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…

American Ninja Warrior: And the Winner is…No One!

Drew Drechesel and Daniel Gil made it through the farthest on ANW 2016.
(L-R) Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil (NBC)
After news from NBC that American Ninja Warrior will be renewed for another season next summer, tonight’s finale ended with no winning ninjas. This might sound unbelievable if you are not familiar with the show, but of the five seasons so far, only two contestants made it through all four stages of American Ninja Warrior and that was that last year.

Out of a relatively small group of finalists this season, just two made it through round two out of four. While neither won the million dollar prize, both Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil won the respect of all of the other competing ninjas and those of us at home who wouldn't have made it past the first obstacle. If you missed tonight’s show, if will be repeated tomorrow night on Esquire Network at 8:00 p.m.

This year’s season of American Ninja Warrior drew the most-ever submissions reaching an all-time high of 70,000 entries last spring. It also grew in total viewers (7.2 million viewers before tonight’s presentation) and the show even won it first Emmy Nomination.

“We are in constant awe of the extraordinary athletes on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ who make the show as exhilarating to watch as it is to produce,” said Adam Stotsky, President, E! and Esquire Network. "It is incredibly exciting how the series has evolved from an unconventional Japanese game show with a cult following to the global hit phenomenon that it is today in partnership with NBC – and we are looking forward to many more seasons to come.”


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