THE INCREDIBLES
2004, Walt Disney Pictures, 115 min, USA, Dir: Brad Bird

“THE INCREDIBLES was everything that computer-generated animation had trouble doing,” noted writer-director Brad Bird of challenges the action-adventure represented to his team at Pixar – but the end result was a blockbuster hit that earned Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Sound Editing. Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter provide the voices of Bob and Helen Parr, heads of a family living quietly in a Metroville surburb, until the arrival of the nefarious Syndrome (Jason Lee) prompts the Parrs to return to their previous identities as superheroes. Like the film’s visual design, Michael Giacchino’s retro-futuristic score has the feel of 1960s spy movies and comic books while remaining contemporary.


UNBREAKABLE
2000, Buena Vista Pictures, 106 min, Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

When the Eastrail 177 train from New York to Philadelphia crashes, all on board are killed except for security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis). At a memorial service to the victims, he gets a cryptic message from Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), an art gallery owner who believes Dunn may have extraordinary powers. A cult favorite that has spawned two sequels, this mind-bending deconstruction of superhero films co-stars Robin Wright and features a suspenseful James Newton Howard score.


GLASS
2019, Universal, 129 min, Dir: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his worldwide blockbusters to create this explosive, comic-book thriller. From UNBREAKABLE, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from SPLIT are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of SPLIT, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.


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