The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

One of the Best Movies You Didn't See Last Year

Last fall, one little movie quietly made its way into and out of theatres in a blink of an eye. Very little fanfare was created for this little gem and it’s a shame, because it so deserves it.

Now on DVD, "The Mighty Macs" is the true story about young coach, Cathy Rush, and how she was able to bring the Immaculata College “Macs” to two national championships in women’s basketball in the early 70’s.

Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton) and Cathy (Carla Gugino)
watch the practice. (Quaker Media)
Cathy, (A blond Carla Gugino of “Spy Kids” and “Watchmen”) has an incredible passion to help the all-girl Catholic college have a winning basketball team. Her husband, Ed (David Boreanaz of FOX TV’s “Bones”), a coach himself, would like her to settle down and start a family with him. Mother St. John, (Ellen Burstyn) is responsible for hiring Cathy at a very low wage, no gym to practice in and hardly any funding. It is unclear if she wants Cathy to succeed or not, giving the story a bit of mystery. Cathy soon builds an unlikely group of misfits together as a team, trying out many unorthodox practice sessions along the way. Soon, she recruits the tired and lonely Sister Sunday (Marley Shelton) as assistant coach giving the team the boost it needs.

David Boreanaz of "Bones" plays
Cathy's Husband Ed. (Quarker Media)
The Mighty Macs has been described as a woman’s version of “Rudy” or “Hoosiers” because it is THAT good. As sport movies go, this one is, shall we say, less predictable than most? That might be because the story situation is so unusual or that 95% of the characters in the film are female. Whatever the case, this is a chick flick that guys can appreciate as well. It’s a story about belief, commitment, perseverance, sacrifice, friendship and leadership.

The movie captures the ‘70s without overdoing it. The characters are believable. And here’s a shocker – the movie is rated G, which means you can plop the entire family in front of it and not be embarrassed by any of it. The DVD comes with a special feature put together by ESPN. And incidentally, "The Mighty Macs" website has a free discussion guide to share with your family or friends.

While the film may not have made a ton in theaters during its release and could easily be forgotten, here’s a second chance to make this sleepy wonder a hit.


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