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 24

"The Lion King" premiered in theaters on June 24, 1994.'The Lion King' Roars Into Theaters

Walt Disney Picture’s 32nd animated feature, The Lion King, premiered on this day in 1994. Though an original story, The Lion King was heavily influenced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Music for the film was written by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice and Hans Zimmer wrote the film’s score. The story of young Simba who “can’t wait to be king” is given the privilege earlier than expected when his father, Mufasa dies at the hand of his bitter brother, Scar. Though a mature storyline and somewhat darker than Disney’s usual fare, the film was a huge hit becoming the highest-grossing release of 1994. The film won two Academy Awards and one Golden Globe. Since its release, two direct-to-video sequels were created, a Broadway adaptation of the film was produced and a two TV shows (Timon and Pumbaa and The Lion Guard) have been made for children.

Christian singer Kathy Troccoli was born on June 24, 1958

Kathy Troccoli is Born

Perhaps Christian music’s most famous singer from Brooklyn, New York was born on this day in 1958. Italian through and through, Kathy Troccoli attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for one year studying jazz and opera. Her first break was opening for the gospel group GLAD in 1980. By 1982 she had her first album titled Stubborn Love and was given a Grammy nomination in 1984. She became best known in 1991 when she released the song “Everything Changes” which made it as high as 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, “Help Myself to You” became her first No. 1 single and a bunch more music award nominations. In 1996, Troccoli was featured on the Beach Boy’s album, Stars and Stripes Vol. 1. Trocolli’s most recent albums include 2012’s 30 Years/Songs: The Kathy Troccoli Collection and 2013’s Worshipsongs: ‘Tis So Sweet.

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