Monday, July 24, 2006

 

The All Time Greatest "Summer" Film

Well, here we are, smack dab in the middle of summer, and it's got me thinking about "summer" movies. For me, no film more embodies what it means to be a "summer" movie than Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic thriller Jaws. Everything about it screams "summer" movie. The film's story, about a small beach community threatened by the sudden and unexplained appearance of a great white shark, is all about summer. (Who can ever forget the opening scene? Or for that matter, any scene that follows.) Furthermore, it's based on a novel (by Peter Benchley) that was designed to be a "summer" read. And perhaps, most significantly, it was the first summer "blockbuster," ushering in the era of blockbuster films and forever changing the way Hollywood viewed that season.

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I just watched Jaws on my Mac yesterday while heading out to Boston.
 
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