[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS: The Revenge

Lorraine Gary returns in this fourth movie alongside Michael Caine, to bring the circle of movies back around to the beginning. Character development throughout these movies is a bit sketchy. The characters are afraid of the water and then they’re not, and then they are again.

Anyway, Michael is now in the Bahamas on a research grant, instead of an engineer at Sea World. While Martin and Michael have been the heroes of the past movies, I thoroughly believe Ellen is the savior of this one. This time it’s her that no one listens to.

There’s less death and destruction in this movie, and thus far this one is my favorite. Maybe I’m biased towards a female lead, or maybe its because I do like Michael Caine, or maybe it’s the “Little Mermaid-esque” ending to the shark.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS 3

Its always the third movie in a series that somehow goes off the rails a little bit. Jaws 3 is not in anyway tied to the book, apart from the fact that Mr. Brody’s children are back, but now Mike(Dennis Quaid) works as Sea World.

He’s not teaching Shamu to belly flop, he’s more security guard. Bess Armstrong, Lea Thompson, and Louis Gossett Jr round out the cast. Sean (John Putch) also turns up for a visit. But he’s not the only visitor to Sea World.

Momma and baby shark swim into the park and while baby is captured, Momma continues to wreck havoc on the newly opened Sea World. Louis runs the park, but isn’t as ignorant as the mayor was from the last two JAWS movies, so there is less death, but much more destruction.

This movie did not get great reviews, and while the special effects could have been better, the plot wasn’t bad. However, this plot line could have stood on it’s own, but it was riding the coat tails of the previous two movies, and that didn’t turn out well.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – JAWS 2

As a refresher, there is only one JAWS book, so anything that comes afterwards is not based on that book, the movie credits even say that only the characters are based on the book.

So where does that leave JAWS 2? Well, this movie carries on from the first one, with Roy Schneider returning as Sheriff Brody. His kids are growing up, and Amity is exactly the same as it was before.

Instead of a festival, it’s now condominiums! The Mayor is still ill-advised, and there’s a new shark in town, but this time it’s only Brody who knows what’s going on. It’s a bit rehashed, as the mayor hasn’t learned anything from the first movie and Brody still has his hands full trying to keep Amity safe.

It’s still a pretty good movie, as events play out differently, there’s no hunting party (it’s a sailing party) and the Orca is at the bottom of the ocean. It was a nice follow up to the first movie, but I didn’t care for the Mayor as there was no character development for him like there was for Brody.

 

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Jaws

My mother has the paperback copy of Jaws in her book collection. I have read it, but it was many, many years ago. I’ve also watched Jaws the movie before, but it was many years ago. As of writing this, Jaws, Jaws 2, Jaws 3, and Jaws: The Revenge are all on Netflix. Jaws (the book) is also at my local library.

The stars have aligned and now I’m reading the book and watching ALL the movies, starting with the original. A very young Richard Dreyfus stars in this movie, alongside Roy Schneider and Robert Shaw. This story also features the New York town of Amity. I know.

It’s the classic tale of Man vs Beast and reminded me a bit of Ernest Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, and if I ever get around to reading it, we’ll throw Moby Dick in this category too.

Toss in a Mayor who wants to do what’s best for the town’s economy and ignores the issue and you have a scene for a killer great white shark. To me, Jaws is firmly set in the land of classic books, and the movie does justice to the book. In fact the movie is probably now a classic itself.

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C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton

C is for Corpse  (Kinsey Millhone, #3)C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is back working out the kinks from what happened in the last book. I like this subtle continuation of the series, it links back to the previous book without need to explain or read the entire previous book.

I was also happy to see that no new love interests inserted themselves into Kinsey’s life, a nice break from the previous two books. But! Someone else who is a staple in this series has a brief interlude with love. We also meet more of the neighbors, which I liked.

This plot line kept me guessing until the very end. I kept trying to put two and two together and kept coming up with three. I like these kinds of books too, that way the ending is a surprise!

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[Netflix] Movie Review – Gothika

“A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.”

I really don’t know why I don’t have this movie on DVD. Every time I find it on TV or Netflix I watch it. It has slowly become a favorite movie of mine. It stars Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., and Penelope Cruz.

I love how everything starts out seemingly normal, well normal for a mental asylum? I’m not sure what the PC nomenclature for such places are at the moment. It’s a home for the criminally insane. There that’s what it is. Anyway.

I love how it starts normal, goes completely insane(!), and then finally the end brings a sense of “everything happens for a reason”.

It’s a creepy, dark movie, and I happen to love creepy, dark movies.

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Full Dark, No StarsFull Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen King is firmly lodged in the section marked “Sarah’s All Time Favorite Authors”, but what lured me to this short story collection was the fact that two of the short stories have been made into Netflix Originals; 1922 and Good Marriage.

I will also admit to watching 1922 before reading 1922. And…the movie follows the book closely. Like, really closely. I can’t think of anything that wasn’t in the book that isn’t in the movie (did that make sense?).

The other short stories are easily just as good even if they weren’t made into Netflix Originals (thought they probably could be). I related to “Big Driver”, as I try my hand at writing every now and again and have cats myself. Fair Extension is an interesting read, and I’m slapping myself for missing Good Marriage while it was on Netflix. I think I would have enjoyed it too.

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