Screen Junkies » Jaws http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:23:57 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ilya Naishuller’s ‘Hardcore’ and Five Examples of POV Filmmaking Done Right http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ilya-naishullers-hardcore-and-five-examples-of-pov-filmmaking-done-right/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ilya-naishullers-hardcore-and-five-examples-of-pov-filmmaking-done-right/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:12:20 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266956 Voyeurism at its finest, ladies and gentlemen.

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By Jared Jones

The line between video games and movies continues to blur in Hardcore, an upcoming film from Russian director Ilya Naishuller that claims to be the “first POV action film ever made.” Starring Sharlto Copley and Haley Bennet, Hardcore combines a relatively familiar story (“A newly resurrected cyborg who must save his wife/creator from the clutches of a psychotic tyrant with telekinetic powers and his army of mercenaries”) with a filmmaking style that has yet to truly be attempted in a full-length feature film: The subjective (or POV) shot.

It’s a bold idea for a film, I’ll give it that much, and a gimmick that Hardcore will surely live or die by – that is, should it obtain the funding it is currently seeking to complete the film (CGI, sound, color correction) on IndieGoGo. While most of us would grimace at the idea of essentially watching someone else play a video game for 90 minutes, there are actually several instances of POV filmmaking that demonstrate how effective it can be when done right.

At its best, the POV shot can be used as a means of shattering the veneer that typically exists between the audience and a film. By literally dropping us inside the mind of a character, we become an active participant in the experience rather than a simple observer. We are no longer a step ahead of the action taking place; we are simply reacting to it as it plays out. The POV shot can be downright chilling when used properly, and here are six films that did just that.

“A Ride in the Park” — V/H/S 2

While you can practically trace the entire “found footage” subgenre back to the POV-style narrative made infamous in The Blair Witch Project, the horror anthology series V/H/S has been able to improve and expand upon this concept better than most in recent years. Over the course of two films (and an upcoming sequel), V/H/S has utilized the subjective camera across a wide variety of mediums to tell its stories, which range from a man with a haunted ocular implant to an alien abduction from the perspective of the family dog.

Arguably the most successful entry in the V/H/S series is a segment from the second installment, “A Ride in the Park.” The brilliance of the story not only lies in the simplicity of the plot (“mountain biker stumbles upon zombie apocalypse), but the method in which it is told. Save a few handheld camera shots in the segment’s climax, the entirety of “A Ride in the Park” is told through a GoPro camera the protagonist has mounted to his helmet. To say anymore would spoil the fun of watching a man transform into a zombie before attacking a child’s birthday party-DAMMIT!

Evil Dead

Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead has been long-considered a masterpiece of low-budget filmmaking (among other things), and it’s largely due to Raimi’s inventiveness behind the camera. Take for example, the nerve-racking sense of pace he was able to create in scenes like the one above using just a camera bolted to a 2×4, an 18 fps film rate, and a couple quick-footed cameramen. The shaky cam has been done to death by modern directors (looking at you, Bourne series), sure, but Raimi practically invented the effect for Evil Dead back in 1981.

Metamorphosis: Immersive Kafka 

Say what you want about how entertaining or successful this 2010 take on Franz Kafka’s famous novella, there’s no denying that Sándor Kardos is owed a tip of the cap for having the guts to direct such an ambitious effort. From the film’s IMDB page:

The film tells the entire story using a subjective camera, experiencing what happens from Gregor’s perspective, as Kafka himself wanted it to be according to his own diary. It was shot with a 360 degree spherical remote controlled robotic camera that was directed and programmed to interact with the actors and to create an extremely low- angle view of the set as envisioned from the insect’s 1st person perspective.

While I’ll admit that Kardos’ adaptation seems to be more focused on gimmick than anything else, it’s hard not to be unnerved by the constant sense of claustrophobia and disorientation as achieved by the POV style.

Jaws 
 

If you’ve ever caught one of the Syfy channel’s original movies, chances are you’ve seen at least one moment that owes its existence to Jaws. I’m referring, of course, to the “monstervision” shot. Like Sam Raimi’s shaky cam, there was actually a time when placing the audience in the mind of a sasquatch, giant spider, or mutated Paul Bunyan was not only considered an original idea, but a horrifying one to boot, and no film utilized this technique to greater effect than Jaws. Because what’s scarier than the prospect of being eaten by a shark? Oh, I dunno, maybe BEING FORCED TO LOOK THROUGH THAT SHARK’S EYES AS IT PREPARES TO EAT A CHILD.

The Terminator 

It’s a real shame that James Cameron spent $6.4 million back in 1984 (or roughly $3.4 billion today) in order to place the audience inside Ahhnold’s head when he could’ve just hired Will Sasso to do it for free.

Any movies you think we missed? Give us a shout in the comments section. 

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Jump Scare of the Day: Jaws — “You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat” http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jump-scare-of-the-day-jaws-youre-going-to-need-a-bigger-boat/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jump-scare-of-the-day-jaws-youre-going-to-need-a-bigger-boat/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:02:50 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266691 As far as jump scares go, this might be the greatest of them all.

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By Jared Jones

As far as jump scares go, the big reveal scene in Jaws might be the greatest of them all — it’s certainly the most memorable. You see, not only does Steven Spielberg get to be king of the “summer blockbuster” (a term that all but owes its creation to the success of Jaws), but he also gets to have his face featured on the horror genre’s Mt. Rushmore (alongside Hitchcock, Romero, and Craven) for crafting what is essentially the giant monster movie to end all giant monster movies.

And it’s pretty easy to see how Spielberg rose to near deity-status among film nerds when watching Jaws, isn’t it? The pacing of this scene, coupled with John Williams‘ crescendoing score and Roy Scheider’s amazing reaction/line delivery, combine to form a simply masterful scare that stands among the most iconic moments in cinema history. That it is only outdone by the film’s opening scene says a lot for Steven Spielberg the horror director.

If you have any suggestions for what a future entry should be, give us a shout over at @screenjunkies with the hashtag #jumpscare.

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RIP, Richard Kiel, James Bond’s ‘Jaws’ From ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ And ‘Moonraker’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rip-richard-kiel-james-bonds-jaws-from-the-spy-who-loved-me-and-moonraker/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/rip-richard-kiel-james-bonds-jaws-from-the-spy-who-loved-me-and-moonraker/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:25:08 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264935 He was three days shy of his 75th birthday.

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The movie world lost one of its more iconic villains with the death of Richard Kiel, best known for his work as indestructible uber-villain Jaws in both Moonraker and The Spy Who Loved Me. The actor died Wednesday afternoon at 74 in Fresno, CA.

The actor was fated to play larger-than-life characters, having stood 7’2″ tall. He was able to parlay that size and sense of humor into the camp needed for early-period James Bond films. He later endeared himself to another generation of movie fans with a turn in the Adam Sandler golf film Happy Gilmore. Take a look:

Keil’s hulking presence belied a gentle soul according to those that knew him.

No word on the cause of death yet, as representatives are only saying that it was “natural causes,” though trauma may be a factor, as he had broken his leg last week. Regardless of the cause, it’s a sad day for Bond fans and those close to Kiel.

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Now Bryan Cranston Is Mad At Jaws In ‘JawZilla’ Trailer Mashup http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/now-bryan-cranston-is-made-at-jaws-in-jawzilla-trailer-mashup/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/now-bryan-cranston-is-made-at-jaws-in-jawzilla-trailer-mashup/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 20:57:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261491 JawZilla would also be a great rap name.

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Cute idea but I’d like to extend a word of caution. As great as Bryan Cranston is, now I’m worried this will plant the seed at some studio that a Jaws reboot is a good idea.

By the way, JawZilla would be a great rap name.

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The 7 Greatest Action Movie Enforcers http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-7-greatest-action-movie-enforcers-2/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:30:55 +0000 Lee Keeler http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256150 In honor of Elysium...

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Every great action story needs a villain, and every great action villain needs an enforcer. Going all the way back to the days of Beelzebub getting his hands dirty for the big man downstairs, right-hand men have been key to setting tremendous conflict into motion. Be it in District 9 or your classic Bond flick, these goons wreak varying degrees of havoc with motivations that range from personal vendettas to on-the-clock hooliganism.

In Neill Blomkamp’s forthcoming action-thriller Elysium, Matt Damon’s character Max will square off against one of the most cunning baddies to ever sleaze up the screen. So to commemorate the release of Columbia TriStar’s sci-fi/action smash-up Elysium, opening in theaters on August 9th, we’re stoked to present you with the seven greatest action movie enforcers.

Kruger, Elysium

What would happen if you had to deputize Patrick Bateman from American Psycho to get the job done? That is essentially the quandary posed and answered in Elysium when Jodie Foster’s Secretary Delacourt must let Kruger out of his cage. As the most sadistic post-apocalyptic baddie this side of The Road Warrior, Sharlto Copley goes against type in this role, delivering a sinewy psycho whose sense of duty is outweighed by an oddly playful bloodlust. Despite the high-tech noodlery of the year 2154, Kruger proves that sometimes a nice, rusty machete is all a fella needs to take the edge off of a bad day at work.

Jaws, Various James Bond Movies

You gotta be doing some serious henchman-ing to be considered the most ridiculous Bond villain. It just wasn’t enough to just have the durability to survive falling out of a plane, driving off of a cliff and fighting off a shark based on brute strength alone; this guy needed to have a grill that would make Lil’ Wayne blush on top of it! Pointlessly chewing his way out of situations and into our hearts, even Jaws could not survive Moonraker, which to this day serves as the apex of Bond franchise goofdickery next to that one with the voodoo and the chubby sheriff. It’s amazing, given the array of Bond villains spoofed in the Austin Powers franchise, that Jaws never quite made the cut.

Luca Brasi, The Godfather

That whole horse-head-in-a-bed thing? Luca’s handiwork. He may have been a towering, stuttering creep, but as Vito Corleone’s undercover muscle, Brasi was a terrific iceman because he didn’t require a crew to make a hit. Sadly, that whole lone wolf thing was precisely what lead to his downfall when three goons from the Sollozzo family saw to it that Luca slept with the fishes. Fun fact: On the low-key hired-killer tip, if you apply the lyrics of the Suzanne Vega song to this character, it kind of lines up: he doesn’t want you asking about some kind of trouble, some kind of fight. Just don’t ask him what it was.

Odd Job, Goldfinger

Caddy. Cheaffeur. Assassin. Odd Job wore many hats, but the most useful of them all would have to be the one with the razor-brim on it. When he wasn’t busy decapitating statues in Goldfinger’s front yard, the dapper merc could be found enjoying his favorite hobbies: tenaciously following 007 around, accepting pain from 007 with menacing smirks and tending to his derby cap with shocking aplomb. They just don’t make goons like this anymore; the guy helped his boss kill a woman by painting her to death. Sigh.

Karl, Die Hard

Karl, like most Germans, ist a herr who knows precisely what he wants. For example, in the great takeover of Nakatomi Plaza, after his brother Tony (?) has been brutally pwned by John McClane, Karl informs his compatriots “AAAAAARGH! I want blood!” While Karl, like most Germans, would likely have been extremely efficient at his job, he became that much more deft with a Steyr AUG rifle with the added incentive of avenging said mangled brother. But Karl, unlike most Germans, had a mullet so strong that it could resist getting lynched by industrial chains, only to have it blown clean off by Carl Winslow. Never work with family.

Colonel Kobus Venter, District 9

The bulldog of Multi-National United, Kobus tromps through the ghettos of District 9, gleefully keeping the weak and disadvantaged underfoot while on the clock. His villainy reaches near-comical heights, akin to the treacherous cheese of an 80’s WWF antagonist, making him a perfect foil to the ebullient Wikus Van De Merwe. Despite keeping his cool in the line of duty, Koobus’ urge to bully Wikus is exactly what makes him lose his head.

Kobayashi, The Usual Suspects

Unlike many of the brutal hatchet men on this list, Kobayashi is adept at the hands-off approach in carrying out the misdoings of his benefactor, the notorious Keyser Söze. An evil precursor to the sharp-tongued Dr. King Schultz of Django Unchained, Kobayashi delivers unflinching speeches that intimidate hardasses into backing down and scratching their heads. Just try to pin down that accent: is he Pakistani? Japanese? Irish? As the man himself said, “one cannot be betrayed if one has no people.”

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Links Away: Jaws Is A Maneater http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-jaws-is-a-maneater/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/links-away-jaws-is-a-maneater/#comments Thu, 26 May 2011 01:02:36 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213642 Bloody shark attacks seem so much less disturbing when set to upbeat music.

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A clever mashup of the film Jaws and the Hall and Oats classic “Maneater.” Bloody shark attacks seem so much less disturbing when set to upbeat music.

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3-D ‘Jaws’ Remake May Be in the Works at Universal http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/3-d-jaws-remake-may-be-in-the-works-at-universal/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/3-d-jaws-remake-may-be-in-the-works-at-universal/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Has our insatiable appetite for stereoscopic film imagery driven us past the point of no return? Would Hollywood be brazen enough to dig up the corpse of a classic in order to drop a 3-D deuce in its mouth? I'd like to think there's a certain line that does not get crossed but this item has me worried.A source at Universal has told Cinema Blend that a 3-D remake of Jaws may be in the works. From Cinema Blend:Their claim is that people now expect more, visually, from their movie going experience. So, Hollywood studios are inclined to take some of their tried and true franchise names like Jaws and bring them into the 3D world. The tipster also revealed that at one point Tracy Morgan was being considered for the role of Matt Hooper, originally played by Richard Dreyfuss. Willikers. This is too absurd to be true. It's like a movie poster 30 Rock's Tracy Jordan would hang in his dressing room. I don't know what to fear more with Tracy Morgan in the water, the shark or somebody getting pregnant.Regard this as a rumor for now. Universal will come to their senses. The last thing Jaws needs is a remake, especially one that heads in a comedic direction. That's why we have One Crazy Summer. (Cinema Blend)

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Has our insatiable appetite for stereoscopic film imagery driven us past the point of no return? Would Hollywood be brazen enough to dig up the corpse of a classic in order to drop a 3-D deuce in its mouth? I’d like to think there’s a certain line that does not get crossed but this item has me worried.

A source at Universal has told Cinema Blend that a 3-D remake of Jaws may be in the works. From Cinema Blend:

Their claim is that people now expect more, visually, from their movie

going experience. So, Hollywood studios are inclined to take some of their tried and true franchise names like Jaws and bring them into the 3D world.

The tipster also revealed that at one point Tracy Morgan was being considered for the role of Matt Hooper, originally played by Richard Dreyfuss. Willikers. This is too absurd to be true. It’s like a movie poster 30 Rock‘s Tracy Jordan would hang in his dressing room. I don’t know what to fear more with Tracy Morgan in the water, the shark or somebody getting pregnant.

Regard this as a rumor for now. Universal will come to their senses. The last thing Jaws needs is a remake, especially one that heads in a comedic direction. That’s why we have One Crazy Summer. (Cinema Blend)

 

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