Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Entertainment

 Did you know this famous tagline from "Jaws" was actually improvised by actor Roy Scheider? It's not often that an ad-libbed phrase becomes a film's tagline and worldwide reference that would be quoted in spoof movies for years to come...

Why am I talking about Jaws right now? I mean, it's a movie from the 70's, why would anyone care to watch such an outdated flick? Let's see, because it's a CLASSIC and (in my opinion) Spielberg's best film. ever. This I have to chalk up to one of my all-time favs. 

It's got your classic Spielberg-isms-> the dolly zoom, the father-son relationship, the epic storyline. I haven't seen it in years, but watched it tonight for my American Film Artist class. I was so stoked to see it again and it was better than the first time. 

If you haven't seen this film, please go rent it or at least torrent it. Honestly, the storyline alone with suck you in and not let go (much like Bruce- the nickname for the mechanical shark in Jaws. Named lovingly after Spielberg's lawyer). Yes, the shark is mechanical. No, they did not let hollywood actors near a REAL great white shark. That would be just ludacris (yet awesome). The shark was a difficult feat in itself to get built for a film that was thought to make no more than $2-3 million (boy, were they wrong!) After hunting down a special effects guy that recently retired and begging him for his help in this desperate time, they finally got their shark and a multi-million dollar classic.

Jaws will have you on the edge of your seat; it will grip you from beginning to end and have you running from open waters for weeks to come. Put down that romantic comedy and watch this film instead. Guarantee it has more interesting characters, deeper themes, and a personal connection to your life than anything you'll see in theaters today.

More to come.

-K

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