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…

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth
announced this year's Oscar nominations today, January 16, 2014
Photo: ABC

Not to discredit the Golden Globes, but really, don’t most of us think of that award show as an appetizer to the Oscars? This morning, January 16, the nominations were read for this year’s awards by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

The movies with the most nominations are American Hustle and Gravity (10), 12 Years a Slave (9), Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips (6).

The Academy Awards will be presented live on March 2, 2014 on ABC with Ellen DeGeneres Hosting.

Best Picture:
"American Hustle"   -   "Captain Phillips"   -   "Dallas Buyers Club"   -   "Gravity"   -   "Her"   -   "Nebraska"   -   "Philomena"   -   "12 Years a Slave"   -   "The Wolf of Wall Street"


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