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 17

The Statue of Liberty Arrives
It was on this day in 1885 that the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor albeit in pieces packed in various crates. It is estimated that 200,000 people lined up on the docks to see the copper statue’s arrival. Unfortunately, the concrete pedestal for which to hold Lady Liberty, aka “Liberty Enlightening the World,” was finished until April of 1886. After months of construction work, the statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from “the people of France” and designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. It was built by Gustave Eiffel who had a knack for building monuments. The robed figure represents the Roman goddess, Libertas who holds a torch in her right hand above her head while holding a tabula ansata inscribed with Roman numerals ("JULY IV MDCCLXXVI") which means July, 4 1776, the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Down at her feet lies a broken chain representing freedom.

O.J. Simpson Leads Police on a Slow-Speed Chase
Watching police chases on TV has been a fairly common event for those who live in California, but on this day in 1994, people all around the country were watching police follow a not-so-mysterious white Ford Bronco. Just five days earlier, it was discovered that O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend Ron Goldman were brutally murdered outside of her home. Simpson became a chief suspect and had agreed to turn himself in but apparently decided to take a u-turn. Traveling with a friend, A.C. Cowlings, Simpson was carrying his passport, a disguise and $8,750 in cash. Instead of surrendering to police, Simpson took them on a low-speed chase on the L.A. freeways all the way back to his home in Brentwood.

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