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…

Mark Hall Says That the Time Is Right to 'Thrive'

It is just the beginning of another busy year for Mark Hall and the band Casting Crowns. In late January the band released the seventh studio album, Thrive. Hall’s companion book, Thrive – Digging Deep, Reaching Out, was released on Feb. 11 and the band’s current concert tour (“The Thrive Tour,” naturally) with Laura Story and For King & Country kicks off on Feb. 20.

When not singing or writing music, you can find Hall leading his student ministry group, which he has been doing for about 22 years now. Hall loves being a youth leader and says that this group was the inspiration behind Thrive.

“The songs always really start out with what we’re teaching, and for years I’ve been using Psalm 1 in showing them what a believer looks like,” says Hall on the group’s website. “It says: ‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.’”

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