To paraphrase Charlton Heston (or Phil Hartman doing Charlton Heston): Peeeeople! Today’s Funky Food Friday is about peeeeeople!
We’re the appetizer, main course and dessert, at least from the perspective of the shark from “Jaws,” which is our topic du jour. June 20 was this phenomenal fishy flick’s 35th anniversary, and to celebrate, Encore is running an all-day marathon featuring the original and the three stinky sequels.
“Jaws” continues to rank at the top of my list of favorite movies of all time, for reasons big and small. Here are a few:
• The thrumming suspense – we don’t even see the shark until the last part of the movie.
• The John Williams score.
• Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb's script: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” “That’s some bad hat, Harry.”
• The iconic characters – chiefly Chief Brody and Quint.
• Quint’s U.S.S. Indianapolis speech (“And the thing about a shark is he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn't seem to be livin'... not'til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then...”)
In comparison, here’s my list of the top moments from “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3-D” and “Jaws: the Revenge”:
OK, I guess when the credits rolled. That’s one.
If you haven’t seen the original for a while, sit down this weekend with a plate of sushi and watch Spielberg work his magic. It won’t take you long to remember why you wouldn’t even go into a swimming pool until you made sure there was nothing but water inside.