Hi! It's been three weeks since I visited, and I have tons to talk about, and tons to comment on regarding the f-list, and yet here I am answering a silly writer's block. :P
I wanted to say first of all that I'm going to disagree with the one movie I KNOW most people are going to mention: The Dark Knight. Sure, it had better filmed action scenes than the first film and a miraculous performance by Heath Ledger as The Joker, but other than that, I thought it was a much weaker film than Batman Begins. XD
Two more very unpopular opinions: I like both Terminator and Alien much more than both of their sequels! :O
Now, sequels I like better than the firsts:
-Batman Returns: While it hardly does justice to the character and mythos of Batman, this is still my favorite Batman movie of all time! It's gorgeous to look at with its neo-German expressionism, Danny Elfman's score blows my socks off, it has Christopher Walken (his mere presence adds extra points to any movie!), and it includes the coolest treatment ever of The Penguin. Catwoman gets a pretty badass treatment too. :D While it fails as a Batman movie, it excels as a Tim Burton movie!!
-Spiderman 2: I'm not really sure why... I just enjoyed this one lots more than the first, though I enjoyed the first one too!
-The Three Caballeros: The sequel to Saludos Amigos, both making up the South of the Border Good Neighbor Policy films made by Walt Disney during WWII. Saludos Amigos is perfectly enjoyable, and perhaps much more educational than its sequel, but The Three Caballeros is one of the strangest and most beautiful things I've ever seen. It stretches the boundaries of animation and narrative storytelling, and pretty much loses its mind long before the end arrives. XD
-Powaqqatsi: The sequel to Koyaanisqatsi. Only just barely do I enjoy Powaqqatsi more, but I do. The music and the vibrant colors and images of the southern hemisphere cause an overflow of emotion from me.
-Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: I know this is a really unpopular opinion here. This seems to be the one everyone hates, but it's my favorite. Ridiculous political incorrectness and all. So there. ;P
-Hellboy 2: Lots of these seem to be comic book films don't they? Hm. Anyhoo, I don't necessarily think this is better than the first one, simply that I enjoyed it much more myself. Guillermo del Toro is one of my favorite directors, and nobody does gorgeous dark fairytale aesthetics like he does! And boy, does that aesthetic shine in this one. So beautiful. Plus, it was nice to see Abe Sapien, my favorite character, get so much screen time, and great to hear Doug Jones perform his own voice for once!
-Toy Story 3: This one I enjoyed more than the first and second movies.
-Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence: Not for any reason in particular I can put into words. They're both wonderful... maybe I especially enjoyed this one just because I got the pleasure of watching it on the big screen. I get to do that with so few anime films, and I had to drive to Atlanta, GA to do it!
There are a couple of subsequent installments of trilogies like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars that I may have enjoyed more than the earlier installments, but I tend to think of things like that as one big movie, so I didn't include them.