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 August 14

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Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ Becomes a #1 Hit
Written late at night in the basement of Sonny and Cher Bono’s home, the song, “I Got Your Babe” became the couple’s first #1 hit song on this day in 1965 where it stayed for three weeks. It was the first single taken from the couple’s debut album, Look at Us and became their biggest as well. More than a million of the singles were sold and the song was certified Gold. In a bizarre stunt, and many years after the death of Sonny, a version of the song was recorded by Cher and the animated characters of Beavis and Butt-Head in 1993. In 2011 Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine declared that the song was one of the greatest duets of all time. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is Released
One of the oddest success stories began on this day in 1975. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a musical/comedy/horror flick was directed by Jim Sharman and based on a stage production of the same name. It is a truly strange film where the main character, Dr. Frank N. Furter, is a self-proclaimed transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania. Not exactly Oscar material. Believe it or not, it starred Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick. Initially, the film did poorly and has been panned by many critics, but when 20th Century Fox promoted the film for midnight showings in selected cities, the film found its audience. Today, the film is STILL playing in limited release making the film the longest-running theatrical release in film history. FOX TV network aired a live production of the show on October 20, 2016.

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