Episode 18: Jaws (1975)

This week, the guys dip their toes into the waters for Steven Spielberg’s 1975 pop-horror classic Jaws for their third group pick episode. It’s a film that inspired an almost universally widespread fear of sharks, a testament to the way that Spielberg and the ragtag crew of the Orca (Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss) extract so much horrific realism out of such simple elements. Perhaps even more of a testament to the film’s quality is the way that it will probably always live in the heart of viewers – as well as the heart of film’s canon – as long as movies are watched, especially given the fact that Jaws came at a time devoid of big-budget CGI manipulation. They examine the long-standing perception of the film that Jaws is essentially the story of three men, a hulking bit of tubular steel and polyurethane rubber named Bruce, and, of course, the vast, terrifying ocean, but in reality is a much more nuanced thriller.

Ep 18 Jaws (1975)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Roy Scheider
Robert Shaw
Richard Dreyfuss
Lorraine Gary

Curated by: The Bit Players
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Aired Friday, August 7, 2015
This week, the guys dip their toes into the waters for Steven Spielberg's 1975 pop-horror classic Jaws for their third group pick episode. It's a film that inspired an almost universally widespread fear of sharks, a testament to the way that Spielberg and the ragtag crew of the Orca (Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss) extract so much horrific realism out of such simple elements. Perhaps even more of a testament to the film's quality is the way that it will probably always live in the heart of viewers — as well as the heart of film's canon — as long as movies are watched, especially given the fact that Jaws came at a time devoid of big-budget CGI manipulation. They examine the long-standing perception of the film that Jaws is essentially the story of three men, a hulking bit of tubular steel and polyurethane rubber named Bruce, and, of course, the vast, terrifying ocean, but in reality is a much more nuanced thriller.

Episode 2: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

The guys talk Steven Spielberg’s subversive 1977 blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind, touching on the depiction of the impossibility of human communication and the nature of total obsession through the main character Roy (played by Richard Dreyfuss) and his unstoppable quest to “know if [he] is right,” even at the cost of his family. Is he a hero for his childlike wonder or just a complete dirtbag? They try to make some sense of this endlessly perplexing question, as well as talk some of their own preferences should they be abducted by a UFO, from the song that would lure them to the ship to the choice of snacks onboard. Plus, Spectre trailer talk and Furious 7 Oscar predictions.

Ep 02 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Richard Dreyfuss
François Truffaut
Teri Garr

Curated by: Jarryd

Aired Friday, April 3, 2015
The guys talk Steven Spielberg's subversive 1977 blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind, touching on the depiction of the impossibility of human communication and the nature of total obsession through the main character Roy (played by Richard Dreyfuss) and his unstoppable quest to "know if [he] is right," even at the cost of his family. Is he a hero for his childlike wonder or just a complete dirtbag? They try to make some sense of this endlessly perplexing question, as well as talk some of their own preferences should they be abducted by a UFO, from the song that would lure them to the ship to the choice of snacks onboard. Plus, Spectre trailer talk and Furious 7 Oscar predictions.