Do you have some time on your hands? Movies are a lot of fun to watch but so are trilogies, or at least three films in a franchise, that can make for an entertaining day if you watch them back to back. From sci-fi epics, to action galore and even the most wonderful adventures; these are the movies that you can spend an entire day on and it would seem that it would be a day well spent. Let’s name the trilogies that are worth watching right now!
Die Hard 1-3
John McClane is the cop we love and someone the bad guys hate. From being locked inside a building, to handling a debacle at Dulles International Airport and chasing bombs and terrorists in the streets of New York; if there’s a problem, McClane can take care of it. With memorable villains, funny lines of dialogue and great side characters, the Die Hard trilogy delivers exceptional thrills with impressive action. They are the perfect choice to watch over the summer. Whether you crack open a cold one or are sipping a nice cold pop, McClane is one of the many reasons we love the fact that he’s the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yippee Ki Yay!
Toy Story 1-3
Everyone remembers their toys and the our childhood. Pixar’s Toy Story reminded us what it was like to be a kid again. If you’re a parent, then this trilogy also helps in identifying with you kid’s world. With Woody, Buzz Lightyear and of course Mr. Potato Head; these are the toys that made us laugh, cheer and even cry with the third entry. From the groundbreaking animation of the first film, released in 1995, to the stark ending of the third, Toy Story is a movie not just for kids, but for the whole family. Remember that song, “You got a friend in me.”? Gosh, it brings back memories.
Star Wars: Episodes 4-6
“In a galaxy far far away.” That line alone started an entire generation of movie-goers who were eager to see the numerous Jedi’s, the different colored lightsabers and the chance to explore new worlds in an expanding universe. It’s the trilogy that started it all and while Star Wars has exploded in a massive franchise, no one can forget the impact of this trilogy. From Obi Wan Kenobi, to Darth Vader and that iconic theme that excites our hearts, everyone wants to be a Jedi. While The Empire Strikes Back is often seen as the best of the entire franchise, we can’t be choosy these days. This is the trilogy that defined the franchise and still stands out as being the best of the best. “May the force be with you.”
The Lord of the Rings
Wizards, orcs, elves, dwarfs, hobbits and the one ring to rule them all; it’s the masterpiece that was brought to life with Peter Jackson’s outstanding trilogy. The movies themselves are a technical achievement alone and while action may take a front seat and deviate somewhat from Tolkien’s story; the films themselves are absolutely enthralling to watch. From the great writing, set designs and even the battles themselves, this is a movie that surpasses any fantasy work of art that followed thereafter. If you have the time, check out the extended editions and you’ll find yourself wondering how did the time pass so quickly. Return to Middle Earth and witness a trilogy that is impressive as it is astounding to watch. Just watch out for that Gollum fellow though, he wants his precious!
“You can do anything. But never go against the family.” The Godfather is a legendary trilogy for a number of reasons. From its deft writing, Oscar worthy acting performances and its many themes with one especially reserved for family, The Godfather trilogy is the Goodfellas of mob films. While this trilogy is far less violent than typical mob films, instead we are treated to the inner workings of the family and just how far loyalty is applied. With great loss, successful winnings and the resolution that leads to tragedy, The Godfather is not only exceptional film-making but it’s one of the most entertaining films in history. Some can argue that Part 3 isn’t up to par with the first two, but we you look at this trilogy as a whole, there’s no denying the lasting impact it made. Endless quotes, memorable moments and a soundtrack that takes you back to when you saw it for the first time, The Godfather is nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece!
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