Category: Blockbuster

“Back to the Future”

9.9

… on the big screen! This one will now forever have a special place in my heart.

The beginning chapter of one of the all time greatest film trilogies. So much great action. So many groundbreaking special effects. At the heart, a heartwarming story with relationships that jump off the screen thanks to the cast’s phenomenal chemistry and talent.

Lorraine… *swoon*

Every scene impactful. One of the best opening exposition dumps I’ve ever seen. I never before fully realized how covertly Zemeckis catches the audience up to speed before we even meet a character during the opening titles. One of Alan Silvestri’s, if not Hollywood’s most iconic scores.

Time circuits – On

Flux capacitor – Fluxing

Movie – Fantastic

“Jaws: The Revenge”

6.5

Ah… franchise fatigue.

This series finale is a completely unnecessary addition to the anthology, but it was the 80s, so what the hell? A solid action film that didn’t have to worry about overusing the shark finds it’s place in history as the most obnoxious JAWS. This time… it’s personal. Unlike the past 2 times this shark has returned from the dead to wipe out the remaining members of the Brody family. They also lean pretty heavily on the original, from a not so subtle Chief Brody portrait in the beginning, to the score sounding strangely familiar, to the theft of the ending. Luckily, the shark literally jumps the series in this film, signifying the end of an era.

“Jaws 3”

6.9

Before “Blackfish,” you had this film to convince you not to go to Sea World, for fear of being trapped in an underwater walkway with strangers while you wait to be devoured by a killer shark. The underwater restaurant looks pretty badass, though.

It’s in 3D, like every other horror movie around this time, and has one of the most laughable finales in cinematic history. However, still an entertaining watch, if you’ve never seen it before.

“Jaws 2”

8.1

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…

The first one was just too good… they had to make a second one, right?

In one of Hollywood’s better sequels, Universal made the accidentally genius decision to switch to an action oriented director, who took this film in a different enough direction from the first that it actually works really well. The helicopter scene is a thing of beauty, cheesy as it may be. Chief Brody comes back for another round with his finned foe. The action gets cranked up to an 11, and you see A LOT of the shark in this one. A well executed follow-up to a legend, that stands the test of time.

“Jaws”

9.9

All time favorite. As close to a perfect movie as they get in my career as a cinephile.

All time great score, all time perfect cast. Paradigm shifting cinematic craft exhibited by all involved converged by happy accident to create one of the most storied summer blockbusters of all time. What should have been a cheesy, forgettable tale of a goofy mechanical shark turned out to be a juggernaut that would launch many legendary careers and inspire generations to come.

With just two notes and a shark that couldn’t swim… history was made.