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 July 30

Arnold Schwarzenegger was Born

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on this day in Thal, Styria in 1947. Though now known for many different achievements, Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15. At the age of 20 he won the Mr. Universe title. The next year he moved to the U.S. Arnold then went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Arnold says that the first real movie he saw starred Joyn Wayne. He landed his firm movie role in 1970 playing the lead character in Hercules in New York under the stage name of Arnold Strong. However, his accent was so thick that all of his lines were dubbed by another actor. Many consider Arnold’s big break in the movies came in 1982 when he played Conan the Barbarian. He became a U.S. citizen in 1983. In 1984, he appeared as “The Terminator” for the first time. In 2004, Arnold spoke at the Republican National Convention and stated that he was a Republican because “the Democrats of the 1960s sounded too much like Austrian socialists.” He became the governor of California in 2003 a title he held until 2011. He returned to acting fairly quickly appearing in The Expendables 2 in 2012, The Last Stand in 2013, The Expendables 3 in 2014 and Terminator Genisys in 2015. In January 2017, he took over Donald Trump’s famous role on the reality TV series, Celebrity Apprentice. However, the ratings were not fantastic and Schwarzenegger stated that he would NOT "be back" for another season of the show.

The First Full Color Cartoon

Walt Disney’s first colored cartoon, Flowers and Trees, was released on this day in 1932. It is important because it was the first commercially released film to be produced using the full color, three-strip Technicolor process after several years of two-color Technicolor films. Disney already had the short in production as another black-and-white release, but scrapped it and started again from the beginning. It won the first Academy Award for Animated Short Subjects. Ironically, Mickey Mouse and friends did well enough on their own to be seen in black-and-white and there they remained until 1935’s The Band Concert.

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