Shyamalan's 'Glass' is Engaging Almost Until the End

I don’t think anyone will deny that M. Night Shyamalan is a great storyteller. He initially proved that with the release of The Sixth Sense. The symbolism of the color red, the odd scenes that made very little sense until the end of the movie and of course, the amazing twist that nobody saw coming. That incredible twist has almost been the director’s undoing. Since 1999, not one of his other movie’s endings have had the same impact, but he continues to try.

In 2000, Mr. Shyamalan hoped that lightening would strike twice with Unbreakable which also starred Bruce Willis. Like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable was a mystery only this time, the story featured the lone survivor of a train crash who left the accident without a scratch on him and an incredibly fragile, wheelchair-bound, comic book enthusiast which appeared to be the polar opposite. The story was intriguing, but basically fell apart near the end when the twist was revealed. Now almost 19 years later, the same thing ha…

Golden Globes 2014 Winners

Hosts Tina Fey, Amy Poehler on stage during the 70th Annual
Golden Globe Awards Photo By: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

After great reviews from last year’s performance as the emcees of the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned again last night for 2014 edition.  The dynamic duo are still a welcome change from the snarky Ricky Gervais from previous years whose brand of humor is more mean than humorous. The two are witty and sweet at the same time.

As with all live broadcasts, anything can happen while filming. But for some reason, odd things seem to happen during the Golden Globes more often than the others. This year, almost everyone who came up for a speech appeared to shake in their boots. Most of the winners seemed to have been genuinely surprised by winning and didn’t prepare speeches. The most obvious was Jacqueline Bisset who won her first Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Television. Winning for her performance in “Dancing on the Edge,” Bisset was at a loss for words and rambled on and on even when the orchestra began to play. Then when Jonah Hill and Margo Robbie went up to present the nominees for their award, the teleprompter’s screen showed Aaron Eckhart and Patton’s lines instead. Just when they thought that they would have to wing it, they were quickly given a typed sheet of paper with their lines written on it so that they could finish. Surprisingly, the pair did great.

Highlights for the evening included a tribute to Woody Allen who won the Cecile B. Demille Award for lifetime achievement. Although Allen wasn’t there to accept the award, actress Diane Keaton  (who has appeared in many of Allen’s movies), gave a somewhat ackward speech to the actor/writer/director after a series of movie clips.

The big winners of the night included the movie “American Hustle” (for Best Picture: Comedy or Musical, Best Actress and Supporting Actress), the TV drama show, “Breaking Bad” (for Best Drama and Best Actor) and the new comedy show, Brooklyn Brooklyn Nine-Nine (For Best Comedy and Best Actor). Perhaps the biggest disappointment was that of Julia Louis Drefus who was nominated for both her work on the large silver screen as well as the small and lost out on both of them.

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