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 27

Wall-E opened in theaters on June 27, 2008.

'Wall-E' Rolls Into Theaters

The Disney/Pixar 9th computer animated film, Wall-E, opened in theaters on this day in 2008. Directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton along with Jim Reardon, the futuristic love story between two robots was set in world destroyed by human excess. Since the film featured very little dialogue for the first half of the story, some were concerned that the film would not do well with young children. However, grossing $533.3 million worldwide on a $180 million budget making the film an instant hit. It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Long Form Dramatic Presentation, the final Nebula Award for Best Script, the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Finally, Wall-E also topped Time's list of the "Best Movies of the Decade.”

Route 66 was taken off the U.S. Highway System on June 27, 1985.

Route 66 is Officially Taken Off the Map

U.S. Route 66, AKA the Will Rogers Highway AKA Main Street of America AKA the Mother Road was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It was established on November 11, 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California and covered 2,448 miles. Many took the trek from end to end just to do it and many more were familiar with the highway because of the song (“Get Your Kicks on Route 66”) and the Route 66 television show. During its heyday, local businesses did a pretty good business attracting travelers along route. Those same businesses fought against the growing threat of a new Interstate Highway System. On this day in 1985, the route was officially removed from the U.S. Highway System, but several states have “adopted” bypassed sections and renamed them “Historic Route 66.”

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