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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…

‘Believe’ in Another Great Show for NBC

Johnny Sequoyah as Bo, Jake McLaughlin as Tate (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC)

NBC appears to be rising from the ashes creating new, better, quality shows instead of relying on re-boots that don’t work. From comedy (About a Boy, Growing Up Fisher) to game shows (Hollywood Game Night) to drama (The Blacklist), NBC is hitting the mark for good programming. Include in the mix the latest sci-fi/drama/mystery show, Believe.

Finally, after months of seeing the same commercial over and over again of a screaming little girl and a flock of birds, we finally got a chance to see what all the fuss was about last night NBC. Believe is the latest project from Executive Producer J. J. Abrams who was fortunate enough to snag the Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón of the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney film, Gravity, to direct.


It is yet too soon to know exactly what this show will become, but with its’ title and subject matter, we do know that faith will be an element of the show. Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) is a special girl with powers of levitation, telekinesis, seeing the future and controlling nature. Although we don’t know for sure, we assume that she is good. Her parents died when she was very young and her current parents of two weeks get killed off from the get go. There are two groups of people after her. One, led by Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan, looking great for his age), who will stop at nothing to retrieve the girl. For what purpose? We don’t know, but it cannot be good. The other is led by Milton Winter (Delory Lindo), who aims at protecting the girl at all costs. Winter and Channing (Jamie Chung), track down Tate (Jake McLaughlin), a wrongfully imprisoned man who is about to face the death penalty, to watch over the girl. Seemingly an unlikely person to babysit, the show makes it clear why he was chosen by the end of the episode. When he sees her for the first time, he begins to cry. She says to him, “Do you know why you were crying? It is because you remember that you were good once.”

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