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…

Mark Hall Says That the Time Is Right to 'Thrive'

It is just the beginning of another busy year for Mark Hall and the band Casting Crowns. In late January the band released the seventh studio album, Thrive. Hall’s companion book, Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out, was released on Feb. 11 and the band’s current concert tour (“The Thrive Tour,” naturally) with Laura Story and For King & Country kicks off on Feb. 20.

When not singing or writing music, you can find Hall leading his student ministry group, which he has been doing for about 22 years now. Hall loves being a youth leader and says that this group was the inspiration behind Thrive.

“The songs always really start out with what we’re teaching, and for years I’ve been using Psalm 1 in showing them what a believer looks like,” says Hall on the group’s website. “It says: ‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.’”


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