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 6

Sally Field was born on November 6, 1946.

Sally Field is Born

Sally Margaret Field was born on this day in 1946 in Pasadena, California. She got her start in acting starring in the sitcom, Gidget which aired on ABC from 1965-1966. Gidget wasn’t a hit show, but ABC wanted to give Field another shot starring in a series. She was cast as Sister Bertille for The Flying Nun, that aired from 1967 to 1970. After appearing in several guest spots on popular TV series, Field was again cast in another sitcom called The Girl with Something Extra which also starred John Davidson. It aired on NBC from 1973 to 1974. Field became know for her dramatic acting when she appeared in the TV miniseries Sybil about a woman with multiple personality disorder. The role won her an Emmy Award in 1977. Since then, she moved to movies appearing in Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Norma Rae (1979) which earned her first Oscar for Best Actress and Places in the Heart (1984) which earned her second Oscar for Best Actress. Other film roles include Murphy’s Romance, Steel Magnolias and Mrs. Doubtfire. In 2001, she made appearances on the TV series ER and starred in the ABC show, Brothers & Sisters. In 2014, Field received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A fire broke out at Universal Studio on November 6, 1990.

Fire Destroys Part of Universal Studios

It was on this day in 1990 that a fire broke out in Universal Studios backlot and destroyed some of the studios most iconic stage sets as well as some tourist attractions. Destroyed sets included Back to the Future, a King Kong exhibit and a streetscape. It was the second fire at the studio within 20 years.

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