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 21

Kris Allen was born on June 21, 1985.

Kris Allen is Born

Kristopher Neil Allen was born on this day in 1985. He won the title of “American Idol” on the show’s eighth season beating out Adam Lambert in 2009. His first album was released in November of that same year and his single, “Live Like We’re Dying” peaked at #18. On New Years Day in 2013, Allen and his pregnant wife got into a head-on collision. Allen’s wife and their baby survived the crash, but Allen’s wrist was shattered. He went through three surgeries which only helped him regain 30 percent of his wrist’s movement. He had to learn how to play the guitar all over again. “Thank God nothing worse happened,” he says regarding the accident. “My wife was in the car with our son, and it could've been so much worse. You fight through things and get through them, and I'd like to say I'm a better person for it." Allen released his fifth studio album, Letting You In, on March 18, 2016.

The first LP record, "The Voice of Frank Sinatra," was released on June 21, 1948.

The First Long-Planning Record Spins

On this day in 1948, Columbia Records introduced the Long Playing "microgroove" LP record format which rotated at 33⅓ revolutions per minute. The album? A re-issue of The Voice of Frank Sinatra which had been released two years earlier as a four 78 RPM record set. Although the standard size of the LP became 12 inches, the first came out at a size of 10 inches. The majority of the first LPs were of classical music given their longer pieces of music. The success of Columbia records prompted Captiol Records to release their own LPs in 1949 and RCA Victor in 1950.

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