Dale’s Triple-Feature — Introduction

My suggestions for three related movies for you to enjoy

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For a long time, I have enjoyed watching movies in threes. I like to do that because I get more out of them that way. As a speculative fiction writer myself, I enjoy analyzing stories, so when I watch movies it helps if I can compare them to similar movies that are still fresh in my mind.

It’s also a good way of generating discussions about movies in a group. If you watch a single movie, you can discuss this or that aspect as it relates to story-telling and movie-making as a whole, but watching three movies together with a common theme allows for a much richer and more expansive discussion.

Sometimes I watch three movies in a big beer-fueled laughathon with a bunch of friends on a lazy Sunday, sometimes it’s three consecutive movie nights with my wife exploring a common theme, and other times it’s just a gluttonous movie marathon for myself in my spare time.

This will be an ongoing series of posts suggesting three movies that go well together to watch as a triple-feature. I may also refer to them as “unnoficial trilogies”, as they are, in my mind, intricately connected.

One simple rule I have is to not include more than one movie per franchise. It would be lazy to suggest the Lord of the Rings trilogy or the first three Resident Evil movies. However, expect to see some movies on multiple lists. For example, Starship Troopers might be on both “military scifi” and “alien insects” triple-features.

So I will find three disparate movies to watch together that are similar for some reason. I’ll explain why I think they go well together, in what order they should be watched, and at the end, I’ll add some questions that will get you thinking and hopefully spark interesting debates with friends after your own viewing marathons.

I particularly love it when the three stories are thematically linked, but they explore the topic from three very different perspectives. My favorite is when the tones are benevolent, malevolent, and ambivalent. I think that makes a really great unofficial trilogy and gives me a lot to think about.

Feel free to let me know if you disagree with my choices, and suggest better alternatives. I love learning about movies I haven't seen, or thinking about the ones I have seen in new ways. Also, if you have any suggestions for a new triple-feature, let me know and if it sounds good, I’ll write it up and give you the credit.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, then I suggest you bookmark this page and check back now and again. Every time I create a new post in the series, I will add it to the list here.

Scifi writer, roboticist, and game developer, 2x Quora Top Writer. I write about writing speculative fiction, computer graphics, AI, evolution, and programming.

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