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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…

Yes, Virginia, There Really Was A Florence Foster Jenkins

The story behind the story of "Florence Foster Jenkins."
Meryl Streep plays Florence Foster Jenkins (Paramount)
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Florence Foster Jenkins’ story sounds as believable as Santa Claus, but it’s true. Carnegie Hall says that of all archival concert programs the hall has in its history, the one that is asked for most is for Florence’s music, a legendary singer said to be so bad that she could be the worst singer in history.

“In order for a singer to succeed, they need to have a combination of talent, charisma, and interpretive quality. And, by definition, they need to be able to sing. Florence Foster Jenkins had none of these attributes,” states Carnegie Hall’s website about the star of the most often requested archival concert program performance. But Jenkins was very real.

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