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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 29

‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

Is it a Halloween story with mentions of Christmas or is it a Christmas story with mention of Halloween? That is the question regarding Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas which was released in theaters on this day in 1993. The stop-motion Disney film told the story about Jack Skellington who lived in “Halloween Town” stumbled into “Christmas Town” and decided that he wanted to bring Christmas joy to his friends and a little Halloween magic to the other. Directed by Henry Selick, the musical adventure included music by Danny Elfman (who also provided the singing voice of Jack) and voice talents of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Ken Page, Paul Reubens and Glenn Shadix. Deemed too scary for children, the movie was released under the Touchstone Pictures banner. The film was both a financial success and a hit with critics. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. In 2001, Disney began to consider creating a sequel to the story but using computer animation the second time around, but Burton wasn’t too keen on the idea and the project was dropped. However in 2004, a video game titled, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogies Revenge, the story was continued. In 2009, Selick stated that he would be interested in doing a sequel if he and Burton could find a script that they liked. So far, nothing has risen the surface.


John Glenn went back into space on October 29, 1998.

Astronaut John Glenn Returns to Space

At the age of 77, John Glenn was the oldest human to ever travel in space. This of course was his second trip – almost 40 years after his first adventure. The 9-day trip began on this day in 1998 aboard the space shuttle Discovery. Before his time as an astronaut, Glenn flew about 150 combat missions during both World War II and the Korean War.


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