Franchise Weekend – Jaws (1975)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb (Screenplay) Peter Benchley (Novel)

Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton


Plot: A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wrecking havoc in a beach resort.

Tagline – See it before you go swimming.

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Suspenseful Classic


Story: Jaws starts as when a college student goes missing, Chief Brody (Scheider) believes it to be a shark attack and wants to close the beaches, but the Mayor (Hamilton) refuses to allow it, when the shark takes another victim, the town becomes a panic after a reward is put forward.

Quint (Shaw) offers to rid the town of the shark, but for a price, but random hunters from around America turn up to try and capture the shark. Marr Hooper (Dreyfuss) arrives in town to help with the higher level of knowledge even understand the species of shark behind it.

With July 4th around the corner Chief Brody must battle the mayor on whether to keep the beaches open until the latest appearance leaves Brody, Quint and Matt needing to hunt down the great white.


Thoughts on Jaws


Characters – Chief Brody is the police on the island, he is afraid of the water, he does want to do the right thing and close the beaches, but doesn’t get the support from the mayor, he must work on his fears to hunt down the shark. Quint is an expert hunter, he offers to kill the shark for a higher target, an outsider in society, a drunk, blunt with anyone he doesn’t like, which is most people. Matt Hooper is the expert that comes down to identify which shark species could be feeding off the shores, he knows his sharks and the danger, habits they possess.

PerformancesRoy Scheider is great in the leading role because he needs to be the fear between the three men, while also being the authority. Robert Shaw as the outsider works well, he makes us believe he is an outsider with each action. Richard Dreyfuss is great too which does complete the chemistry the three lead men need for the second half of the film.

StoryThe story follows a tourist island which finds itself being targeted by a shark, wanting to treat it as the new feeding ground. We follow the three different characters, from different fields that must work together to rid the waters of the shark before the tourist industry is ruined for the residents. This is a simple story to follow which is good because that is what it needs to be, it bottles down to needing to deal with a problem the quickest way possible.

AdventureThe adventure side of the film shows the three needing to work together to take on the shark, roaming the waters.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings simple, we have the land island surrounded by water which because the hunting ground of the shark, this could be any water related resort.

Special EffectsThis is where Spielberg became an icon, he knows how to handle the need for the use of effects, which is used only when required.

Scene of the Movie –
Bigger boat.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Mayor power.

Final ThoughtsThis is always going to go own as one of thee greatest movies of all time, still feeling timeless which is what we like in our movies, the simple story works and the use of music adds to the tension throughout the film.


Overall: Wonderful thriller.




Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 9 Favourite Martin Scorsese

Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 9

Favourite Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese is one of the greatest directors of all time, his latest film ‘The Irishman’ will be coming out soon and we will be looking at the films we enjoy from this legend who has given as a excellent collections of classic movies.

Next Round Worst Horror Franchise (5 Movies minimum) – Closing Date Friday 5th October 2018

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Shutter Island

When it comes of Martin Scorsese, I know and respect he is one of the greatest of all the directors in the world, however I am not a fane of gangster films, which takes a couple of titles of the table for me, when picking the favourite of his career. I have gone with Shutter Island because I love a good mystery thriller and watching the pieces of this puzzle unfold is one of the most exciting and tense films I have seen and easily one that can get over looked by all Scorsese fans.


Milo – Stuff and That


The ultimate gangster movie is, not surprisingly, my ultimate Scorsese flick. Ray Liotta’s career-defining performance, along with a terrifying Pesci and De Niro combo, made this a thrilling film to watch, even when someone just tells a joke.

Cinema Parrot Disco

The Wolf of Wall Street

Easy choice. I’m not a massive fan of Scorsese movies but I loved The Wolf Of Wall Street. And Leonardo DiCaprio was fantastic in it. I just found it far more entertaining than the violent, gangster type movies he often does. (But I’d also like to mention Hugo as an honorable mention – I loved that one as well)


Emma – Emma Explains It All

The Departed

Easy for me, I LOVE The Departed. Obviously with a top notch writer / director like Mr Scorsese we do have a lot of options but none of his films, in all honesty, have ever made me go ‘OMG’ quite as much as The Departed.


It’s hard to say why in a way. I mean on the surface it’s kind of a ‘regular’ crime film but there’s something about it that hits me hard (in a good way) and basically, I just think it’s a great movie. To point out the obvious, it has a good script, great dialogue and a superb cast who all (with the SLIGHT exception of Ray Winstone) play their characters so well. Leonardo DiCaprio is fantastic and perfectly displays the vulnerability and compassion of Billy Costigan. Absolutely brilliant. Oh and the awesome soundtrack helps too!


Kim – Tranquil Dreams


Nothing has resounded in Martin Scorsese’s movies quite like Hugo did. It brings to life a very unique story adapted from a beautiful book full of lovely drawings and writings. Not surprisingly, the story is captured really well and part of it has to go to its talented young and experienced cast from Ben Kingsley to Asa Butterfield to Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s a magical adventure that is visually stunning set in a 1930s Paris and ties in with the love of cinema by Georges Melies. It’s a rare genre of film to show up in Martin Scorsese’s filmography but one that I wished he’d dive into more often.


John –

The King of Comedy

So many classics, and while “Taxi Driver” is #3 on my all-time favorite films, this one, at #6, is what I want to share, because “The King Of Comedy” is one of the most prescient films ever made.  Scorsese and Screenwriter Paul Zimmerman forecast a world where “becoming famous” is the only criteria for being famous.  Untalented Comic Rupert Pupkin kidnaps a late night Talk Show Host in order to showcase his act to America.  And it works.  Robert DeNiro is pitch perfect. This dark dark comedy bombed upon release and was then called the most “neglected” film of the 80’s.  Jerry Lewis was never better as well, and Sandra Bernhard’s movie debut is mesmerizing.

Diana – DB Movie Blog

The Aviator

My favourite movie from Martin Scorsese is The Aviator. Scorsese may have achieved directional brilliance in his other films, but The Aviator is not only technically good, it is also a very enjoyable and entertaining film to watch. The fascinating account of the rise to glory of Howard Hughes is simply a must-watch film, and while Leonardo DiCaprio plays eccentric Hughes with marked enthusiasm it is Cate Blanchett who truly shines in the role of Katharine Hepburn. Blanchett gives her now second best career performance and her amazing transformation is completely deserving of an Academy Award. Moreover, by watching The Aviator you also learn the history of film-making, old Hollywood and aviation in general. So, The Aviator is also an educational film.

Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews


I must admit I haven’t seen many Martin Scorsese films. His content can be a bit too R rated for my taste and he tends to make movies on subject matter I don’t connect with like mafia movies. 

All that said my favorite of his films is the delightful Hugo. This film is especially great in 3D taking you into the world of the 1930s Paris train station. It’s magical, fun and full of nostalgia for classic films, a perfect combination. 


Rob – Movie Rob


Excellent look at the life of mobsters in New York in the 70’s. Scorsese does an amazing job getting us to love these characters despite everything they do. In some ways, its easy to see that this is a continuation of Coppola’s Godfather series to show the ‘modern’ effects of the mob on society. Works really well as a biopic despite the fact that we’ll never really know how much is true. Amazing cast led by little known Liotta.  One of Scorsese’s best films to date because of the realism and strong characters.

Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews


No hesitation – it’s my favourite Scorcese film and (currently) my favourite film in general.


It has an exciting story, the characters are incredibly colourful, the acting’s awesome (Joe Pesci, anyone?), there’s thrilling events and brutal violence galore, the direction is passionate and the soundtrack is amazing; the use of “Layla: Piano Exit” is absolutely incredible.


Not a single second is wasted.



ABC Film Challenge – Romance – A – The Age of Adaline (2015)

Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Writer: J Mills Goodloe, Salvador Paskowitz (Screenplay)

Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Lynda Boyd


Plot: A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.

Tagline – The world has changed in the last century. Adaline has not

Runtime: 1 Hour 52 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Nice Fantasy Romance


Story: The Age of Adaline starts in modern day where Adeline (Lively) goes by the name of Jenny looking to start a new life like she does every so many years because of the events in her life. We follow the life of Adaline from her first marriage and child, where she has an accident which stops her from aging past the age of 29.

When the modern time Adaline continues her meetings with her now elderly daughter Flemming (Burstyn) her life starts getting more difficult, first her daughter wants to move away, while Ellis Jones (Huisman) walks into her life with sparks flying, will she finally let someone else back in her life with her secret.


Thoughts on The Age of Adaline


Characters – Adaline Bowman was born in the early 1908, the year is now 2014 and she still looks 29-years-old, this is a result of an accident which bought her life to a dramatic twist, she will see her daughter grow old, while keeping her secret safe from the world, now encouraged to live her life, she meets a man she falls in love with which only makes things complicated once again. Ellis is the man that walks into the life of Adaline, to give her new hope to come out of hiding and to experience love once again. William is Ellis father that remembers Adaline from his younger life, he changes everything in her life when she wants to bring out the secret. Flemming is the daughter of Adaline, well the two know this, as she gets older she takes different roles in her life.

PerformancesBlake Lively is great in this leading role of the film, she shows us just how her character wants to keep a secret from the world however much it hurts her. Michiel Huisman is strong in his role being his first leading role he does well, Harrison Ford might not turn up for an hour into the film and is solid enough as is Ellen Burstyn seemingly enjoying these roles of seeing her parents become younger than her.

StoryThe story follows a young woman that has lived over 100 years and still is 29-years old, she has seen the events of the world from the shadows until now she lets someone in bring her secret to light. This comes into the lines of if you would be able to live forever would you be able to let people into your life. It shows what seems like eternal life breaking ones ability to enjoy life knowing the secret will get them chased down and with the overall narration of the film it does feel like it has elements of a fairy tale.

Fantasy/RomanceThe fantasy side of the film comes from how Adaline become immortal, her accident is filled with the clichés for fantasy, the romance comes from needing to learn whether to let people back into your life after not letting anyone in.

SettingsThe film does take place over the century, we get to see how things change and how Adaline adapts to each situation.

Scene of the Movie –
The truth comes out.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It seems strange pushing your son to marry a woman you once had a summer fling with.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the fantasy romance films I do think people who are fans of the genre will enjoy, it gets the sweetness correct and asked the big question needed.


Overall: Romance delights.