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…

Wallenda’s Walk: A Walk of Faith or Testing God

Nik Wallenda will attempt to tightrope over Chicago blindfolded today and
it will all be aired live on The Discovery Channel. (Discovery Channel)
Born a seventh –generation member of circus act, The Flying Walledas, Nik Wallenda made headline two years ago when he became the first person to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls. The event was broadcast live on the Discovery channel. Today, he will attempt to tightrope walk over Chicago. Blindfolded.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (4:00 p.m. Pacific), “Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda” will air in more than 220 countries on the Discovery Channel. The event will be hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales (both from NBC’s “TODAY” show) and Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel.

“I’m always pushing myself both physically and emotionally. I hope to inspire people around the world and show that the impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it,” said the 35-year-old Wallenda in a recent press release.  “This has been a dream of mine and something that I’ve been practicing for awhile.” One would hope so.

For the first part of the tightrope crossing, Wallenda will walk uphill rising to a 15-degree angle – from the Marina City's west tower to the Leo Burnett Building at more than 50 stories high above the Chicago River.  Not only will this be the highest skyscraper walk in the history of the Flying Wallenda family, it will be the first time that he has ever attempted it at such a steep angle. As if that were not enough, he will then continue to walk blindfolded while dozens of cameras and microphones capturing every step and every phrase he utters.

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