#161: Enter the Shyamalaniverse, Pt. 2 - Glass
The evolution of a divisive auteur.
We return once more to the Shyamalaniverse to dig into the culmination of the so-called Eastrail 177 trilogy, the new GLASS, which purports to be the thrilling conclusion of a story that began with 2000’s UNBREAKABLE. Has divisive auteur M. Night Shyamalan discovered a new trick up his sleeve, or is GLASS and its climactic parking lot fight yet another example of the diminishing returns that have plagued his filmography? After breaking down our reactions to GLASS, we bring in UNBREAKABLE to talk over what the films reveal about Shyamalan’s evolution, or lack thereof, what they have to say about the idea of determination vs. free will, and whether Shyamalan’s female characters will ever catch a break. Plus, Your Next Picture Show, where we share recent filmgoing experiences in hopes of putting something new on your cinematic radar.
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Your Next Picture Show:
• Genevieve: Barry Jenkins’ IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
• Scott: Chris Smith’s COLLAPSE
• Tasha: The Odd Splice podcast and Karyn Kusama’s DESTROYER and THE INVITATION
Outro Music: Annie Lennox, “Walking on Broken Glass”
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