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[Note: This was originally written at the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but never published.]

Star Wars seems to be everywhere you turn. It’s on the major news outlets – CNN, Fox, & NBC. It’s on endless magazine covers. It was on your children’s Christmas lists (and possibly some adult’s lists as well).   It’s even on theological websites.

The release of Star Wars: Episode 7 was historic and Rogue One continues to reign at the box office. It’s impossible to measure the impact this franchise has had on the cinema. Notable directors and actors state that their initial viewing of this film was a watershed moment in their life. The science fiction genre was not a money-maker at the box office until the release of Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Thus, all the hype.

Iconic characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, & Han Solo returned to the silver screen for the first time in decades. Even the beloved Millennium Falcon was back in action. While Rogue One gave us a list of new characters, familiar sights and sounds from the previous installments were present. Almost everyone’s back…except for the originator of the aforementioned Star Wars world, George Lucas.

The Original Creator

Last year there was an interview with George Lucas stating that those in charge of The Force Awakens didn’t want to involve him. For those who are unaware, Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise for $4 billion. Box office records show that it was a wise investment.

However, the very man who invented Luke Skywalker (initially called Starkiller), wasn’t even consulted. The man who wrote A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…sat back and wondered what was happening to the galaxy he thought up. George Lucas, who avoided major studio influence on his initial films by funding them with his own money, placed his creation in the hands of another.

Some may dismiss this thought and say, Well, Lucas did sell the rights. After all, why should we feel sorry for a man who’s counting his billions. However, there would be no hype, there would be no Force Awakens or Rogue One, had there been no George Lucas. One could even argue that there would be no Harry Potter, Hunger Games or film adaptation of Lord of the Rings literature had there been no George Lucas.

After the release of Episodes I-III, fans were ready for a change. Most despise these installments of the franchise, so it was clear that there had to be a marked difference with Episode VII and the ensuing Star Wars films. Here’s where I feel sorry for Lucas, however. It’s his story. It’s his world. It’s his cinematic vision. Yet, the movie-goers feel like they own the Star Wars universe. How dare George Lucas take this story in this direction! What was he thinking when he created Jar Jar Binks?! Why in the world did he cast Hayden Christensen as Anikan? So, I feel a bit sorry for all the criticism and down-right anger Lucas has endured from fans.

If it wasn’t for him, we would never have Episodes IV, V, & VI! He created them for movie-goers to enjoy – and enjoy they did. Yet now, we are ready for him to get out of the way and let us enjoy our Star Wars the way that we want it!

Don’t get me wrong, I was envisioning ways Jar Jar could be killed off in each ensuing episode. I was disappointed in all of the previous episodes, but I think in critiquing films sometimes we miss the humanity of the people we’re critiquing. We critique Star Wars as this thing that’s out there and forget there’s an image-bearer attached to it. I really wonder how Lucas feels.

Think about it. You can’t turn a television on right now or get on the Internet without seeing something about Rogue One. You can’t go anywhere without hearing how much critics and fans love this one immensely more than the prequels. Yet, somewhere is George Lucas hearing all this. Somewhere George Lucas must be thinking, I gave fans so much. I gave them Luke, Leia, Obi-Wan, Chewbacca, & Han. I created one of the greatest villains the cinema has ever seen in Darth Vader. I collaborated with John Williams to create a musical score that would transcend time.

What is the man, George Lucas thinking about all this?

It was this thought that got me thinking about the human condition. We are so selfish. We are so spoiled. We are so self-centered. Everything is about us and for us. We wake up looking in the mirror at a god we can’t wait to serve. Everything revolves around the person we see in the mirror and it better serve us.

The True Creator

As much as I appreciate George Lucas’ work, I am not imparting god-like status to him. Yet, he is a “creator” that has now witnessed his “creatures” rebelling against him. He did a great deal for those who are a fan of his Star Wars universe. They loved and worshipped him and now they’ve rebelled. There are definite parallels here to fallen mankind.

The true Creator gives and gives so much to this fallen race. In the beginning, God gave Adam and Eve anything they could want or imagine.   Yet, Adam and Eve rebelled against their Creator. The One who gave them the very hands that reached for the forbidden fruit wasn’t enough. The One who blessed them with the very taste buds that tasted the fruit witnessed those bestowed gifts being abused.

The Creator of all these great graces witnesses his creatures’ disdain towards those graces on a daily basis. We complain about the weather. We’re dissatisfied with our job. The body we see in the mirror isn’t what we want it to be. We take the creation that was graciously given to us and complain. It’s not what we think it should be. In short, we think we deserve better.

This parallel breaks down, however, in terms of ownership. Lucas is the creator of Star Wars, but he sold the ownership. Part of his reasoning is that he wants this story to go on after he’s gone – he’s not eternal.

For the Christian, we have a Creator who is eternal and will not leave or forsake his creatures because of their rebellion, no matter how much they complain. This Creator did not sell his rights to his creation, rather he entered into it in order to ensure this rebellious race could enjoy life everlasting. And, we can rest assured that the next chapter in that installment won’t be a disappointment…especially if Jar Jar isn’t there.

 

Star-Wars-7-The-Force-Awakens-Sith-Lightsaber-PhotoUnless you don’t own a television, haven’t heard of the Internet, or have no soul, you didn’t realize that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was released on Friday.  (If you did miss the trailer, check that out here and read Blaine’s post about a theology of movie trailers here).  To say that the trailer was released with much fanfare would be putting it lightly.  Sites crashed because of all the traffic from excited fans over-viewing the trailer.  At this point, over 27 million people have watched the trailer and several million checked out fake trailers that were released prior to Friday.  So, it is extreme to say that you have no soul if you haven’t seen the trailer, but it is accurate to say that Star Wars unites people.

I understand that a discussion about unity could be a little strange during this time of year.  For starters, we have just come off of rivalry week in football.  Football has been dividing people across the United States and some of the rivalries are even named after real-life wars.  However, this week has also shown us that people long to be united.

After I watched the Star Wars trailer, I saw a recommended video (which I cannot locate) of people reacting to the trailer’s release.  It’s shocking to see people flocking around a make-believe story.  People were dressed up like villains and heroes to show their love and support of Star Wars lore.  One person in the video even remarked, This is heaven.

I know this is a nerdy confession, but I was a bit giddy about the SW trailer being released.  I watched it multiple times and then I shared my excitement with my children, as well as, many people online.  It was exciting to watch people share their enthusiasm.  It was fun to see people anticipate the year-long release until the film (Lord willing, I’ll be there opening night!).  It was truly heaven-like.

In a sense I agree with the comment from the video about the SW convention being a taste of heaven.  You see, God’s plan is to unite all things in heaven and earth through the blood of Christ (Eph. 1:10b).  As creatures made in his image, we long for this unity.  Conversely, division is an uncomfortable, abnormal thing.  If you notice, even among the rivalries, people attempt to have a “friendly rivalry”, but that’s something that’s wrong-headed to the Christian.  I’m not saying that we can’t attempt to celebrate rivalries or that rivalries are wrong, but I am saying there is nothing – in Christ – that separates.  We are all united by His blood.

And, as weird, nerdy, and cheesy as it may sound, I got a taste of that unity this week through the SW trailer.  It was a feeble, fleeting taste, but it was a taste of unity.  An excitement that was shared among tribes, and tongues, and nations.  An anticipation for young and old.  If you think this is far-fetched or just plain silly, be there opening night in one year’s time and you might just say, “This is heaven.”

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Star-Wars-CastFor that past few months, Star Wars has been discussed quite frequently at the Perritt household.  If you remember, I shared my viewing of the first one a.k.a. Episode IV: A New Hope, with my children over the forth of July weekend.  Since then, we’ve watched Episode V, VI, I, & II – in that order (the correct order, I might add).  I don’t think my kids are ready for Episode III just yet, but we will watch it before we see Episode VII, Lord willing.

Since we are waiting on Episode III & VII, we have frequented the local bookstore and checked out just about every Star Wars book they have.  We’ve read Star Wars encyclopedias and I’ve learned more than ever about this world that has fascinated sic-fi nerd….I mean…fans for decades.  (Did you know Boba Fett actually survived the Sarlacc?  Crazy!)

Not only have we watched and read about Star Wars, we have become Star Wars.  That’s right, I’ve portrayed just about every character from time-to-time (and quite well, I might add).  We’ve made lightsabers out of pool noodles (just add duct tape), and because of that I’ve had many limbs severed.

So, with the anticipation of the newest SW installment and the constant dialogue about SW in my home, you will probably receive a few SW posts.  Yet, even with our excitement, there are plenty of haters out there.  People are already talking about how it’s going to be ruined or why they aren’t going to see it.  However, I’m not one of them.  I’m very excited!  And, I wanted to share a few reasons why you should be excited too.

J. J. Abrams

Relax, the two J’s don’t stand for Jar Jar.  Abrams has proved to us that he can handle reboots; e.g., Star Trek I & II.  In fact, I thought Star Trek: Into Darkness was the best summer blockbuster that year.  But, he’s not only shown us he can do reboots, he has shown us he can do reboots in a franchise that is adored by fans.  Add to that, the fact that he can handle sci-fi.  So, it’s a reboot, adored by fans, in the same genre Star Wars belongs.  What’s to worry?

It’s New

I know that newer doesn’t always translate to better, but you have to admit that some elements of Episodes I, II, & III were better than the originals (easy, I said some).  No one in there right mind would say that Obi-Wan and Darth Vader’s lightsaber battle in A New Hope came close to the lightsaber battle in The Phantom Menace.  Episode I clearly had the better fight scene, so why not expect this newer installment to possess better aspects than those previously released.  Think about it, we appreciate advancements in almost every professional field, why not film?  Not to mention the fact that we follow a King who promises to make all things new. (Rev. 21:5)  There’s something about newer that we should appreciate and long for.

The Never-ending Story

I know there are times when we want certain movies to end.  Pretty much any horror series needs to end – Saw, Friday the 13th, the Final Destination films, as well as, most films directed by Michael Bay.  But, there are some films we want to keep going.  There are those stories we just love and long to continue following, Middle Earth anyone?  I would put the Star Wars films in this category.  Say what you will, but these films have resonated ever since the first one made its way into the theaters in 1977.  These films have transcended generations and remained timeless classics.  And, this is what stories should be, right?  Think about it, stories weren’t designed to end.

God is the Creator of all that has ever been and all that will be.  He transcends time and is unchangeable so he is neither old nor young – he’s everlasting to everlasting.  His story will continue on into eternity future.  For those who have faith in his perfect Son, they too will continue forever in perfection.  Sadly, those who refuse to acknowledge him as King will continue forever in eternal torment.  Either way, our stories go on.

Therefore, never-ending stories resonate with us and that is why a story with intergalactic warfare continues to resonate.  If we’re honest, we don’t want them to end.  Yes, some of the episodes may stink.  Some may have silly characters we hope are killed off in the forthcoming episodes.  Some of us, however, will continue to enjoy finding out what happens in a galaxy far, far away.

Second-Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Poster-High-ResCombining two aliens, a tree, a talking raccoon, and a man sounds like a recipe for a bad joke. To be completely honest, that is exactly what I thought Guardians of the Galaxy would be—a likable and well-executed joke. “It’s a Marvel movie, so it can’t be that bad,” I said to myself, expecting a box office disaster all the while. The results are now in, and I was wrong. Guardians had a huge opening weekend ( $94 million); and, much to my surprise, I really enjoyed the film. It is the ultimate summer blockbuster and one of the best Marvel movies to date. That being said, this post will be a little different than my usual fare. First, I want to provide a few bullet point thoughts about why this movie is so much fun. Then, for something a little more serious, I’ll focus on the team of guardians themselves and attempt to show what sets them apart from other comic book superheroes.

  • Pop Culture references. Kevin Bacon, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, the MacGuffin, and The Giving Tree are just a few that I can think of off the top of my head. Oh, and if you stay until the credits are over (which you should always do in a Marvel movie), you just might get a glimpse of … I won’t ruin it for you.
  • The soundtrack. Aside from being a tremendous amount of fun, the hits from the ’70s and ‘80s remind us that, unlike the majority of characters in the film, protagonist Peter Quill (Chris Pratt)—who goes by the name Star-Lord—is an earthling. The soundtrack also provides seasoned (i.e. older) audience members with something familiar, which is important when you’re dealing with an ostensibly campy movie about a talking raccoon and tree.
  • Genre blending. Comedy, action, romance, and heart-warming moments: Guardians has it all, deftly blended and served in perfectly portioned bites.
  • The thinking audience. Guardians spends very little time explaining its intergalactic politics to the audience, and it is all the better movie as a result. Instead of giving us a five-minute monologue or title card sequence explaining the backstory, the filmmakers assume that their audience can connect point A to point B. That’s a rare thing nowadays.

 

In addition to all of these really fun aspects, Guardians of the Galaxy invites more thoughtful consideration by giving us a group of unconventional heroes. Impolite, unpolished, and socially challenged, these guardians are like the mischievous stepchildren of Steve Rogers, the straight-laced Captain America. They are, in fact, antiheroes. Why, then, do we cheer for them, stand alongside them, and sympathize with them? The answer, in part, is that in our broken, fallen, and sin-stained world, our heroes often have more in common with the Guardians of the Galaxy than they do with Captain America (I like the Captain America movies, by the way). We all love a hero we can put on a pedestal and admire without fear, knowing that he or she will always do the right thing, will always save the world. That’s one reason Superman has endured for over 75 years. But in reality, heroes are often flawed and depraved and not near-perfect pictures of Christ. After all, any good that human heroes are able to do is solely because of God’s common grace in spite of human sinfulness. In this respect, Guardians gives us some of the most lifelike heroes we’ve ever seen.

So, if you’re going to see Guardians of the Galaxy, have fun, look for the Pop Culture references, and enjoy the soundtrack. Then, think about this strange group of heroes. You can leave the theater comforted by the fact that the sovereign Lord—not Star-Lord—guards the universe.

star-wars-one-sheet-style-aWhat could possibly be said about this movie?  It’s a classic?  It changed my life?  It’s the greatest movie ever?  All of those things are nonetheless true about George Lucas’s ground-breaking, trail-blazingin, sci-fi classic, but there was something truly special about watching it again this past weekend.  Let me back up a bit…

I grew up on Star Wars and Indiana Jones.  I had these movies memorized and, as far as I knew, these were the only series of movies that existed.  When I was younger I would dress up like Indiana Jones and I would quote these films to my fellow classmates on the playground…which explains why I didn’t have any friends (not true).  However, I remember (on more than one occasion) waking up my parents at night because I was traumatized by the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark – what kid witnessing Nazis melting wouldn’t?  All of this to say, I was a big fan of these series of films.

Therefore, showing any of these films to my children was going to be a momentous occasion.  My oldest children are 7 and 4, and they have asked a good bit about Star Wars.  We’ve checked out some SW books at the library and they have some cousins that are pretty obsessed (in a healthy way) with the SW franchise.  While I felt that they were too young for the Indiana Jones franchise (remember the melting Nazis), I felt that they could handle the adventures of Luke and Han with my edits (earmuffs) along the way.  And, since there were so many classic films on TV for the Fourth of July, I thought we would have our own classic celebration in the Perritt household.

So, the iconic title and John Williams’ score exploded on the small screen in our living room and my children will never be the same.  We cheered, we clapped, we were excited to see Darth Vader, as well as, the good guys appear in a story that continues to prove itself as a classic.  All of that to say, it was special.

I enjoyed Sarah holding on to my arm with concern for the rebel alliance.  I loved seeing Samuel smile to see storm troopers and Darth for the first time (not sure if I should be concerned that he likes the bad guys…I like them too).  What was really unique about this experience of Lucas’ classic was that I sort of experienced it for the first time again.

At every moment of concern for the good guys, or each victory of Luke and Han over the villains, I would watch my children witness it without prior knowledge.  I loved waiting in eager anticipation with Sarah, I applauded with Samuel as the Millennium Falcon dominated starships twice its speed.  To put it simply, I shared in a timeless piece of art with my children.

Why is that such a joy?  Why has SW hung on for so long?  Why do countless adults and children still turn to this story for pleasure?  Well, there are many elements we could point to.  Good vs. Evil.  Darth vs. Obi-Wan.  Luke vs. Han.  Whatever it is, this film will continue to live on from generation to generation.  And, I guess the only reason I’m turning this into a post is simply to highlight God’s grace.  I know I could make some parallels, but I just want to be thankful.  God doesn’t owe us anything.  Yes, the gift of his Son is paramount to all gifts.  But, a dimly-lit living room playing a classic sci-fi film with my kids is pretty good too.

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-Poster-HD-WallpaperOkay, I know Star Trek: Into Darkness has been out since May and that makes it ancient in this fast-paced culture, but I just got the chance to see it. This film had all the necessary ingredients for a summer blockbuster: spectacle, intriguing story, great acting, humor, tension, sacrifice and sex (more on that in just a minute).

First off, let me just say that I continue to appreciate the work of J. J. Abrams. He has a knack for cultivating a nuance to the action/sci-fi genre while still bringing a certain level of nostalgia into his pictures. He has consistently accomplished this in his films and television series – Super 8 being a prime example. All of this to say, I am very hopeful with his forthcoming Star Wars films.

Back to Star Trek, it was such a satisfying film. The visuals were very impressive – everything from the exterior and interior design of the various spacecrafts, to the futuristic details of San Francisco and London. [Side Note: San Fran gets abused this summer. Alcatraz is destroyed in this film and The Golden Gate Bridge is demolished in Pacific Rim.]. The creativity, however, does not solely reside in the visuals but the various scenarios the characters find themselves in. One of the highlights is Captain Kirk and Khan’s outer-space-free-fall to board their “enemies” ship. The human minds which cultivated that idea from a sheet of paper to the illuminated silhouette on the silver screen explicitly points Christians to our amazingly, creative God.

This entire film would simply be shallow spectacle, however, were it not for the acting. An area the cinema has definitely refined has been the level of acting that frequents this genre. Acting and story were typically sacrificed some years back, but now they are just as central to the special effects. The ensemble cast that comprises the U.S.S. Enterprise is as well-developed as their acting. Not to mention the twists that add a deeper level of drama for the audience/characters.

Sacrificial Love

The theme of sacrifice throughout this film [spoilers]. In fact, the verse that continually came to mind was, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]. This film constantly portrayed characters willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of another. Spock does so in the opening scene, Bones is willing to explode for Carol’s sake, and Kirk willingly pursues death to save his entire crew.

Obviously the greatest example we have of this is Jesus Christ, which makes various portrayals something that should be applauded because they point us to the greater sacrifice.

Summer Sensuality

And of course, no Hollywood film would be complete without exploiting the human body. This is one aspect of the first Star Trek film, as well as, this one that bothers me. There is one completely unnecessary scene that hints at sensuality and a second scene that shows a women undressing.

Two thoughts come to mind when addressing sex making its way into almost every film – one negative and one positive. Negatively, this shows how uncreative Hollywood can be. I was, earlier, praising Abrams for his creativity, but the only thing creative about showing a woman undressing is how a filmmaker creates a scenario where that becomes a possibility in a space-action movie. This is simply cheap, exploitation employed to sale tickets.

Positively, although Hollywood and filmmakers put cheap sensuality in most of their films, they are drawing from a deeper truth that should be appreciated. That truth? Sex is powerful. Why is it powerful? Because God designed it to be. As we know, human sexuality is designed to draw a man and a women together in marriage. However, when it’s exploited from that context, it is still powerful, but it is being abused by its misuse of power.

Concluding Thoughts

Star Trek: Into Darkness is currently the highest-rated summer blockbuster this year (putting it above Man of Steel and Iron Man 3!), and I think it is well-deserved. It is really everything you are looking for in a summer movie. Even though there is an abuse of power, there is still truth that is being highlighted. And, let’s not forget the theme of sacrificial love that’s throughout. While Hollywood will continue to exploit powerful truths, let us not forget we worship a God whose hands are not tied. He is reigning and ruling over every filmmaker and every truth, no matter how much we try to exploit it, will ultimately bring him glory.

We are continuing our thoughts on trilogies at Reel Thinking, by looking at films that should not have been made. As you can guess from the title, this list includes films that should have stopped with one. Most of the below mentioned films had excellent inaugural films, but horrific ensuing installments. As you know, Men In Black 3 is released today, therefore, some of you may think that franchise belongs on this list. Let us hear from you.

If you missed the reasoning behind our look at trilogies, it is because the release of The Dark Knight Rises, which could prove to complete one of the best trilogies of cinema in recent years. This is our second part of our three-part series on trilogies (see what we did there?). Our Top 10 Trilogies can be found here and here. Our next list will be the Top 10 films that should have a trilogy/sequel, entitled: Why Oh Why Didn’t You Make a Sequel? Hope you enjoy.

John Perritt’s Top 10:

  1. Jurassic Park
  2. The Matrix
  3. Star Wars (I, II, II)
  4. Indiana Jones IV
  5. Karate Kid
  6. Jaws
  7. Batman (Tim Burton’s; it was good for its time but went downhill fast)
  8. The Silence of the Lambs
  9. Dumb & Dumber
  10. The Sting

Josh’s Top 10:

  1. Never Ending Story
  2. Matrix
  3. Scream
  4. Original Batman (1989)
  5. Free Willy
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  8. The Sandlot
  9. Transformers
  10. Home Alone

Emilio’s Top 10:

  1. Rush Hour
  2. Matrix
  3. Jurassic park
  4. Robocop
  5. Beverly Hills Cop (Part 2 was great, part 3 was awful)
  6. Anaconda (Does not live up to the expectations after the classic first part)
  7. Scream
  8. Transformers (First one is not good, second one makes no sense whatsoever. Awful.)
  9. Speed
  10. Batman sequels (from pre-Nolan era)

John Kwasny’s Top 10:

  1. Bad News Bears
  2. Beverly Hills Cop
  3. Crocodile Dundee
  4. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  5. Jurassic Park
  6. Major League
  7. The Mummy
  8. Ocean’s Eleven
  9. Rush Hour
  10. The Santa Clause

Yesterday we looked at John & Josh Kwasny’s top 10 trilogies, and today we will see the sequel of that list by Emilio and John.  This list was inspired by the recent Batman franchise, which may prove to be one of the best movie trilogies in quite some time.  Hope you enjoy our Reel Lists, please compose your own and share them with the readership at Reel Thinking.

John’s Top 10:

  1. Star Wars IV-VI
  2. The Lord of the Rings
  3. Indiana Jones (Kingdom of the Crystal what?  Never heard of it…)
  4. Toy Story
  5. The Bourne films
  6. Back to the Future (The second one almost ruined it, but the third made up for it.)
  7. The Godfather
  8. Aliens
  9. Die Hard (1, 3 & 4..not 2)
  10. Batman (Christopher Nolan’s)

Emilio’s Top 10:

  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. Nolan’s Batman (I know, one is still to be seen. I have no doubts, however. )
  3. Original Star Wars
  4. Toy Story
  5. Can I consider Iron man 1, 2 and Avengers as a trilogy? Just did.
  6. Indiana Jones 1-3
  7. Godfather
  8. Mission Impossible 1, 3 and 4. (Number two apparently never happened.)
  9. Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13
  10. Bourne trilogy (Rare case of the third being better than the second which is better than the first.)

Because The Dark Knight Rises could complete one of the best movie trilogies in quite some time, we wanted to compose a series of posts on trilogies which is a part of our Reel List series.   We will have three different lists released – Top 10 Trilogies, Top 10 Why Oh Why Did You Make a Sequel?, and the Top 10 Why Oh Why Didn’t You Make a Sequel?  Today we have Josh and John Kwasny’s Top 10 Trilogies and tomorrow we will have Emilio and John P’s list.  Please let us know what trilogies you feel strongly about.

John Kwasny’s Top 10:

  1. Back to the Future
  2. The Bourne Trilogy
  3. The Godfather
  4. The Lord of the Rings
  5. Indiana Jones 1-3
  6. Star Wars (original trilogy)
  7. Toy Story
  8. Mission Impossible 1-3
  9. Die Hard 1-3
  10. Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3 (but love 4 too)

Josh Kwasny’s Top 10:

  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. Rocky
  3. Back to the Future
  4. Godfather
  5. Indiana Jones
  6. Bourne
  7. Star Wars (4-6 original)
  8. Oceans 11-13
  9. Mission Impossible
  10. Toy Story

John’s Top 10:

  1. Star Wars IV-VI
  2. The Lord of the Rings
  3. Indiana Jones (Kingdom of the Crystal what?  Never heard of it…)
  4. Toy Story
  5. The Bourne films
  6. Back to the Future (The second one almost ruined it, but the third made up for it.)
  7. The Godfather
  8. Aliens
  9. Die Hard (1, 3 & 4..not 2)
  10. Batman (Christopher Nolan’s)

Emilio’s Top 10:

  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. Nolan’s Batman (I know, one is still to be seen. I have no doubts, however. )
  3. Original Star Wars
  4. Toy Story
  5. Can I consider Iron man 1, 2 and Avengers as a trilogy? Just did.
  6. Indiana Jones 1-3
  7. Godfather
  8. Mission Impossible 1, 3 and 4. (Number two apparently never happened.)
  9. Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13
  10. Bourne trilogy (Rare case of the third being better than the second which is better than the first.)