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Tuesday 29 October 2013, 14:20

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I’ve just watched Before Midnight again on DVD - the follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. I reckon it could complete the perfect trilogy - can you think of a better one?

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    Comment number 1.

    Can we forget about the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull so I can say Indiana Jones?

    Those three films are the perfect mix of fun, excitement and fear. The barminess of them and the way they still maintain a sense of tension throughout is highly commendable.

    Long live Indy!

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    Comment number 2.

    The Bourne Trilogy - first one good, Greengrass ones great.

    I love Star Wars, always will, but I think the Before trilogy deserves bonus points for actually existing. Managing to finance and produce 3 excellent films about realistic adult relationships is certainly a lot more impressive than making a trilogy of squillion-dollar blockbusters.

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    Comment number 3.

    I'm a big fan of 'The Before Trilogy' - although think it become a quadlogy befire long. I'm not sure I'd be willing to say it is the better trilogy but I am willing to at least partially defend Godfather III. Much of people's problem with that film is not the hokey Marx brother-eseque ending at the theatre but the way Michael grows a conscience. It seemed a little forced after the brutal self-isolation of I and II.

    But there is no other way that trilogy could have ended, it would have been deeply unstatisying if ended the same way as I & II, as we do still care about Michael despite his moral shortcomings, ending with him simply being Don Corleone isn't enough, it needed some point of anagnorsis, the realisation that he had done so much wrong, as expressed through his scream at his daughter died. So I still think its a great trilogy.

    For my money though - you missed Nolan's 'Dark Knight Trilogy' which I think is THE perfect trilogy.

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    Comment number 4.

    I personally think that Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Trilogy is Flawless. Some people may discredit Ridley Scott's 'Hannibal' as being tosh, but luckily Gary Oldman's Mason Verger seems to save it from being a train wreck. To me, the trilogy seems like an evolution of a monster, albeit an out of sync one, but all three films show the different parts of his life and truly show how a man of great intelligence can fall from being respected to being feared.

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    Comment number 5.

    Surprised you didn't mention Sergio Leone's Man With No Name trilogy. Three incredible films, each of which can stands up on its own as one of the best films of all time. Never before or since has Eastwood been better and it contains possibly (definitely) the best film score ever. Its impact on popular culture is enormous, effectively reinventing the Western genre and its influence stretching as far as Stephen King's Dark Tower series and even Rango. Undoubtedly the perfect trilogy.

    May I also make a case for the Prophecy trilogy (ignoring the rubbish sequels), a knowingly ridiculous series of films in which Christopher Walken is the most delightfully Walkenish he's ever been before he became a parody of himself.


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