With the first Summer blockbuster smashing onto our screen this week, in the form of Iron Man 3, the Top Ten looks at the best of the third movie. Advance warning, and I do apologise, Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked didn’t make the list.
10. Die Hard With A Vengeance
If you are going to make a third film, take a slightly different route. With Bruce Willis having been trapped in a skyscraper and an airport, for the third time out, have him running around New York with a partner, in the form of Samuel L. Jackson. It did inject some new life into the series and having Jeremy Irons as the baddie gave it an edge. Shame 4 and 5 didn’t take note.
9. Back To The Future Part III
The final part of Marty McFly’s time travelling adventures found him in the old west trying to bring the Doc back home and Robert Zemeckis makes amends for the confused second part. With plenty of western references, including a huge nod to A Fistful Of Dollars, this is the perfect end to a terrific series.
8. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
I know I will be criticised for having this so low but as much as I liked Peter Jackson’s filming of Tolken’s epic book, I didn’t love it. Yes, it’s a full cinematic experience but it did drag, no moreso than when we are treated to so many false endings.
7. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
Another proof of having a strong sidekick can inject new life into a series. After the dark Temple Of Doom, it’s fun all the way as Harrison Ford is joined by Sean Connery as his dad, taking on the Nazis as well as brimming with banter. Raiders is still the best but this comes a pretty close second.
6. Army Of Darkness
With the new version of Evil Dead doing big business here in the UK, how about a slice of the original with Bruce Campbell’s Ash being propelled into medieval times as the chainsaw handed groover takes on an undead army. Many fans think this is the best in the series. It certainly is the most bonkers. Rumours of another sequel are currently rife.
5. The Bourne Ultimatum
Matt Damon’s final outing as super spy Bourne is a rollercoaster of intelligence and top notch action. Paul Greengrass’s film is a cracker and a perfect rounding off to one of the best series around, although the fourth film, The Bourne Legacy should be ignored.
4. Toy Story 3
Hands up if you cried! Pixar upped the ante as Woody, Buzz and the gang come face to face with an unlikely villain. Full of hilarity, including Michael Keaton’s Ken and two moments when you genuinely thought your heart would be shattered. Only Pixar could make you cry over friends holding hands!
Sean Connery’s James Bond found his stride in the third screen adventure as he takes on gold fanatic Goldfinger. Crammed with quotable lines, amazing action, the most blatant sexual name in screen history and the Aston Martin. It’s everything that has now become a trademark to the Bond formula and a film you could never be bored with.
2. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Sergio Leone’s third in the Man With No Name trilogy is an epic western drama about three men after a batch of gold. Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach are the three from the title and with Ennio Morrecone’s now classic score, this three hour masterpiece has everything that a good western should have without it once ever feel cliched.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan’s final piece in his Batman films is, in my opinion, his best. A complex tale of villainy, identity crisis and Anne Hathaway in leather. Christian Bale returns as the troubled hero with Tom Hardy as a perfect baddie and, of course, Anne Hathaway before she shaved her head and warbled to an Oscar. Just a magnificent and fitting ending…or is it?