Apparently There Was An All About Eve II After All

Two All About Eves

From the management: I did a whole thing about serials versus sequels versus franchises using All About Eve as a sort of anchor last month, and it was pretty much predicated on the ludicrousness of the idea of an All About Eve II.

I've been thinking a bit lately about the difference between movie sequels and movie serials. I remember a lot of complaints in the 1990s about sequel bloat, and I associate that particularly with a Roman numeral system and the use of the colon, like Rambo: First Blood Part II and Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Times. They tended to be action movies anchored by a single star (although I'm sure that wasn't always the case) and the primary complaint seemed to be that they either wore out the original premise beyond any hope of pleasure or novelty, or had no real premise beyond "Here's Stallone again in the same outfit," and floundered in the absence of story.
Now I think we're in more of a serial age, and the most frequent complaints are about franchise bloat/the Marvelization of Hollywood, which I think is a pretty straightforward and understandable objection. Weirdly this has actually led to a nostalgic affection for a certain type of 90s-style sequel (Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Top Gun: Maverick, come to think of it these might be a trend exclusive to Tom Cruise) that used to be considered part of the problem, although of course it's not all that weird for a trend to appear cooler in retrospect.

Well. There was!

Management sincerely apologizes for the error. If you happen to have a copy of AAEII, please send us a PDF at your earliest convenience.