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 November 13

"Fantasia" opened in theaters on November 13, 1940.

'Fantasia' Comes to Theaters

One of Walt Disney’s most ambitious projections, Fantasia, was released in theaters during a 13-city “roadshow” of engagements beginning on this day in 1940. The studios’ third full-length animated movie featured eight segments set to different pieces of classical music conducted by famed composer, Leopold Stokowski and seven were performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic, Deems Taylor, performed as the “master of ceremonies” during the film. During its initial run during World War II, the studio was unable to recoup its costs. Disney had wanted Fantasia to become an ongoing project where one or two segments would be swamped out for new ones for future releases of the film. That didn’t happen, but the film was re-released many more times in 1942, 1946, 1956, 1963, 1969, 1977, 1982, 1985 and 1990. Walt’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, co-produced Fantasia 2000 which began production in 1990. It contained all new segments (except for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) with new music performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and by conductor James Levine. The movie however did not come out to theaters until December 17, 1999. In 2002, Disney talked about yet another version called Fantasia 2006, but those ideas were later dropped. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was adapted into its own live action 2010 movie and there have been talks of creating a live film based on The Night on Bald Mountain.

"The Lion King" Opened on Broadway on November 13, 1997.

'The Lion King' Opens on Broadway

Based on the 1994 animated Disney film of the same name, The Lion King had its official opening on this day in 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theater on Broadway. The show features music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Julie Taymor, it is currently Broadway’s fourth longest-running show in history and the highest grossing of all time. In September of 2014, The Lion King became the top-earning title in box-office history for both stage productions and films, surpassing the record previously held by Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

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