Franchise

My sophomore year of High School, I might have been the one student at Shawnee Mission East that wasn’t in a perpetual state of going Bonkers for the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, The Curse of the Black Pearl. I didn’t think it ever found a comfortable balance between the humor and adventure it was going for, and was left in an awkward state of flux in between.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDE

Still, I wasn’t blind to everyone else’s enthusiasm, and I found myself excited for its two-for-one sequels, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End. They came and went, neither doing much for me (though at least Dead Man’s Chest got its tone right). Even still, the amount of enthusiasm for the franchise from its fans and studio had me thinking a lot could go right with future sequels.
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It goes without saying that the first Shrek film is the best of the bunch.  It was, at the time, a fresh take on fairy tales that hit at the height of Sarcasm’s popularity.  The sense of humor was relevant and the references were ripe for a different take.  What I find so interesting is that Shrek (or perhaps more accurately, the first half-hour of Shrek) could feel so fresh while its sequels, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, could be such boring retreads that never came close to topping the predecessor.

Maybe it’s because of this, a feeling that all of Shrek‘s sequels were stagnant curses to the genre of animation, that I walked into the supposedly final installment of the Shrek series with such low hopes.  But maybe it’s because of those expectations for the worst that made Shrek Forever After not just a non-annoying film to sit through, but one that I even kind of liked.

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predator 2 1990 titleToday’s Top 10 Tuesday submission comes from Seattle WA. Warren J. Cantrell is a writer who enjoys two things: being hardcore and “Predator 2.” Warren’s impassioned, uncensored Top 10 list makes him the first Scene-Stealers sitegoer to write a Top 10 list about ONE MOVIE, and an 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger-less sequel at that. This Top 10 is also notable for its creation of the past-tense word “wad-shot.” Here’s Warren with the Top 10 Reasons “Predator 2” Is the Best of the “Predator” Franchise.

If you have a Top 10 list you’d like to submit fro Top 10 Tuesday, send it to eric@scene-stealers.com.

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