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…

Another Set of ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Baudelaire Orphans and friends. (Netflix)


If you missed the first season of the Netflix TV show, Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, you’ll want to catch up pronto as season two begins airing on Friday, March 30. Fans of the books will appreciate how faithful the series is to the original books and the actors are amazing. The first season featured the book series’ first four books (The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window and The Miserable Mill) each told in two parts with many of the lines taken verbatim from the original text. Each pair of episodes were done so well and production values so high, it was like watching a movie.

A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of three orphans and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. Foiling his many dastardly plans and disguises, the young siblings discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death, links to a covert organization, and begin to unlock long-held family secrets.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) and Esme Squalor (Lucy Punch) (Netflix)
There are ten episodes of Unfortunate Events for Season 2 taken from the book’s next five books including The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital and The Carnivorous Carnival. The dark comedy is executive produced by Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket, the author of the book series) and stars Neil Patrick Harris (as the villianous Count Olaf) and Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes and Presley Smith (as Violet, Klaus and Sunny) the Baudelaire orphans. Patrick Warburton stars as the onscreen narrator (aka Lemony Snicket) who begs the audience to “look away” from the frightening tales. Other returning this season include K. Todd Freeman (Mr. Poe), Usman Ally (Hook Handed Man), Matty Cardarople (Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender), Jacqueline Robbins (White-Faced Woman #1) and Joyce Robins (White-Faced Woman #2). New additions to the cast include (but are not limited to) Lucy Punch (Esme Squalor), Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale (Jerome Squalor), Sara Rue (Librarian), Roger Bart (Vice-Principle Nero) and Nathan Fillion (in apparently a surprise role).

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