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 June 15

Nik Wallenda successfully walked a tightrope over the Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012.

First Person to Walk a Tightrope over Niagara Falls

The “King of the Wire,” Nik Wallenda, an American acrobat holds seven Guinness World Records for various feats but on this day in 2012, he conquered his most famous to date: he became the first person to walk a tightrope stretched across Niagara Falls. That was the final feat. The first feat was winning a two year battle for approval to do so. During the television broadcast of the event, Wallenda wore a microphone so that he could communicate with the TV crew. Short prayers to God were heard as well as he considers what he does is a gift from God. The born-again Christian credits God for his success…and safety.

"The Apartment" was released in theaters on June 14, 1960.

'The Apartment' Opens in Theaters

Billy Wilder’s next directing job after Some Like It Hot, was 1960’s The Apartment which starred Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and a cringe-worthy performance by Fred MacMurray. Opening on this day in 1960, the film was not only a financial success (making $25 million in theaters) but it was also nominated for ten Academy Awards wining five including Best Picture. Not everyone liked the film though. It was quite controversial with themes of infidelity and adultery and MacMurray was stopped in the street by women who saw that film and were offended by. His role was in stark contrast to the character he had played in numerous Disney films and his My Three Sons TV show which would begin to air the fall of 1960. The Apartment was later turned into a Broadway musical in 1968 titled Promises, Promises with a book by Neil Simon.

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