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

MOVIE REVIEW
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…

This Day in Pop Culture for August 13

(Wikipedia)
Annie Oakley is Born
It was on this day in 1860 that Phoebe Ann Mosey, better known as Annie Oakley, was born in Woodland, Ohio. By the age of seven, Annie had learned the art of trapping and a year later learned how to shoot and hunt animals. Annie did not attend school regularly as a child and 1870, she was sent to work as a nanny for who agreed to pay her fifty cents per week and an education. It is said that Annie spent two years serving in a near-slavery conditions where she was mentally and physically abused. Later when she returned home, Annie sold what she caught to local restaurants and hotels. By the age of 15 she was able to pay off her mother’s farm. It was the same year that Annie took on Frank E. Butler, a traveling show marksman in a shooting competition. Butler missed his 25th shot and Annie took home $100. However, in a sense, they both won as he began to court Annie and the two were married a year later. The two joined the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885 and was known as “Little Sure Shot” in many of the show’s advertisements. It is believed that Annie taught about 15,000 women how to use a gun during her lifetime.


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Bambi is Released
It was on this day in 1942 that Walt Disney’s Bambi was released in theaters. It was re-released in 1947, 1957, 1966, 1975, 1982, and 1988 making it one of the best-known Disney movies ever produced. The movie initially lost money during its first release and not everyone was a fan of the movie. It is said that sales of hunting licenses fell dramatically after the film came out and in an edition of the magazine Outdoor Life, editor Raymond Brown wrote that the film was "... the worst insult ever offered in any form to American sportsmen.” Disney really didn’t have an agenda when he created the film, he was just following the book, Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.



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