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…

This Day in Pop Culture for August 30

Christopher Cross' "Sailing" made #1 on August 30, 1980.

Christopher Cross’ Song “Sailing” Hits #1

On this day in 1980, singer-songwriter Christopher Cross rose to the top of the music charts with his first hit, “Sailing.” Up to this point, Cross was a relatively unknown singer. His self-titled album is considered to be one of the biggest soft-rock hits of all time and included “Ride Like the Wind,” (which was actually released before “Sailing”) and featured a backup vocal for Michael McDonald. This fame lead to a sweep of wins at the 1981 Grammy Awards where “Sailing” and Cross won for Best Record, Best Song, Best Album and Best New Artist. Cross’s next hit also came out that year, “Arthur’s Theme” from the movie, Arthur with Dudley Moore. Cross’s next Top 10 hit was “Think of Laura” which came out in 1983 and it was his last.

Wes Craven died on August 30, 2015.

Wes Craven Passes Away

While he was raised in a strict Baptist family and wasn’t allowed to read comic books or see movies, Wes Craven grew up to become a leader in horror movies. His first horror film, The Last House on the Left, was released in 1972 and since then he had a string of hits including A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Scream series. However, many are unaware that occasionally, Craven would dabble outside of the horror genre. In 1986, he directed an episode of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Disney, five episodes of the updated Twilight Zone series and most surprisingly, the Meryl Streep movie, Music of the Heart in 1999. His last film where he worked as director was for Scream 4 in 2011. He passed away on this day in 2015 losing the battle against brain cancer.


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