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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…

Three Godly Life Lessons Found in ‘Big Hero 6’

The gospel according to Big Hero 6
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Inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name, Big Hero 6 has been “Disney-fied” into not only a very funny animated film, but also a very thoughtful one too. It may be a little rough for little ones, but older kids and adults alike will love it.

Like many of the Disney classics Big Hero 6 has a great story but boasts of even better values that Christians can stand behind. Here are three of the big ones. (A word of caution: This post is assuming that you have already seen the movie.)

A Friend Sticks Closer than a Brother

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” -Proverbs 17:17 (ESV)

Hiro Hamada is a young pre-teen boy who is super-smart, but doesn’t appreciate his skills. It takes some work, but his older brother Tadashi is able to open Hiro’s eyes to a who new world of technology and science. Throughout the first part of the movie, Tadashi is Hiro’s champion. He introduces Hiro to his friends at the college and they in turn welcome him to be part of the gang without any hesitation.


Tadashi is able to show Hiro one last example of kindness when he risks his life to save another, but it ends in tragedy. However, it is Tadashi’s friends that “take over” for him. They continue to love and support him. They give Hiro his space when he wants it, but check in on him often. They want him to know that they are still his friends and that they will stand with him no matter what. It really is one of the best examples of selfless friendship found in an animated movie.


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