Misunderstood [A Poem]

A poem about sharks:

With giant teeth and a sinister grin
They watch you sceptically
In deep blue waters; your body immersed
You glide so perfectly 

A killer they scream, blood thirsty and cruel,
Unqualified the labels they add,
When hunting is eating and eating is life,
The last thing you do is be bad 

Shark Week: Jaws 2

Hey all!

I was going to write another movie review when I saw this really great review already written by this fantastic blogger. If you get a moment, you should definitely check out their work.

Jaws 2 being the swift follow up from the masterpiece that is Jaws was always going to garner attention and you can be sure that the reviewers of this flick probably hand their red felt pens at the ready from the moment the opening credits came in.

I do concur with this blogger that Jaws 2 doesn’t live up to the original but then again, it would ALWAYS have been difficult. The original tapped into something that just struck a nerve with the viewing public and did something unique for the time. It also had a fantastic cast and a soundtrack so utterly fitting that it stuck in people’s minds. Of course, there were many similarities between the second and the original but it had all been done before so the novelty aspect was no more. To me though, that didn’t make the film a bad movie.

Interestingly, the film centred somewhat on Brady’s kids but the movie refrained from going down the smutty route that so many current Shark movies do. The movie does have a number of tense moments which are great if not a little unbelievable at times…helicopter anyone? Brody is also a very likeable character as are some of the kids although I kinda wanted the shark to get one girl who looked Carrie-esque every time she screamed.

Overall I would give Jaws 9.5/10 but Jaws 2…maybe as much as a 7. It certainly is a lot better than Jaws 3 and 4. Happy reading!

Late to the Theater

October is Horror Movie month, where we let down our hair and celebrate all things macabre and scary! Not that we don’t during the rest of the year, but still… HORROR MOVIES! People who don’t like horror are encouraged to check back November 1st for less bloody and/or disturbing films. For everyone else, let’s put on our galoshes and WADE INTO THE MIRE!

Hello and welcome to Shark Week here at Late to the Theater! This week’s selections are inspired by a dear friend who used to refer to her special lady time as ‘Shark Week.’ We shared many a laugh over that clever nomenclature over the last year or so. Three weeks ago she underwent a hysterectomy and will never again experience a Shark Week, so this week’s entries are dedicated to her! Let’s put on our floaties, paddle out just a little too far, make a ruckus in the…

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Protect our Sharks – they’re not as scary as you’d think

Dun dun…dun dun…dun dun dun dun dun dun dun. Yep! You’ve all heard the famous theme song from Jaws, the movie that based on the hit Peter Benchley novel of the same name in the 1970s. It’s a classic movie (shame on you if you haven’t seen it) that bore famous lines such as “we’re going to need a bigger boat”. The story it tells is that of a small sea side town called Amity. A town that rarely experiences any form of crime. In fact, nothing ever happens. That is, except for the summertime when the beaches fill up as holidaymakers enjoy the sun sea and sand. That is, until a Great White Shark arrives, turning the lives of all that live there upside down. 

The story paints a clear picture. A picture of a monster, a feeding machine that has blood lust for human flesh. It was at this point that sharks got widespread coverage as monsters of the deep. But there is a fundamental problem here. The fact is, sharks are extremely misunderstood. The picture portrayed by the book and by the movie was quite inaccurate. Indeed, the author Peter Benchley himself regretted the impact that his story had on sharks. 

Sharks have been on Earth for around 400 million years. They have evolved to become the top predator in our oceans. Without them, our marine ecosystems would collapse. Sharks are amazing creatures but the often get overlooked because they aren’t as friendly as dolphins, whales or seals. These animals are seen as cute and fluffy. But who will stand up for the shark?

The movie “Jaws” is a simple movie, who’s concepts were fictional and depictions of shark behaviour – inaccurate, has now led to generation upon generation handing down a baseless fear of these amazing creatures. 

“If I have one hope, it is that we will come to appreciate and protect  these wonderful animals before we manage, through ignorance, stupidity and greed, to wipe them out altogether.”

– Peter Benchley (author of ‘Jaws’)

Shark populations face the threat of extinction in every part of the world primarily due to overfishing driven by the high demand for shark fins. However there are additional threats facing sharks that include by-catch, where sharks are killed when other seafood is being targeted, recreational fishing, sharks being used for ingredients in cosmetics or health supplements, destruction of habitat and more.
And did you know that shark fins are obtained by removing the fins of the shark while they are still alive before they are thrown back into the water leaving them helpless to other predators if they do not bleed out beforehand in absolute agony.

According to Oceana, of the nearly 500 species of sharks, only about a dozen are potentially dangerous to humans. Even for those species that are, humans aren’t preferred prey. Furthermore, they don’t attack people that often—certainly not enough to warrant their stereotype.

More needs to be done to protect these beautiful creatures from extinction. Educate yourself. Be wary of the products you purchase and what materials they are made from. Only support sustainable fishing if you eat fish (fishing is so cruel!!). Do not support companies that sponsor recreational shark hunts!

Please, do what you can before it is too late!

Movie Review: Shark in Venice

STARRING: Stephen Baldwin, Vanessa Johansson and Giacomo Gonella

Hey guys and thanks for reading. Today’s review is on the 2008 horror movie Shark in Venice.

 The movie was pitched as being like Indiana Jones meets Jaws so obviously I was intrigued to see what this movie had to offer, especially since I am a big fan of creature features, Jaws and generally anything that has sharks in. 

Without spoiling the story, the plot goes something along the lines of: Stephen Baldwin is David Franks, an archeologist who heads off to Venice to search for his father who mysteriously went missing in Venice, while diving in the city. When he arrives, David uncovers a cryptic trail that may unveil the lost fortunes of the Medici. The mafia are aware of this lost fortune and are keeping an eye on Franks’s every move as he attempts to hunt this treasure and by the way, they’re not the only ones that could stand in his way. Because you see…there are sharks. 

Even though this film reeks (of promise), surprisingly it doesn’t quite deliver. This is even with Stephen Baldwin’s best acting efforts (see above). 

Seriously though, the film is an absolute mess. I don’t know how my Dad even found this movie but he did and since we had it, we had to watch it. I actually started laughing at this movie within the first thirty seconds of hitting play. This was mainly do the ridiculous looking mafia boss played by Giacomo Gonella (see below). 

The storyline was laughable, although maybe not on par with Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus, while the acting and script were disastrous. Stephen Baldwin is a bad actor. He’s so bad. If you must see one scene in this movie, it’s the scene where he is having a nightmare. He also looks like he is in a constant state of jet lag. That being said, I don’t want to give him too much credit as the rest of the cast were equally awful. 

Movies like this need a sense of humour. For example, while Sharktopus was an incredibly bad movie, it’s one saving grace was that you could tell that nobody was taking themselves seriously. You unfortunately can’t say the same for this. This film was just bad and it was not intentionally bad. That’s what makes it so much more tragic. It also makes you wonder how Stephen Baldwin ever managed to get roles like the Usual Suspects. 

Verdict: if you are a glutton for punishment or you really want to punish someone with a movie, then this movie is for you. It’s also a good guide on how not to make a good movie. If you are one of these people, who like me, loves to see silly movies and laugh and/or have a bit of a giggle, you may also get some value out of this but I would recommend you have some alcohol on standby.  Otherwise, stay clear!

Grade: E