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Calendar, Night&Day Rod Almighty

Rod Almighty

It's hard not to grant The Twilight Zone an honorary place in the pecking order of cult television. After all, how many other shows encapsulated premillennial anxiety and that uncomfortable gray area between scientific progress and the human condition better…
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Culture, Stagecap

Based on a Totally True Story

Halfway through New Conservatory Theatre's production about a young writer trying to navigate the temptation and disappointment of Hollywood, the protagonist exclaims, "I refuse to be a cliché!" Too bad he's stuck in such an overdone and tired plotline: naive…
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Film, All Wet

All Wet

It would be a mighty sweet thing to see M. Night Shyamalan as the great redemptive storyteller he clearly thinks he is — or as he portrays himself in those American Express commercials. Genuine yarn-spinning, even as a doomed ambition,…
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Culture, Stage

"The Mystery Plays"

Fantastic Four comic book writer and Yale playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa steals from The Twilight Zone, H.P. Lovecraft, and Hitchcock in his bid to be the theatrical heir to M. Night Shyamalan. This slick production is actually two otherworldly plays about…
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Film, <i>Signs </i>of Faith

Signs of Faith

This time around, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan puts the surprise at the beginning of his film, and it's a subtle, shimmering clue -- one easily missed and, frankly, one that might not even be there at all. Such are the…
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Culture, Stuff Broken and Battered

Broken and Battered

Fair warning: Enough time has passed that it's OK to discuss the ending of writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. Those who have not yet seen the film and intend to might want to keep on moving. Or perhaps not: To…
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Film, Call Him "Security"

Call Him "Security"

Unbreakable is such a quiet film that whenever a character speaks above a whisper, it sounds like the shattering of glass in a monastery. It's also a terribly sad movie; almost no one cracks a smile or a joke, and…
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Film, Saccharine Overdose

Saccharine Overdose

It's too tempting to resist. You see, there's a secret about Stuart Little that the fine folks at Sony don't want to blow. It's not that each one of the half-million computer-generated hairs on the mouse's head is cute as…
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