San Diego Comic Con 2022 returns at full-strength…

Welcome Back, San Diego Comic Con. With the cancellation of San Diego Comic Con 2020 and the much smaller capacity San Diego Comic Con ‘Special Edition’ over last year’s Thanksgiving weekend, SDCC returned in all of its 130,000 attendee glory this past week (July 20th-July 24th), and it was both good and a little terrifying…

Wading deep into the waters of “JAWS 2” (1978)…

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Water… The unprecedented success of Steven Spielberg’s “JAWS” (1975) not only inaugurated the summer movie phenomenon, but it also guaranteed a sequel, despite the finality of JAWS’ conclusion. As I’ve said more than once on this site, JAWS is one of my favorite…

“JAWS 3-D” (1983): The B-movie offspring of a 1975 classic…

****GREAT WHITE SPOILERS AHEAD!!**** The Classic. 1975’s “JAWS” (1975), directed by then-wunderkind filmmaker Steven Spielberg, is simply one of the greatest movies ever made— a perfect synthesis of drama, horror, action and adventure which ushered in the era of the ‘summer blockbuster.’ The movie was smartly adapted from Peter Benchley’s bestseller novel by Benchley himself,…

JAWS (1975); the movie that invented the summer blockbuster turns 45…

“This is summer…” June of 1975 was a very different time.  Video games were mainly for arcades.  Home video wasn’t yet a thing.  There was no internet.  No 24 hour news cycles (there was the evening news and the morning news, as well as newspapers).  Cheap entertainment options for the masses were limited to LP record…

40 years of “Moonraker”; my first Bond movie…

Summer of 1979. It was the summer of 1979, and I was a 12-year old sci-fi junkie. I was deep into “Star Wars,” “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica” and I caught occasional late night syndicated airings of “Space: 1999” whenever I could. I’d also…