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…

The Gospel According to Disney’s 'Frozen'

Disney's "Frozen"MUSINGS
In Disney’s most recent animation production of Frozen, much can be gleamed from this simple yet profound story. Similar to Disney’s previous hit, Tangled, Frozen shares a more complex story line than traditional animated fare. The story centers on two sisters, princesses really, Elsa the older and Anna the younger. Elsa has a unique skill in that she can create her own winter wonderland in her bedroom.

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect
“We all stumble in many ways…” James 3:2

Elsa uses this power to entertain her younger sister Anna. Together they build snowmen, have snowball fights and what not. However, when Elsa accidentally strikes and hurts Anna with a frozen bolt, the king steps in and demands that Elsa stops using her powers. She feels that no one would understand her if they knew the “real” Elsa. The people of Arendelle see a poised, pretty girl who has it all together on the outside, but on the inside, she’s a wreck.

People regularly attend church with smiles on their faces and tell everyone that they are doing “fine” when in reality; their lives may be falling apart. Just like how Elsa wears gloves in hopes of hiding her powers, some people in church try to cover up their negative feelings.

Celebrate Your Talents
“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.” I John 2:27

Every season on American Idol or America’s Got Talent there is a story or two about a contestant who wants to share their talents of singing with others, but who is regularly discouraged by their parents. Whether they think that their son or daughter can’t sing well, or that the dream is a silly idea, they just can’t seem to see the beauty in their child’s gifting. The same is true of Elsa’s father. What others would see as a gift, he sees Elsa’s powers as a curse to be hidden. While his intentions are good, Elsa learns to be ashamed of her abilities.

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