We can't let Shark Week go by without a nod to how important these predators have been to the cinematic arts. I took a very scientific (not at all scientific) poll around the ManoByte offices and we came up with a few of our favorites. And because I get to write the post and choose what to write, I'm not going to write about Jaws. I don't have anything against Jaws, it's just kind of obvious. So without further ado:
In a two-year span that saw two separate computer animated films starring sea creatures released (2003 and 2004), only one of those features had the word "Shark" in the title. Instead of lovable clownfish and his dad, Shark Tale centers on a cleaner fish with big dreams and a Great White Shark who is a vegetarian. If that seems a little confusing, you're not alone. But, you know, sharks!
Not shark-related enough to be eligible for this particular list, but this clip from Finding Nemo still has to be included:
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
What's better than sharks leaping out of the ocean, fearsome jaws on display? How about a 13 year-old Taylor Lautner dressed in a shark costume and doing martial arts moves? I'd say Sharkboy and Lavagirl ranks right up there as among the best movies about a kid in a shark outfit and his friend who has pink hair. Bonus fact: Taylor Lautner is from Grand Rapids!
This song is also pretty incredible:
The term "disaster movie" is kind of funny because so many of them are themselves actual disasters. Sharknado is definitely one such movie. When a freak tornado hits Los Angeles, man eating sharks are sent flying into the air only to land on the unsuspecting citizens of the West Coast.
It's extremely realistic, well-acted, and not at all ridiculous. Also my niece just told me it's opposite day.
If you don't have time to watch the whole movie, check out this awesome 2 minute summary:
We're here to build things up, not tear them down and we want to build sharks up. In general, people are much more afraid of sharks than they need to be...but watching Open Water probably isn't going to help that. This lesson in creative filmmaking finds a pair of divers left behind when their boat returns to shore without them. And the sharks are getting hungry. Yeah, this is the stuff nightmares are made of.
Deep Blue Sea
And if you weren't scared of regular, natural, organic sharks eating you in the open ocean, could I interest you in some genetically modified sharks? In Deep Blue Sea, a team of scientists creates super smart, super dangerous Mako sharks that then, of course, go on a rampage. If you're into GMO shark attacks, watch the clip below:
And if you're curious, this is my favorite shark movie ever: