14 November 2014

When I Was Thirty: A Speaks Movie Series

by Kevin Powers

Yes. That's right. I turned 30 this year. About six weeks ago to be exact.

For the two weeks leading up to the big day, Amanda (my wife) would give me a gift here and there. A theme emerged: The Trilogy. Pretty fitting, right?

See, the thing is: Every year since Amanda and I have been together, she has rounded up both of our families on a mission to buy me BluRays on a certain theme. Usually, its a director. This year (Year Five), it was something different.

Year One: Five from the Coen Brothers on DVD (the BluRay hadn't reached us yet.)
Year Two: All Tarantino on BluRay
Year Three: Many major Woody Allen on DVD and BluRay
Year Four: All Wes Anderson on Criterion BluRay (Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox just BluRay)
Year Five (30th Birthday): Many, many trilogies (for the most part).

Here's the 30th B-Day Trilogy haul…

Alien Anthology (2010)

Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)

Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)

Alien 3 (David Fincher, 1992)

Alien: Resurrection (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1997)

Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (Robert Zemeckis, 2011)

Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

The Bourne Trilogy (2009)

The Bourne Identity (Doug Liman, 2002)

The Bourne Supremacy (Paul Greengrass, 2004)

The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass, 2007)

The Dark Knight Trilogy (Christopher Nolan, 2012)

Batman Begins (2005)

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (Francis Ford Coppola, 2008)

The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

The Godfather Part III (1990)

The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition (Peter Jackson, 2012)

The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

The Two Towers (2002)

The Return of the King (2003)

Mission: Impossible - Extreme Blu-Ray Edition (2011)

Mission: Impossible (Brian DePalma, 1996)

Mission: Impossible II (John Woo, 2000)

Mission: Impossible III (J.J. Abrams, 2006)

Ocean's Trilogy Collection (Steven Soderbergh, 2014)

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Ocean's Twelve (2004)

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Scream: 5 Film Set (Wes Craven, 2011)

Scream (1996)

Scream 2 (1997)

Scream 3 (2000)

Still Screaming (Bonus Documentary)

Scream: The Inside Story (Bonus Documentary)

The Spider-Man Triology (Sam Raimi, 2014)

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 3  (2007)

The Complete Toy Story Collection (2011)

Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)

Toy Story 2 (Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich, 1999)

Toy Story 3 (Lee Unkrich, 2010)

Over the next year, I plan to watch all of these. So far, I've done Lord of the Rings. Boy, is that thing "extended." Beautiful though. That'll be first in this series. Coming soon...


  1. First, that is such a sweet repeat gift from your wife.
    Second, this is such a cool idea for a blog series. Can't wait to read it all. I've seen all of these EXCEPT the Lord of the Rings ones...LOL...but I'm still looking forward to what you have to say on it.

    1. Yeah. These are all re-watches. I started with LOTR because I actually had not seen the extended versions. Those movies are an incredible achievements if really, really long and sometimes painfully cheesy (i.e., Orlando Bloom's random stating of the obvious).

  2. Awwww...such a sweet thing your wife does every year. I look forward to reading about these. I've seen all except the last 2 Ocean's flicks. Hmmm, not even sure how that happened. Oh wait, I have to call shenanigans, though. Where's The Borne Legacy? On second thought, the series is better off without it so I'll let that slide.

    1. LOL. Yeah. If Matty Damon's not in it, it doesn't count as a Bourne movie. Although, I didn't hate The Bourne Legacy.

  3. That is an insanely cool idea! I look forward to reading these reviews!

    1. Yeah. I'm blessed with a woman who enables my addictions. Thanks for stopping by.