Jaws and the Escape from American Paranoia: A Review

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At the age of 29, what director Steven Spielberg created with Jaws was not just one of the most recognized blockbusters of its era, but he also changed American cinema the way that we all knew it to be. But amidst the many monster movies that have followed ever since Jaws, it has still managed to stay afloat (pun intended) for not only is Jaws significant for having established the birth of a new movement in cinema but also because it has only aged like fine wine all these years. You can go ahead and say what you will about the shark looking fake (years of rewatching Jaws may have made that clear for me) but in the end, does it really matter? The very least of what makes Jaws such a successful piece of work is whether or not that shark looks real or not but rather how perfectly it all builds itself up to become; and on that count it quite truly is the quintessential blockbuster.

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All That Jazz – Review

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Behind the glamour that one imagines inside of working in the entertainment industry, there’s that miserable soul behind it all who essentially works himself to death. A metaphor representing director Bob Fosse, who notably was staging Chicago yet editing his Academy Award-nominated Lenny at the same time, Fosse’s semi-autobiographical tale, All That Jazz, is not only a picture of the experience in show business, but it is also one of the most, if not the most innovative musicals of its very own kind – such a wonder only comes once in a lifetime it is merely unbelievable. Continue reading →