Threes Come in Three Pairs?

While the folks over at the 3Bulls! (is the ! mandatory like Yahoo!?) discuss the horrible junkfood of the body via there 5000 Calorie Challenge they’ve got going on over there, I thought now might be a good chance to point out that the same excess can be seen in our summer movie crop this year.

I’m too lazy to research this fact, but I’m pretty sure that this summers crop of 6 (SIX!!) movies that are the third in the series is the most ever in a single summer. Some of these movies are called ‘trilogies’ while others are just sequels.

The interesting thing here is how sequels and movie franchises are achieving the kind of widespread (non-direct to video) success they are. I’m sure much of it is because of companies are wanting less risk by going with established brands but many of these movies are actually not half bad.

The full list of third movies is below:

  1. Spider-Man 3
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean 3
  3. Shrek the Third
  4. Ocean’s 13
  5. Rush Hour 3
  6. The Bourne Ultimatum

Considering there are only really two movies on that list that are guaranteed to suck (Shrek and Rush Hour), 3 that will most likely be good (Spider-Man, Pirates, and Bourne), and one who knows (Ocean’s 13), that’s not a bad crop of sequels.

We’ve also got two greater than three movies coming out this summer, Harry Potter and the Something Something and Live Free and Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0 for our international reader), there’s a lot less risk in the summer tent-pole Blockbuster crowd this summer.

Anyway, enjoy the movies. Try not to choke on any Twizzlers.

5 thoughts on “Threes Come in Three Pairs?”

  1. You missed Die Hard 3. Which I would like to see as a double feature with Rush Hour 3, to see if I cantell if they are different movies.

  2. Die Hrad 4 looks so unbelievably bad I almost cannot stand it. I think my jaw was dropping open with incredulity during the preview. OTOH, Shrek 1 and 2 were super awesome, so unless you have a personal hatred of Mike Myers or cartoons, I must question your judgement.

  3. I don’t have a personal hatred of Mike Myers. I think he’s wasted in Shrek but that’s not really the point. Shrek 1 was alright but I was disappointed because I was comparing it to Toy Story 2.

    It lacked the skillful creation of two different levels of jokes and instead just wildly swung from kids movie to adult jokes and back. Shrek 2 was just not very good. Shrek 3 will most likely be worse.

    Die Hard 4 on the other hand, I know will be bad. It’s directed by Len Weisman, the guy who did Underworld 1&2, so it’s not going to be great. What it will have though, is stuff exploding and Bruce Willis. And those are 2 things I can get behind.

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