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Shyamalan's 'Glass' is Engaging Almost Until the End

MOVIE REVIEW
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 September 13

‘The Outer Limits’ Take Control of Our TVs for the First Time
Often compared to The Twilight Zone (but with a focus strictly on science fiction) The Outer Limits premiered on this day in 1963 on ABC. Originally titled Please Stand By but rejected by the network, The Outer Limits was created by Leslie Stevens. Each episode opened with voice actor Vic Perrin stating that “there is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…” Season one of the series often mixed science fiction and horror together featuring some type of monster and the show received fairly good ratings. However, the second season didn’t fare as well having been moved from Monday to Saturday and having to go up against The Jackie Gleason Show. The stories were largely changed to focus more on more hard science fiction. The show was cancelled halfway through the second season. The series was revived in 1995 on Showtime and ran for five seasons before moving to the Sci-Fi Channel to run for two more.

'Scooby-Doo Where are You?' Premieres
Scooby-Doo is just as popular today as he was when his first premiered Saturday morning on this day in 1969. Originally, Hanna-Barbera put together a whole different show. CBS was looking for companion piece to match the look and feel of its’ Archie Show. The Mysteries Five featured five teens and their dog, Too Much, who played rock music when they weren’t solving mysteries. The show went through many changes including taking away one cast member, re-naming all of the characters and taking out the rock band element. (Hanna-Barbera basically used that formula the following year with Josie and the Pussycats). The characters were strongly based on the TV show, Dobie Gillis. Too Much got a name change too. After hearing Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” (where he sings "doo-be-doo-be-doo") they decided that “Scooby-Doo” was a better name for the dog.


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