Well, now that the whole Matrix: Reloaded brouhaha has died down slightly, I thought I'd take a little stroll down memory lane and present to the gentle reader my ten favourite popcorns cinema sequels* of all time. But why stop there, when I can claim to know what the ten best sequels ever made were?
Believe me, I know. And now, I'm going to prove it.
(Oh, and beware of spoilers.)
#10. T2: Judgment Day.
I haven't seen T3 yet, but it strikes me as a monumentally bad idea, in part because I don't see how it's possible to top the badass-vs.-badass chemistry that Ah-nuld and the vastly underrated Robert Patrick created in T2. The T1000 was just... so... cool. That plus Linda Hamilton's amazing tough-as-nails Sarah Connor made it even worth suffering through Ah-nuld's "touching farewell scene" and the pseudo-acting of whoever-it-was that played the kid.
#9. Once Upon a Time in China 2.
Between Jackie Chan and Jet Li, it's Li who has always owned the Wong Fei Hong roles for me. Li, swooping around improbably on wires and bending his limbs at impossible angles, is who I see in my head whenever I think of the Chinese folk hero — which may be a massive injustice to the long storytelling tradition that created the hero before Hong Kong cinema got a hold of him, but there it is. And this movie, especially with its amazing climactic scene, is a big part of the reason why.
#8. Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.
For one thing, it ages far better than any of the other Trek sequels. I watched Undiscovered Country the other day — which I'd enjoyed when I saw it in the theatre, years ago — and found myself cringing and thinking "why the hell did I like this?" Not so with Wrath. Forget the movie's muddled timeline and weird plot holes: this is simply a masterclass in over-the-top scenery-chewing from Shatner and Montalban, complemented by a gently dignified Nimoy and with Kirstey Alley's only good silver screen performance thrown in as a bonus.