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2008-03-16 09:18:53 AM
Sham-a-lam-a-ding-dong.
 
2008-03-16 09:36:10 AM
Shouldn't that be an "Obvious" tag?
 
2008-03-16 09:42:04 AM
It's like a B-Movie plot.
 
2008-03-16 09:44:36 AM
It's a shame that he's become an utter caricature of himself.
 
2008-03-16 09:47:40 AM
Is it a.....

family sitting around watching a tea pot?
 
2008-03-16 09:50:25 AM
I don't want to see it anyway.
 
2008-03-16 09:53:45 AM
msnbcmedia.msn.com

WHAT A TWIST!
 
2008-03-16 09:58:16 AM
thamike: WHAT A TWIST!

Some day he's going to make a movie of people sitting and watching a movie in a theater. The twist will be that the audience is looking at a mirror and watching themselves.
 
2008-03-16 10:02:56 AM
angrymacface: The twist will be that the audience is looking at a mirror and watching themselves AND THEY'RE ALL DEAD *sinister music plays*.
 
2008-03-16 10:07:16 AM
For a guy with such a calculating mind, you'd think he'd be able to find his way out of a locked pantry...
 
2008-03-16 10:14:08 AM
I thought 6th Sense was pretty good, but that twist at the end has spawned like 20 million copycat movies.
 
2008-03-16 10:28:23 AM
I think the twist is that Rerun's dancing is causing the virus.
 
2008-03-16 10:30:05 AM
The script review was pretty funny: "makes 'On Deadly Ground' look like an 'Inconvenient Truth'."
 
2008-03-16 10:51:27 AM
Pocket Ninja: angrymacface: The twist will be that the audience is looking at a mirror and watching themselves AND THEY'RE ALL DEAD *sinister music plays*.

Then it gets really weird when everyone starts bursting into song, singing"I Feel Pretty."
 
2008-03-16 11:13:27 AM
Everyone rightfully attacks Uwe Boll as being an egomaniac and an asshole, but I think with Boll, that's pretty much a work. It's a persona he puts on, and he knows, at the end of the day, he's making shiat.

With Shymanalanig3r4ngf3r8gni354an, though, I think this douche really does believe he's making masterpieces. He probably thinks "Lady in the Water" flopped because it was just too sophisticated and intellectual for the mouth-breathing "Transformers" fans, and that time will prove him correct. Not because that movie was a piece of shiat.
 
2008-03-16 11:22:10 AM
He should just pitch Twilight Zone - Next Generation: The Series, and get it over with.
Every single story he's ever told could have been condensed to 22 minutes.
 
2008-03-16 11:24:27 AM
I don't understand people who liked Signs, at all. These hydrophobic aliens come from across the galaxy to a planet covered mostly in water to poison children, and give up after a couple of locked pantries and flying glasses of water? Shyamalan deserves a public month-long double wedgie.
 
2008-03-16 11:42:47 AM
thamike: I don't understand people who liked Signs, at all. These hydrophobic aliens come from across the galaxy to a planet covered mostly in water to poison children, and give up after a couple of locked pantries and flying glasses of water? Shyamalan deserves a public month-long double wedgie.

FTFY

\did get a little "yikes" moment at the "birthday video" part... but otherwise, meh
 
2008-03-16 11:47:32 AM
thamike: I don't understand people who liked Signs, at all. These hydrophobic aliens come from across the galaxy to a planet covered mostly in water to poison children, and give up after a couple of locked pantries and flying glasses of water? Shyamalan deserves a public month-long double wedgie.

I loved Signs. Amazing movie. Feel free to not understand me.
 
2008-03-16 11:52:09 AM
Okay, then.
 
2008-03-16 11:56:14 AM
thamike: I don't understand people who liked Signs, at all.

I thought Signs was okay. I've seen all his movies except Lady of the Dancing Water, or whatever it was called, and Signs is probably the only one I would consider watching a second time.

What I don't understand is people who think he's a visionary genius on the basis of The Sixth Sense. The whole thing is nothing but a bunch of stuff that leads up to a twist ending that, in itself, isn't terribly original. I'll give him points for cleverness in setting up his scenes so it's not obvious that the Bruce Willis character is dead, but cleverness isn't the same thing as genius. It's okay for Saturday afternoon viewing on a rainy day, but overall, lightweight stuff.
 
2008-03-16 12:05:31 PM
I think his problem is that he relies too heavily on twist endings and I think that a larger problem with entertainment today is that everyone seems to count the "OMG NUH UH" moment of any created work as sum of its worth.
 
2008-03-16 12:07:23 PM
He has only made 2 watchable movies. I really liked the 6TH Sense and Unbreakable. The rest have been complete trash.

He's gonna be in Uwe Boll territory soon.
 
2008-03-16 12:13:54 PM
This makes me sad that "The Happening" is getting pre-panned. (Ugh and I can't even write that without hearing The Supremes in my head.. now I understand what the reviewer meant when he said the whole thing was unintentionally hilarious)

But the real crime here is that M. Night Shoopdewoop is bringing down my girl.. my hero.. my love...

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Zooey Deschanel!



Oh and here's the godawful trailer to the godawful movie that got godawful reviews
Bonus: I actually ROFLd (not a RickRoll, I pinky-swear)
 
2008-03-16 12:14:48 PM
Secret Agent X23: What I don't understand is people who think he's a visionary genius on the basis of The Sixth Sense. The whole thing is nothing but a bunch of stuff that leads up to a twist ending that, in itself, isn't terribly original. I'll give him points for cleverness in setting up his scenes so it's not obvious that the Bruce Willis character is dead, but cleverness isn't the same thing as genius. It's okay for Saturday afternoon viewing on a rainy day, but overall, lightweight stuff.

Yeah, basically 6th Sense and Unbreakable were watchable/enjoyable at best. People who get all awestruck over 6th Sense are the same people who were impressed by that ridiculous plastic bag scene in American Beauty.
 
2008-03-16 12:16:16 PM
Zarkin Frood: Zooey Deschanel!

Nothing
can bring down Zooey Deschanel.
 
2008-03-16 12:21:18 PM
thamike: Zarkin Frood: Zooey Deschanel!
Nothing can bring down Zooey Deschanel.


Except my fist, angry god, ball gag, toaster oven, etc
 
2008-03-16 12:21:18 PM
Zarkin Frood: Oh and here's the godawful trailer to the godawful movie that got godawful reviews
Bonus: I actually ROFLd (not a RickRoll, I pinky-swear)


Wow. I loved M. Night's first four movies, but that was an amazingly bad trailer.
 
2008-03-16 01:20:45 PM
So the secret is prozac?
 
2008-03-16 01:26:36 PM
Zarkin Frood

Oh and here's the godawful trailer to the godawful movie that got godawful reviews

Looks like a (bad) remake of The Signal.

/Which was only so-so to begin with.
//Zooey! Why won't you answer my letters?!
 
2008-03-16 01:34:24 PM
I know i've said it before but Lady In The Water was the WORST movie I have ever seen. Worse than Manos. Worse that Batman And Robin!

I have NO hope for this.
 
2008-03-16 01:35:27 PM
*than*
 
2008-03-16 01:36:00 PM
Signs freaked me out pretty bad the first time I saw it, since it was like 2am at the time, and the person handing it to me told me that it wasn't about aliens, it was about some crop circle conspiracy. I was probably just half asleep or something, but for whatever reason, I missed the silhouette on the roof, only hearing the noise and seeing the guys look up quickly, and I completely missed the leg in the cornfield. The birthday party video made me jump, but even then I just told myself that it's probably just doctored footage, or some guy in a suit out for kicks. Then I saw "the hand" in the pantry. After that, I was pretty damn sure I'd been lied to about the subject of the movie.

/also, Zooey Deschanel is full of too much win to adequately put into words
 
2008-03-16 01:37:14 PM
If I could talk to the animalsplants, just imagine it...
 
2008-03-16 01:39:20 PM
And this will debut on the Sci-Fi channel when?
 
2008-03-16 01:39:20 PM
Zarkin Frood: Oh and here's the godawful trailer to the godawful movie that got godawful reviews
Bonus: I actually ROFLd (not a RickRoll, I pinky-swear)



That looks like it might be a laugh a minute kinda movie. In that its so cheezy and over the top that its funny.
 
2008-03-16 01:41:06 PM
Look at his films in order. The Sixth Sense (really good), Unbreakable (Pretty good), Signs (Meh), The Village (bad), Lady in the Water (terrible). Each one is worse than the last. It should be no surprise when The Happening turns out to be a cinematic abortion. We can only hope there won't be a seventh.
 
2008-03-16 01:43:09 PM
It gets shiat on constantly but I love The Village. I think it's directed with skill and has a pretty cool twist ending. Everyone just got uppity because there were expecting a monster movie (mainly because the advertising for the film was really misleading) and it turned out the monster truly was us.

/sarcasm at the end there
//really do love The Village
 
2008-03-16 01:45:33 PM
bromidestain: It gets shiat on constantly but I love The Village. I think it's directed with skill and has a pretty cool twist ending. Everyone just got uppity because there were expecting a monster movie (mainly because the advertising for the film was really misleading) and it turned out the monster truly was us.

/sarcasm at the end there
//really do love The Village


I loved The Village also. Saw it 3 times in 5 days in the theater, I was so moved.
 
2008-03-16 01:47:54 PM
Personally I thought Unbreakable was better than Sixth Sense, but that's because I saw it coming when Bruce Willis sat down to their anniversary dinner. I had suspected, but knew for sure then.

Everything beyond that, I really didn't like or downright hated.

I did read the further review link of this new movie, spoilers included, and yes, this is going to be better than the giant lobsters attacking SNL.
 
2008-03-16 01:50:26 PM
I loathed Signs simply because its ending was a religious copout. It fell flat in terms of even movie logic and the deus ex machina of literally resorting to "God did it" is still cringe inducing. It was like he wrote himself into a corner and simply resorted to the cheapest, quickest method of escape.

What an utter waste of film.

That said, I remain impressed by both The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. The Village had a fascinating concept, but mediocre execution and I never watched Lady in the Water.
 
2008-03-16 01:53:07 PM
WFern: I loathed Signs simply because its ending was a religious copout. It fell flat in terms of even movie logic and the deus ex machina of literally resorting to "God did it" is still cringe inducing. It was like he wrote himself into a corner and simply resorted to the cheapest, quickest method of escape.

What an utter waste of film.

That said, I remain impressed by both The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. The Village had a fascinating concept, but mediocre execution and I never watched Lady in the Water.


What you call a copout, I would call the point of the movie. I'm an atheist and I thought it was great.
 
2008-03-16 01:53:14 PM
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2008-03-16 01:57:07 PM
If Zooey Deschanel kills herself early in the film, I don't want to watch it.

/don't want to watch it anyway, but that's the only thing that could keep me interested
 
2008-03-16 01:57:26 PM
There was a script of this movie going 'round the internets for a while and it describes the climax is that Wahlberg and his funky bunch run away from wind.

They escape the wind.

I thought the freeze scene in Day After Tomorrow was lame.
 
2008-03-16 01:57:27 PM
Shamalama isn't the first to use it, but he's on my list of idiot filmmakers at the moment, so here's the thread to air it out.
I'm sick to death of lazy scriptwriters and directors who think that an obvious heavy handed "psychic foreshadowing" is a GOOD PLOT TOOL.
WTF is up with that? Some dying chick up against a tree has nothing better to say than "Swing away?" that farking sucks. How about "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, THIS CHRYSLER'S RADIATOR IS BURNING MY CERVIX!"? Or in I Am Legend, which I was frothing for, "Daddy, look, a motherfarking butterfly!" Yeah great. The first time he said it, it was just a pointless bit of dialog. The second, it was so obvious, it took me right out of the movie. I was just waiting for the farking butterfly to show up. Stupid stupid stupid, and it shows contempt for the intelligence of the people that are paying to see your movie.

/I think my cervix is on fire.
 
2008-03-16 02:02:56 PM
pentex: /I think my cervix is on fire.

better put her in the water
 
2008-03-16 02:03:32 PM
angrymacface: Some day he's going to make a movie of people sitting and watching a movie in a theater. The twist will be that the audience is looking at a mirror and watching themselves

And then he gets sued by David Foster Wallace on behalf of the estate of James O. Incandenza.
 
2008-03-16 02:05:54 PM
There appears to be an event happening. can this really be happening? I think m. night is working towards producing the perfectly generic movie where predictable events happen a la age-old hollywood stereotypes, yet do not logically fit to one another. Eventually it will all lead up to a three hour movie of marky mark walking through different dark places while looking concerned. Then he wakes up as an old man. Some will claim it to be genius, others will claim those people to be unfit to live in society.
 
2008-03-16 02:07:56 PM
pentex: Shamalama isn't the first to use it, but he's on my list of idiot filmmakers at the moment, so here's the thread to air it out.
I'm sick to death of lazy scriptwriters and directors who think that an obvious heavy handed "psychic foreshadowing" is a GOOD PLOT TOOL.
WTF is up with that? Some dying chick up against a tree has nothing better to say than "Swing away?" that farking sucks. How about "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, THIS CHRYSLER'S RADIATOR IS BURNING MY CERVIX!"? Or in I Am Legend, which I was frothing for, "Daddy, look, a motherfarking butterfly!" Yeah great. The first time he said it, it was just a pointless bit of dialog. The second, it was so obvious, it took me right out of the movie. I was just waiting for the farking butterfly to show up. Stupid stupid stupid, and it shows contempt for the intelligence of the people that are paying to see your movie.

/I think my cervix is on fire.



Manipulating the viewer has been de riguer since Hitchcock. In fact, he came out in open support of it. I don't think it's possible to do a 120 page script and be highly original, and marketable, and this point. It's so rare, and I doubt otherwise talented writers want to be ignored by studios because their brilliant, but non-marketable, scripts lead to bombs.
 
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