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 21

Tweety Bird was "born" on November 21, 1942.

Tweety Bird is Born

Tweety first appeared in the Warner Bros. short, A Tale of Two Kitties on this day in 1942. He was originally named Orson who looked much different than he does today. His name is actually a combination of the words “sweetie” and “tweet” and is said to have been based on Red Skelton’s character, “Mean Widdle Kid.” Tweety is actually older than Sylvester the cat who didn’t appear until Friz Freleng created him in 1945. Sylvester and Tweety worked together for the first time in 1947’s Tweetie Pie which also won the studio’s first Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). The two been partners ever since appearing together in numerous movies (like Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action), TV series (like The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries and The Looney Tunes Show) and as recently as the 2014 short, Flash in the Pain with Wylie Coyote and the Road Runner.

Steven Curtis Chapman was born on November 21, 1962.

Steven Curtis Chapman is Born

Steven Curtis Chapman, winner of five Grammy’s and 58 Dove awards, was born on this day in 1962. Not surprisingly, he began singing and playing the guitar at a young age. What is surprising is the fact that he spent some time as a pre-med student at Georgetown College in Kentucky before pursuing a career in music. As of 2013, Chapman had produced 18 albums.

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