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When Linus Met Sally and Other Famous Fictional Couples

VALENTINE'S DAY
You have to be pretty hard-hearted to not get a least a little lump in your thought when you think of some of fictional couples. But have you ever stopped to think just how these crazy lovebirds ever got together? The answers may surprise you.

Linus Van Pelt and Sally Brown
According to the comic strip, Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally was born on May 26, 1959 where Charlie marked the occasion by passing out chocolate cigars to his friends. She grew up quickly. She took her first steps on August 22, 1960 and she fell in love with Linus, Lucy’s brother, on the next day. It was love at first sight, at least on her part. Sally has often referred to Linus as her “Sweet Baboo.” Her dedication to her man seems endless. She has missed out on “tricks and treats” by sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin and she was incensed that Linus would snub her a Valentine’s gift in favor for his teacher, Miss Othmar. Still, she clings hopelessly in love with the stripe …

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

Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis in "Glass." (Universal Pictures)
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 happened again with Glass.

Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple. (Universal Pictures)
Like his many stories, the how the three movies (Unbreakable, Split and Glass) fit together is a bit confusing. First, Unbreakable was initially conceived as the first part to a trilogy, but since ticket sales were somewhat lackluster, the studio (Touchstone) decided against a sequel and Shyamalan came up with other stories to tell. However, there was a villain that he had intended to appear in the sequel to Unbreakable and in 2016 produced the film, Split based on this character. In that film, James McAvoy played Kevin Wendell Crumb who was a disturbed man with multiple personality disorder who has a tendency to kidnap teenage girls and keep them locked up in a warehouse.

Although the storyline had nothing to do with the previous film, the idea of creating the trilogy came to light once again and a short scene with Bruce Willis’ David Dunn character was brought in at the very end of the story making Split what is called a backend sequel after all. So now, the movie Glass serves as both a sequel to Unbreakable AND Split as it features characters from both previous films. The concept is a little convoluted, but it works. And trying to judge Glass based on its own merits is difficult since so much of what happens in it is a direct result of what happened in the first two movies. In short, if you haven’t seen both Unbreakable and Split, you should do so (or at least read the plot from the Wikipedia listing) before seeing Glass or you’ll be more confused than you should.

Considered a “superhero thriller film,” Glass begins a short period of time after the movie Split. Four high school cheerleaders are missing and it is assumed that Crumb, with his 24 different personalities, has captured them and has them locked them up somewhere. Meanwhile, Dunn (also known as “The Overseer”) and his son, Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark reprising his role) operate a home security business by day and dear old dad looks for troublemakers at night. The two track down Crumb and they eventually wind up at a mental institution where the almost comatose Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is being kept. This is where Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) comes in. She is a psychiatrist who specializes in delusion of grandeur and treats patients who think that they are superheroes.

James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy
(Universal Pictures)
I have to say, of the three movies, Glass is the best of the three. The story is intriguing and watching James McAvoy effortlessly slip between his numerous characters is nothing short of amazing. He practically steals the show giving Willis and Jackson little to do with their characters early on. Sarah Paulson, who is good at everything that she does, is also fascinating to watch. The movie also brings back Charlayne Woodard as Elijah’s mother and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the sole survivor from Split.

The film had my complete attention all the way through (and the other theatergoers for that matter). The cinematography, the soundtrack, the visuals ... all added to the uneasiness of the story and demanded attention. Unfortunately, this great movie comes to end and the new surprise twist is introduced. Then things start to fall apart. For years, Shymalan has talked about the meeting of “The Overseer,” Crumb and Mr. Glass and kept promising a big and wild ending when the three characters meet up for a showdown. Will they fight? Join forces? Who will win? I can’t say much, but I can say that it doesn’t end like you think it will or how you want it to, and because of that, the ending ultimately takes down the movie and leaves you with an unsatisfying aftertaste. Even Shyamalan’s positive spin of the ending feels forced and not right. Yes, Shyamalan is a great storyteller and has a lot of great ideas, but he could use some work on his endings.

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