Futureworld was a total flop, based on what people thought of Westworld, but should have become a cult film on its merits. Peter Fonda's final gesture is one of my all-time favorite movie lines.

The reason I'm thinking about sequels right now is that it is the season for Christmas movies, some of which other people like far better than I do. I love the original Miracle, and like most of the Christmas Carols (especially Fonzie's), but I could do without all of that Christmas Story but the sight of the little brother paralyzed by his winter gear. What I would really like to see is a sequel, set in the '80s, wherein the town's economy is saved by the solidity of the area bancorp after the Building and Loan follows so many of its ilk into real estate speculation and collapse.

Posted by triticale at December 23, 2004 07:30 PM
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