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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…

‘Gotham’ is Dark and Intriguing

Review of the TV show "Gotham."
(L-R) Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Erin Richards,
Zabryna Guevara, Donal Logue, Ben McKenzie, Cory Michael Smith,
 Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee. (FOX)
Will viewers tune in for a TV show that focuses on everything that is Batman, except the caped crusader himself? Apparently yes. FOX’s new DC Comics TV show, Gotham premiered last night, September 22, with eight million viewers and a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 according to Entertainment Weekly. Will they keep coming back? That remains to be seen.

Gotham isn’t for the casual Joe; it is created with the comic book fan in mind. It continues the dark tone that is so prevalent with the more recent DC Comics movies and is a sharp contrast to the less serious, Agents of SHIELD TV show on ABC. It doesn’t have an origin story – the show is the origin story. If that isn’t your thing, you might want to skip it. However, the pilot gave a very intriguing performance that will probably hook those who saw it.
The pilot episode of Gotham is cram-packed with disturbed individuals who will become super-villains in the future and other characters. You might need a journal to take notes. Right out the gate, we see the Wayne family leaving a movie theater and get robbed in the middle of an alley. As is the traditional, both parents are shot, but young Bruce (David Mazouz) is sparred. This is when he meets Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) who vows to find the one who killed Bruce’s parents.


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