It All Started with a Whale Shark

I just went to Guam and Japan to visit my daughter, so my timing is a bit off.  We went to the Kyoto Aquarium to see their whale-sharks.  Truly impressive.  This brought to mind a couple of movies that you might like to revisit.

Jaws - The GBY

Jaws (1975), Steven Spielberg’s second feature film and it is a classic.  Starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss (Book Club) and the amazing Robert Shaw.  This film follows Peter Benchley’s book very closely.  I saw this movie when I was 14.  I sat on the front row of the theater.  I had read the book, so I wasn’t really surprised at the scary parts except for the one that was not in the book.  I jumped completely out of my chair.  I even think that the mechanical shark stands up against today’s CGI.

From Russia with Love - The GBY

Robert Shaw is one of my favorite actors.  He is the bad guy in the Bond movie I prefer – From Russia with Love (1963) with Sean Connery.  He has a pivotal role in   (1973), a classic buddy film with Robert Redford (The Old Man and the Gun) and Paul Newman.  He plays the perfect German commander in World War II blockbuster, The Battle of the Bulge (1965) with all the regulars – Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Henry Fonda just to name a few.  He replaces Gregory Peck as Capt. Mallory in the sequel to Guns of Navarone (1961).   Force 10 from Navarone (1978) with Harrison Ford, Carl Weathers and Barbara Bach is an enjoyable film, I really like the ending.

Free Willy - The GBY

If you are looking for something a little more family friendly, Free Willy (1993) is a good choice.  A heartwarming film about kids and an Orca.  A sweet story about transforming the situation when you take a stand and that one person can make a difference.

Depending on your preferences, sushi might be a good choice with these films.  Enjoy!

FYI – TIFF 2019 just dropped their Gala and Special Presentation selections.  Go to to see what’s coming.

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