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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…

Creator of Cruella deVil Begins Work with Disney

"Good Will Hunting" opened in theaters on December 2, 1997.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s First Screenplay Comes to Theaters

Good Will Hunting was released to movie theaters on this day in 1997. The film about Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius, who after he assaults a police officer, becomes a patient of a therapist, studies advanced mathematics and questions his relationship. The movie was directed by Gus Van Sant, starred Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård and the screenplay was written by Affleck and Damon. Created with a $10 million budget, the film grossed over $225 million. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two for Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay.


Animator Marc Davis began working with Disney on December 2, 1935.

Creator of Cruella deVil Begins Work with Disney

Marc Davis, one of Walt Disney’s “9 Old Men” began work as an apprentice animator at the Walt Disney Studios on this day in 1935. It is said that he was immediately thrown into two weeks of intense classes that were taught by Donald Graham. Davis is known for working on various Disney characters including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tinker Bell and Cruella de Vil. Later, he became of the original “imagineers” developing rides and attractions at the Disney parks. His influences can be seen clearly through the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.


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