Dinner & a Movie

Dinner & a Movie: Jaws

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Our videographer Elena Parker -- a serious food and film buff -- is really good at throwing movie-themed dinner parties. She and her friends cook together, serve up, and eat while they watch.

We've asked her to start sharing the menus for her favorite films with us -- here's the fourth installment: notorious summer blockbuster Jaws.

Jaws

- Elena

Regrettably, there will be no tires on this menu. Nor license plates. Unfortunately, you all are human, so I cannot conduct myself in the manner I would wish. Fine.

But that doesn't mean I don't endorse the shark ...

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I recently had the fortune to see Jaws the way it was meant to be seen: 35mm, widescreen, late night, butter-flavored-substance slathered-popcorn in hand (courtesy of a delightful film series at New York City's IFC Center called "When Animals Attack"). It happened to be one of the more thrilling experiences of my recent existence ... and not just because I am a movie nerd.

Jaws, as you likely know, is the consummate Summer Blockbuster. "The One That Started It All," they say. However, when push comes to shove and you actually watch Steven Spielberg's thrilling film, you cannot deny that it is, quite simply, terrific.

The story begins when the small island of Amity -- the economy of which is based on the summer tourist trade -- is thrown into chaos when no less than a Great White Shark is discovered in their waters. Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), himself afraid of the water, flies in the face of town's "don't close the beaches" pleas and investigates the attacks, soon joined by marine biologist Matt Hooper (Richard Drefyuss, in oh so cute glasses and beard) and fisherman Sam Quint (Robert Shaw).

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Jaws bests most summer blockbusters for many reasons, the least of which include: John William's infamous, terrifying score; the palpable sense of something lurking caused by the lack of views of the actual shark; and characters whom you come to love, epitomized in one of my favorite scenes, near the climax, when the three main characters sing Show Me The Way To Go Home.

As Memorial Day is about kicking off the summer, and summer is about blockbuster movies ... Jaws is no less than the perfect film to start the season. So break out the grill, fire up some fish, and sharpen your teeth as you plunge into what is, honestly, a criminally emotional experience. Just prepare yourself not to feel like swimming any time soon. 

Dinner: By Order of the Amity PD

Michelada (aka Bloody Beer) by TheFlyingFoodie



Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter by melissav

Grilled (or Broiled) Oysters with a Sriracha Lime Butter

 

Lemony Green Bean Salad with Feta, Red Onion and Marjoram by Midge

Green Bean Salad



Cedar Plank Grilled Loup De Mer (Sea Bass) by aargersi

Cedar Plank Grilled Sea Bass



Feta Frozen Yogurt with Blood Orange and Mint Granita by Helenthenanny

Feta Frozen Yogurt with Blood Orange and Mint Granita

[If you don't get a chance to kick off a personal blockbuster series this weekend and want the thrill of a lifetime, IFC Center is showing it again -- the real way -- from July 1st to 3rd.]

See what Elena's serving with The Age of Innocence, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and City Lights.

 

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over 3 years ago Panfusine

The pic of the cedar plank grilled fish.. the expression in that fishes eyes... terrifying, although quite apt for the chosen movie!

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over 3 years ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

My favorite film about the ecology of the Cape and Islands!

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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

One of my all time favorite movies. Its always on cable try to watch it often, The food is perfect with the film.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

I love it! So going into the 70s/80s movie rotation to show the kids. P.S. it's Scheider, not Schneider.

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over 3 years ago elenakathryn

Thanks! I will fix it up. Love the 70s/80s rotation! Which films are you showing?

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

We’ve seen a lot of the John Hughes brat pack flicks; also Stand By Me; Ghostbusters; the Princess Bride. Still have to see Back to the Future, PeeWee’s Big Adventure, Poltergeist, Footloose, Revenge of the Nerds, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Willow… It’s a long list! (and that’s only the 80s.)

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over 3 years ago wssmom

What a great list of films -- I LOVED Revenge of the Nerds ...

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over 3 years ago karnogly

Wow. I love the dessert colors and symbolism. What a great nod to a fantastic movie. After eating all that food, you're "gonna need a bigger boat". :)

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over 3 years ago elenakathryn

I was so so tempted to say "you're gonna need a bigger plate..."

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over 3 years ago marisab67

That movie is perfection in a hundred different ways! This menu needs some head cheese though....

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over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Gawd I couldn't even get in a pool for months after that movie - I think that now (what, 36 years later? Um, that makes me OLD) I have emotionally recovered.