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…

ABC's New Comedy Misses the Boat

Fresh Off the Boat
Contance Wu, Hudsong Yang and Forrest Wheeler star in
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC/Eric McCandless)
After ABC found family sitcom success with shows like The Middle, Modern Family, and The Goldbergs, this year, the network has been focusing on bringing more diversity to the airwaves. Black-ish had a strong start with it's great premiere episode, but quickly ran into mediocrity. The Latin-themed Cristella is pretty silly, but it does have a likeable cast. Tonight ABC brings it's new Asian family to the line up with Fresh Off the Boat which does contain a few laughs, but that is about it.

The show tries to be reminiscient to The Wonder Years with 11-year-old Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) telling about the glory days growing up in Olrando, Florida in the mid '90s. Despite the title, the Huang have actually only moved from Chinatown in Washington D.C.,  but it is still world's away. Eddie's father, Louis (Randall Park) moved his family to the suburbs to pursue his version of the American dream which includes opening a cowboy-themed restaurant - because all white Americans love these sort of places. However, reality soon sets in that he will need to work hard in order for his restaurant to succeed. 


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