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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…

My Dream TV, the LG OLED, is Available at Best Buy

LG OLED TV is available at Best Buy
Okay, we are all adults here. We know that the guy in the red suit down at the local mall is not really Santa. If he was, there would be a lot more grown-ups sitting on his lap and that would be weird. But let’s pretend for a moment that the guy really is Saint Nick and he wants you to tell him what you want for Christmas. Not what you would like, but what you really, really want. What would ask for? For me it would be LG’s OLED TV.

The OLED is my dream TV. At almost 55 inches, it is crazy big and the technology that went into making this thing is insane. First of all, while it is big, it’s not huge. What I mean is that the screen is fairly thin (0.17” thick at the thinnest point) and is lightweight, so while it is tall and wide, it doesn’t stick out a large distance from your living room wall. The curved screen and LG’s exclusive 4 color pixel technology helps viewers feel like they are there in the middle of the action. Here’s why: instead of the standard red, green and blue display, the OLED adds a white sub-pixel which helps create truer colors. And get this; the OLED has self-lighting pixels that switch on and off which offers what they term as an infinite contrast ratio. Finally, the curved screen helps assure that everyone has a good view, no matter where in the room they are sitting.


Watching Wheel of Fortune will never be the same with the OLED. I am told that this TV comes with LG Cinema 3D which also includes four sets of 3D glasses. Even 2D programming will appear as 3D! The special webOS user interface comes with a platform that will pull all of your family’s entertainment choices in one menu. And why settle for another regular remote when you can change the channel with just a wave of the hand or find an obscure show by just speaking to the TV? This technology seems to come straight from an episode of The Jetsons.


While this entertainment center is a bit out of my price range, it may not be for you. Right now Best Buy is offering this TV for $3,499 ($500 off) and they will throw in the LG 4.1-Channel Soundbar for free. The wireless subwoofer features a 3D surround processor which adds to the rich visuals of the screen. They will even ship it to you for free, which might be the best, because no matter how careful Santa might be, would you really want him handling this thing? I mean, he’s still choosing to travel by reindeer after all. 

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


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