Shark Films

Shark Films

WARNING! Contains more spoilers than Amnity has floats!



Jaws (1975)

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

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Anyone stupid enough to go skinny dipping after dark deserves to be eaten by a shark.

Two notes and you have a villain, John Williams is an absolute genius of film scores.

The mayor reminds me of Donald Trump so much. Profits above public safety.

When the punctured yellow float washes up on shore thereโ€™s no doubting what they all saw.

Quintโ€™s nails on the chalkboard, iconic.

A huge turning point in the production of this film was the malfunction of the model shark for a lot of the filming. This meant that they had to find a way of depicting the sharks movement without actually showing the shark. This is why they use barrels, rubber rings etc. I think the film wouldnโ€™t have the same impact if the audience didnโ€™t have to use their imagination to think about what is going on underneath the water. It adds a certain horror element.

I love the mayorโ€™s anchor jack. He is a terrible man but he has style.

At least he shows some remorse after the shark gets into the โ€œpondโ€ and eats another victim.

I love Hooper and Quintโ€™s relationship.

The scar comparison that becomes Quintโ€™s haunting tale of the Indianapolis is beautiful and haunting.

This film is the first in Spielbergโ€™s illustrious career but it is still one of his best, if not the best. The young director crafted a masterpiece when he made this.

When Quint asks Hooper for help, itโ€™s a lovely moment showing respect.

I love the cage! Even after seeing this film a lot I would still love to go in one!

Armed with a pistol and an oxygen tank in the sharkโ€™s mouth to aim at Brody says the wonderful line โ€œSmile, you son of a bitch.โ€


Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

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Even when I originally saw this film at 10ish I didnโ€™t think a shark would confuse red wine for blood.

I have witnessed Alzheimerโ€™s first hand, awful disease.

A floppy disc drive, nostalgia.

Speaking of nostalgia, LL Cool J!

When the sharks swim backwards after recognising the gun they should have run! Oh the hubris of man!

I would have put a belt tourniquet on his arm rather than risk evacuation in a serious storm. So much could have been avoided with a decent first aider ๐Ÿ˜‚

โ€œShe screwed with the sharks and now the sharks are screwing with us.โ€

I love when Samuel L Jackson makes his speech then completely unexpectedly gets eaten by a shark!

I always remember Scoggs leg kicking.

I have to hand it to the Doc, she took a shark out by electrocution, nice!

If I was LL Cool J I would have put wrestling with a shark in my contract.

I adore this film. I never get bored of it. Itโ€™s one of those films I can watch over and over.


The Meg (2018)

A group of scientists exploring the Mariana Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed – the Megalodon.

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I went to the cinema to see this with my darling Millie

If I was a billionaire, an underwater research lab is exactly the kind of thing I would invest in.

I am SUPER jealous of the little girls light up shoes

That is a brave little girl, not screaming when she saw the โ€œmonsterโ€ only when it bit the glass

RUBY ROSE โค๏ธ

I love that the director uses the Meg to serve justice to poachers and sends an important environmental message


Even seeing the cage get swallowed doesnโ€™t put me off wanting to do it one day

When the real Megladon pops up itโ€™s jaw dropping moment

The billionaire is a huge ass!

Beach full of tourists + killer shark sounds familiar.

Oh the dog ๐Ÿ˜‚

I want to go in one of those bubble ball things, looks so fun

The shot with all the floats, breathtaking scale

How many of them peed/pooped in the sea with fear of getting so close to getting eaten?

Ooooh right in the eyeball

Circle of life moment when the sharks swarm the Meg carcass


The Meg is slightly ridiculous and far fetched but itโ€™s also very watchable and the effects are brilliant.

Itโ€™s a must see for any fin fan


Sharks are my absolute favourite animal. I love their power and think they are beautiful. The following films are very responsible for the way sharks are viewed, Jaws most of all. These beautiful, majestic creatures are portrayed as monsters. Itโ€™s very much a double edged sword. Without these films in popular culture sharks wouldnโ€™t be as known to people and the interest wouldnโ€™t be there in preserving their habitat.


News of the World (2021) REVIEW

News of the World (2021) REVIEW

A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.

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I adore the idea of a job going from town to town reading from newspapers, I hope thatโ€™s true.

A heart warming and endearing story of two people who are in every way different but they forge a bond.

The journey they go on is arduous and enthralling.

Tom Hank is magnificent as always. The unknown actress who plays Johanna, Helena Zengel, is also brilliant. Starring along Hanks must have been daunting but it doesnโ€™t show in her performance.

Netflix continues on producing brilliant original content.


Vita and Virginia (2018) REVIEW

Vita and Virginia (2018) REVIEW

It’s the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

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An exquisite exploration of love of several kinds.

Not simply focusing on homosexuality but also on the love and duty of heterosexual marriage when being used to disguise homosexuality and promiscuity.

I totally understand Virginia needing Leonard to remain grounded.

I didnโ€™t really know what to expect, I am not familiar with Virginia Woolfโ€™s work or life so I canโ€™t give an opinion on how accurate it is. I have a copy of Mrs Dalloway I intend to read next. I am inspired and intrigued by this genius who was in every way brilliant and imposing.

I like Vita. Part of me is furious with her for betraying Virginia with Mary but I suppose itโ€™s understandable because Virginia was so difficult to love and couldnโ€™t commit in the way Vita needed.


Itโ€™s A Sin

Itโ€™s A Sin



Russell T Davies you beautiful human!

When I sat down to watch it I was expecting a fun, lighthearted show about Gay men in London. I got a raw, immensely intense drama. Laughing out loud then sobbing.

What a beautiful, heartbreaking, tear jerker. Truly phenomenal piece of TV

The best portrayal of the AIDS crisis including Philadelphia.

Yazoo – Only You is definitely in my Top 10 songs favourite ever.

When Colin said โ€œMammy,I donโ€™t want to dieโ€ my heart broke.

As soon as Colin said โ€œfootball topโ€ I knew he must mean the son of the woman he lodged with.

I canโ€™t remember the last time I hated a character as much as Mrs Tozer. The fact that Ritchie, the life and soul of the party, died alone is horrendous. Especially when his friends were so near.

Itโ€™s extremely rare that something leaves me so utterly broken that I have to turn everything off and sit in the dark for a while. I intend to watch this show over and over again. I am fighting the urge to start straight away because I want these characters back, I want more. Ritchie deserved more. Colin deserved more. Gregory deserved more.I think itโ€™s the ultimate message. That life is too short.

I donโ€™t feel like fives stars is enough so imagine 5 rainbow, glittery comets


How to Build a Girl (2019) REVIEW

How to Build a Girl (2019) REVIEW

A teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton, England, grows up to become a popular but conflicted music journalist.

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Hilarious, insightful, unique

A film unequal in itโ€™s exploration of the turbulent world of the adolescent female.

Itโ€™s extremely rare for a film about teenage dreams to be set in the UK.

It was brutal, real and honest

Every character felt fleshed out and very real

A must see for every woman, especially teenage girls!

5 stars


Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters

Thereโ€™s a lot of these type of films, the 90s were flooded (pun intended) with them. But I think these two are the best.


Deep Impact (1998)

A comet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. As doomsday nears, the human race prepares for the worst.

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Young Elijah Wood โค๏ธ

Oh the old broadband search engines, reminding us itโ€™s is the 90s

I love the way this film has a few threads of story, the astronauts, Leo and Sarah, jenny, they all combine to create a wonderful, touching film.

When Morgan Freeman delivers his speech after the Messiah fails I start to tear up.

Elijah Wood holding rings reminds me of another film he was in …๐Ÿ˜‚

When jenny sacrifices her seat I am in floods of tears.

Every Time I See This Film I End Up Sobbing.

Itโ€™s just such a beautiful film, about hope and overcoming the odds.

Twister (1996)

Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.

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Helen Hunt โค๏ธ

I forget that Philip Seymour-Hoffman is in this.

If I won a lot of money my father and I would love to go storm chasing.

Aunt Megโ€™s food looks so damn delicious.

That awkward moment when you have a special moment with your estranged spouse only to have your current girlfriend overhear it on the radio.

The Shining at the Drive In โค๏ธ


Both of these films have brilliant human stories as a backdrop to extreme natural phenomena. Thatโ€™s why I never get bored of watching them. Other films from this genre rely too much on the CGI and not on the storytelling.

written by Laura-Rose Smith

Cats (2019) REVIEW

Cats (2019) REVIEW

A tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

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How could Sky rate this U, I am 32 and I am struggling to cope with the bizarre visuals.

Judi Denchโค๏ธ

I am not as familiar with Cats as I am Phantom

Why are cats wearing converse?!?!

Jennifer Hudson singing the iconic โ€œMemoryโ€ is a show stopper.

Once my eyes adjusted it wasnโ€™t as bad as I thought, still just passable though


Written by Laura-Rose Smith

Tradition Series: Christmas I

Tradition Series: Christmas I

Every household has their traditions that they do at certain times of year. Who puts the star on the Christmas tree? Do you celebrate Samhain or Halloween? Do you observe Lent? How many units of alcohol do you consume on New Years Eve?

I, unsurprisingly, have a tradition of watching certain films at certain times of year.



Narrowing the many great Christmas movies to just 5 was very difficult but here they are.

The Grinch(2000)

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville, wherein live the Whos, an almost-mutation ed sort of Munchkin-like people who all love Christmas. Just outside of their beloved town lives the Grinch (Jim Carrey), a nasty creature that hates Christmas and plans to steal it from the Whos, which he equally abhors. Little Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen) decides to befriend the Grinch.

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Jim Carrey is perfect for this role. I canโ€™t imagine anyone else doing the role justice. His comic timing and physical comedy is the best in the business.

When Momsen sings โ€œWhere are you Christmasโ€ I always tear up.

I think itโ€™s clear that the two ladies who raised the Grinch are lesbians.

The baby Grinch is adorable. As green offspring go only Baby Yoda is cuter.

I love the bit when the Grinch โ€œdirectsโ€ Max as Rudolph.

When Cindy-Lou says his cheek is warm, I get the warm fuzzies.

The Grinch is an absolute must see. I know there have been other versions but I think the Jim Carrey version is the best. Fun for all ages!

Love Actually (2003)

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

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The opening scene in an airport hits differently this year with Covid ๐Ÿ’”

Who would choose to have sex with his brother over Firth?! MADNESS

Star studded casts donโ€™t come much bigger

The scene where the environment changes from a funeral to a wedding with the same song is pure genius.

Alan Rickman โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’”โค๏ธ

The saucy minx-Thatcher moment is one of my favourites in the film.

The language barrier is beautifully shown with Aurelia and Jamie.

When Juliet watches the video of the wedding and the penny drops. Itโ€™s achingly lovely, the best friend is in love with his friends new wife but he wonโ€™t act on it.

Even Parky makes a cameo!

The story of Carl and Sarah is so sad. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this. Part of me understands that she has to answer the phone to her brother. Part of me thinks she should be able to have time to herself. Part of me hates Carl for not understanding. Part of me understands why he couldnโ€™t be involved with Sarah when they have been waiting years for this moment and they are interrupted constantly.

When Emma Thompson opens the CD instead of the necklace I am always in floods of tears. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

When Mark does the signs to communicate his feelings for Juliet I am in tears again.

8 is a lot of legs David ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

The boy with Spider-Man face paint is iconic!

All I Want For Christmas is my favourite Christmas song!

Love Actually is a perfect Christmas film! A star studded cast that is hilarious and tear inducing in equal measure. A must see during December!

The Holiday(2006)

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

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My tear ducts are prepared. Just hearing Kate Winsletโ€™s voice over gets me going.

When she gives that creep the book I melt. WHAT AN ARSE.

As a card carrying bisexual I can choose my 2 favourite between the 4 stars. Hands down Kate Winslet and Jude Law.

Oh I adore Arthur.

Amanda drunkenly singing to The Killers is one of the most relatable scenes

I would love to have a tent like that and I am 32

Oh I miss blockbuster

Irisโ€™s speech about unrequited love always gets me crying

After she tells Jasper off and raises her hands in the air I am with her.

The Holiday is not a film slapped together with some tenuous Christmas theme, a sprinkling of stars and a romantic twist just to make a Christmas film. Itโ€™s a sublime film that is super relatable and just excellent. I adore it.

Home Alone (1990)

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

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The most unrealistic part of this film is the massive house!

I have never noticed before the difference between Kevin whining about how he doesnโ€™t know how to look after himself then when he has to become independent.

The aftershave moment ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‚

When Marv leaves the water running I think about wasting waterโ€™s impact on the environment ๐Ÿ˜‚

The mannequin dancing scene is genius

John Candy โค๏ธ

The nail in Marvโ€™s foot always makes me cringe

When Kevin gets reunited with his family I always cry โค๏ธ

Home Alone is a hilarious and heartfelt Christmas classic

Itโ€™s a Wonderful Life (1946)

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

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James Stewart and Donna Reed โค๏ธ

I donโ€™t think any other actor could do this role justice, Stewart has such emotional range. He is truly wonderful and a titan of the art.

I view the themes of angels and God etc as pure cinematic fantasy. I know some people actually believe in this. I enjoy the suspense of disbelief during this film in the same way I donโ€™t really believe in Superman. Both scenarios are equally as ridiculous to me.

Charleston is my absolute favourite style of dance

Itโ€™s so heartbreaking and so relatable how Georgeโ€™s life changes.

When he flips out at his family and get punched thatโ€™s his rock bottom, his eyes are electric.

I love Clarence.

That he is seeing what the world is like if he never existed is a brilliant idea.

Seeing James Stewart running down the street shouting Merry Christmas always makes me smile

When Harry says George is the richest guy in town I always crybaby

The timing of this film mustโ€™ve had a huge impact on the story. It was released a year after the Second World War so many men mustโ€™ve felt like George, despondent and unhappy with their life.

Itโ€™s a Wonderful Life is a timeless classic. A very important film because it shows how important we all are and the impact we all have on each otherโ€™s lives.

I hope you have enjoyed this trip down Christmas Movie Cresent

Have a wonderful Christmas whatever you manage to do in these very strange and difficult times

Written by Laura-Rose Smith


Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019) REVIEW

Pokemon Detective Pikachu (2019) REVIEW

In a world where people collect Pokรฉmon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

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I was one of the children who collected the cards, played the video games, watched the animated TV show and films and genuinely loved Pokemon.

Ryan Reynolds is great voice of Pikachu

I like the CGI Pokemon

The story line isnโ€™t bad

That was quite enjoyable. It couldโ€™ve had more oomph story wise and I feel that it couldโ€™ve been more interesting.


written by Laura-Rose Smith

Hillbilly Elergy REVIEW

Hillbilly Elergy REVIEW

Based on the bestselling memoir by J.D. Vance, HILLBILLY ELEGY is a modern exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown.

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Before it starts I know I am in for a treat from a look at the cast and itโ€™s a Netflix original.

Amy Adams is phenomenal

A heart wrenching tale of family and the sacrifices it takes to be the glue trying to hold everyone together.

Glenn Close reminds me of my Gran, tough as nails and would do anything for me. My home life was nothing like that though. My mother is an absolute diamond and my father is wonderful. I had 4 parents.

At the end of the film I am left wanting a bit more. It had all the ingredients to be something very special but it feels like a cake that didnโ€™t really rise. It feels like it was rushed.

A promising start but failed to produce the impact I expected


Written by Laura-Rose Smith