Top 3, Part 2: The Chatting with Dr. Paulette Curtis

By Ricky Herbst, Cinema Program Director for the Browning Cinema, March 11, 2019

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Establishing Shot is happy to present Top 3, Part 2: The Chatting with Dr. Paulette Curtis. The title isn’t lying either as Ted and Ricky are again joined by Dr. Paulette Curtis on a very special episode to discuss sequels each thinks supersedes the original.

Paddington 2

Ricky’s sequels avoid any Roman numerals and kick off with the recent Paddington 2, which builds out the marmalade-loving immigrant’s experiences with the Brown family in winsome directions (despite Paddington landing in jail). So winsome are those directions that the end result was the film generating a rare 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. After that, he hits a much more divisive film in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, which director Joe Dante made so differently from the Old Batch that legions of fans were left fuming. Not Ricky Herbst, though! He loves how the sequel actively cashes out/tarnishes the goodwill created by the first installment. Lastly, Ricky’s rollercoaster ride of sequels comes to an end with Final Destination 3, the middle child in the series that follows fate as it comes for its due.

Ted begins his Top 3 with The World of Apu, the last film of the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray. Following Pather Panchali and Aparajito, The World of Apu upon its release in 1959 garnered international acclaim and remains one of the best known Parallel Cinema films today. Staying with trilogies and sequels not clearly denoted by a number, Ted endorses Before Sunrise, the middle of the Before Trilogy that follows the very talky relationship between Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Ted closes his list with Superman II, the mashup of Richards (Donner and Lester) that gave the world, albeit fleetingly, Non, Ursa, and General Zod.

Rocky II

Paulette hangs out in outer space with her first two films. First up is Aliens, James Cameron’s reins-taking of the monster movie franchise from 1986/2179. Paulette stays in outer orbit with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan that reignites a long-simmering feud between Starfleet and the tyrant Khan Noonien Singh, who has various axes to grind. Paulette’s final sequel, although in no means the final sequel in the series, is Rocky II, which similarly rehashes a previous feud as Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed give the world a rematch of their 1976 bout.

With that, the sequels discussion is over, but there’s definitely a To Be Continued… card popping up after Paulette’s second appearance on the show.