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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 December 6

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired for the first time on December 6, 1964.

Rudolph Rides for the First Time

On this day, during the foggy night, the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special flew for the first time on NBC in 1964. The stop-motion, herky-jerky animation is still king 50 years later. The reason being of course is that the special is laid out like a mini Broadway show with great music and a story with a real plot, unlike many of the other holiday specials that have come and gone over the years. The special was created by Rankin/Bass who also produced the classics Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. It was narrated by a snowman voiced by Burl Ives, and none of today’s viewers have any idea who he was.


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