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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…

This Day in Pop Culture for October 23

Michael Chrichton was born on October 23, 1942.

Michael Crichton is Born

It was on this day in 1942 that Michael Crichton was born in Chicago. Rising up to the height of 6’9,” Crichton lived an incredible life. He was the son of the executive editor of Advertising Age, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard, taught anthropology at Cambridge in England, wrote and co-wrote a number of novels and that was before he became famous for writing under his own name. In 1969 he wrote The Andromeda Strain in 1969 followed by many others that became movies including Jurassic Park. Crichton also won the Edgar Award in 1968 and 1980. His life was cut short at age 66 as he died on November 4, 2008 due to cancer.


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