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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 27

"Rebel Without a Cause" opened in theaters on October 27, 1955.

‘Rebel Without a Cause’ Opens

Considered a groundbreaking film portraying the moral decay of American youth vs. overly critical parents, Rebel Without a Cause opened in theaters on this day in 1955. The film, starring James Dean, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper, told the story of emotionally disturbed, suburban and middle class teens. The title was borrowed from psychiatrist Robert M. Lindner’s book, Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath but was not based on it. Dean died in car crash a month before the film’s release. In 1990, the movie was added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant".


It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown aired for the first time on October 27, 1966.

First Airing of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

It was on this day that It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown TV special aired for the first time on CBS. It has aired every year ever since. It was the third TV special produced and animated by Bill Melendez (A Charlie Brown Christmas was the first) and was nominated for an Emmy Award, the first time it was shown, Charles Schulz received bags and boxes of candy to give to Charlie Brown who only received rocks in the special, due to his poor costume choice.


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