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40 Years of Jaws


I’ve been posting about the 35th anniversary of The Shining over the last several weeks, but I thought it might be better to wait until it was officially summertime to post about the 40th anniversary of Jaws. The summer movie as we know it today didn’t exist until Jaws devoured box offices all summer long in 1975. Along with Star Wars‘ release in 1977, the pair of films changed the entire calendar of film releasing, creating the template for the modern blockbuster and put an end to the New Hollywood movement that made both of the movies possible in the first place.

Besides the game-changing industry impact of Jaws, the story of the making of the film was nearly as treacherous, desperate and paranoia-inducing as the plot of the film. From shooting on the open ocean, to doubts about the inexperienced director, Steven Spielberg, to the malfunctioning mechanical monster, it’s a wonder the movie ever made it to the screen.… Read the rest

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Would You Stab Yourself To Get Out of Work?

It might seem extreme, but if you really hate your job… As reported by the local Fox TV station in Denver:

EDGEWATER, Colo. – Some might call in sick. Others might claim their car broke down. But a Denver man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing himself because he didn’t want to go to work.

Officers were called to the scene Monday night after 27-year-old Aaron Siebers showed up to work at a Sheridan Blockbuster video store with a stab wound to his leg and cuts on his face and stomach. He told investigators that three men dressed in black tried to rob him, then attacked him.

“We had 5 police departments and a sheriff’s office out there with K-9 units, officers searching alleys, rooftops, going neighborhood by neighborhood looking for assault suspects,” said Steve Davis the Edgewater Public Information Officer.

But Davis says Sieber’s story quickly fell apart.

Officers say they couldn’t find any evidence of an attack, and when they checked surveillance tape they didn’t see an attack.

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