Spielberg, Jaws & Why I Write Movie Reviews

Public Service Announcement ahead.

For those who don’t use Twitter, don’t read the news, or just plain are not aware, today is the 40th anniversary of Jaws.  It was the first movie to cross $100 million at the box office, and it stayed at #1 for 13 weeks–from its release on June 20, 1975, all the way through September 21.  That’s damn impressive.

It’s also the reason many of you don’t go in the water, and it’s also the reason I write movie reviews.  One of them, at least, but if there’s any one filmmaker I will credit for igniting my love for all things cinematic, it’s Steven Spielberg.  And if there’s any one movie that got me interested in Spielberg (and all of the facets of film production, believe it or not), it was Jaws.  This was back about 8 years ago that I first saw it, and I’ve seen it many times since, but somehow, never during my time as a blogger.  What a perfect night to finally give it the 6th or 7th go.  Right?

So I urge all y’all to join me.  Rent Jaws tonight, or if you happen to have it on home video, then pop it into the DVD player (or Blu-ray player, VCR, LaserDisc player, etc.) and watch along.  It certainly is one of the greatest movies ever made.

Happy Anniversary to…Die Hard!

Today, Die Hard turns twenty-five and it’s still one of the “’80sest” movies ever made. And one of the most quotable action movies. And the best Christmas movie. At least in my opinion.

But anyway.

Here’s Bruce Willis before Pulp Fiction, Twelve Monkeys, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, Moonrise Kingdom, AND Looper.

AND every Die Hard sequel.

Could you imagine those films without him, or those films not existing because Bruce Willis was a cool guy like Brad Pitt was in Fight Club, not a cool guy like Bruce Willis the actor?

Let me rephrase that:

Could you imagine the world without Die Hard?

No, damn it, you can’t.

The other day, I caught Fogs over at Fogs’ Movie Reviews trying to get away with this blasphemy:

With regard to his preference of the recent Olympus Has Fallen over White House Down, he wrote:

“I believed in Gerard Butler as a quasi John McClane much more than Channing Tatum”


For “quasi Bruce Willis,” please see his lackluster delivery in Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Die Hard: with a Vengeance.

If you haven’t seen Die Hard yet, I pity you. As does Damien Karras:

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“The power of Christ compels you.”

But moving forward, here’s a few clips to celebrate:


A happy anniversary

to the quintessential

action movie!

The Heat

Happy Anniversary to…Live and Let Die!

Roger Moore was the FDR of James Bond movies.  He appeared in more movies by any other Bond, and he left the character not because he personally felt like he should, but because he basically died in office.  I don’t mean it literally, of course.  I mean that in 1979, Moonraker gave him a diagnosis for chronic silliness disorder, and by 1985’s A View to a Kill, the goofiness murdered his Bond persona.

But 1973 brought Live and Let Die, which is often considered to have the best Bond song, and some consider it one of the best Bond movies.  This was his first appearance as 007, and it’s easily the most fun of his Bond renditions.  Today, Live and Let Die turns forty.  I’m commemorating it below with a few videos, posters, stills, and (of course!) the Wings song.  A happy anniversary to Live and Let Die!  (Or, if you prefer, long live Live and Let Die!)

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We always give films that extra-special recognition on their 10th/20th/25th/30th/40th/50th anniversaries, but rarely do we remember on the exact day.  Here at Cinemaniac Reviews, it’s less likely you’ll forget (at least from now on), due to my coming feature: Happy Anniversary to…

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