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  • Jaws: The Revenge

    Jaws: The Revenge

    ★½

    Determined to do away with the stinky memory of Jaws 3, the curators of the franchise loaded up with feedback-based ideas to plot the course for JAWS: THE REVENGE.

    The kids are recast (gotta get rid of that SeaWorld-staff, cigarette-smoking Dennis Quaid pretty boy), and the franchise introduces a flirty old fart with bad playful dialog played by at-the-time a recent Oscar winner, Michael Caine.

    Some familiarity from the original returns. Lorraine Gray is back and a photograph of Roy…

  • Jaws 3-D

    Jaws 3-D

    JAWS 3-D is a pretty pathetic piece of cinema. Storytelling capacity by this point in the history of studio films--at least to some degree--had certainly shifted to the brainiacs in charge of marketing. Product placements, gimmicky shots, and blockbuster-copycatting is in full swing here.

    What's bizarre in JAWS 3-D is how gaudy the result is. Never mind that Dennis Quaid and Louis Gosset Jr.'s characters are atrocious caricatures, but the 3-D shots are awkward (and not just from being dated).…

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  • Jaws 2

    Jaws 2

    ★★½

    JAWS 2 is fun to watch from the perspective of learning about the film industry. At least from the greed and money-making standpoint.
    Following up one of the first mega- cultural blockbusters must have been an intense challenge, so Universal decided to straight-up duplicate the first. The context of the film's shark attack was to be different, but clearly producers felt the success of JAWS could be repeated with the same cast, same score, same underwater shark shots, similar above-water…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★½

    As the saga continues, the Wick movies keep getting more and more colorful and artful in their battle-dance sequences.

    The set design and cinematography in PARABELLUM are trying to keep pace with Chapter Two’s hall of mirrors.  In how Star Wars movies introduce newly themed backdrops in each film for the inevitable Lightsabre duel, the WICK producers seem keen on doing something similar.  And Cirque-de-Soleil inspired spectacles of a battle sequence ain’t a bad calling card.

    Halle Berry’s badass attitude,…