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…

TV: This Easter, it's all About Jesus

Religious movies airing Easter 2015.
"Killing Jesus" (National Geographic Channel)
In a time where some Christian publications remind us on a daily basis that our world is going to hell in a hand basket, the rest of the world surprises us. While some fight for freedom FROM religion, others are embracing it. And who better to take advantage of this trend? TV.
This week's schedule is full of Easter and religious-themed programing all around the dial, a rare occurrence indeed. But will people watch? If last night's ratings of Killing Jesus are any indication, then yes.
Last night, the National Geographic Channel brought in 3.7 million viewers to watch the adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's book, Killing Jesus. This is the channel's biggest audience ever and much of the audience fell into the 25-54 age range. Later this week, the film will be shown on the Fox News Channel and will air globally in 171 countries.
This week, just before Passover, CBS is bringing (albeit with very little fanfare) the TV mini-series The Dovekeepers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Based on Alice Hoffman novel of the same name, the made-for-TV movie is yet another project of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey who are getting a lot more attention for the NBC limited series, A.D.: The Bible Continues which begins on Easter. This is sort of a sequel of their History Channel project, The Bible and takes place right after the crucifiction of Christ. (Side Note: Have you seen pictures of Burnett lately? He is growing his own Bible-sized beard.) Also on Easter Sunday, ABC will air its umpteenth presentation of the classic Cecile B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments.

On the UP channel, they are celebrating Easter (or Bible stories) all week long including a newer version of the Ten Commandments. They are also featuring the classic 1961 King of Kings and Mel Giblson's The Passion of the Christ. Also on Easter, TCM will featured Easter-themed movies all day.


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