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 8

"Mutiny on the Bounty" opened on November 8, 1935.

'Mutiny on the Bounty' Comes to Theaters

The MGM movie, Mutiny on the Bounty, sailed into theaters on this day in 1935. The movie was based on the novel of the same name (by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall) which was based on real-life events. Directed by Frank Lloyd, the film starred Charles Laughton and Clark Gable and also featured James Cagney, David Niven and Dick Haymes in uncredited roles. Although questioned for its historical accuracy, the the film is considers this version of the story one of Hollywood’s best and it won the Best Picture Oscar for that year. The same could not be said for the 1962 remake that starred Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard and Richard Harris. That filmed was panned by critics and lost over $6 million.

HBO debuted for the first time on November 8, 1972.

The First Pay TV Channel Appears for the First Time

The oldest and longest continuously operating pay TV service, Home Box Office (better known as HBO) began airing on this day in 1972. Originally just a working title, HBO’s first presentation was of the movie, Sometimes a Great Nation that starred Paul Newman and Henry Fonda. It was transmitted to 325 subscribers. Immediately following the follow, HBO aired its first sports event, an NHL hockey game. The network’s first special, Pennsylvania Polka Festival, aired on February 1973. For the first nine years, HBO only aired for nine hours each day. 24-hour programming began in September 1981. The network’s first original movie, The Terry Fox Story, premiered in 1983. In 1991, the channel began offering a “multi-plex” service of different HBO channels and in 2015, HBO will be available on the Internet via the HBO Go streaming service.

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