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 29

Toys R Us Closed on June 29, 2018
No More Toys R Us
Today, Toys R Us officially closed all of its U.S. stores for good. The toy store chain opened 70 years ago and was “The” store to shop for toys touting its famous tagline: “I don’t want to grow up. I’m a Toys R Us Kid.” Last year the chain filed for bankruptcy and later in March of this year, it announced that the store’s doors would be closing. Today, former store employee, Rene Johnpiere, posted a photo on Facebook showing the store’s mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving the store and going on vacation. It has been shared over 300,000 times on Friday. The store’s website posted the message, “Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who’s built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something goeey. Promise us just this one thing: Don’t ever grow up. Play on!”

"Ratatouille" opened in theaters on June 29, 2007.

‘Ratatouille’ Open is Theaters

The eighth Disney/Pixar film, Ratatouille, opened in movie theaters on this day in 2007. Co-written and directed by Brad Bird, Ratatouille tells the story of a rat, Remy whose love for food was greater than the average rat, goes to great lengths to become a French chef with the help of a young garbage boy, Linguini. Production on this movie began in 2000 where the creators wanted to be as authentic as they could in regards to French cooking and the Paris backdrop. Bird had actually interned at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry restaurant and some of the film’s crew visited Paris for inspiration. The movie crew also consulted with real chefs. During the movie’s opening weekend, it debuted at the #1 spot with $47 million which sound very impressive at first, but at the time, it was the lowest Pixar opening since A Bug’s Life. Ironically, in France, the film broke the record for the biggest debut of an animated film. Since then, Ratatouille has become the sixth highest grossing Pixar film. The animated movie won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature that year and was later developed into a theme park ride for Disneyland Paris. News has also been released that Disney is planning for a second theme park ride to be built in the Paris pavilion at Disney's EPCOT in Orlando, Florida.

Steve Wozniak tested the Apple I computer for the first time on June 29, 1975.

Steve Wozniak Tests the Apple 1

Steve Wozniak is credited as single-handedly creating both the Apple I and Apple II computers. On this day in 1975, he tested the first working prototype. What makes this significant is that this was the first time that a character displayed on a TV screen was generated by a home computer. In 1976, he and Steve Jobs formed Apple Computer and the Apple I sold for $666.66. It is said that Wozniak had no idea about the relation between the number and the mark of the beast, and said "I came up with [it] because I like repeating digits." 

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