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…

The Gospel According to Disney’s 'Frozen'

Disney's "Frozen"MUSINGS
In Disney’s most recent animation production of Frozen, much can be gleamed from this simple yet profound story. Similar to Disney’s previous hit, Tangled, Frozen shares a more complex story line than traditional animated fare. The story centers on two sisters, princesses really, Elsa the older and Anna the younger. Elsa has a unique skill in that she can create her own winter wonderland in her bedroom.

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect
“We all stumble in many ways…” James 3:2

Elsa uses this power to entertain her younger sister Anna. Together they build snowmen, have snowball fights and what not. However, when Elsa accidentally strikes and hurts Anna with a frozen bolt, the king steps in and demands that Elsa stops using her powers. She feels that no one would understand her if they knew the “real” Elsa. The people of Arendelle see a poised, pretty girl who has it all together on the outside, but on the inside, she’s a wreck.

People regularly attend church with smiles on their faces and tell everyone that they are doing “fine” when in reality; their lives may be falling apart. Just like how Elsa wears gloves in hopes of hiding her powers, some people in church try to cover up their negative feelings.

Celebrate Your Talents
“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” I John 2:27

Every season on American Idol or America’s Got Talent there is a story or two about a contestant who wants to share their talents of singing with others, but who is regularly discouraged by their parents. Whether they think that their son or daughter can’t sing well, or that the dream is a silly idea, they just can’t seem to see the beauty in their child’s gifting. The same is true of Elsa’s father. What others would see as a gift, he sees Elsa’s powers as a curse to be hidden. While his intentions are good, Elsa learns to be ashamed of her abilities.


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