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…

Surprise! The Family Hour is Back

The Heck family from "The Middle" enjoys some family time
around the TV. Photo: ABC


Unfortunately, the days of “The Wonderful World of Disney” and “Little House on the Prairie” are long gone and so is the tradition of family-friendly programming during the 8:00-9:00 p.m. hour. Thankfully, one network has gotten wise and has decided to dump obnoxious and inappropriate fare like “Cougar Town” and “The Bachelor” in favor of the family: ABC. No, this isn’t an advertisement for the network, but it appears that the alphabet network is trying to find the balance of family fare and good ratings. If you like what you see, thank them!

America’s Funniest Videos
Sundays at 7:00 p.m.
Sure, it’s not nice to laugh at other’s misfortunes, but when people actually send in their own videos, they are basically giving you permission to laugh at them. Since 1989, there have been many copycats, but none have survived or entertained as well as the original AFV. The series should have died out years ago, but received a much-needed shot in the arm in 2001 when Tom Bergeron became the new host. While parents and kids alike will not receive anything valuable by watching men getting hit in the crotch over and over again, the show still provides humor for the whole family. READ THE REST>


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