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Best Film Franchise

 
 
djjd62
 
Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 08:48 am
so i was listening to an interview with the producers of the harry potter films the other day, and the interviewer was claiming that to date the potter series was probably the best film franchise

we won't know for sure until the last two are out, but i tend to agree, the bond franchise has it's moments but it's had enough low points to not qualify in my mind

star wars was certainly a shoe in until lucas made the prequel films and flushed all credibility down the toilet

the bourne movies are great, but if matt damon doesn't participate in the fourth film, it's most likely gonna suck

LOTR might be the current contender, but we've yet to see the hobbit, or should it be included

what's your opinion on the best film franchise

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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 09:53 am
The Thin Man movies.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Te4ZvzD2v18/TKC415EuDlI/AAAAAAAABI8/MbVfcmj2gmg/s1600/the%2520thin%2520man.jpg
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 11:30 am
@djjd62,
Star Trek has certainly had a long run, but I doubt it's the best film franchise ever.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 02:45 pm
@joefromchicago,
excellent choice
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 02:52 pm
How are you defining "best?"

Best money-maker?

Best series of stories?

Best acting?

Best directing?

Best spin-offs of other films and merchandise?

Best critical acclaims and awards?

All of the above?
talk72000
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 02:52 pm
@djjd62,
Don't forget Lord of the Rings, Tarzan ran for quite a while, Pink Panther, Dirty Harry, spaghetti westerns No Name Clint Eastwood, Rodgers and Hammerstein, etc.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:02 pm
Although i didn't care for the other films after the first one, i'd say the Alien series did very well.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:02 pm
@Butrflynet,
a bit of everything i guess, money isn't crucial, star wars made lots of money, but the franchise crapped out on the 3 prequels

acclaim doesn't matter much to me, a lot of films i like get no acclaim or awards
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talk72000
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:07 pm
@Setanta,
That is because Ridley Scott did a marvellous job of the B class science fiction and made it into an A class franchise. The second Aliens with James Cameron did well.
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hawkeye10
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:09 pm
LOTR gets disqualified because it was all one project. With all of the different projects, both on tv and movies, I think that the nod goes to Star Trek.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:15 pm
@djjd62,
Quote:
LOTR might be the current contender


Didn't realize you used abbreviation oracronym for the Lords films.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:17 pm
I don't see why LoTR should be "disqualified"--leaving aside that the author of the thread has more right to set the terms than do we, i would think it qualifies because the films were released serially, with the opening of each film benefiting from the popularity of the previous film.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:27 pm
@Setanta,
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I don't see why LoTR should be "disqualified"--leaving aside that the author of the thread has more right to set the terms than do we,
TO me "franchise" by definition is three or more movie projects of the same theme and characters that connect together into a franchise....if it is all one project, as LOTR was, it by definition is not a franchise.
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:29 pm
@hawkeye10,
Was not by your definition--there is no good reason to assume that you define all terms, despite your penchant for behaving as though that were true.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:30 pm
@Setanta,
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Was not by your definition
I believe that it is the commonly accepted definition, but will wait for an expert to render his/her opinion.
Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:34 pm
@hawkeye10,
I know you believe that, but i can see no reason to agree that your opinion happens also to be "the commonly accepted definition." If that is so, it should be simplicity itself for you to come up with a significant number of online sources to confirm your claim.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:39 pm
@hawkeye10,
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Some media franchises are accidental, and some are planned, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The most profitable film franchises include Harry Potter, Star Wars, James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Pirates of the Caribbean.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_franchise
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:40 pm
@hawkeye10,
but LOTR is 3 distinct movies, just as it's 3 distinct volumes broken down into 6 books
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:43 pm
@djjd62,
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but LOTR is 3 distinct movies, just as it's 3 distinct volumes broken down into 6 books
Unlike other planned franchises, LOTR was filmed all at once, they were making three movies at the same time. I think this disqualifies them from being a franchise. Your mileage may vary.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2010 03:48 pm
@hawkeye10,
methinks thou doth protest too much
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