Jaws (1975)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

Watched for fun.

Modern Times (1936)

directed by Charlie Chaplin

watched on 9/2 for my Film Aesthetics class

general notes about the movie that I find interesting:

  • a criticism of the dependence on technology as it emerged
  • really anti-capitalist
  • very intentional use of comedy as a non-violent protest, The Tramp literally tap dances through larger problems
  • a comment on how our appetite for labor can consume us, basically the whole first half is about the damage of capitalist labor in the 30s
  • REALLY SNEAKY??? halfway through there’s a gigantic subtle shift after he meets the girl where the audience unconsciously begins to WANT him to work, to fulfill that capitalist dream of working hard, making money, having a home
  • really clever in the way it tricks you into buying into the ideology that the first half was condemning 
  • The Tramp holds multiple jobs but you never see an exchange of money anywhere in the film, so basically you get the sense that he’s working for nothing
  • all the circular images like the cogs of the factories mirror the circular narrative. an example being something along the lines of the numerous cases of mistaken identity
  • the final scene is sooo markedly different from the rest of the movie, which is composed of circles and factories and streets. it ends on a wide open road and a straight line with no manmade structure in sight. such a cool metaphor for how the characters and the audience had to abandon the ideologies that we’d been tricked into buying into in order to see it as a happy ending

tldr; if you hate capitalism but love to laugh then please see this movie I really liked it!!