“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon
Greetings and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent, a space where Ensley F. Guffey and I take a look at the inverse of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. Viewed as a whole, Sturgeon was, sadly, right – the vast majority of movies, television, writing, art, and so on really is crud – but there has always been that slim slice of sublime. The Ten Percent isn’t limited by genre – I think our previous columns have proven that point – and that’s because these rare gems are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.
As the American Fourth of July holiday figures solidly into its plot, what better time to talk about the first of the big movie blockbusters – Jaws – than on Independence Day? The biggest and the baddest of the sharks, a real-life monster based on a real-life incident, and the baptism of fire of one of our greatest directors – Steven Spielberg – Jaws is one of the greatest films ever made. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts.
In honour of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, the fine folks at Huffington Post put together this awesome montage of the best shark attacks in cinematic history. Two of my favourites are on display (courtesy of Jaws and Deep Blue Sea, respectively), but there are tons of crazy inclusions that had my mouth hanging open. Check out the great video below!
Even though my biggest fear in life is sharks, I have put together a special schedule for you Shark Week fanatics. The Discovery Channel celebrates its 25th year of Shark Week with a jam packed all new line-up of shark infested television. Read on for the full list along with what’s happening with your regular tv viewing schedule.