THE MANDATE Episode 37: GLASS, An Episode 19 Years in the Making

Hello Mandaters! I just realized that today, January 18th, marks our first episode of 2019, so let me finally say Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful and you are kicking ass and taking names so far. With that said, I present to you our Glass episode featuring returning guest, Len Carmichael (Dissent, Landmine Studios). Coincidentally, this is almost 6 months to the date (which I incorrectly thought was a full year ago) that Len was last on the podcast with our review of Hereditary.

For those who aren’t aware — and I’m not sure how many that is at this point — Glass is the conclusion to the world created by M. Night Shyamalan in Unbreakable and Split. While neither of those films directly related to each other, except that they appeared to have occurred in the same world, Glass is the sequel to both. Without giving a synopsis of both films, they take place in a world where superhuman people exist and Elijah “Mister Glass” Price (Samuel L. Jackson) believes that comic books are based on truths that the writers have witnessed. With the knowledge of both David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Kevin Wendell Crumb’s (James McAvoy) abilities, he believes it’s time to show the world that they exist. Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), a psychiatrist, is there to try to provide a scientific explanation to these “abilities.” I will spoil no more.

Prior to the screening, Len stuck to his philosophy which he explained in his previous episode: he will only watch a trailer once and never follow-up with anymore information about a film he wants to see. So his knowledge of this film was limited to just knowing this was a sequel to the two other movies. I didn’t go into the film with much more information other than knowing it was getting shredded on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic and that Samuel L. Jackson was paid $1 million per day he was on set. We discuss our expectations and I theorize that, while he has certainly put out some duds in his time, people tend to hate M. Night Shyamalan prior to even seeing a film of his or they judge him more harshly than they would any of his peers. I feel this is especially true among those from the Philadelphia area. I, on the other hand, cheer for him. I want him to do great as he’s representing our city/area. Why would I not want to root this guy on?

After the film we dive right into our immediate review. Len explains that a lot of what he didn’t like about this hinged on the pacing and I mention that there was a bit too much of the things that were praised in the other films. It was like MNS was trying to recapture old emotions from the audience instead of focusing on a new experience. We both agree while this film wasn’t necessarily great, the 36% RT score seems unfair. Obviously, to find out why we thought that, you’ll have to press play on the episode.

Thanks to Len for coming along and talking movies with me. Thanks to you for your continued support of THE MANDATE and all things CINEPUNX.

John Wren

I am John Wren; a Delco original, and thanks to a cartoon Chihuahua (surprisingly, not the small bird), most know me only by my last name. Although people think I it’s due to self-hatred, I do actually enjoy running in ridiculous races up and down mountains and have recently ventured into the world of triathlons. I used to sing for the Jersey based metalcore band Bottomfeeder (www.facebook.com/bottomfeederhxc) but am now bandless. I’m the worst Buddhist known to man and if I’m given the opportunity, I will ramble on about anything and everything at great lengths, with lots of profanity. I’ve read every Stephen King book, my favorite band of all time is White Zombie, and I will need to take a week of bereavement the day Bruce Campbell dies.

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