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…

Have an Animated Christmas

Schedule of 2016's Christmas animation TV specials.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (NBC)
No matter how old you get or how available favorite animated TV specials of yesteryear are via DVD, there is still something magical about watching the special while it’s running live. Here is a breakdown of this year’s offering of animated holiday hits:

Friday, November 25

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – 8:00 p.m. ABC

One of the Rankin-Bass Productions finest stop-motion animated tales about how an orphan boy grew up to become Kris Kringle, better known as Santa Claus. Narrated by Fred Astaire, the voice cast includes Mickey Rooney and Paul Frees.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 8:00 p.m. NBC
This year marks the Grinch’s 50th birthday (but don’t bug him about it because he gets a little testy) and to celebrate, NBC will are all 26 minutes of the special instead of cutting it short to fit in with today’s normal running time. Written by Dr. Seuss, animated by Chuck Jones and voicing by Boris Karloff and June Foray, what’s not to like?

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