TMR: Jack Black rocks out in 'Brutal Legend,' 'Star Wars' in 3 minutes, and a trip to heaven and hell
Welcome to The Morning Read.
And happy birthday, Toshi! As you read this, I'm probably already at Toshi's school, where we're planning to celebrate with his classmates and pizza a nd cake, and I can't stop smiling at the fact that I've made it four years now as a father, and so far, no authorities have had to be called in. Before I met my wife, I could barely keep myself alive from day to day, so it's sort of gobsmacking to me to think that we're starting to get pretty good at this whole "being parents" thing. How do I know we're good at it? Because my kids are awesome, and happy, and healthy, and that's pretty much all the yardstick I need to know I'm doing the job right.
I love that The New York Times ran a segment on "Jaws" because (A) you can never talk about "Jaws" enough, it seems and (B) they once again show the most oft-displayed beaver shot in cinema history. And it's not marked "NSFW" at all, because it's "Jaws." Everyone's seen "Jaws." And even if you haven't seen "Jaws," you've probably seen the graphic push-in on a completely naked actress from underwater. Depends on which color timing you've seen of the film, evidently, but still... I love that Steven Spielberg is so omnipresent in our film culture at this point that this shot, as explicit as it is, has simply entered the cultural language. That's what I mean when I say you really can't say enough about "Jaws" and how good it is at what it does. It is simply a marvel of storytelling by tagteam. From script to cast improv to Spielberg to Verna Fields to John Williams to release, "Jaws" is about a series of storytellers all taking their shot at "Jaws," and all landing their punches with precision and taste. "Jaws" is a blockbuster, sure... but it's a great movie first. It was a blockbuster precisely because it was such a great movie. It was an organic event. Last time that happened, in my opinon? "The Sixth Sense." Here's the NY Times piece, which is pretty nicely done. I like the use of the Alex scene on both ends of that report.
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