Goodness how the time flies. In just a week it will have been 2 years since I left for my study abroad to Paris. It's both funny and sad how I never seemed to realize how much I loved that place until I was leaving it. The lovely parks, the beautiful architecture, the general feeling and crispness in the air....oh yes...and the FOOD. My goodness the food. Some of the best food I've ever eaten in my life (oh yeah, I'm a foodie.) I love the translation of "I miss Paris." because in French it means more "Paris is missing from me." and that is completely how I feel. I know someday (hopefully sooner rather than later....I'm working on it, but life often gets in the way...) I will get back to my one-time home, but in the meantime.....I'm always trying to find ways to keep a little bit of France with me.
How? By combining my two loves every now and then. Movies and food...with a French twist. A few months back I had a glorious fondue feast and watched what else but Ratatouille? Rats and cheese, get it? I meant to blog about it I really did...it was a simply fabulous night. Ratatouille totally captures the dazzle of Paris and the fondue was fantastic. We made a crab fondue, Italian cheese fiesta, some other really good cheese one, a citrus one and a cupcake one. Magnifique! And it was ever so appropriate to watch a movie about falling in love with food that is set in Paris...after all, that is where I first fell for fondue. BTW, for details on recipes and such...my good friend Amelia blogged about fondue night HERE
Two weeks or so ago it was Julia Child's 100th birthday and to celebrate Courtney and I each made our own Julie & Julia style meals. Courtney made a scrumptious mustard pork with a cauliflower gratin and glazed carrots on the actual day. (Seriously it was incredible...and she blogged about it very briefly HERE ) For my turn I made an herbed chicken with an amaaaaazing white wine and more herbs sauce, buttered peas and a cheese souffle. We even broke out the Martinelli's.. And then we watched one of my favorite french films: Amelie. :)
Amelie is such a charming movie and it totally is just everything I love about France. It is beautiful, colorful and full of life. And not just any life...but life to the fullest. Not leaving a stone unturned and taking advantage of life's gifts when we are given them. I first saw Amelie at international cinema at Byu (man I really loved that) and immediately it resonated with me. Her runaway imagination was all too similar to mine and I found that she was one of the most real and accessible characters to come along in some time. One of the things I love best about the film is how we are introduced to the characters by instantly learning their likes and dislikes as told by the narrator... If only life really worked like this! We probably would all have such a greater understanding of people. Instead we just jump to conclusions, judge and become haters. Can't we all just get along?
Anywho I'll take this time to say that I'm grateful for my life. Sure I'm not walking down the streets of Paris anymore...but two years ago I was and to have that opportunity at all I am a very lucky girl. And even if I haven't made it back it's just because I got distracted with New Zealand and in a few days Cabo! But I'll be back to Paris one day you can count on it! Even if I'm as old as the guy in Amelie who is reunited with his childhood toys only to reminisce about how fast life goes by :)
Speaking of Cabo, I'll be out of the country all next week so I won't be able to guarantee a post next week...but keep an eye out you never know!
Sorry I haven't posted a blog yet this week...I'd been doing so good of going. But don't worry, I wasn't compleeeeetely neglecting it.....just instead focusing on Courtney's blog! You see, my dear friend has asked me to be a guest blog writer for her site once a month providing seasonal Top Ten lists. Since summer is drawing to a close we thought that listing movies paying tribute to the season would be best. So....without further ado, click the link below and head on over to Courtney's blog and read the list!
Don't you love it when you're telling the truth about something, that to the uninitiated seems absolutely ridiculous and they insist you're pulling their leg... but for once you really are telling the honest to goodness truth? Like say for example, if an individual had never heard of shark week their ENTIRE lives (I know it's a stretch, but bear with me.... I mean WHO hasn't heard of shark week?) and thought we just chose a random creature to pay tribute to in a fake week-long celebration. Sadly, this exact situation actually happened just yesterday to an apparently sheltered friend, and to remedy the situation and pay tribute to the great beast we decided that a viewing of none other than Steven Spielberg's classic Jaws was needed. What a movie. And can I just say, as impressive as this film is.....what's even MORE impressive is that Spielberg was only 27 when making it!! Great. So now in 1.5 years if I haven't made a beloved cinema classic I'm pretty much a failure.... Oh well, we can't all be Steven Spielberg (no matter how hard many people try..) But back to the film itself and not its filmmakers: this is a truly solid film.....a film very deserving of all the accolades it has been given throughout the years. It is chilling, thrilling and tense.....just masterfully crafted in every way. I have seen the movie a few times before, but it had been a few years since. When I went to grab the DVD she advised that we watch it on the biggest screen possible to get the true effect.
Good call mom.
And there was definitely a reason for that. Some films were MADE for the big screen....and I mean truly made for the big screen. Yes, all feature films (well okay not all....but you know what I'm saying,) debut on the silver screen at a local cinema...but, not all were made to really utilize it. But Jaws did....and the people recognized it....so much that they stood in lines busting blocks (see what I did there?) just trying to get a glimpse of it. So how was it so different from everything else? Well, it was something that only REALLY came alive on that giant screen. Seeing that shark so massive, everyone can actually feel the threat it imposes...and because of that the tension runs high. And so upon its release in '75, the first blockbuster was born and the film began to be shifted from being the moody art pieces of the 1970's towards the rollercoaster popcorn spectacles of 1980's.
However, I will admit this movie is probably not quiiiiiite perfect since the pacing of the boat scenes slows down an awwwwful lot in comparison to the wonderfully frenetic first half....but maybe that's just me. Even so though, on a first viewing basis the film flies by, and I definitely noticed how invested Ann was. Both for the audiences then and for anyone who watches it now it always manages to suck us in and hold our attention captive throughout. And really....it's so evident in the unforgettable scene below how you could just cut that tension with a knife...or a shark tooth.
So apart from all of Steven Spielberg's touches, (as well as his editor and cinematographer who were also fantastic..) it, of course, must be mentioned the giant contribution that John Williams' score added to the film. From reading all about the making of Jaws it seemed there were a lot of serendipitous accidents that really made the movie what it is now...one of which was a malfunctioning mechanical shark that forced Steven Spielberg to show the shark less than he planned....and this is where the musical score stepped in. The score personifies the shark and gives it character....it makes it clear how menacing it really is, it shows the shark without SHOWING the shark....in fact it might be one of the most effective scores (along with Psycho) in all of film history. Also to the film's credit is the fine performances by the cast...in particular the trio of Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw. Despite the kerfuffles on the set, their performances all work together seamlessly and have a very good chemistry that makes the movie work. The result of all of these efforts? The ULTIMATE shark movie.
Now to continue the tribute of the great beast I'll quickly mention a few other famous sharks and shark movies....and if I missed any you can take to the comments below. Other than Jaws, the most memorable film sharks I know are the friendly ones found in Finding Nemo...turning the stereotype of the vicious monster on its head. The lead shark that especially resembles the shark in Jaws is in fact even named Bruce, the nickname Spielberg gave the mechanical shark during the filming. Other animated sharks include the one Ariel from The Little Mermaid has a run in with as well as the ones from Shark Tale (does anyone actually remember them though?) Back to live action we have Deep Blue Sea (which I also have not seen....it has always struck me as the poor man's Jaws.) and then there's the 2003 film Open Water...which actually intrigues me a lot. The Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb scores aren't very much in sync though so I'm not sure what to believe! But the plot is this: Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left. Oh and, of course, there's Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus....now how could I forget that one? So what's your favorite?
ETA: Rottentomatoes has a good list of shark movies HERE
ETA: I saw this after the fact, but the throwup kiss in Gentlemen Broncos beats every movie kiss on this list. So as I mentioned briefly in my last blog, while watching that disgusting kiss in Minority Report I was inspired for another post...and here it is! These kisses are THE WORST. I looked up a lot of lists and tried including some different stuff than most people had, but there were some tried and true terrible kisses that I just had to include in my list too. However, I again decided to only include kisses from movies I've personally seen...unlike the fantastic picture here to the right. Oh George...what would we do without the creation of Howard the Duck? (Well some of us would probably sleep a little easier at night actually...) So without further ado...
10. BACK TO THE FUTURE. Look! Lea Thompson again! Haha. Poor Marty....he's in a bit of a tough spot here. The only scheme he can think of to get his parents together is to make his dad look like the tough guy by rescuing his mom from....himself. Ugh. However Marty is far too much of a...chicken... to go through with it (and who can really blame him?) But Lorraine had thoughts of her own on the matter and makes the first move anyway...with hilarious and awkward results (Michael J. Fox's face is certainly priceless.) Don't worry, this isn't the only mother/son kiss on the list!
9. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE. Okay, yes I'm including this one out of spite...but it makes me cringe every time. I know it's not the filmmakers fault they cast some bland poor little actress back in the second film for what they thought would be a minor part, and little did they know she'd end up being the main hero's love interest... Not much you can do there. But this girl is as stiff as a board. No charisma or screen presence whatsoever...and to be perfectly honest their kiss kind of reminds me of #5 on the list (you can guess which one since there are two #5's and either way would be right)
8. BLADES OF GLORY. Jenna Fischer and Jon Heder share a kiss that in interviews they described as two never-been-kissed people going at it for the first time. Well let's hope not all people's first time is as terrible as that. This kiss is definitely done for laughs but still really grosses me out. It actually reminds me a lot of this kiss from the TLC series The Virgin Diaries. Sadly this couple had never kissed before either...what a terrible terrible pattern. TLC = FREAK SHOW TELEVISION.
7. MINORITY REPORT. Not only is this kiss gross...it is so completely out there and has to pretty much make everyone scratch their heads when they saw it. In fact, it's actually become part of the FAQ on the IMDb's page of the movie. Uh...why does that old bag just decide to kiss Tom Cruise on the mouth out of NO WHERE? Answer.. uh....she's crazy!! Haha yeah, well whatever the reason it is disturbing indeed.
6. THE SHINING. The only thing worse than kissing that old bag? Realizing mid-makeout that you're actually kissing a corpse. Which is what Jack Torrence from The Shining happens to discover after meeting what he thought was a beautiful woman....but actually happened to be a decaying corpse. Tough break bro.
5. TIE HAROLD AND MAUDE. The next best thing to kissing a corpse is kissing Maude from Harold & Maude. I don't really remember anything about this movie except as a teenager when I watched it I was perpetually grossed out the entire time watching this relationship blossom between an 80-year-old woman and a dude that couldn't have been older than his early 20's IF THAT. Yeah it supposedly taught messages of living life in the moment and blah blah blah...he's making out with an 80-year-oldwoman! This is not romantic, it's disgusting!
Luckily for y'all the picture doesn't even do it justice of how gross it is.
5. TIE PLANET OF THE APES. How do we one up an individual kissing a corpse or an 80-year old woman...why how about a super-intelligent monkey! This is definitely a kiss you can't help but be taken out of a movie with...it's just bizarre.
4. DUMB & DUMBER. I pretty much saw this one on every list I found...and there's definitely a reason. We know it's done for laughs...but it really doesn't make it any less painful or disgusting.
3. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. Riddle me this....what's worse than kissing a corpse, an 80-year old woman or a monkey? The answer? Angela Lansbury! And add in the fact that she's your MOM on top of that. And NO I'm not talking about an innocent peck (which I will admit, I still am not really comfortable with..) But a full on KISS.
2. THE INNOCENTS. With all of this talk of old women on the list, isn't it about time we included a child? This kiss is straight up CREEPY. I found the best description of it on a youtube video (which again, is it not creepy people are making fan videos of this "relationship"?) "In this disturbing scene the child Miles, who is possessed by the spirit of an adult, is put to bed by the Governess played by Deborah Kerr. He asks her to kiss him goodnight and kisses her fully on the lips and for a brief second she reciprocates which makes it all the more unsettling." Unsettling to say the least... definitely a what the HECK moment.
1. STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Star Wars wins again! But NOT in a good way. This one has just always grossed me out. Even when you didn't know the lineage...Luke probably looks his absolute worst in this scene and the whole thing is just awful. But any time after watching Return of the Jedi you can't help but want to die every time you see the satisfaction on Luke's face after the deed. Not only is it a disgusting kiss, but he ENJOYED IT!! I think that's the reason it clinches the top spot. THAT and the fact that I found so many silly videos dedicated to it (though not always the best edited...still good for a laugh.)Yeah we know she was doing it to make Han jealous but...come on girl there are better ways! Especially creepy when in Jedi Luke informs her of their relationship she responds with "I know...somehow I've always known." Really!? Even then?
It's totally the music that makes me laugh hard here..
DISHONORABLE MENTIONS: Everyone says I love you (which I have never seen but came across while researching this blog and yeah Woody Allen and Julia Roberts IS bad), The Terminal (not in the same league then....maybe now though!), A lot of lists included the final kiss from Ghost. As it is, it's a dumb kiss...but not repulsive. Had he actually kissed her when he was possessing Whoopi Goldberg I'd definitely agree though. Also I'm gonna say that kiss in It's A Wonderful Life...so violent and not in a good way! AND if I was including t.v. kisses (other than the aforementioned Virgin Diaries kiss), I'd also include a kiss Annie imagines Jeff and Britta having in season 2 of Community. Sarah also mentioned the Christian Bale and Winona Ryder spit trail kiss in Little Women as well as the kind of out of control Richard Gere and Julia Ormond kiss in First Knight. Are you people animals!?
Also if you can't get enough of terrible kisses here are a few more lists: EMPIRE'S MOST AWKWARD KISSES
(FYI the Step-brothers one is very R-rated..) AMC'S LIST
very similar to mine, but I promise I only found this list when I was in picture finding mode! MOVIE PHONE LIST
Mentioned all of these at one point, but CAN'T believe they included The Return of the King kiss. I actually really like that one....but uh not that version of it.
So which ones do you think are the worst? Any I missed?
Last Friday the film Total Recall opened to TERRIBLE reviews (when I had checked Rottentomatoes it was at 18%, but apparently it has now risen to 31% haha.) Yet somehow, me and my friends still wanted to see it. (Why? I don't really have an answer for that...) But what did we find? Well....that sometimes horrible reviews can be a wonderful gift in destroying absolutely all expectations a person might have. Once our expectations were out the window, we had nothing to do but wait and see how bad the movie got. To my surprise, it never got as bad as the critics would have it seem. As I was watching the movie, I worried that maybe I was just a brainless idiot getting swept up in the action, since I never found myself hating it like I expected to. Once it was over, Courtney asked "so what did you think!?' I hesitated as I wondered if I was alone in my beliefs but still said "....I didn't think it was that bad!!" Luckily, I wasn't and they had come to that conclusion too. Now before we go any further, I must admit I have never seen the original film which no doubt played into people's expectations. Had this been a remake of a film I already had an opinion on and regarded as a solid, well-made sci-fi flick (say Minority Report...which we'll get to later..) I probably would have been saying the movie sucked too. Not to worry, the original will be watched soon(ish.)
And how can one not look forward to this??
So again, that's the thing about expectations....you remove them entirely out of the equation and you can see things a lot differently. I can definitely see how people had higher hopes for what it would be.... Heck some who hadn't seen the original still hoped it would be the next Minority Report and it most certainly wasn't. It was most definitely forgettable and took a lot from other, better films (white ironmen/stormtroopers roaming the streets anyone?) And it definitely had some stuff I could do without (so let me get this straight? 1 naked boob = PG-13 ie Titanic and Across the Universe. 2 = R, but 3 = PG-13? As long as they're odd numbered it's okay I guess? Or maybe it's because they were CGI boobs?) But it was by no means TERRIBLE. It's true it got off to a slow start, but once the story got rolling it was pretty much non-stop action, and it had some pretty nice sequences.
Kate Beckinsale made a decent villain, though I had to chuckle HOW relentless she was at times. And I do think Colin Farrell is a pretty likable guy....they certainly could have done a lot worse. I mean he doesn't have the charisma of Bruce Willis...but at least he wasn't as bland as Matt Damon's Jason Bourne who also had no idea who he was (haha yeah I might get flamed for that...but I really have never seen anything special about him as a hero or his movies.) Even Jessica Biel was okay....ish. She's kinda bland but I thought they had a good rapport and nice chemistry. Random sidenote: It was also weird how eerily similar Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale's faces are....but Beckinsale is far more beautiful (they really downplayed Biel in this...but still.) But anyway yeah.... this movie was no masterpiece and will likely be forgotten really quickly, but I definitely wasn't wanting to kill myself while watching like I did when watching Battleship. Sure it may be an inferior remake, (I can't really say one way or another..) but on its own merits it was an entertaining matinee in August (it's true worth though will be as a redbox movie or possibly a dollar theater night) I think I'd give it a 6/10 and say though that it's enjoyable enough even if its completely forgettable... and it is definitely not deserving of SUCH bad reviews. But like I said, I might have felt differently if I had seen the original and it was beloved to me.
Oh but I'm not finished. You see, after Recall we were all in the mood to watch Minority Report (which oddly enough....was originally intended as a SEQUEL to the original Total Recall) and can I just say "This is how it's done!" What a solid film. It had been quite some time since I'd seen it last. Before and after we watched it we wondered what exactly set it apart from all the bland sci-fi making its way to theaters nowadays. Well for one it has got Steven Spielberg at the helm during one of his golden stretches of filmmaking. It features a really good cast who is all very committed to making the premise and story seem believable (probably Tom Cruise at his most likable too). Interesting though that according to the IMDb trivia, the movie was supposed to be made a few years earlier and would have had a very different supporting cast including Ian McKellen as Burgess and Cate Blanchett as Agatha. Meryl Streep was cast at one point too as the old bag that kisses Tom Cruise (coming soon to the blog, the most repulsive screen kisses ever...) Oh yeah, and how weird is it that Colin Farrell is in both Minority Report and Total Recall?
But back to the film's pro's...It's also clear that a lot of research was done in presenting a future that was actually feasible. But it's greatest strength must be its story and how intricately interwoven everything is. It is most definitely fascinating throughout, and unlike Recall where the plot takes a back seat and we just go along with it even though we don't know what the heck is going on..., in Minority Report it all makes sense. At the same time though there are little mysteries that get unraveled the entire way through....but we are never lost. Never lost and always interested. If only they could make them like that all the time. Maybe if they did though it wouldn't have been such a standout....maybe it's the Total Recalls that make the Minority Reports such masterpieces.
Welcome to part 3 of my trilogy exploration. This shall be the final post and I hope you have enjoyed it, even if I haven't been exactly fair the whole time... Anywho though...no time to waste. Let's get a move on! Oh and let me give a huge thank you to Courtney. Minus the first two banners which Amelia did (thanks for that too!), Courtney realized my vision and created all the rest of the wonderful graphics.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TRILOGY:
This is not a bad theme, and I think a lot of the music in the newest installment was very good. However, when you compare it to all of the themes below....this is one of the few categories where I strongly feel that it's not in the same league. Completely fitting for the films it is featured in, but not the kind of tune that really gets you excited the second you hear it. Ask the average film buff and they'd be able to hum any of the others, but this one is kind of forgettable, unless you are in the middle of watching it.
THE TOY STORY TRILOGY
Randy Newman's best and most memorable. Hard to compare to the others because like the film itself, it is completely different than all of its competition. But it's great for what it is and is a huge factor in Toy Story's charm.
LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
This theme, as well as the general Lord of the Rings theme is both beautiful and memorable. This score, like the remaining three on the list, adds A LOT to the atmosphere of their respective trilogies. The themes are diverse and deep. Also to note, the themes perfectly match the imagery that they go along with. The second you hear any of the themes, you can almost picture the precise moment it went with in the film.
BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
Another fantastic theme that really amps things up during the film's climax. As I said, music adds a lot and during the finale this theme is invaluable. It makes you really root for the hero and hope that they can accomplish the impossible. The soundtrack is good, and there are definitely other great themes too...but probably not as wide an array as Star Wars, Indiana Jones or Lord of the Rings.
INDIANA JONES TRILOGY:
This truly is one of the great themes in cinema history. It just makes you feel something and somehow it personifies perfectly its hero. It's reckless and exciting, and it makes you feel ready to take on an adventure too...or at least perfectly excited to witness Indy take on the adventure!
STAR WARS TRILOGY:
Yep I put two. I could have put 3, or 4 or 7 themes from the original Star Wars alone. John Williams made some incredible themes here and they absolutely put their mark on not only these films but also the world of pop culture and cinema in general. When you think of Star Wars, you most likely think of one of the many songs that decorate the trilogy. Also, the opening credits have to be probably the coolest and most iconic in all of film.
WINNER: STAR WARS. Indiana's theme second, then Back to the Future, then Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings probably over takes Indy's and BTTF's score as a WHOLE, but I like the main themes better in the others.
Which trilogy has the best musical score?
A fight to the death!! Between the strongest installments and the weakest! The best of the best! And...well the worst of the best/worst!
STRONGEST INSTALLMENTS RANKED:
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
2. Back to the Future
3. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
4. The Dark Knight
5. Raiders of the Lost Ark
6. Toy Story 2
All incredibly strong films and among the greats in cinema history. The Dark Knight is probably one of the best comic book movies ever made, but as I said in my recent Star Wars blog...Empire is
one of the best films ever made of any genre. It's a perfect film and it changed so much
about the way films are made today. In fact, I think TDK as well as many second installments of any franchise, took quite a bit from it. Its impact will be forever felt because
of what it was and what it continues to be: a fantastic film and a
perfect sequel. It made the trilogy. Return of the King was an amazing film and very strong too, especially as a member of a trilogy...it was the perfect finale and was recognized as such by everyone and their dog when the awards shows came. Whereas Back to the Future is
just a downright great FILM....one of my all time favorites in fact,
there is no doubt it is the best in its trilogy...so good that it makes
the rest of the trilogy seem completely inferior and that it should
almost just be a stand alone. And I know people will disagree on Toy Story 2 being
the best, but I don't know that there's a clear winner here and this
one actually is my favorite. I guess it shows how similar in quality all
the films are that they can all be argued either way.
WEAKEST INSTALLMENTS RANKED (LEAST WEAK LAST):
1. Back to the Future III
2. Toy Story
3. The Dark Knight Rises
4. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
5. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
6. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
I guess there's no "winners" here, but which is the least weak of these films. I actually think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is verrrry entertaining, so it's probably between that and the original Star Wars which on rewatch is the slowest paced of the films, but very solid and influential in its own right. Oh then there's Fellowship of the Ring....pretty dang solid and probabbbbbly holds up the best. The Dark Knight Rises wouldn't
have fallen into this category had the script in the middle been
tighter, including a better setup...had that occurred Batman Begins would have taken this spot, and it would have won I think. It's a very solid film.
No need for me to explain, we'll let the stats speak for themselves...
WINNER: CRITICS - TOY STORY TRILOGY & LORD OF THE RINGS, AUDIENCE - DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY & LORD OF THE RINGS
This is a really hard category for me believe it or not, because I truly believe that all of these trilogies have left their mark on the world.
THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY: What will this trilogy be remembered as in ten years? Impossible to see...the future is. Wait a minute...wrong trilogy. But it should be interesting when the reboots (and/or possible spinoffs) inevitably come. I think Christopher Nolan is a masterful filmmaker and his trilogy will be remembered in a very positive light as forever changing the superhero genre. Heath's performance has already gone down in history as being unforgettable for both his portrayal and the fact that it was his last completed performance. Unfortunately too though these films will have a somewhat marred legacy because I don't think they'll be able to be remembered without thinking of Heath's untimely death as well as the tragedy surrounding the Colorado midnight shooting. Definitely not anyone's fault there because they are incidents outside of the films...not anything to do with the actual films themselves. I do believe in general they will still have a VERY positive legacy...however I'm still not really even sure that they'll be remembered as Christopher Nolan's crowning achievement... I think Inception already holds that honor (and I still think whatever he does in the future has the chance to top all his previous work as well...sky's the limit!)
TOY STORY TRILOGY: Toy Story leaves itself a pretty good legacy too. In fact....it's kind of the Star Wars of CG animated films....for better or for worse. Yeah Disney was up to their no good dollar grabbing sequel ways BEFORE Pixar came along, but Toy Story 2 was the movie that proved that children's franchises could exist and actually be successful. And now look at all the wonderful children franchise we have.... ugh. But seriously Toy Story changed a LOT. It was after all, the first Pixar film and spawned a whole legacy on just that, as well as its own franchise. But it changed children's films altogether (not that I'm sure it was completely for the positive...) Before this everything was hand drawn animation, now we're lucky to get The Princess and the Frog once in a blue moon. So I don't think there's any denying that Toy Story and Toy Story 2 forever changed film in its own right.... but as a trilogy did they make a world of difference? Did Toy Story 3 change the world? Maybe not...but proved that Pixar could make good sequels even if they were forced into making them... oh wait.... Cars 2. Nevermind.
Toy Story, you are responsible for this!
LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY: I think Lord of the Rings has already left a pretty nice legacy. Batman has the superhero legacy, Toy Story has the animated legacy and Lord of the Rings gets the adapted literature legacy (though maybe some Harry Potter fans might argue that...or maybe they wouldn't since they all love to complain about their adaptations.) I have never read the books, so I can't speak for it...but I know people who have and they just rave about it. Color me jealous since my favorite series, The Chronicles of Narnia was so poorly adapted and might never see the light of screen again. By their films Narnia is kind of a forgettable and GENERIC fantasy land that no one seems eager to visit again (QUITE the contrary in C.S. Lewis' fantastic books..) whereas Middle Earth was definitely an unforgettable and at times beautiful place (haha it could be pretty ugly too though.) This was a very tightly made trilogy and it shows...the filmmakers definitely took a lot of care in making it and they were certainly rewarded with a boat-load of awards. Deservedly so, since I must admit that Return of the King is a beautiful film and reflects a beautiful series. Cinema changing? Well... I think it's arguable either way...
BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY: I prayyyyyyyyy this series never gets remade. The original film is so perfect. A perfect popcorn movie. It's hard to say what exactly is it's legacy other than being a universally well loved film/series of the 1980's. I think it was very influential, but it's a lot harder to pinpoint its exact influence like it is with the other series. It definitely had its own magic though in that first movie...a magic that was even hard for themselves to completely duplicate the next time around. That's why I think a remake would be such a mistake... lightning doesn't strike twice... See what I did there?
INDIANA JONES TRILOGY: This is another harder trilogy to pinpoint exact influence, but probably still a little easier than Back to the Future. Why? Because here you can definitely see the knockoffs trying to duplicate the exact winning formula. But again....they can't quite do it because Nicolas Cage (excuse me while I laugh straight for 5 minutes!) or Brendan Fraser (sorry Sarah) are no Harrison Ford. I think it definitely had an impact on the pure action/adventure genre... but as of late it's kind of a dying genre, and the fourth installment didn't really bring it back. It's a lot easier to adapt some superhero... ANY superhero than to come up with an original hero like Indiana Jones....because after Jones, they all just seem like wannabes anyway. The references to Indy in pop culture are quite numerable.. if you go toHEREand scroll down the 'referenced in' section, it goes on foreeeeeeeeeeever. Same as our next series on the list. Here's one of my favorites:
STAR WARS TRILOGY: Alrighty... cue the haters singing "Star Wars that I used to know" and "George ruined everything blah blah blah blah BLAH." Yes I will admit that the legacy of Star Wars to the general public has become very mixed in the last two decades and I get it...I do. But it really doesn't change what he, alone with his own imagination, was able to create on film and the fact that his story changed EVERYTHING. In fact, the mere reality that so many people STILL spend their time complaining about it goes to show something doesn't it? People care about these movies. They made an impact...and I argue that they made THE impact. I don't think any of these other trilogies on this list would even exist if it weren't for the fact that Star Wars came first and paved the way. We know Indiana Jones wouldn't have.. and I'm pretty sure no one would have ever attempted to adapt Lord of the Rings on the grand scale that they did if Star Wars hadn't shown people that a story on such a huge scale could be done. It changed special effects, it changed franchises, it changed trilogies, the entire world of film in general and it created movie fandoms. And its references in pop culture are somehow even more endless. It's always around...it never goes away. It always finds its way to still exist through references by people or media...something comes online on youtube or written in an article...where people keep bring it back and comparing it to anything and everything. I don't care who you are, and what you think of George...but you have to admit, that's huge. The following videos are just uploaded by mere humans, and not even the countless references done by the rest of the entertainment world...and there's plenty there I could upload too.
Which trilogy left the greatest mark on the world?
WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER: Sorry, like I said...if you knew me, you already knew the second you started reading this blog what my pick was going to be and I admit my bias showed the whole way through. But Star Wars is the winner of my heart...always will be. I think Lord of the Rings takes second place with The Dark Knight in third. But here's what I REALLY think: YOU'RE ALL WINNERS!!!