Boris Johnson admires the Mayor in Spielberg's Jaws. Remember him? He was the guy who wouldn't close the beaches -- and sacrifice that revenue source -- during a public crisis.
Spielberg's sci-fi actioner doesn't have a thought in its pretty little head, but it's still relentlessly entertaining, thanks to his knack for visual storytelling and his uncanny feel for action pacing.
The history of this important American cultural institution is vital and appreciated, of course. If only the text had more "life" and "color" in it, as a good film does.
Richard Matheson's work has so permeated modern pop culture that it can be hard to find works not at least partially indebted to an idea of his or, as is more often the case, someone influenced by him.