Saturday, December 6, 2008

M. Night Shyamalan...

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Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan (pronounced [ˈʃaməˈlan]) (Malayalam: മനോജ് നെല്ലിയട്ടു ശ്യാമളന്‍ ) (born August 6, 1970), known professionally as M. Night Shyamalan, is an Academy-award nominated Indian American writer-director of major studio films, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots that usually climax with a twist ending. He is also known for filming his movies (and staging his plots) in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

There is so much controversy about this director... love him or hate him, he has a list of very good movies under his belt. I for one am a fan. M. Night's movies are very well written and well thought out. He weaves a story together, wrapped with a few twist and a usually surprising ending. Out of the nine films listed below, I've seen seven. My favorite is The Sixth Sense. Bruce Wills stars in this, but Haley Joel Osment steals the movie as the young boy who claims to see dead people. What a great movie. I highly recommend seeing it. The trailer for it is at the end of this post. Unbreakable with Wills and Samuel L. Jackson is another interesting look at a "super" hero who doesn't really know he is one. Good movie, but not great. I enjoyed Signs a lot. The acting of Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix was very well done and the story of crop signs was well told. Really good movie. The Village in my mind was a great movie because it had you believing one thing and the end told you something totally different. Well worth watching in my book! Lady In The Water was an interesting fantasy story with Paul Giamatti. The story of a water nymph trying to return to her home. Movie critics hated it... I liked it. You can judge it for yourself. The Happening was an interesting movie with Mark Walberg, but it fell a little short of all the hype surrounding it. It wasn't bad, but it left too many questions unanswered. It was just "OK" for me. So whether you like M. Night or not, you cannot deny the man has some talent when it comes to telling a story on film. If you only watch one M. Night movie, it has to be The Sixth Sense!!! Check it out...

1 Praying with Anger
2 Wide Awake
3 The Sixth Sense
4 Unbreakable
5 Signs
6 The Village
7 Lady in the Water
8 The Happening
9 Avatar: The Last Airbender

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The M'hael said...


-M.Night's first two flicks were classic... I especially love Unbreakable.
-I really liked signs.
-The Village was like kissing your sister to me... The payoff in the end made me feel dirty and sad.
-Lady in the Water was the pinnacle of self love by M. Night. His writing will save the world? Yeah.
-And The Happening... atrocious. I don't even know where to start... for me, it was nearly bad movie funny.

I'm gonna go cry now. LOL

frgodbeyjr said...

LOL! Good comments M'hael... loved the kissing sister thing. I really can't argue that the first two were the best and the rest seem to lack the thrill of the first two. I still appreciate his efforts... I just hope he returns to the form of The Sixth Sense.