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 16

New York Post was established on November 16, 1801.

The New York Post Publishes its First Paper

First published on this day in 1801, the New York Post it is one of the oldest newspapers in the U.S. It was founded by Alexander Hamilton, then known as the New York Evening Post. He was aided by co-investors, some who were members of the Federalist Party who opposed to President Thomas Jefferson and the rise in popularity of the Democratic-Republican Party. Fast Forward to 1976: Rupert Murdoch bought the Post when it was the only surviving afternoon daily in New York City and veered sharply to the right editorially. He also imported the tabloid journalism style of his other newspapers including the United Kingdom’s The Sun, which the newspaper still uses today.

The first "Harry Potter" movie arrived in theaters on November 16, 2001.

The First 'Harry Potter' Film Opens

On this day in 2001, Christian parents everywhere who kept their children from reading the Harry Potter books had a new problem to deal with. The film version of the first book opened in theaters. Based on the story written by J.K. Rowling, the movie was consistent with the story about Harry and his adventures at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is said that Rowling first got the idea for writing about Harry while riding a train from Manchester to London in 1990. She began writing that very night. The struggling single mother’s book was rejected by a number of publishers before she got a deal with Bloomsbury Publishing in 1996. That book led to six more and all of them became best sellers. To date, the Harry Potter films are the most financially successful series in history.

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