Six years? Sure, why not. I mean it’s been a lot of fun. Not sure what else to say here. It’s not exactly a milestone year. Hmm…what about the best part six of a film series? That shouldn’t be too hard considering there aren’t a ton of franchises that make it that far and even less that I’ve actually seen. So let’s see what part sixes I have under my belt then:
Fast & Furious 6
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI
Muppets from Space
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Revenge of the Sith/Return of the Jedi
Well the obvious correct answer is Fast & the Furious 6. It’s not as good as Fast Five (the best overall) but there are a lot of damn good car action scenes with many of the spectacular crashes ‘n’ shit done for real. Not only that but there’s a really great hand to hand fight between Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious) and former MMA brawler Gina Carano (Kickboxer: Vengeance) that vies for best sequence in the whole damn thing. If you haven’t indulged yet, check it out.
Runners up go to Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. The Lone Wolf and Cub movies are something else. Each one is fucking phenomenal so you should stop what you’re doing and watch them right now. White Heaven in Hell is the last installment and sorta one of the not as incredible ones but still so much fun. Lots of carnage and stoic badass shit.
And ok, I’m cheating a little with Unisol: Day of Reck because it’s really supposed to be number four. There were two direct to video sequels that got ignored when the series eventually picked up again proper. But I’ll give Day of Reck a quick plug because it’s as gritty and manic as they come. While not on the genius level like its predecessor (Unisol: Regeneration) there’s plenty of well crafted action and audacious storytelling.
*sigh* The elephant in the room is the Revenge of the Sith/Return of the Jedi entry. Depending on how you think of the Star Wars lineage you could argue for either one. I choose to argue for neither. I’m kinda sick of those fuckin’ movies. Plus they’re not the greatest of the Warses.
Did you notice kind of a theme happening? As least from the part sixes that I’ve encountered none of them are the best in their respective franchises. They’re all not as good as something else but that makes sense. By the time you get to number six you’re probably reaching pretty far. But I’m all for ‘em. Keep making more. You never know when you’ll hit on a cool idea.
Anyway, here’s to six years. Keep on truckin’.