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 October 17

"Around the World in 80 Days" opened in theaters on October 17, 1956.

They Traveled ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days opened in theaters on this day in 1956. With a screenplay written by James Poe, John Farrow and S. J. Perelman, the movie was directed by Michael Anderson and starred David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Newton. The film featured numerous cameos including Cesar Romero, Charles Coburn, Peter Lorre, Red Skelton, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton and Glynis Johns. Production of the movie included just 75 days of filming using 680,000 feet of film that was edited down to 25,734. Filming took place in England, France, India, Spain, Thailand and Japan. The cast included 68,894 people wears 74,685 costumes and 36,092 trinkets. 7,959 animals were featured in the film as well. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won five including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Music and Best Writing. Disney created a remake of the film in 2004 that starred Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan and Cecile de France and also included a slew of cameos. Unfortunately, the second film wasn’t able to capture the favorable reviews that the original did.

Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on October 17, 1979.

Mother Teresa Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

No one can deny that Mother Teresa was an incredible woman of faith and of service. She was named as one of the most admired women by Gallup’s yearly poll 18 times. However, it was on this day in 1979 that she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace." In typical fashion, she refused the ceremonial banquet but asked that the money used for the event to be given to the poor in India.

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