Public Service Announcement ahead.
For those who don’t use Twitter, don’t read the news, or just plain are not aware, today is the 40th anniversary of Jaws. It was the first movie to cross $100 million at the box office, and it stayed at #1 for 13 weeks–from its release on June 20, 1975, all the way through September 21. That’s damn impressive.
It’s also the reason many of you don’t go in the water, and it’s also the reason I write movie reviews. One of them, at least, but if there’s any one filmmaker I will credit for igniting my love for all things cinematic, it’s Steven Spielberg. And if there’s any one movie that got me interested in Spielberg (and all of the facets of film production, believe it or not), it was Jaws. This was back about 8 years ago that I first saw it, and I’ve seen it many times since, but somehow, never during my time as a blogger. What a perfect night to finally give it the 6th or 7th go. Right?
So I urge all y’all to join me. Rent Jaws tonight, or if you happen to have it on home video, then pop it into the DVD player (or Blu-ray player, VCR, LaserDisc player, etc.) and watch along. It certainly is one of the greatest movies ever made.