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(SlashFilm)   First look at M. Night Shyamalan's newest movie. The twist is that someone still lets M. Night Shymalan make a new movie   (slashfilm.com) divider line 41
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2014-03-22 02:12:53 PM  

Who let the hack out?! Who, who, who, who?

 
2014-03-22 02:15:37 PM  
He's got a new film out?

I didn't not expect that; one is truly surprised.
 
2014-03-22 02:16:42 PM  
Stir of Echoes >>> Sixth Sense

There.  I said it.
 
2014-03-22 02:19:18 PM  
I could make a 95 minute film of my penis being slapped against furniture and appliances found in my house and it would be better than anything that M. Night Ram-a-lamb-a-dingdong could put out.

(The title would be "Small Size Slaps Loudly".  It is intended to make the majority of Chinese feel better about themselves as they would be like John Holmes in comparison to the protagonist.)
 
2014-03-22 02:21:01 PM  
"Micro-budget"... so, no, subby, no one's letting him do anything, he has to basically pay for his own crap nowadays.

// The referenced films for the cast are hilarious the  highest profile one is "Step Brothers".  Heh.
 
2014-03-22 02:26:38 PM  
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2014-03-22 02:30:10 PM  
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This could be Sweet Dee's big break.
 
2014-03-22 02:36:39 PM  
I don't understand how someone keeps getting worse in their career. Perhaps there is a meth addiction to blame, but I've never seen such a promising career take such a steep nose dive as Shyamalan's'.
 
2014-03-22 02:49:33 PM  

MayoSlather: I don't understand how someone keeps getting worse in their career. Perhaps there is a meth addiction to blame, but I've never seen such a promising career take such a steep nose dive as Shyamalan's'.


George Lucas.
 
2014-03-22 02:58:04 PM  
I have a theory about Shamalammadingdong that applies to other artists as well (helps explain the 'sophomore slump' in music)

The first big thing that you do - a movie, or an album - usually takes a very long time to put together.  But after that first big thing, you're expected to make more content more quickly, and unless you're an absolute genius, that doesn't work out so well...

There is little doubt in my mind that The Sixth Sense went through a number of drafts, and that he'd had the idea for years, and was able to shake it around and make sure it was tight and worked etc.

Because of the huge sucess of that movie, he became a much-wanted director.

At that point, he probably had a few pretty well-developed ideas - maybe even scripts - so that the next few movies he churned out relatively quickly weren't too bad -

But then he ran out of those ideas that he'd developed for a little while, and so everything else had to go through the quick-grinder...  And you get horrible messes with one big TWIST!

It's why most good writer-directors take a long time between their films...  And why straightup directors like Spielberg don't write their own scripts.
 
2014-03-22 02:58:24 PM  

MayoSlather: I don't understand how someone keeps getting worse in their career. Perhaps there is a meth addiction to blame, but I've never seen such a promising career take such a steep nose dive as Shyamalan's'.


Actually as a technical director he's getting better. The action scenes in After Earth were pretty good and he'd make an excellent Second Unit director on someone else's film. His storytelling, however, has always been at the same awful level--no better or worse.

Money and the illusion of success shielded everyone from noticing his failures. It's not that he's getting worse, it's that the armor of public esteem was gradually removed with each movie.
 
2014-03-22 03:26:12 PM  
(Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.
 
2014-03-22 03:52:10 PM  

Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.


You are bad and should feel bad.

Well, I guess the Village would have been good if it were made by some drunk film students with 100$ and a borrowed department camera, but as an actual full-budget picture that shiat was terrible.  It was so bad that the only way he could get even the lead actress to pretend to take it seriously was to tell her that her character was blind and couldn't see any of the other acting or the plot happening.
 
2014-03-22 04:05:57 PM  

Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.


So did I. Screw the haters.
 
2014-03-22 04:17:15 PM  
He can make it. We sure as hell don't have to watch it.

mcmnky: Stir of Echoes >>> Sixth Sense
There.  I said it.


When did this even go up for debate? Stir of Echoes is twice the movie Sixth Sense ever was. And it's far more internally consistent with its "rules of magic" than Sixth Sense was. But I think that's because Sixth Sense was probably an unattributed adaptation of Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card.
 
2014-03-22 04:51:20 PM  
I still kinda wish there were a sequel to Unbreakable.
 
2014-03-22 05:09:08 PM  
The twist in the new movie is that there is no twist.
 
2014-03-22 05:16:51 PM  

phaedra: Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.

So did I. Screw the haters.


I even liked Lady in the Water.
 
2014-03-22 05:22:54 PM  
Amazingly, all of his movies have turned a profit since the 6th Sense. Guess that's why he's still at it.
 
2014-03-22 05:32:56 PM  
Is he writing and directing this one or just directing? He's not a bad director, just an incredibly crappy writer.
 
2014-03-22 05:49:38 PM  
Then again, he's gone from directing Bruce Willis to "who?".
 
2014-03-22 06:16:28 PM  

MagSeven: Amazingly, all of his movies have turned a profit since the 6th Sense. Guess that's why he's still at it.


Yep. He still gets work, because, with the exception of After Earf and Last Airbender, all of his movies have been cheap enough to guarantee a return on investment.

He's a one trick pony, but he's one that can deliver a $30 million movie that will have a big opening weekend.

It's like Eastwood's directing efforts after Unforgiven but before Mystic River. He made some real stinkers, but they didn't cost much and didn't lose money, so no one minded.
 
2014-03-22 06:30:47 PM  

phaedra: Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.

So did I. Screw the haters.


Ditto.

Okay, Signs would have been better if the aliens hadn't appeared onscreen, but it was still a fun flick.

Unbreakable is still my favorite and I make no apologies.
 
2014-03-22 06:43:50 PM  

wellreadneck: phaedra: Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.

So did I. Screw the haters.

I even liked Lady in the Water.


I always forget about that one. Loved it.


Canton: phaedra: Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.

So did I. Screw the haters.

Ditto.

Okay, Signs would have been better if the aliens hadn't appeared onscreen, but it was still a fun flick.

Unbreakable is still my favorite and I make no apologies.


Why apologize for what you like?
 
2014-03-22 06:47:38 PM  

Canton: phaedra: Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.

So did I. Screw the haters.

Ditto.

Okay, Signs would have been better if the aliens hadn't appeared onscreen, but it was still a fun flick.

Unbreakable is still my favorite and I make no apologies.

Unbreakable

is good right up until the end, and then it falls apart. "I have no ending, but you should be dazzled by my brilliance." Sorry bud, you're not as smart as you think you are.
 
2014-03-22 07:00:09 PM  

Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.


I also enjoyed the Bruce Willis / Samuel L. Jackson one, Unbreakable?  I guess I should give Lady in the Water a chance.
 
2014-03-22 07:02:14 PM  
To be fair, he's not to blame for After Earth. He was just the proxy for Will Smith's direction, and at most he probably served in an advisory role. ("What do I think of your kid's acting? Well, uhh.. he's no worse than I am in any of my own movies.")

But... he is completely guilty of The Happening and The Last Airbender, so I'm not sure how much good it does to excuse him for just one major dud out of a recent streak of them.
 
2014-03-22 07:09:58 PM  

phaedra: wellreadneck: phaedra: Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.

So did I. Screw the haters.

I even liked Lady in the Water.

I always forget about that one. Loved it.

Canton: phaedra: Renob: (Whispers) I liked Signs and The Village.

So did I. Screw the haters.

Ditto.

Okay, Signs would have been better if the aliens hadn't appeared onscreen, but it was still a fun flick.

Unbreakable is still my favorite and I make no apologies.

Why apologize for what you like?


Sometimes it feels like apologies are in order, even if they're not.

But I'm not apologizing. I loved Unbreakable.
 
2014-03-22 07:18:48 PM  

MayoSlather: I don't understand how someone keeps getting worse in their career. Perhaps there is a meth addiction to blame, but I've never seen such a promising career take such a steep nose dive as Shyamalan's'.


Shymalan is really an indie movie director. He does best when he has limits. When the studios give him a blank check and tell him, "Go to town," that's when he suffers. Rather than relying on characters because he doesn't have a budget for anything else, he switches to relying on FX or a cast of a thousand. Some directors are really good at handling big budget films, Spielberg is probably the king. But not Shymalan.

Now that he has a micro budget and has to go back to relying on a few characters and a simple plot, I am actually interested in what he is going to do.
 
2014-03-22 07:29:42 PM  

mekki: Now that he has a micro budget and has to go back to relying on a few characters and a simple plot, I am actually interested in what he is going to do.


(SPOILER ALERT) He's going to suck.
 
2014-03-22 07:33:48 PM  
Early on, I was all into this guy's work and potential.  Through the years, he has eroded all trust I had in his abilities.  It's happened many times, I see a trailer or read about some new awesome sounding movie, I see the Shyamalan name attached to it, I shoot my hopes and expectations in the head to put them out of their misery so they don't suffer once the movie is released and is ultimately a piece of crap that fails to deliver even a modicum of the entertainment and excitement it had promised.
 
2014-03-22 07:37:05 PM  

mekki: MayoSlather: I don't understand how someone keeps getting worse in their career. Perhaps there is a meth addiction to blame, but I've never seen such a promising career take such a steep nose dive as Shyamalan's'.

Shymalan is really an indie movie director. He does best when he has limits. When the studios give him a blank check and tell him, "Go to town," that's when he suffers. Rather than relying on characters because he doesn't have a budget for anything else, he switches to relying on FX or a cast of a thousand. Some directors are really good at handling big budget films, Spielberg is probably the king. But not Shymalan.

Now that he has a micro budget and has to go back to relying on a few characters and a simple plot, I am actually interested in what he is going to do.


Yeah, that actually sounds like a plausible explanation. I'll buy that.
 
2014-03-22 08:00:25 PM  

EddieFC: He's not a bad director, just an incredibly crappy writer.


I dunno, have you seen any of "The Last Airbender"? That was worse directing than "The Phantom Menace".
 
2014-03-22 08:16:29 PM  
I'll say this for Shyamalan: he doesn't make sequels, adaptations* or superhero movies.

His films sink or swim based on their own merits, not because they are counting on the brain-dead fans of a popular YA novel to show up, or because "Transformers 4: GI Joe Boogaloo" made so much money,  its time for Transformers 5: Challenge of the Go-Bots".

Like Wes Anderson (another director whose resume mostly sucks), when Shyamalan walks the tightrope, there is no net.


*OK, technically, he made Airbender, but everyone I know who is a fan of the cartoon series hate-farked the movie for not being true to its source material, so one could argue its not an actual adaptation.
 
2014-03-22 08:27:16 PM  
Unbreakable should have been called Die Hard From This Snoozefest
 
2014-03-22 11:28:02 PM  
I look forward to the eventual groans and laughter in the theater when the trailer debuts for this.

That shiat was utterly hilarious when Devil came out.

Before his name came up: "Meh, might be worth something."
After: "FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU..."
 
2014-03-22 11:54:21 PM  
I still think he has great vision but putting it to film has been less than successful for a lot of his stuff.

Maybe he should let someone else co-direct so he would have a filter to tell him when it sucks
 
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2014-03-23 01:41:42 AM  
I'm intrigued...
 
2014-03-23 01:45:20 AM  

Funbags: I'll say this for Shyamalan: he doesn't make sequels, adaptations* or superhero movies.

Unbreakable

wasn't a superhero movie?
 
2014-03-23 02:40:19 AM  
i'll admit it. I liked unbreakable, i liked signs and i even liked the last airbender.  (the village was mediocre and never saw lady in the water)

i think he gets a bad rap because people want that rush they felt at the end of sixth sense when they realised they'd duped themselves the whole time.
 
2014-03-23 03:12:12 AM  

I eat mop: i'll admit it. I liked unbreakable, i liked signs and i even liked the last airbender.  (the village was mediocre and never saw lady in the water)

i think he gets a bad rap because people want that rush they felt at the end of sixth sense when they realised they'd duped themselves the whole time.


No. Unbreakable is a pretty good movie but Signs is awful, and The Last Airbender is hideous. It's ugly, poorly acted, and has all the emotional investment of 2 hours of Anakin sulking about Padme.
 
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