The Best And Worst Shark Movies To Have Hit Theaters

The long awaited prehistoric shark movie, Meg will be hitting theaters on 2nd March in 2018. Action star Jason Statham is heading a cast of relatively unknown actors, leading to the belief that perhaps this film will be more action oriented than originally thought. Steve Alten’s original shark novel led to a series of successful follow ups, while the production of the live action version was first confirmed to be produced by Disney until problems arose two decades ago.

Meg’s budget is reportedly $150,000,000 but there is little to report in terms of the intricacies of the making of the flick.

Theatrically, shark movies have been a bit of a mixed bag. Some, like the Jaws series, have been successful while others have tried to be just as good, or even better but proved otherwise.

Today, this feature is going to take a look at some of the best and worst shark movies to have graced the big screen since the original classic that started it all, Jaws.

Jaws (1975)

Jaws really needs little introduction. Let’s be honest here. It is THE shark film that is to be looked upon as a reference guide in how to get it right. It’s troubled production process means that it is amazing that this movie ever saw the light of day!

It is a known fact that the mechanical shark, named Bruce after Steven Spielberg’s lawyer, kept breaking down while filming so the legendary director had to change tactics and show less of the shark but still maintain tension. Well, that worked but it begs to wonder how things would have turned out if Jaws became more of a “classic monster movie” that Spielberg originally had formulated.

The central villain isn’t the movie’s only focal point, however. Spielberg proved that he has the talent to create genuine chemistry between the characters he creates on screen, and half of the fun in the film’s final act is how the three hunters desperate to bring the shark to an end all interact. That fraction is a joy to watch unfold. There are no one dimensional fictional identities in Jaws!

Before 1978’s Halloween did it, Jaws contained an entity that was described as otherworldly and something that hardly anybody (in their right mind) can relate to. The robotic movements of the rubber fabricated shark may be evident during certain moments, but the near perfect musical score, camera techniques and skillful crafting of the script all outweigh the technical limits of the era.

Jaws is one of the main definitions of revolutionary filmmaking!

Jaws 2 (1978)

Actor Roy Scheider was contractually obliged to return to battle his onscreen beastly nemesis. The result is a lot more victims being chewed up while Chief Brody tries to convince the mayor (again) that they have another shark problem.

The film does contain a few moments of well crafted terror, and while pacing is also more slicker it lacks any interesting characters that come across as nothing more than human material for the shark to do it’s thing. Most detrimental was the choice to show the shark early and more generously, the complete opposite of what Steven Spielberg implemented in his original masterpiece.

Jaws 2 is still a worthy sequel overall, but it is clearly evident that it lacked a masterful touch!

Jaws 3D (1983)

James Cameron’s Avatar wasn’t the only movie that initiated a craze for 3D movies! There was also a little buzz about it during the early 1980’s. The Amityville and Friday 13th series all had a 3D entry developed. Jaws 3D and Friday 13th 3D are the most discussed although the famous effect disguised the inadequacy of things that really are all about the art of filmmaking including narrative and character development.

Jaws 3D departed from the setting of Amity island and actually came up with a good idea. Unfortunately, the execution of it became a tragedy! Furthermore, the standard 2D version of the film was plagued with an extremely bad picture quality that included ghosting and a general amount of inaccurate focus.
Jaws 3D is a slog to get through, no matter how many times one gives it a try!

Jaws: The Revenge (1987)

Jaws 3D may have been mediocre but that didn’t stop Universal from letting Bruce off the leash one more time. It was British actor Michael Caine’s turn to battle the shark that, this time, travels to the Caribbean in order to hunt the remainder of the Brody family for the death of it’s own.

The ending had to be reshot due to test audiences not thinking the original conclusion was “explosive” enough. But the whole movie is one laughable romp. Whether it is more watchable than Jaws 3D is found to be highly subjective. But most would do well to just be done with the franchise after the second film, even if it was Friday 13th with a shark!

Deep Blue Sea (1999)

1999 saw a minor resurgence in aquatic critter movies, one of them being this particular shark oriented film. Samuel L. Jackson and rapper LL Cool J made up a relatively competently cast in this horror flick about genetically modified Mako sharks on the prowl in a flooded animal research facility.

The tone was set so Deep Blue Sea felt more like a popcorn thriller movie rather than a production planned to instill genuine moments of discomposure. It kills nearly two hours but viewers wanting something more consequential should look no further than Spielberg’s original classic.

Shark Night 3D (2011)

Without sugar coating it, Shark Night 3D is the type of film that you would catch on the Sy Fy channel. You know, the type of movie that is so inferior that you may even have trouble sitting through it unless the right situation presents itself ie getting heavily intoxicated with your friends and wanting to finish the night laughing at how bad the film is.

The usual story of 7 college friends finding themselves in peril that takes a predictable turn is the best this turd unloads. The special effects are ludicrous, but that is okay seeing as everything else about it is. Gore fans do not even get to have a good time either, seeing as there is a lack of it in order to obtain a PG-13 rating.

If there was a Razzy award category for Worst Shark Movie To Have Hit The Big Screen then this would no doubt be the winner. It cannot even be said that it is good in a bad way. It is just bad.

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Revisiting Batman & Robin: Is it Still THAT Bad?

1997 may be memorable for the release of director James Cameron’s masterful epic movie, Titanic but it is also relatively easy to recall that Batman franchise killer Batman & Robin was unleashed upon the viewing public, facing an unending barrage of disparaging reviews and comments.
When Michael Keaton announced that he was going to no longer play the Caped Crusader soon after finishing filming Batman Returns everybody wondered who would don the cape next. Top Gun actor Val Kilmer stepped in to replace him, Batman creator Bob Kane’s original choice to play the part. Batman Forever was a decidedly lighter take in order to make the films more child friendly amidst complaints from parents that the first two movies were too dark. It’s likely that these same and particular parents referenced the 1960’s Adam West show and did not take into account that the original comics’ intentions were for the character and his adventures to have always been directed more at adults than the little ones.

Batman Forever’s budget was $100,000,000 and made a domestic gross of just over $184,000,00. The signs of decline were already in progress, but Warner Bros still marched on with producing a follow up. Due to conflict between actor and director, Kilmer turned down the role and opportunity to work with Joel Schumacher again and ER television actor George Clooney became the third man in four movies to give his take alongside Chris O’Donnell as sidekick, Robin.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, attempting to try his hand at different genre’s during the mid 1990’s, played Mr. Freeze while Pulp Fiction actress Uma Thurman was female villain, Poison Ivy. A third villain, Bane was played out as Ivy’s hulking henchman. The result? Batman & Robin was developed as the most light-hearted sequel yet. And it would be the last! Children under the age of 11 may have seen it as an enjoyable romp back then but it was almost unwatchable to any respectable Batman fan who was hoping for the fourth installment to mimic Tim Burton’s gothic dark fantasy style.

Two decades later, is the film still as bad as most said it was? Well, yes and no. Mostly, yes. It is very telling that the third sequel had literally jumped the shark. Cringe worthy scenes such as Batman whipping out his own personalised credit card to pay for the services of Poison Ivy and Schwarzenegger’s corny one liners gave the movie the sense that it was now just making fun of itself while simultaneously attempting to be “cool.” But almost constant self deprecating humour and trying to be cool just isn’t possible. Any sequel that does not come directly after an original finds it tough as it is!

George Clooney’s almost incessant grinning serves to make him the most annoying actor to play Batman in a feature length format. Check out his grinning even when beloved butler Alfred is dying on his death bed! Who does that?!? If anything, Clooney sure played Bruce Wayne as probably the most coldest bastard of them all!

Arnold Schwarzenegger has claimed that he does not regret playing Mr. Freeze, a statement that is both admirable and one that contains an air of possible deniability. But if there is anything positive to salvage, his hammy performance fits in with the context of the picture. And the same can be said for Uma Thurman.

Joel Schumacher was number one enemy of Batman devotees for many years to come, but has since explained that the fault actually lies with Warner Bros. He claimed that they wanted his movie to be more “toy friendly” so the studio could pump out many kinds of memorabilia to make more bucks. Considering how much studios have proven in the past that they can make or break a picture with imprudent choices, it isn’t out of the realms of actual truthfulness that Schumacher was genuine when he stated that.

Batman & Robin remains a movie in which one can view for the unintentional comedic factor. At least if you are a sensible adult. There are actually some well staged action sequences but it is marred by the constant sense that the narrative is not being taken seriously enough. And if you look between the lines, you get the feeling that Warner Bros were cashing out. Not that they had much choice when the flick came up well short of it’s budget of $125,000,000. The scathing opinions and reviews were, and still are, just insult to injury.

Blame whoever you want. Batman & Robin can be looked upon as a guilty pleasure if viewed with the right mind set. But it’s ineptness will always shine bright, no matter how many years have gone by.

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Terrible Scenes That Ruined 5 Movies

No feature is perfect, even if millions of dollars have been poured into it’s creation process. Some have come quite close, although most would agree that even the most classical movie has it’s flaws. But every so often, a picture comes along that looks great when viewing it’s theatrical trailer, encouraging hoards of people to go and see it. The hype machine bangs on about how great it is and everything starts well, only for one terrible scene to ruin, or nearly ruin a good flick.

Some of these scenes evoke disappointment while others make us roll with laughter!

Today, we are going to explore 5 films that almost made it to the finishing line but came unstuck when it’s filmmakers thought one daft idea would actually be a great thing, proving just how out of touch filmmakers can be when it comes to what we desire.

Can you think of anymore? Sound off in the comments below!

Street fight scene in Rocky V (1990)

This writer is of the opinion that Rocky V is actually not as bad a movie that most make it out to be. The route it took in it’s narrative was logical after Rocky fought the biggest and toughest opponent of his career in Ivan Drago. But as well shot as the final street fight scene is, it felt just a little too different from what had come before. It was always going to be a climax that was going to be hard to be accepted, although Rocky retained the glory of his local people rather than the world.

Smaller scale, indeed.

Dancing scene in Spiderman 3 (2007)

Even without the cringe worthy dancing scene in which an evil Peter Parker struts along the streets of New York wearing eye liner and a curtain hair style, Spiderman 3 is definitely the worst of the trilogy. But if one forgets this 20 seconds of particular footage, the picture is actually quite watchable! It is no coincidence that when people discuss this third installment that the dancing scene almost always is brought up. And usually not for any good reason!

Come to think of it, the entire part when Parker turns bad is…well, bad.

Surfing scene in Die Another Day (2002)

Die Another Day was probably the lowest ever point that the James Bond franchise fell to back in 2002. To give it the benefit of the doubt, the first hour is actually pretty decent but as soon as our beloved British agent travels to the villain’s ice palace then that is when things go down hill very quickly. There are many scenes to choose from if one was to point out how bad Die Another Day is but the scene when Bond surfs away from a huge tsunami like wave toward the end of the movie really put it into perspective just how starved of a reboot that this franchise was.

The bad CGI certainly did not make things any better and is regarded as one of cinema’s poorest ever CGI filled moment in history!

Blake correctly guessing Batman’s identity in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

It was always going to be a humongous task to better the success of The Dark Knight. Everybody knew this even before the movie was released. But that is no excuse for lazy writing when in a scene when officer Blake visits Bruce Wayne, he tells him that he knew who his alter ego is just by noticing the same expression in Bruce that Batman has. Really?!? Isn’t the point of a disguise to conceal such things?

This particular scene smacks of “we cannot be bothered, let’s just let the audience go with it.” Unfortunately for the filmmakers, there are viewers that have at least a modicum of intelligence. Director Christopher Nolan filmed his Batman films in a particular style reminiscent in such gangster films as Goodfellas and Heat. But you can put a pile of money on it that those audiences would not accept such an indolent moment.

Superman rewinding time in Superman (1978)

It is a cinematic moment that will be debated until the end of time (bad pun, I know), but it still confuses to this day. To briefly recap, Lois Lane died during an earthquake and Superman decided to reverse time to bring her back from the dead. There is just one thought that nags many. How can rewinding time ensure that the earthquake would not still happen without altering some other moment precluding that?

The original Superman movie will always stand as a classic but, unless the time reversing scene is skipped entirely, you will always watch the end credits scratching your head.

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Ranking The Spiderman Movies From Worst To Best

A teaser for the upcoming Spiderman: Homecoming trailer has been released hinting at an upgrade for our web slinging hero. Spiderman: Homecoming will be the sixth Spiderman film to be released since Sam Raimi’s original released back in 2002. It went on to spawn two more sequels eventually resulting in a reboot and yet another continuation that ultimately flopped.

Spiderman: Homecoming looks to be bringing back some of the humour and fun that the character was always meant to bring to its audience despite the fact that he is now incorporated into Marvel’s extended universe. Of course, we’ll have to definitely see if the movie ends up being as good as the hype is promising it to be. Time will tell.

Today, this editorial is going to attempt to rank each Spiderman film released so far from worst to best. Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments!

The Amazing Spiderman (2012)


Andrew Garfield took over the role that had been Tobey Maguire’s for half a decade, and while there was not anything particularly wrong with his performance, the writing was pretty substandard and it’s attempt at humour was almost farcical at times. Contradiction also disturbed character development. Since when does a bullied nerd have the audacity to break into a high security laboratory?

The action sequences also fell short of producing something fresh and the whole experience felt underwhelming for a reboot that promised to elevate the franchise out of the mess that Spiderman 3 got itself into.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014)


The most recent Spiderman picture to date, this sequel was only a marginal improvement over it’s predecessor despite the shocking ending. Action scenes, however, were spoiled by corny slow motion editing and even freeze frame! Some odd choices were definitely made in order to give us more of an insight into how Spiderman does his thing. But it all leaves you thinking of that old adage that sometimes you are best off not knowing. Besides the action, the story and drama regarding Peter’s personal life failed to resonate at all.

Let us all hope that they have something that is going to be memorable for us in the next reboot!

Spiderman 3 (2007)


Reshoots, stunts that went wrong, a nearly three year long shooting schedule, recycled elements from Spiderman 2…..well, we get the picture. And yes, they actually used some of Kirsten Dunst’s screams from Spiderman 2 in this film. You know the franchise has jumped the shark when an evil Peter Parker does a cheesy dance for us wearing eye liner and a curtain hairstyle in the middle of New York.

It wasn’t all bad, though. The special effects were astonishing, film found a memorable way to finally seal the tension between Spiderman and Green Goblin 2 and that final shot of Peter and Mary’s hands uniting was probably a righteous way to end what can be considered a superhero trilogy. Bruce Campbell also has probably the funniest cameo in all of the three movies, too.

But….that dance.

Spiderman 2 (2004)


Spiderman 2 probably has the edge over the original in terms of pure action and entertainment, although the first one contains the superior dramatic factor. This first continuation was much more physical for Spiderman and Alfred Molina’s multi-tentacled Doc Ock had a presence to match.

The ongoing romantic build up between Peter and Mary Jane Watson was still being worked on although it is finally resolved in this film, narrowly avoiding tedium. The newly born friction between Peter and Harry Osborn reaches boiling point, all making for a nail biting secondary plot.

Spiderman (2002)


We thought we only had to witness uncle Ben’s death once when this was released back in 2002. Boy, how wrong we were! Don’t worry. Apparently, we don’t have to see it all again in the next reinvention. Apparently! No promises are being made here. Anyway, the Green Goblin still looks like something out of a Power Rangers television episode but Willem Defoe’s manic performance remains as good as it always has been.

Spiderman had just the right amount of action and heart to make a well rounded superhero picture that was worthy of being made on the 40th anniversary of the character’s creation. Director Sam Raimi proved that he wasn’t a one trick pony who could only direct low budget horror movies and this is probably still his crowning achievement to date, although the man himself may consider the sequel to be that for it’s bigger scope of operation.

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8 Hollywood Couples Who Hit It Off On Set

Star Wars star, Carrie Fisher has admitted that she once had a fling with Harrison Ford when the two worked together on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The affair ended shortly after filming had completed, although the two reunited twice more on later Star Wars films during the 1980’s.

“It was so intense,” Fisher told People magazine. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”

Actors and actresses meeting on movie sets is surprisingly more common than one would think! Sometimes it may just result in a brief fling, as it was claimed to be between Fisher and Ford, but making movies have proven to have the ability to help actors discover their soul mate.

This editorial is going to take a look at a selection of ten accounts where two actors have come together in unity while making a motion picture.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson


The Twilight films may stereotypically be known as some kind of twisted “chick flicks” for females but it helped Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson meet and get together, although it was a well kept secret for a while.

Apparently, Pattinson loved the fact that Stewart constantly smiled! Yeah, you and I must be thinking the same after reading that.

Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig


The movie Dream House was critically bashed and has now been mainly forgotten, but Craig and Weisz’ friendship evolved and blossomed into full time romance. The two are still married to this day. That must be hard work for her considering her actor partner’s alleged moodiness.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield


The Amazing Spiderman movies were not really worth making, were they? Let’s be honest. But the original must have at least two fans as Stone and Garfield hit it off. It is good to know that their romance is the only thing to have carried on since, and not more mediocre Spiderman sequels!

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt


Probably known as the most famous film set get together of all time, Jolie and Pitt met on the set while making the modern action classic Mr & Mrs. Smith. The pair had been together for over a decade but their split was announced earlier this year due to many reasons unknown.

It seems that Jennifer Aniston has had the last laugh.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise


Scientologist Tom Cruise and Australian actress Nicole Kidman met while working together on the set of the vehicular action movie, Days of Thunder. It was another romantic Hollywood tale that lasted over ten years before Cruise and Kidman split in 2001. That infamous crazy moment by Cruise when interviewed by Oprah was still yet to happen.

Katie Holmes must still be cringing!

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell


It is common knowledge that relationships between actors in Hollywood do not normally last long but Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have set a solid example to future couples after remaining together for 30 years. And are still going! The pair met while filming Swing Shift in 1983.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner


There seem to be no end to the slagging off that 2003’s Daredevil starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, took and is taking. But that has not jinxed the couple’s 13 year relationship, who are happily married.

It is a good thing that making critically panned movies does not affect marriages or the couple probably would have broken up long ago!

David Arquette and Courtney Cox

Actors Courteney Cox and her husband David Arquette attend the 2010 Women in Film Crystal+Lucy Awards in Los Angeles June 1, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE) - RTR2ENI4

Although unfortunately now separated, Cox and Arquette met while making the exemplary horror film, Scream in 1996. Their characters also had an “in -film” romantic affair that was on and off. The couple eventually split after an 11 year marriage together. Life really can imitate art!

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10 Most Shocking And Sad Movie Deaths

Hollywood is known for it’s happy endings. In fact, it has become a little too predictable, one would say. It is a refreshing experience when filmmakers attempt to take a turn away from the usual route during the course of a movie and give audiences something unexpected to remember it by. One of these different turns can be the sad or shocking demise of a much loved or respected character.

Occasionally, this happens in pictures that have all kinds of budgets and is not confined to a particular type or genre. Major character deaths imply creativity, courage and the will to surprise which often sets these flicks apart from the rest.

Major and main character deaths is what we are going to be taking a look at today in this editorial.
Sound off in the comments below if you have your own.

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Jack Dawson – Titanic


Titanic is not the only film that Leonardo Dicaprio’s character died in. In fact, he passed away in quite a number of his pictures!

Director James Cameron played it smart when he thought of a type of “Romeo and Juliet” type storyline (his own pitch to the studio!) to make audiences care for his dramatisation of the real life tragedy that occurred in 1912. In retrospect, it was pretty predictable that one of the two main leads wasn’t going to make it to the end of the film but it sure was a surprise back in 1997.

Romeo Montague – Romeo and Juliet


We all knew it had to happen since the 1996 Hollywood action version of the Shakespeare play was still an adaption at it’s core. But that didn’t make the final scenes any less heart wrenching when Juliet accidentally killed her boyfriend. (C’mon, we are not going to argue about that, are we?) If only she had come up with a better plan and alerted him of her awareness just a second sooner!

Chen Zhen – The Chinese Connection/Fist of Fury


Bruce Lee wasn’t known for taking superficial roles. Even though his movies contained violent sequences during the battle scenes, he always attempted to justify them with some philosophical meaning or another. In only his second adult role after an extensive movie career as a child, Lee plays Chen, a student of a martial arts school determined to find out the truth about the death of his martial arts mentor.

The conclusion made the statement that two wrongs never make a right and that any type of action always has a consequence. This results in Chen being shot by the authorities for the deaths he caused when he seeked vengeance. The Chinese Connection had a type of quality in it’s narrative that elevated itself above the stereotypical notion that Mandarin films were indispensable.

Han Solo – Star Wars: The Force Awakens


It was no secret that Harrison Ford was going to reprise his role as Han Solo, the famous galactic fighter who helped overthrow the Galactic Empire. But what was a well kept secret was the fate of Ford’s much loved character that rocked the fan base to it’s foundation!

Ford has a contract to reprise his role in a future sequel, so whether a surreal return is on the cards is anybody’s guess as of writing.

Laurie Strode – Halloween: Resurrection


The seventh sequel was largely forgettable, but if there was one standout moment it would be the ultimate demise of Laurie Strode, the long suffering heroine and sister of the franchise’s villain, Michael Myers.

Halloween: Resurrection is mostly remembered for it’s heart pounding first 10 minutes, but the setup of the remaining 80 minutes has no entertainment value. If only Curtis decided to feature more than just in a cameo! Who knows how different the film would have turned out.

Hooch – Turner and Hooch


Tom Hanks mainly focused on comedy roles in the 1980’s which extended near enough into the 1990’s with 1989’s Turner and Hooch. The dog played an almost central role and was more the star than Hanks was, which provokes a pretty emotional reaction to it’s death in the climax.

Even the final shot of a “baby Hooch” wasn’t effective enough to lift our mood when the closing credits started to roll.

Jenny Curran – Forrest Gump


In all honesty, it wasn’t the death of Jenny that was the sad thing. It was the fact that the life of Forrest received so many down’s, yet, he was always able to keep his chin up and push through any obstacle in his path. An admirable trait, for sure. It is true that it may have been partly down to short sightedness on his part, but that doesn’t make it any less sorrowful.

Kong – King Kong


Yes, the big ape was all CGI. Yes, it was the second remake of the 1933 classic. Still, Hollywood found a way to work it’s magic!

Kong is being bought back again for the upcoming Skull Island, which is looking likely will collide with the modern Godzilla universe, so it does not look likely that another skyscraper death will be happening any time soon.

Terminator- Terminator 2: Judgement Day


It was a toss up to either include Kyle Reese’s death from The Terminator or include this one. Considering the cultural impact of the hugely successful sequel, it appears to be a no brainer to go with the finale of the large budget sequel.

The cunning of James Cameron found a way to reach past the soulless exterior of the metal cyborg and made him relate to our world, which all led to us to yearn for his stay. However, the storyline was never going to allow for that and it is an almost certainty that many tears were shed when Arnie’s thumb signalled farewell.

Mickey Goldmill – Rocky III


Rocky’s loudmouth trainer, Mick was an integral part of the first two movies, so it was a shock to the system when the trainer met his fate near enough at the hands of Clubber Lang in the third movie. Rocky had to confront his demons and find a way to quell his dependence on his former trainer in order to get revenge.

Burgess Meredith made a short reprisal in the 5th movie in a flashback with Rocky, one of the few sequences in the film that was able to tug at the heart strings.

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