Cinema Monolith

Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.

Inside the CM Vault: ‘You Must Remember This’

Not a song, but a book! Take a trip to Hollywood’s yesteryear with this entertaining collection of interviews from Walter Wagner, a book which contained an unexpected extra.


Happy 45th, Jaws Fans!

I know the official anniversary date was June 20th, but for me, Jaws will always be associated with July 4th. So grab a bucket of chum and celebrate!

7/4/20 · 24 Comments

Jaws and Jaws Again

If summer’s over, and the beaches are closed, and the paint-happy bastards have gone home, why am I still posting stories about Jaws? Well, because…it’s Jaws.


Once Again, It’s ‘Jaws Night’

I’m no longer having ‘Jaws Month’ here at the Monolith, but that doesn’t mean I’m not taking part in my annual ‘Jaws Night’ festivities…

7/4/19 · 14 Comments

Jaws Month: A Few Final Thoughts

I close out Jaws Month 2018 with a collection of thoughts and insights about the movie that have been rattling around my brain for a while. Enjoy!


Fun with Jaws

Is it possible to have some fun with a killer shark? Sure, why not? Travel now to Amity Island and lighten up with the cast and crew of Jaws.


He Didn’t Eat a Car, Did He?

We all remember the ‘cutting open the shark’s stomach’ scene, right? Do you remember the items Hooper removes from the stomach? Guess which one now sits on my shelf!


Jaws Poster Gallery 4: Fan Artwork

A collection of twenty of my favorite Jaws-inspired artist creations, where Jaws posters for movies, anniversaries, and even theme parks are re-imagined by fans.


The Fourth Bruce

What is this about, a shark head? And it’s called Bruce? Does this have anything at all to do with Jaws? Hey, it’s Jaws Month…of course it does!


Top 5 Favorite Jaws Memories

Ever wonder what my favorite memories of Jaws are? Well, wonder no more…here are five of them, with three bonus memories to boot.


Jaws: The Newspaper Ads

Jaws Month 2018 opens with a look at Jaws advertising in the movie sections of newspapers in the US and beyond. May be too intense for younger readers.


It’s Time for Jaws Month 2018!

Cinema Monolith kicks off its fourth and final Jaws Month today, July 4th, with the beaches open and a look ahead at what I’ll post in the coming weeks!

7/4/18 · 6 Comments

Satan’s Triangle (1975)

You’ve played the 1970s board game, now relive the terror and excitement of the Bermuda Triangle with this seagoing horror movie starring Kim Novak and Doug McClure!


Now Playing at the Fashion Valley 4

And no, it’s not Mandingo Month! Check out this newspaper clipping from 1975 and find out what makes the content of this ad so memorable.


Jaws on the Thames

Wanna watch a shark movie on a boat? In London? Surrounded by a summer sky and sunset? Well, you better bring plenty of sterling, because it’s gonna cost ya!


Jaws: The Morgue Scene

I continue my fascination with the perplexing medical examiner’s office scene from Jaws, with a look at a pair of early screenplay drafts; was it or was it not edited?


Top 3 Least Favorite Jaws Moments

Wait, what? My LEAST favorite moments from my favorite movie? Blasphemy! But yet, here they are: three scenes that I wished had been handled differently…or left out entirely.


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Review Totals

Movies Reviewed: 230

From the Monolith: 127

Movies by Decade

1920s – 0
1930s – 6
1940s – 20
1950s – 38
1960s – 34
1970s – 36
1980s – 35
1990s – 7
2000s – 13
2010s – 41

Movies by Genre

Action/Adventure – 43
Comedy – 35
Crime – 23
Documentary – 5
Drama – 27
Horror – 38
Musical – 1
Mystery/Thriller – 19
Romance – 3
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 27
Western – 8

Movies by CM Rating

10 star – 10
9 star – 28
8 star – 36
7 star – 33
6 star – 22
5 star – 23
4 star – 25
3 star – 18
2 star – 20
1 star – 12
0 star – 3

Movies by MPAA Rating

Pre-1968 – 93
G – 1
PG – 32
PG-13 – 35
R – 60
NC-17 – 0
TV and Unrated – 9

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