Movies Watched: Film Series, Franchises and Sequels

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Over the last three months, I’ve watched about 85 movies online but haven’t posted the usual weekly or monthly round up of those movies.

I’m not going to post all the movies in this article but rather, I’m going to post about the film series, sequels and franchise movies that I’ve watched over the past three months because I sort of sought them out for my watching pleasure.

If I enjoyed a particular movie that had a sequel, I had to go watch the second one or all the films in the series over the period of the next few days after.

Here are some of the film series, franchises or sequels I checked out since September.

The Godfather Trilogy

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Although I’d seen The Godfather Part 1 and some of The Godfather Part 2 before, I went back and watched them both plus the Godfather Part 3 to complete the trilogy.

I love mafia films and these movies are the holy grail of mob movies. The first two are classics with both being spawning arguments as to which of them is better.

I personally prefer the first one but the second one is very close. I love the story about the background of how Vito Corleone ended up in America and how he developed his life once he got there turning into a feared and respected mobster.

The third one has very heavy subject matter and I could understand why it’s not as revered as the first two but it’s still a very good continuation and end of the trilogy. It’s still much better than a lot of other mob movies that came after. Not exactly a bad film.

Movies watched:

  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Godfather Part II (1974)
  • The Godfather Part III (1990)

Ninja w/ Scott Adkins

ninjaWhen I added Ninja to my list of movies to watch in Netflix, I passed it over so many times and watched something else.

I decided one day when I had nothing much to do, to sit down and check it out. I regretted not watching it earlier because it was such an enjoyable movie. I like movies with ninjas and this movie had lots of action sequences and martial arts sequences.

The story was good too and Adkins, who I had never really heard of before played his part very well. The villain was also everything a villain should be.

I was surprised after checking on IMDB that there was also a sequel and I put that on my watchlist too. I got the opportunity to watch Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear when I got Blockless so I could watch the American Netflix.

This movie was also enjoyable but I still prefer the first one over the sequel. I look forward to more movies in this series.

Movies watched:

  • Ninja (2010)
  • Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear (2013)

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Phase 1)

After watching Iron Man and Iron Man 2, I found out that both movies were part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I liked that there were references in both movies of other related characters.

  • In Iron Man 2, Tony Stark used Captain America’s shield to help him with one of his inventions.
  • Tony Stark’s father was featured in Captain America.
  • Nick Fury shows up at the end of Iron Man to recruit Stark for his Avengers initiative.
  • Most of the movies feature a post-credit scene that hints at the next movie.

After watching both Iron Man movies, I decided to check out the entire series in the order in which they were made.

Movies watched:

  • Iron Man (2008)
  • Iron Man 2 (2010)
  • The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • Thor (2011)
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  • The Avengers (2012)

Of all the movies, my least favorite was Thor and I think I enjoyed The Incredible Hulk the most. It was nice to see all the characters come together in Avengers plus Hawkeye who makes his first appearance.

I enjoyed the series and can’t wait to watch the other four movies already released in Phase Two.

Resident Evil Franchise

resident evil afterlife

I originally watched the first Resident Evil movie when it was released but was never too interested in watching the others. At least not out of it’s order. I would not watch Resident Evil 3 without having seen the second one.

Most of the Resident Evil movies were on Netflix so I decided to catch up and check them out starting with Resident Evil: Apocalypse. I completed the viewing of the entire series over the next three days.

Movies Watched:

  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

The movies are purely action and almost have the video game type progression instead of a developing storyline – most evident in Retribution. My favorite in the series besides the original is Afterlife for the action and the music by tomandandy.

I absolutely hated the Retribution film and wish that they would just stop making these now. Where else can they go with these films?

Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

The original Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed in my home country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It’s probably the best and most famous movie to be filmed here.

I watched it when it was released in 2002 and absolutely loved it. I love movies about pirates like Cutthroat Island and books like Treasure Island which was a childhood favorite of mine.

The other movies in the series were also fun and could sometimes be weird. I especially loved the entire sequence where Jack Sparrow ended up on an island with a cannibal tribe. The third movie was a bit darker than the others but still enjoyable.

jack sparrow escaping

I had no idea that there was a fourth movie – On Stranger Tides – until the ending of the third one where they hint at a movie about a fountain of youth story. So I still have another Pirates movie to check out.

Movies watched:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

G.I. Joe

I really thought G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra was going to suck and I had it in my Netflix list for a while before even attempting to watch it. Turns out that I was missing out on a really nice action movie.

After enjoying this, I checked IMDB for the sequel and found out that most of the characters in the first movie weren’t in Retaliation and that they had The Rock as the main guy in there. With such drastic changes, I really thought that this one would surely suck. I was right.

After watching Rise of Cobra, Retaliation just seemed out of place with most of the characters gone. The one part I did enjoy about the movie was Zartan impersonating President Johnathan Pryce.

I don’t think I liked the Rock much in this. Nor do I think I like him much as an actor anyway.

Movies watched:

  • G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (2010)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

Sequels

Other than these, I also found myself watching some films that were either the originals to sequels I had already seen or sequels to originals I had already seen.

  • The Bourne Legacy (2012) – This was good but a Bourne movie isn’t as good without Bourne in it. Still enjoyed it though.
  • Angels & Demons (2009) – Sequel to The DaVinci Code. Was an ok watch but the Code was better.
  • Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) – The original is a classic action. Don’t waste your time on this trash sequel.
  • Class of 1999 (1990) – I always wanted to see the original to Class of 1999 II: The Substitute which I enjoyed back in the 90’s. I enjoyed this one too but not as much as the sequel.
  • Tremors (1990) – This was a nice movie with some really huge and vicious worms. I enjoyed Tremors 2: Aftershocks back in the 90’s.
  • Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) – Originally saw the first two Furious movies. This is the third one which I missed but I did see Fast 5. Enjoyed it.

These are just some of the movies I watched between September up until now. They’re all part of a film franchise or film series. You can catch them online through Amazon Instant Video or Netflix as I did.

Discussion

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