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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 November 2

"Monsters Inc" was released on November 2, 2001.

‘Monsters, Inc.’ Opens in Theaters

It was on this day in 2001 that Disney/Pixar released the animated hit, Monsters, Inc. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centered on two monsters who were employed by an energy company who produced energy by collecting the screams of children. Everything goes according to plan until a little girl (“Boo”) wondered into the monster world. The voice cast included John Goodman as James P. “Sully” Sullivan (the hairy blue one) and Billy Crystal as Mike (the round green one) along with Steve Buscemi, James Coburn and Jennifer Tilly. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature (but lost to Shrek) but won an Oscar for Best Originial Song (“If I Didn’t Have You” by Randy Newman). Twelve years later, Disney released the prequel, Monsters University (where Sully met Mike) on June 21, 2013. It was directed by Dan Scanlon.


'The Hiding Place' is Published

Released during this month in 1971, author Corrie Ten Boom (along with John and Elizabeth Sherrill) recounted her years living before, during and even a little after the Holocasust in the book The Hiding Place. The title refers to both a physical hiding place where her family hid Jewish people from the Nazi’s and also to Psalm 119:114 which states, "Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word...” The book was turned into a movie in 1975 by World Wide Pictures and actress Jeanette Clift George received a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer Female.


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