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 June 10

Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator or "Where the Wild Things Are" was born on June 10, 1928.

‘Wild Things’ Author is Born

Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was born on this day in 1928 and is best known for his work and writing of the 1963’s children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” which was first published in 1963. It is said that Sendak based the monsters in the book on his relatives that would visit his family on Sundays during his childhood. In 2009, a live action movie was made of the story which was directed by Spike Jonze. In addition to writing and illustrating almost 100 books, Sendak also work on set deisign for theatre and ballet. Sadly, Sendak never believed in God. In an interview with Terry Gross of NPR, Sendak said “It must have made life much easier for some religious friends of his. He passed away on May 8, 2012 due to a stroke. He was 83.

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