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The closing credits for Gil Kenan’s remake of the 1982 horror classic “Poltergeist” feature the band Spoon covering the Cramps’ 1980 punk classic “TV Set.” Spoon is a tasteful, studious yet largely anodyne indie rock outfit that has become an NPR staple; the Cramps were a scuzzy, unhinged psychobilly band whose most famous gig took place in an actual mental hospital. It’s hard to think of a more fitting postscript for this professionally executed yet bloodless film, itself an act of homage that hews reverently to its source material while missing the essential spirit and vitality that once powered it. Generally entertaining yet fundamentally unnecessary, this tribute-band take on one of the genre’s greatest hits should score decent opening weekend numbers before finding its way into the light.
- Andrew Barker
Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »
- D. Zhea
Happy Mother’s Day! In 1975, Steven Spielberg made a huge splash with the iconic summer film “Jaws” which opened people’s eyes to the world beneath the waves, as we now know that stepping into the ocean is like stepping on to one big giant dinner plate for an apex predator: The Shark! After all, shark attacks aren’t personal, it’s just lunch (or dinner)! And we humans resemble sea lions! So there you have it.There are many different types and breeds of sharks, which can be found in the seas and oceans all over the world.Sharks are the ultimate fish, some are […] »
- April Neale
Narragansett Beer has raised a glass to a great horror writer with their H.P. Lovecraft-inspired beers. In our exclusive Q&A, Narragansett Beer President Mark Hellendrung talks paying tribute to a local legend and his brewery's onscreen connection to Jaws.
When did your love for Lovecraft begin? Have you always enjoyed his work and the horror genre in general?
Mark Hellendrung: I guess my relationship with the genre started at the age of 7, when my parents took me to see Jaws at the Dalton Theater in Pawtucket. As a father of 4, I’m not sure I’d repeat that mistake. Growing up in Ri, I knew of H.P. and his work, but it wasn’t until last summer, when we started contemplating this project, that I really started reading and enjoying his writing.
This year marks the 125th birthdays of Rhode Island natives Narragansett Beer and H.P. Lovecraft. »
- Derek Anderson
Never mind the great whites – it’s lesser known species like the sneaky frilled shark and sad, blind Greenland shark that are the stars of this fascinating series
I did try, given what’s going on, to do something clever with Shark (BBC1), comparing the different species with the party leaders. Trouble is, the sharks are just too damn impressive. If Dave was something in the water he’d be a jellyfish. Ed a manatee maybe – likable, but more threatened than a threat, lacking bite. Nick is plankton, of course. Nicola? Sturgeon (not unlike but more impressive than a salmond). And smoked, yellow, unpalatable, should stay in the 1950s where it belongs – you’re a kipper, Nigel. Trouble is, I really like kippers. Whitebait then? I like them too. I’m sure you can think of better ones.
Anyway, these sharks are much more interesting than all of them, and »
- Sam Wollaston
'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
Every summer, we’re inundated with a slew of big studio blockbusters that attempt to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the competition with eye-popping visuals and lots and lots of money up on the screen. The trend began with Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, which took the box office by storm in the summer of 1975 but now feels absolutely quaint in comparison to modern blockbuster fare. With technology having advanced to the point where seeing the impossible onscreen has become commonplace, competition is fierce to create something exciting and new in the way of action set pieces. While character may be the most vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to how impactful a film can be, explosions and action sequences are still of great importance to any studio wanting to throw its hat into the crowded summer ring. [caption id="attachment_416998" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel[/caption] Given that Marvel Studios »
- Adam Chitwood
The Jurassic World Empire covers are here. Currently crashing through the undergrowth - figuratively speaking - and stomping onto subscribers' doormats, here's what non-subcribers can look forward to buying this Thursday, April 30.Barely containing the hybrid horrors of the Indominus Rex, our special four-slashes fold-out cover can only be tamed by purchasing it, then caging it on top of your coffee table. Again, figuratively speaking.As well as extensive feature on Colin Trevorrow's take on Steven Spielberg's iconic dino-franchise, featuring exclusive on-set access and details to thrill Jurassic Park aficionados, there is a whole lot more, including a world exclusive first look at X-Men: Apocalypse and everything you never knew about Jaws.Keep your eyes on EmpireOnline.com over the week to find out more about what to expect, from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and back again.Jurassic World »
Yesterday, a new poster arrived for Jurassic World, along with the news that a new full-length trailer is coming this Monday. Today, we get yet another poster...And it's epic! Check out the scale of the Mosasaurus, never before seen in the franchise, as he takes a snack break. Tourists watch on as a great white shark is hunted down in what will surely be one of the best 3D IMAX moments of the year!
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers. Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, »
Think you know everything about Steven Spielberg's style? Think again. We've already seen and posted a shot-by-shot analysis of Jaws before (view that one here), but this latest one breaks down and analyzes the filmmaking techniques Spielberg used in one particular scene in his shark thriller classic Jaws (released in 1975). Specifically, Julian Palmer takes a look at the early beach attack scene in Jaws, where the young boy gets eaten. It's a detailed analysis (perhaps over-analysis) but includes very intelligent references that will allow anyone to understand how beautifully this scene is crafted, and just how talented Spielberg really is. There's always more to learn about filmmaking techniques from films old and new, so always keep watching. Narrated & directed by Julian Palmer, for 1848 Media (@1848Media), found via Fsr. The introduction: "Welcome to The Discarded Image. A new online video series that analyses and deconstructs well known pieces of cinema. »
- Alex Billington
“Spielberg at his most Hitchcockian.” That’s how the team behind The Discarded Image (a new video essay series focused on cinema) describes the beach scene in Jaws where Brody watches a ton of potential beach-loving victims, helpless to save a little boy who’s ripped apart by the shark. I can’t disagree. Mostly because Alfred Hitchcock also loved bad hats. The video does a striking and thorough job explaining how Steven Spielberg tortures the viewer by forcing them to identify with a powerless figure caught in the middle of a violently chaotic moment. It’s about framing, camera direction and dramatic irony. It’s also about color coordination, foreground imagery and the culmination of earlier character decisions. It’s also about a dozen other things that allow us to marvel at Spielberg’s genius and allow aspiring filmmakers to shudder at the sheer level of detail that goes into making something this powerful. I »
- Scott Beggs
There aren't too many directors who start off with their A-game right out of the gate, but Steven Spielberg is one of them. Jaws was only the young directors second (or third if you count Duel) feature and, as we all know, it was an enormous success both commercially and critically. Jaws remains one of my favourite films and it's one that I revisit quite often so I was thrilled to stumble upon this great video-essay by 1848 Media which analyses and deconstructs the beach scene »
- Kevin Fraser
It’s easy to say that Steven Spielberg is a master of visual storytelling, but there’s a lot to learn by watching a detailed breakdown of how of approaches a complex scene. While Jaws is an early effort from Spielberg, it already displays a deep understanding of cinematic language, and builds on lessons taught by directors such […]
The post Watch a Detailed Breakdown of the ‘Jaws’ Beach Scene appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
There’s no arguing Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws is a masterpiece. An infinitely rewatchable thriller that’s quotable, entertaining and influential. One of the many places you see that influence today is the pop culture art world. Jaws is regularly one of the most reimagined properties out there. There have been full art shows dedicated to the film as […]
The post Cool Stuff: Amity Island Is Open And Closed In New ‘Jaws’ Poster By Ape Meets Girl appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
With the recent success of both Jodorowsky's Dune and Lost Soul, the documentary on the never-made feature is alive and well. This success has, in some small part, fueled the desire to know more about certain cult films that were such unlikely successes. Director Enric Folch and his team want to examine in detail the cult-curio that launched Steven Spielberg's feature film career: Duel. A lowly TV Movie-Of-The-Week shot in 1971 over 13 days with no film stars, the visceral idea of a terrifying truck, whose driver we never see, for no apparent reason chases a lone driver along the desert roads of Southern California. Years before The Road Warrior, Jaws, and even The Hitcher, this tiny-budgeted film has planted deep roots of influence across genre cinema,...
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The horror genre is filled with great movies about animals turning against humans — from the creepy (Arachnophobia) to the campy (Anaconda) to the artistic (Razorback) to the gory (Savage Harvest) to the awesome (Deep Blue Sea) — but the number of legitimately terrifying examples can be counted on one two-fingered hand. There’s Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Lewis Teague’s Cujo and… that’s it right? Seriously, I can’t think of any other genuinely scary movies about animal attacks. That changes with the release of Adam MacDonald‘s Backcountry. Alex (Jeff Roop) and Jenn (Missy Peregrym) are heading into the woods for a weekend getaway that they hope will help bring them closer together. Their relationship has been a bit rocky of late, and while she’s uninterested in the great outdoors he spent his childhood roaming the forest and feels confident she’ll come to appreciate the beauty of the park’s more memorable spots too »
- Rob Hunter
In a brand new series from Vimeo Channel 1848 Media, Julian Palmer analyzes and deconstructs iconic scenes and moments from recognizable films, and if the debut episode is proof of what’s to come, then “The Discarded Image” is going to be a must-watch series for any cinephile. Episode One of “The Discarded Image” examines one of the most heart-pounding scenes of the past four decades — the beach scene from “Jaws.” What’s so great about the episode (and, hopefully, the entire series) is that it doesn’t focus simply on the camera movements or blocking. Rather, the video’s scope reaches much farther. Palmer narrates a stunningly educational, information-packed quarter-hour that not only picks apart the scene in question, but does so within the context of Steven Spielberg’s work vis-à-vis other directors (most frequently Alfred Hitchcock), stylistic choices that define Spielberg’s career, his pre-production process, and his use of on-screen movement. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Louis Leterrier is in talks to helm In The Deep, the Black List script by Anthony Jaswinski about a lone surfer attacked by a shark and stranded on a reef must find a way back to shore before succumbing to her injuries. This is the script that sparked a feeding, or rather bidding frenzy, last September. It will be produced by Weimaraner Republic Pictures partners Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem. When it comes to shark movies, the high bar remains Steven Spielberg’s Jaws… »
The original film starred the "Jaws" actor as the pilot of an experimental helicopter being used by the Lapd to help control crowds during the 1984 Olympics. Not that well received as a film, it nevertheless has scored a cult following in subsequent years.
Marvel exec and screenwriter Craig Kyle will handle the script for the new version which is expected to focus on a drone rather than a chopper. One of the original film's themes was that of police force militarization, something which seems very timely considering recent events.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Your first thought of Roy Scheider may be Jaws or SeaQuest Dsv, but for me it will always be Blue Thunder. The 1983 action movie about a pilot using an enhanced military helicopter to patrol Los Angeles was one of my favorite movies growing up as a kid. The John Badham movie was not the greatest movie made but it had some pretty awesome aerial sequences. Now, the movie is being remade at Columbia Pictures with a significant change to the technology. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Alex Maidy
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