SHARK WEEK SPECIAL: The Shallows (2016)

the shallows

It’s Shark Week once again this year, and we’re celebrating with The Film Stage Show’s Michael Snydel as we break down Blake Lively’s cult summer hit from last year, The Shallows! This surprising hit from niche production company Blumhouse sees Nancy, a lone medical student (Blake Lively), lost 200 meters from shore on an isolated Mexican beach, with a bloodthirsty shark in the water and only her wits (and luck) to save her. It’s a short, lean ride, but a surprisingly fun one! Check our our custom cocktail and drinking rules as we talk about Blumhouse’s micro-budget genius, CG sharks, and helpful seagulls named after 90s action stars.

(Thanks to our sponsor Cards Against Humanity as part of the Chicago Podcast Coop!)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK:

shallows cocktail

DRINKING RULES FOR THE SHALLOWS:

  1. Any time something aggravates Nancy’s (Blake Lively) leg injury
  2. Every time Nancy gets out of the water
  3. Whenever Nancy talks to herself in order to offer exposition to the audience

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Nancy’s little sister says, “Ready to get wet, Dr. Adams?”

We’re taking a week off, but next episode we’ll follow Hunter S. Thompson’s crazy journey in Terry Gilliam’s drug-fueled psychedelia Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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