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…

Are Christian Bands Hiding In Plain Sight?

Some Christian bands do not like to be called "Christian" bands.
Lecrae (Inquisitr / Getty Images)
Can you be a Christian band even if you are not marketed as one? According to Christian Today, being labeled as a “Christian musician” or “Christian Band” can have “devastating effects on the artist’s exposure and sales” and for some artists, the labeling of “Christian” is even more harmful to their brand. And so, some Christian Bands can be considered to be hiding in plain site.

"This is one of the reasons I don't fully embrace the 'Christian rapper' label,” says Lecrae in his recent book, Unashamed. “It isn't that I'm ashamed of being a Christian. I'm not. If someone asked me to renounce my faith or take a bullet in the brain, I'm dying that day. But labelling the music that way creates hurdles and is loaded down with baggage. Plus, it just isn't a true expression of the music I'm making. I try to produce music that is life-giving and inspires people to hope, but it isn't just for the super-religious. I want to address themes that people who aren't Christian can appreciate."


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