The Sting (1973)


Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con. (IMDb)
Nothing flashy here, but not a thing off or out of place either: the sets (within sets), soundtrack, cinematography, and scene transitions expertly craft the 30s-era stage, the script is stacked with slick dialogue and cool cons and some comedy too (see Henry at the poker game), and the talent hits at all home. A deeper dive into the lives of the leads would’ve been a great cherry on top (gimme more lines like this one: “I’m the same as you. It’s two in the morning and I don’t know nobody”).
7.5/10 (Really Good)


Jaws (1975)


When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (IMDb)
The horror of the first two tragic attacks is chilling, with the invisible attacker and vanished victim/bloody water aftermath, and the sense of impending doom in between is also well-crafted with a good score and tense character interplay between the paranoid cop and money-focused mayor. It’s a little slow and bloated, and only scattered spurts of action make the final act somewhat of a letdown (though the shark reveals still scare) but overall it’s still a suspenseful monster-attack movie.
7/10 (Good)