X-Men movie marathon at Mall Of The Emirates? Sounds great! Time Out picks 10 more great movie trilogies
X-Men movie marathon: X-Men Origins: Wolverine is in cinemas from April 30. To mark the occasion CineStar at Mall of The Emirates will be showing a movie marathon of all three of the original X-Men trilogy. The action takes place tonight (Wednesday, April 22). Call the cinema directly on 04 341 4222 for more information. If you can’t make it to the screening why not plan and stage your own movie marathon? Time Out selects its 10 favourite movie trilogies.
Lord of The Rings: The king of movie trilogies was a commercial and critical success every step of the way. By the time the final segment was released Peter Jackson and his merry band of hobbits had racked up 30 Oscar nominations (winning 17 of them) and stuffed their pockets with gold to the tune of almost $3billion dollars. At 557 minutes for the trilogy you are going to have to set a full day to screen this movie marathon but that is the point of an epic like this. It is a trilogy in the true sense that it was always designed (because of the book of course) as a three part film series. The plot is interconnected and the three parts were shot back-to-back consecutively. Obsessives might want to try the 683 minute ordeal that is the extended DVD special.
The Godfather: If the Lord Of The Rings is the king of trilogies then the Godfather series is the wise elderly grandfather. Half an hour shorter than LOTR (at 521 minutes) it gives you just enough time to put on some pasta and prepare a tomato sauce between parts two and three. You’ll still have to set aside an entire day to watch all three parts in one sitting but we’ve prepared a few points for discussion for you. Who is the better Don: Brando, De Niro or Pacino? (Brando). Should you bother with part three or go to bed early? (Stay and watch – it is not as bad as you think). Wouldn’t it be cool to send Sicilian messages in the workplace? (Yes, it would).
Pirates of The Caribbean: While we couldn’t actually tell you what swashbuckling means (is it something to do with swords or belts?) we know it when we see it. And rarely have we seen buckles swashed as well as Orlando Bloom managed in the Pirates trilogy. We would normally love the idea of a sword fight between a swarthy bunch of sea monsters, pirates and the undead but we never really bought into the popularity of this mega box office smash. Until, of course, you consider the Johnny Depp factor. His creation of the Captain Jack character is nothing short of cinematic comedy brilliance and transforms an otherwise average affair into must-see DVD. Even if you do spend the entire 461 minutes waiting for his next appearance.
The Matrix: There was a time when to even suggest you did not like The Matrix would single you out as a movie moron. After two increasingly disappointing, not to mention confusing, sequels it is generally accepted that it might not be the best thing since digitized binary. Watching all three together will divide the audience. Those that love the franchise will be more convinced than ever that it is a sci-fi parable with more emotional connectivity and resonance with every day life than any soap opera. Those that have never really got it will glaze over but grudgingly admit the special effects are still groundbreaking. But will they be able to manage all 403 minutes of it?
The Dollars Trilogy: Would we be stretching things too far to say there are similarities between The Matrix and Dollars trilogies? Issues of redemption, good versus evil, one man’s struggle against destiny and a system he can never really change apart there is no denying a fondness for ankle length leather jackets. Both rely on a strong sense of style and visual storytelling as well, but that is probably where similarities end. The Dollars series is not, in actual fact, a trilogy at all. It is the term that relates to A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good The Bad and The Ugly. While there is no official connection between the three they all feature the same actor playing a character who looks, behaves and dresses the same way. A good reason for a Western night and an excuse to spend 393 minutes discussing how cool Clint Eastwood is.
Spiderman: A true trilogy is one that is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a trilogy that could not be appreciated in the same way if you remove any one of its elements. A story like the Lord of The Rings or the Godfather is told in increments and there is a distinct feeling that a single story is being told. Then there are trilogies like the Spiderman series. Miss any one part and it doesn’t matter. Watch it all and there is no sense of completion or resolution. Just 388 minutes of blockbusting entertainment. A trilogy in the sense that they happen consecutively and they’re all about the same arachnid powered man – but there is no real continuity here.
Ocean’s 11: Films should be fun for an audience. Watching Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy you sometimes get the idea that the cast had more fun making he films than we might be having watching them. But when the charm of Clooney, Pitt and co is spilling out it is hard to begrudge them a Vegas moment. The 363 minutes flies by in a whirlwind of designer suits, barely believable plot twists and camaraderie.
Back to The Future: The 1980s were a great time. MTV had launched, denim jackets were the height of fashion and skateboards were cool again. What better time could there have been for Michael J Fox to come screeching into our lives. The first of the series is already approaching its 25th anniversary but remains as charming as ever. It is a class apart from popular series of today such as High School Musical. At just 344 minutes for all three films you can enjoy the flashbacks and snigger quietly that we are almost in the 2015 of Back To The Future 2 and we still haven’t managed to invent a hoverboard.
The Bourne Trilogy: Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne is a new breed of action hero. Across the 344 minutes of this film he spies, tortures and races against the standard villains of action movies. But it is handled with such style and at a breakneck pace that the Bourne Trilogy has instantly become a must-own DVD box set.
Evil Dead Trilogy: Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead trilogy’ is a classic of the horror genre. The creeping suspense and creeping terror of a Hitchcock thriller are ignored in favour of death-faced zombies and goretastic special effects. It can make for uncomfortable viewing but as the entire series lasts just 253 minutes you should struggle through it. You will have the humour of Bruce Campbell and the a legion of comic book quoting brethren if you do.