In search of solid trilogies

In search of solid trilogies
Okay, this entry may signal the beginning of this blog’s sharp decline….

But I just finished watching The Bourne Ultimatum, and it was amazing. It’s a smart, taut espionage movie in a great series, and I’m a sucker for spy movies. (Did you all know that I was named after James Bond? No joke, ask my dad.)

This movie completes a solid trilogy, which is rare among movies. I know I start this conversation often, but I’m interested in what others think is a great trilogy as well. To be a great trilogy, each movie in the trilogy has to be good: one misstep disqualifies the entire series. So X-Men, Spiderman and the Godfather is out (because of the last movie), and of course, the Matrix it out (because of all the sequels).

Another solid trilogy I could think of was The Lord of the Rings, but that’s almost unfair, because the entire trilogy was made at the same time. The Star Wars series could come close (if you count episodes IV to VI). But after that, my mind goes blank.

Any others out there?