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The Jaws Thread

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Sarah, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Mel O'Drama

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    I couldn't sleep last night and by this morning found myself in a bit of a Jaws wormhole, going from soundtrack reviews to film critiques and cast interviews.

    Roy Scheider is an enthralling patchwork of humility, honesty, simplicity, darkness and intensity. He's very enigmatic indeed, and hard to pin down.

    He's great in this interview:

    The journalist seems very clumsy at times. There's a warmth to her, but she's also very reliant on her research and her notes. So for some of the interview she's not in the moment with him, which makes for an interesting dynamic, because it's in those moments that Roy seems most real. There are a few awkward pauses before she turns abruptly to the next subject, but Scheider stays cool as a cucumber.

    I particularly like the way he keeps control of things when she tries to delve deep into the repercussions of his childhood illness. His comment regarding the unmade bed at 6:05 is a winner. It's unexpected - and clearly not what the journalist was hoping he'd say - but it's also full of truth and a rare flash of vulnerability.


    This one's also great to see the humility. The last minute and a half is particularly poignant knowing that Roy's life is now in the past tense:
     
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  2. Willie Oleson

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    That's the first time I heard about economical acting.
     
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  3. Mel O'Drama

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    Yeah. It's a fairly unusual way for her to describe it but it does fit, and I like Roy's definition of that being as simple and direct as possible.

    The more I watch his performances the more impressed I am. It's very much akin to, say, Ted Shackelford on Knots where the subtleties, layers and naturalism mean that he's as captivating watching a scene for the twelfth time as the first. And usually the twelfth one impresses me more. One can only take something for granted for so long.
     
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  4. Willie Oleson

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    And then when he does get the full-on-hysterical-soap dialogue it becomes to most iconic soap quote ever. I won't even bother to post it here because you know what I mean.
     
  5. Mel O'Drama

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    Perchance...?

    [​IMG]

    And even then it feels completely truthful. ​
     
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    Triggered by the sound of a typewriter, perhaps? (could have been the clue of a cheesy "Thriller" episode).
     
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  7. Mel O'Drama

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    :D:D

    Doing a little deduction, I think it came from one of the songs I nominated in our latest Chosen Theme Top Twenty. I've been dipping into my Jaws playlist a little bit since then. Those Top Twenties are regularly influencing my taste, but it's usually other people's nominations that do it.
     
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    Jaws 2 is the sequel that disappoints more profoundly each time I watch it... which is the opposite of the original film. Jaws 3-D is a cartoon. We know that. From the moment the titles roll with their cheesy graphics we know what to expect. And we're in on the joke. And it's hard for Jaws The Revenge to further disappoint once you've seen it once. Blame for any damage beyond that lies entirely on the viewer for watching it a second, third or fifteenth time (fool that I am, I fall into the latter category and willingly carry the burden of my morbid fascination with it). But Jaws 2 lures us in by being full of East Coast promise and then not delivering.

    This review - contemporaneous with Jaws 2's original release - is absolutely spot-on, I think...

    Quite simply, it is an almost scientific exercise in showbiz mediocrity. This smooth and passionless spectacle is too impersonal to win anyone's affection and too inoffensive to inspire hatred.
     
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    "Jaws 2 is largely populated by nubile teenagers who appear to be graduates of the Mickey Mouse Club of Dramatic Arts"
    :lol:
     
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    My favorite summer movie. I like Jaws 2 too!! (Did I just say tootoo???)
     
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