I got to catch the last 15 minutes of The Karate Kid III this morning. I grew up being pretty much in love with Daniel LaRusso. But that’s not what this post is about.

What is your favorite movie series? I don’t even know if The Karate Kid would be my favorite, but it’s one of the few where each subsequent film was just as good as the last. I feel like good movies and good series are fewer and far between these days.

Most movies that get all the accolades lately are films that are heavy with drama with highly dramatized events. What happened to the movies that we can relate to? The movies that we want to share with younger generations? The movies we want to watch over and over again? They seem to be stuck in the yesteryears.

Also, the remake of The Karate Kid was trash. How dare they…




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  1. Gina 2 years ago

    Harry Potter hands down.

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    • mamajoy 2 years ago

      I really could never get into the Harry Potter series. I think ABC Family…Freeform Family or whatever it’s called now kind of went overkill with it. They’ve played the Harry Potter films so much that I know I’ve seen portions of every movie multiple times over. Sometimes, too much of a good thing is not a good thing.

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  2. Fletch 2 years ago

    Godfather and Godfather II (III was freaking awful, I’ve tried to watch at least a dozen times, and can’t get through the awfulness of it all) – does 2 count as a series?

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    • mamajoy 2 years ago

      I’ve never seen any of the Godfather movies. But one of these days….

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  3. Jear77 2 years ago

    hmm. Movie specific?

    There are a few movies series I love

    The star wars series

    The “wonderworks” ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series

    Back to the future

    If you include some that have anime adaptions (i.e. either the movies are part of the anime’s canon or are stand alone) the list could be expanded:

    Yu-gi-oh

    Bleach

    Naruto

    One Piece

    Digimon / Pokemon

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    • mamajoy 2 years ago

      I think that the Back to the Future movies were good too. It was such a neat concept – way ahead of it’s time. I used to watch Anne of Green Gables, but I barely remember a thing about it. They have a remake of it on Netflix that was recently released but I think it’s doing pretty poorly.

      I don’t watch a lot of anime, the only thing I would add to your list would be Dragon Ball Z.

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  4. Yin 2 years ago

    Not going to lie, the remake was the only one that I could purposely sit through. Maybe I just like Jackie Chan that much. Maybe that since my favorite movie series is probably Rush Hour. The whole Marvel cinematic universe is a gem too. Wish DC movies were that good. I like DC so much more.

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    • mamajoy 2 years ago

      Ahhh! That kills me. But to each their own.

      I actually really like the Marvel movies, I don’t understand why they are so much better than the DC movies. It’s so lopsided. What’s your favorites?

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      • Yin 2 years ago

        Yea, I’m sorry, lol. I tend to dislike the ones people love and love the ones that people want to forget. Not sure why my tastes are like that.

        I think DC tried to rely too much on what Dark Knight was. They try to make their world too dark, even in moments it isn’t needed. Batman makes sense, but Superman and Wonder Woman? They should be brighter with more of a “hopeful” vibe. Haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet, so maybe they did that one justice. With the previews it showed and the reaction it got, I want to see it pretty bad.

        I think the two Guardians of the Galaxy’s may be my favorite. Ant-Man and Doctor Strange were ones that were so much better than I thought they’d be. Even though people seemed to not care for it, Captain America Civil War was very entertaining. I like the interactions they have and Spider-Man is there. Can’t wait for that Avengers: Infinity War. Going to have so many people in it. Shout out to that Black Panther trailer too.

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      • mamajoy 2 years ago

        I agree on the DC movies. There’s such a sense of gloominess that hangs over their films. I know that many of their characters are created out of trauma but that’s not a good feeling to constantly emit. Though I think Wonder Woman is going to save them.

        The Guardians of the Galaxy movies are fantastic! I don’t know why they don’t get more attention, it seems the X-Men franchise really trumps nearly every film Marvel puts out. But with that being said, I am looking forward to the Gambit origins film – he is my favorite X-Men. And even though I love me some Channing Tatum, I’m not happy that he’s been cast as Gambit. He better do a damn good job! I thought all of the Captain America movies were enjoyable. But I was absolutely frustrated with Doctor Strange. I thought it was horrible. But there you go again liking the horrible stuff. :rolf: just kidding!

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      • Yin 2 years ago

        Wonder Woman could turn things around, but we kind of have to wait until after Justice League since that will be dark toned as well. Aquaman looked awesome in it though. I hope that movie is at least decent, lol.

        It is a shame that Sony still has X-Men and Fantastic Four. Would love if they could be in the other movies. Gambit was a favorite of mine as well. It started as Cyclops, but then it shifted to him. Not sure why him. I will need to see a trailer before I get excited on that one. I want to see him try and pull off that Cajun accent, lol. I finally watched that Days of Future Past and it wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed it.

        I will say that Doctor Strange was a bit slow and it did too much reality bending stuff. That cape scene where it beat that one man was golden though. That time paradox for the one guy was awesome. Him using an infinity stone to alter time… I just loved those moments. It was a movie I thought I’d hate and I just didn’t. I’m not a magic person, but it was done well enough in my opinion. I do like things others don’t though. I mean, I picked Rush Hour as a favorite series. Who does that? Psych moving coming out later this year too for the USA channel. I’m all about that.

        John Wick is on TV right now. Shout out to that movie. Another that I didn’t think I’d care for and loved.

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      • griz 2 years ago

        Marvel has (had) Stan Lee :wink: !
        It all came down to this one person’s vision and it just made it much more personable.

        Who out there can (without internet aid!) name the one person responsible for the DC universe?

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  5. Thomas 2 years ago

    Hey mamajoy.

    We haven’t owned a TV for over 20 years. The interesting thing is that my kids don’t even miss a TV, nor have they ever asked me to get one.

    But my wife likes to watch “Downtown Abby” on laptop.

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    • mamajoy 2 years ago

      Wow no TV for over 20 years huh? Does your family stream entertainment instead or is your wife the only one who watches?

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  6. Spitfire3dC 2 years ago

    If Austin Powers came out with another; I’d be right there.

    I seem to have this capacity for stupid humour when it is purposefully delivered like the actor is actually winking at you while he is saying something totally ridiculous. Zoolander was kind of the same thing.

    It’s a fine line and takes talent to deliver it.

    Now take Ralph Machio trying to deliver a Bruce Lee character. Nope. couldn’t buy this flyweight overcoming the odds. When he goes into his flamingo stance…sorry, but I just laughed out loud.

    I could sort of understand how this could be considered a cult hit because it is so bad but somehow it gets supported as this good ole overcoming the odds kind of movie with bad acting, bad dialogue and meaningless sound bites like “wax on, wax off” that are somehow given Shakespearian relevance?? Sorry mamjoy, this one is dumpster material.

    Ironic that I hate this one so much and yet find “ooooohhhh beeehaaaave” hilarious. Feel free to take shots at anything but Mini-Me.

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    • mamajoy 2 years ago

      :rolf: REALLY?! Austin Powers! That’s so funny. I didn’t know that you enjoy stupid humor films. And I agree, it does take a certain type of actor to be able to deliver those types of characters.

      A lot of 80s movies are considered cult classics…there must’ve been a lot of cults in the 80s or something. I don’t really hear about other movies that are cult classics beyond that era.

      I dunno what it is that I like about the movies so much. It seems to come from a simpler time, where the biggest worry on a teenagers plate is a bully, but even with that being said, it seems to still hold a lot of relevance. Bullying is by no means a small thing, but in comparison to the worries in the world today…

      And of course the good feels from the underdog coming up on top is never a bad ending. I agree the crane is funny, but so was Bruce Lee’s “whooo-ing” , but somewhere along the line it just becomes…I dunno…accepted for it’s ridiculousness.

      I can’t remember much about the Austin Power’s movies. I know he had terrible teeth and got stuck in a alley with a golf cart or something like that…because sometimes when I reverse poorly I will often say, “Crap, I’m doing an Austin Powers”.

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      • Spitfire3dC 2 years ago

        Maybe it’s the Monty Python training. First time I watched one as recommended by someone who found them hilarious; I just scratched my head. Slowly, through diligent analysis, I trained myself to enjoy stupidity. Maybe it’s just to give myself an excuse for the occasional stupidly demonstrated by myself, because I do find it pretty easy to laugh at myself.

        Speaking of that, a friend once invented a word for laughing at yourself that I submitted to Webster’s dictionary, but they never followed up; laughterbation.

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    • 2Thrash 2 years ago

      Right there with you on the absurd humour.

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  7. 2Thrash 2 years ago

    I’m sure I’ll think of something else another day, but today I’ll say the Scream series. Partly because I was watching Scream 2 last night. It has all that I like. A little horror, a little comedy, all within a frenzy. It also didn’t take itself too seriously. RIP Wes Craven of course.

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    • mamajoy 2 years ago

      I haven’t watched a Scream movie in a long time, but I do remember that they were pretty good and they did have a good balance of emotional elements to them. I remember the twist in the first movie was really unexpected and I was a little sad that Stu was crazy and got killed. I think I might have seen the second movie as well, but I don’t think I watched any beyond that.

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      • 2Thrash 2 years ago

        You’ve got to go on a Screamathon. haha. I mean the movies are ridiculous, but still. And yeah there is some emotional elements in it, especially right off the bat with Drew Barrymore in the first one.

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  8. Lucifer Rising 2 years ago

    I believe there remains some excellent movies, and more then there were ever made in the 80s. Television, also, is getting only better, though there was some truly ageless movies and tv in my youth, in the 70s and 80s.

    I do not expect you to believe it, and did not notice myself until the 90s, but I genuinely believe that somehow some movies and some tv and some music has somehow shadowed me.

    Typically, of course, I tell no one this, because it sounds crazy. Though, I know God and the angels are aware of this.

    If you want, one could just chalk it up as being a lottery winner of some odd level in terms of having such parallels.

    So, the Karate Kid came out just as I was starting martial arts, and yes, it is a classic.

    Ferris Bueller happened just as I really started to be delinquent… ended up with a legendary level of age 16 life. :-) Had a camarro, and my own apartment at the end of my sophomore year. Nice apartment, too. The school I went to was mostly comprised of stoners like myself. That summer was endless parties, where the cool kids of my school made my place the hang out. And they were levels above cool you would find in ordinary public or private schools, as our school was a small private school rich parents sent their kids to just get an education when anywhere else they would never go to.

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was highly influential to me in the fifth grade. This day, I subscribe to the Smithsonian. It gave me the idea I had in high school to go and be a researcher “in the jungles of Peru” looking to find secrets of consciousness. Which, metaphorically, but not literally, well predicted my life path.

    Lost Boys… I did not believe I could die back then, and my small circle of friends were magical, older, and cutting edge crazy like that.

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  9. Valeria 2 years ago

    It’s not a movie series, but it is a series I guess lol- Avatar the Last Airbender. The live-action remake of it was absolute garbage.

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