The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Shark is Still Working (2007) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Shark is Still Working is a fascinating look at the making and impact of Spielberg’s classic horror film Jaws. From it’s never before highlighted behind the scenes footage to interviews with cast and crew to the director himself, you get an honest overview of what was a very tricky production process.  Watching this 12 years on from its original release (and 43 years on from the film itself being made) it’s still amazing to see just how well the original film, its impact and influence still holds up.  If you have any interest in filmmaking or Jaws this is a must.

Best Bit: Behind the scenes footage

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Jaws, The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, Full Tilt Boogie, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse


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Phil’s Top 5…  Documentaries About Filmmaking

Phil’s Top 5… Documentaries About Filmmaking

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:  My 5 Best Documentaries About Filmmaking


Close but no cigar: Best Worst Movie, Side By Side, Overnight


5 – Lost In LaMancha
Terry Gilliam has a history of troubled film productions and Lost In LaMancha details what is probably his most traumatic. It’s interesting but at the same time makes you wonder if he’ll ever catch a break as a filmmaker


4 – Full Tilt Boogie
Behind the scenes on From Dusk Till Dawn covering the production of this modern classic, its crew and union issues, star problems and with deleted scenes of assistants signing autographs.


3 – Life Itself
Not about making a film but about the film industry and one of it’s most important contributors, Roger Ebert.  Just superb.


2 – The Hamster Factory
Twelve Monkeys by Terry Gilliam Standards at least, was a pretty easy production.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fascinating story sitting behind it.


1 – Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker Apocalypse
The granddaddy of all behind the scenes documentaries, few films will ever face the hurdles that Apocalypse Now did… all detailed here is fascinating details!