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…

Eight Easter Basket Items to Avoid

When you are a kid, Easter usually ranks up to third place after Christmas and Halloween. Actually, any holiday that involves candy is pretty good. Still, not all baskets are created equal. Be sure to avoid these mistakes:

Religious Chocolate
Some parents fear that their children are too caught up in celebrating the Easter Bunny, instead of celebrating Jesus' resurrection. However, some items for the basket are almost as sacred and shouldn't be tampered with. Don't make the mistake that some parents make by trading the chocolate bunny for set of chocolate praying hands or even worse, the triple chocolate last supper platter. Seriously, how can any kid enjoy nibbling on these things without feeling guilty?

Peeps Wreath
Nothing says Easter like a bunch of extra sweet and sticky Peeps. Nothing says "go away" like a wreath made of the sticky things.

Chicks on a Stick
What's worse that than a bunch of bunnies glued to round cardboard cutout? A bunch of chicks glued together in a heap and stuck on a stick. Remember, just because you find it on Pinterest doesn't mean that it's a good idea.

Easter Bonnet Fiasco
You know those women who wear purple and dress up in red hats? Ever think they look silly? It depends on what you compare them to. Maybe it's the feathers.

Sequin Eggs
What good are these styrofoam eggs with sequins pinned on them? You can't eat them and if you hide them, nobody will want to find them.

Recreations of the Tomb
Not every religious symbol needs to be recreated in food. Take for instance the scene at the chocolate doughnut tomb where Jesus rolled the Oreo cookie stone away.

Easter Fortune Cookies
Here's an odd one. Take your classic fortune cookie and dress them up with cut out crosses, Bibles, doves, lambs, lillies and fish. Mix and match and trade with your friends.

Discount Stuffed Chicks
You can't go wrong with stuffed animals for Easter...unless you fill their baskets full of cheap chicks that look like they have been beaten with a stick and are hemerging.


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