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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…

Bulloch Family Faces Trials in Front of Everyone


Love it or leave it, reality television appears to be sticking around. Any night of the week you’ll find shows about bachelors looking for a mate, singers looking for a shot at fame and spoiled housewives talking about things that we can’t relate to. So it is refreshing to see a reality show based on real people and real faith. No, I’m not talking about the Duck Dynasty phenomenon; I’m talking about a lesser known, better reality series, Bulloch Family Ranch.

Making its second season debut, the Bulloch’s show comes across as a lot more “real” and less staged than many of the other shows available today. The Bulloch’s are not perfect people who live in perfect homes with perfect children. They are just the opposite really, like the rest of us, caught on camera. In the end though, it is their faith that holds them together.


Rusty and Julie Bulloch are a working-class family who work multiple jobs to make ends meet and serve in their community in others ways as well including Rusty’s job as a high school football coach. The Bulloch’s have two biological children of their own (now grown and on their own) and over 30 “ranch kids” who have called the Bulloch’s house their home over years in Lakeland, Fl. The Bulloch’s have opened their home to troubled teens in hopes of making a difference in their lives by providing a stable environment (no pun intended!) Some of the “kids” move out to do great things, others struggles and some keep coming back.

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