You've heard of film trilogies, but how about film trinities?
Film trinities are something I made up off the top of my head this morning when I realized that Jake Gyllenhaal had been in three critically-acclaimed dark psychological thrillers: Donnie Darko
, and Nightcrawler
. Together they form a loose group based on their lead actor, genre, and so on. It was here that I began to think about other ways to connect three movies within any given actor's filmography. For instance, did you know Leonardo DiCaprio has been in three films where his wife dying or being dead is an important plot point? Three! And they form a trinity. Would anyone like to join me in discovering and discussing them? The "rules" for film trinities are as follows:
They have to be three films that:
-Share at least one actor, and
-Share at least one other similar trait, and
-Are not already connected by continuity (such as a regular trilogy), and
-Are not commonly associated with one another despite not being a formal trilogy (Simon Pegg trilogy, Dollars trilogy).
The point here is to find connections where there were none before. Like the above Leo DiCaprio, the findings can be quite surprising. Here are some of my favorite examples from the Reddit thread I posted about this to make the concept absolutely clear:
Nic cage breaking and entering:
DiCaprio's rich debauchery trilogy - The Great Gatsby, The Wolf Of Wall Street, and then Django Unchained.
He gets more and more unhinged in that order, too.
Mel Gibson's "Fuck the English" War Trilogy: *Gallipoli*, *Braveheart*, and *the Patriot*.
Robert Downey Jr.'s eccentric character who talks to himself trilogy: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, A Scanner Darkly, Sherlock Holmes
I hope I've gotten my idea through all right! Does anyone have any good ones to add? :)