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…

This Day in Pop Culture for March 3

Time magazine published for the first time on March 3, 1923.
Time is Published for the First Time
It was on this day in 1923 that the weekly news magazine, Time, published its first issue. It was the first of its kind and still the strongest. Today, it has the largest circulation of any weekly news magazine in the world. Total readership sits at 25 million with 20 million of them coming from the U.S. Initially, the magazine was to be called Facts emphasizing brief articles so that busy men could it the publication in an hour. It was changed to Time with the slogan, “Take Time – It’s Brief.” For decades, the cover featured a single person. The first was Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the House of Representatives. The cover price was just .15 cents.

Star Spangled Banner becomes national anthem on March 3, 1931.
Star Spangled Banner Becomes National Anthem
Though written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key, the “Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t become the official national anthem until this day in 1931 when President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act. It is said that Key wrote the lyrics after actually witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the 1812 war. He was in awe that the fort’s flag still stood after a 1,800 bomb assault. The lyrics were set to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven," a popular English song. 
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