The Meg Visual Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the Deadpool 2 Super Duper Cut compares to the theatrical cut from earlier this year. Plus, see how the visual effects of The Meg brought the giant, prehistoric shark to life, and the cast of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before write letters to their younger selves with some advice and praise. Read More »

Crazy Rich Asians Box Office

After topping the box office last weekend, Crazy Rich Asians has achieved quite the feat in its sophomore run in theaters.

Box office reports coming in have Crazy Rich Asians dropping a mere 5.7% this past weekend with another $25 million coming in for the romantic comedy from director Jon M. Chu. Meanwhile, the raunchy wide release of The Happytime Murders is a bit of a dud. Get more on the latest box office receipts below. Read More »

The Meg Book Differences

It seems almost unthinkable that The Meg is based on a book. After slews upon slews of terrible mutant-shark movies from the likes of SyFy and The Asylum, the notion of such a film being adapted from a written text – with a high budget! – is quite something. But Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror indeed exists, published in 1997 and written by author Steve Alten. It has spawned six sequels about its giant prehistoric shark so far. And now, after decades of development hell, a movie.

I’ve been a shark enthusiast since an early age, and a shark movie enthusiast ever since seeing Jaws at a slightly later age. I’m such a shark movie enthusiast that I even made one myself. Naturally, I read Meg when it came out; just as naturally, I went to see The Meg in its opening week. But though the movie was as real and the shark as big as I wanted them to be, a few things were missing. Namely, it lacked the two sequences that push Meg into the crazed realm of superpulp – and would have done the equivalent for the movie, had they been retained.

Spoilers ahead for both The Meg and its source novel(s).

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/Filmcast Ep. 480 – The Meg and BlackkKlansman

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss their favorite crossover events of all time, thank the #SaveDaveWave, plus David has a special announcement to celebrate opening weekend of Crazy Rich Asians. Be sure to read about how Crazy Rich Asians was made, the #GoldOpen movement, and how BlackkKlansman got revenge on Birth of a Nation.

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Incredibles 2 Featurette

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how Pixar delivered the amazingly animated hair effects of Incredibles 2. Plus, watch as director Jon Turteltaub breaks down a scene from the sci-fi action thriller The Meg, and watch Sir Patrick Stewart get emotional while talking about Jean Luc Picard in the full video announcing the forthcoming, new Star Trek series featuring the Starfleet captain. Read More »

the meg tv spot

A couple of times this year at the movies, I’ve found myself thinking about one of the great lines from one of the great movies about the movies. “Wallace Beery! Wrestling picture! Whaddya need, a road map?” So goes the snappy one-liner from Michael Lerner’s cynical studio executive in the Joel and Ethan Coen masterpiece Barton Fink, and so it echoed in my head as I sat, disappointed, through two different-but-not-exactly genre films.

In April, the film was Rampage. Last week, the movie was The Meg. I left the film feeling a bit like Lerner’s character, chastising the pretentious Barton Fink. These movies should not have needed the road maps.

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The Meg Box Office

As the blockbuster summer of 2018 comes to an end, it appears audiences were hungry for Jason Statham and a giant prehistoric shark to give them some last minute thrills.

The Meg surprised box office experts by having a much larger opening weekend than projected. As of Wednesday last week, analysts were predicting The Meg would only rake in about $20 million domestically. But The Meg box office total ended up being over double that, so much that the movie opened larger than some of the more anticipated titles from earlier this year. Read More »

Comics Like The Meg

(Welcome to Comic Book Drive-In, a series where comic and movie fans Jazmine Joyner and Rosie Knight recommend brand new, ongoing, and completed comic book series that tie into classic films and new releases.)

Hello, comic and movie fans! This week, our chosen film is the outrageous monster movie The Meg, which stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis, and is the end product of 20 years of development hell! National Treasure’s Jon Turteltaub directs.

Based on Steve Alten’s book Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, the movie tells the tale of the legendary prehistoric shark Megalodon re-emerging and getting his feast on. Jason Statham may or may not punch it. So when it comes to picking comic books to read alongside The Meg, we had a ton of options: giant monsters, watery spectacle, fear of the unknown, and so on!

We’ve selected three fantastic comics (one brand new, one ongoing, and one finished) for your perusing pleasure that complement the wild giant shark-infested waters of The Meg! Whether you’re going to read ’em relaxing on the beach or whilst battling a massive monster, we’ve got something to sate your sequential storytelling appetite!

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the meg international trailer

The Meg opens this Friday, and if you’re not even a little bit excited about it, I have to wonder what it is you’re doing with your life. It’s about Jason Statham fighting a giant shark and is directed by the guy who made While You Were Sleeping (1995). How is this not amazing to you?! The movie promises a fun time for fans of water sports and sharp teeth, and while the film and its source novel are heavily influenced by Jaws (1975), they belong to a sub-genre predating Steven Spielberg’s summer classic that we’ll call Giant Animal Attacks – or GAA! for short.

Technically speaking, that could include films as diverse as Godzilla (1954) or Tremors (1990), but in an effort to avoid the usual suspects, I’m going to narrow the field a bit with three simple qualifications if they’re going to be mentioned here. One, they need to be current, real-world animals changed only in size, meaning no fictional monsters or extinct beasts. All due respect to dinosaur classics from The Lost World (1925) to Jurassic Park (1993), but they’re out. (And no, this rule wouldn’t eliminate The Meg as megalodons are definitely 100% still swimming around today.) Two, they need to actually be “giant” in relation to their normal size. Slightly bigger than normal just isn’t good enough, and this leaves me with a few judgment calls to make including having to decide if a Great White shark off Martha’s Vineyard measuring a mere five feet beyond the species’ previously thought maximum length counts as giant. And three, they should be the aggressor. Sorry Mighty Joe Young (1949).

Keep reading for a brief history of this very specific sub-genre along with a highly opinionated look at the most entertaining giant animal attack movies!

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the meg review

In a time when modern summer blockbusters have become predominantly defined by superpowers and spacecrafts, The Meg bites back hard. A gigantic 70-foot shark? White wave crests over glassy exotic waters? Jason Statham facing off against a prehistoric aqua-foe capable of swallowing fishing boats whole? That, my friends, is what summer blockbuster dreams are made of and director Jon Turteltaub reels us in. Not without some lax hitches between 30 Meg-less minutes and soapy dramatic gristle, but when danger’s dorsal fin surfaces, it’s bloody good fun in the sun.

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