Monday, 1 November 2010

Top 10 Worst Movie Sequel Titles

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps


Of course lah money never sleeps: It's an inanimate object! Other just-as-accurate titles Oliver Stone could have considered for the sequel to his 1988 business drama: Wall Street 2: Money Never Eats, Wall Street 2: Money Never Says Never, Wall Street 2: Money Never Just Wants To Be Friends. Perhaps by pointing out the insomniatic nature of currency, Stone is trying to make a commentary on the way that liquid capital slyly exerts power over the economic system that dwarves that of mere humans? Maybe... But in that case, he would have been better off using this line from David Mamet's Heist: "Everybody needs money. That's why they call it money." isk isk isk..

Highlander II: The Quickening

What is "the Quickening" exactly? Well, it turns out even the people behind the Highlander fantasy series aren't sure. In general Highlander mythology, a Quickening is the explosion of energy that happens when one immortal swordsman decapitates another. However, in the original 1986 film, the Quickening is also the process through which the Immortals discover their true nature. And in 1991's Highlander II, a Quickening is basically a writer's trick to get characters out of a jam: one Quickening de-ages our hero (it's complicated), and also brings Sean Connery back from the dead (it's very complicated) and another Quickening at the climax takes down a shield that was covering up the ozone layer. (Complicated is maybe not a strong enough word.) Perhaps they should have just called the film Highlander II: The Deus Ex Machina... hihi

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Contrary to what a lot of people will tell you, there is nothing inherently wrong with puns. Shakespeare used them, James Joyce used them — The Beatles even used one to come up with the name of their band. But it's hard not to dislike puns when they're as bad as the one in the title of the newest Alvin and the Chipmunks film. The 'Squeak'-quel? Really? If we're being charitable, though, we will admit: That awful title is the most creative thing about the entire film. (The plot, if you were unaware, takes the singing chipmunks to high school, just because.) Unfortunately, last year's Squeakquel made even more money than the original Alvin and the Chipmunks, which means one thing: Get ready for the shrill-ogy.

Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood

Despite middling reviews, the original 1993 Leprechaun film was a cult-classic, a financial success, and marked the film debut of a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston. It set a fairly high bar for the sequels that followed, one that 2003's Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha Hood managed to shimmy under without breaking a sweat. To be fair, the sixth installment in any franchise is probably scraping the bottom of the barrel. But really — making a movie chock full of racial stereotypes while rehashing the same old plot (Yes, you still can't take this leprechaun's gold without him hunting you down and killing you) is just lazy. A hint to filmmakers: When you have to resort to a title that looks like something tapped out on a cell phone by a 13-year-old upper-middle-class suburban kid desperate to prove to his friends just how gangsta he is, that's probably a sign your movie is in trouble. Even if it is straight-to-video.

2 Fast 2 Furious

It's the title that launched a million movie-review puns. To quote USA Today, for example, "'2 Fast' is 2 dopey, and that's 2 bad." The film itself? Almost 2 similar to the original, but why tweak success?

In 2003, 2 Fast 2 Furious took the fast cars and buff bodies of 2001's The Fast and the Furious from Los Angeles to Miami, and replaced standout Vin Diesel (who was too busy dealing with newfound fame) with model-actor Tyrese Gibson as Paul Walker's buddy. Other than that, the formula stayed the same, just with even more racing and even less plot. Moviegoers didn't seem to mind the corny title — take fast cars and add hot girls, and you get a $127 million box-office gross. However, the next film in the series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, only took in $62 million. Shud have called it 3 Fast 3 Furious..huhue

8 comments:

  1. Ohoooi!!jez close ur eyes to the movies titles..n open ur wide eyes n njoy them...
    Taaaadaaaaaaaaaa......
    as simple as that!!!hehe..=P

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  2. hohohoooee.kenott meyh!evryting is related.from the pre til post-production. poster, title, sequel dll kenalah diambil kisah jua dalam menjaga kredibiliti kualiti sesebuah produksi perfileman. WOHA!

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  3. Omong nya kayak dlm industri..Pfffttt!!!
    Tp mmg btol pon if the title doesnt sounds gud how to attract ppl to watch??
    Logik nya d c2..
    ~** Balik meh..b'kg kt cinema...hehe

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  4. Hoh??u kate u xmo tgk 2 Hallam tu...
    Harry Porter Laaa Jom..
    Tp xtau laaa besh ke tak...uhuk
    Xtau ape cite kt pggung nun...
    Layan Hindi laaa...Dh tgk ke cite John Abraham yg baru tu??ape yeak tajok ye?yg nm die Sid dlm tu...

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  5. Jhootha Hi Sahi..not yet r~last movie abraham punya movie yg aku tengok;New York.. Nice Katrina!! WOHA
    *dah tengok family by kajol n arjun rampal?Not bad story even dramas cam seriuss skets..hahahha

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  6. Aiwah!!Syabbas mere jaan...hehe(ttbe + arab ngn hindi..hoho)
    eleh..ko tgk sbb Katrina...kn??
    ~** FYI..ape cite pon aku xtgk..omputih..hindi..melayu..cina...
    mood itu blom ade..huuuuu

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  7. memang malang ah idop ko toraa!!hahahahha
    *cepat sponsor tix aku.luse ni gaks aku balik temankan ko!hahaha

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