Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
There is no turning back
When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever in this atmospheric thriller featuring a star-studded cast.
Many run-of-the-mill Hollywood directors can take a fun, pulpy script that revolves itself around some big reveal and turn it into a nice piece of entertainment with some fun clues hidden about, that you watch once and never feel any sort of inclination to watch again. However, very few directors can make a film with a big revel and work every single aspect of it to perfection, making it into an endlessly rewatchable piece of this much beauty and imagination. M. Night Shyamalan is clearly not a typical Hollywood thriller director or writer. His body of work (The Miscalculated Airbender aside) all have a certain timelessness and freshness with each rewatch, and for a director known for his big twists…
M. Night Shyamalan gets a lot of criticism, some justified some not so much.
To me Shyamalan always started out as a storyteller, who later grew into a director and ended up falling for the ego trap created around him by himself and the industry. This is perhaps his last well balanced and decent film.
Now, my appreciation of it stems in everything that precedes the obligatory twisty turny ending. It's not that I find the ending bad, or the twist weak, but I'd have been really surprised had he been able to finish this story normally. Towards the end the narrative seems to have one purpose in mind and one purpose only and that is to get you to…
M. Night Shyamalan's greatest aptitude might be that of control. His restraint has evanesced as of late, but there's no doubt it was once fiercely coursing through his style and approach. The Village, the last of the omnipotent Shyamalan, is also the final time his meticulousness and discipline was so completely illustrated and employed. His management of tone and ambiance is vigorous and so too is his narrative; one that gradually unravels in the most gratifying way. Audacious, clever and scrupulously structured, this is one of the most unfairly treated films of the 21st century.
Perilous creatures lurk on the outskirts of town, and the way in which Shyamalan amalgamates this with everyday life is subtle and cogent. The threat…
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 17
The Village is a film that I really like to stand up for. I get an almost perverse joy out of defending it. And it's not just that I enjoy talking out of my butt (although that's also the case). I genuinely think there are interesting ways to interpret the film. The readings aren't unbreakable, of course, but they're intriguing enough to keep my brain at attention. That and I think Shyamalan gets a bit more flak than he deserves. But today I learned (or relearned, perhaps) that, as much as I like talking about this film, I don't particularly love watching it.
I first saw The Village ten years ago when it was in…
What is the purpose of our existence? We cannot deny the fact that despite all the progress that humanity has made through the ages, it still remains answerless, cureless to the immeasurable crimes committed, wars waged, blood shed, atrocities inflamed, jealousies spurred, angers incited and the illimitable greed for more. The law is unneeded in a place where money is immaterial, sinful acts are unheard-of, races remain undifferentiated, contentedness instilled is paramount, the happiness engulfing is unbounded and the tranquillity embracing is unprecedented. Would we shun away the offer to live in such a place if it cost us only a lie? A simple, harmless lie that would forever change the course of things,…
M Night Shyamalan's career path since this movie has been pretty much downhill. One dreadful movie after another has seriously harmed his standing as a director with real talent following four great films in a row in the early 00's. He has however copped some flak for his continuous use of a twist ending, some have been great, The Sixth Sense especially, but this film suffers from one too many.
The Village has all Shyamalan's trademark touches. It's atmospherically creepy from the start and although a film that moves with the pace of a glacier, fleshes out a sinister and foreboding premise. Set in what seems to be a 19th century Pennsylvanian village, the film is full of authentic looking…
M. Night is so capable and I can't believe it. I'd written the guy off because I despised Unbreakable and Last Airbender and only kind of liked Sixth Sense, but this is a beautiful gem!
The cast lured me in. Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Judy Greer, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Pitt, and Brendan Gleeson! I love all of those people, I can't believe that much talent was in one movie! The creepy monsters in the woods premise brought to mind my beloved Blair Witch Project, but The Village is completely original and completely brilliant. The Shyamalan twist wasnt forced or misplaced (though a teensy bit predictable). Another huge thing was the score! The music was so haunting and beautiful which I didn't expect. I'm so happy with this movie because I expected nothing and got something amazing.
i kept waiting for the twist but there wasn't any twist.
For all its mythology, twist, and central love story, THE VILLAGE can't help feeling like a much more boring, simpler, extended episode of LOST. Even despite great performances from Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Joaquin Phoenix, this is such a dull movie that never manages to intrigue much beyond its concept. About half the film is spent with Howard's blind character as she faces the wilds and fear of the others. The loud score embellishes a suspense and terror that the actual visuals on screen can't match. THE VILLAGE moves at the slow space of a creepy period drama, with the false guise of a thriller and the hype of a breakout filmmaker hindering it further. As a sentimental…
I was highly anticipating the two parts that scared me when I saw this in the theatre... (They didn't scare me this time and truth be told I was a bit bored during this viewing and kind of just worked on a puzzle the whole time... Shhhhhhh)
After Unbreakable, I watched The Village on a whim since it's also currently on Netflix and I hadn't actually seen it from start to finish before. It's noteworthy for featuring Bryce Dallas Howard in what I found to be her most likable role (at least of the ones I've seen) but not for a whole lot else.
I think The Village probably looked a lot better in concept, laying on a page of script than it does on the screen.
Try as I might, I really can't not love this film. Beautiful to look at, beautiful to listen to, atmosphere oozing from every scene... I was really young when I first saw it in theaters but I specifically remember it sparking my interest in film-making. Not sure what audiences were initially expecting this film to be that caused it to be so maligned at release but I rather like what we got.
Not sure how to review it; just don't believe the negative reviews. Do yourself the biggest favor and just watch it. Shyamalan will most likely never gain back the favor of the audience, but this is definitely a treat, and definitely not the only film that proves he can be a good filmmaker when he wants.
Don't know why people always hate on this, I really enjoyed it.
Completely moronic, and not just because of the ‘twist’.
Fascinating to see an interesting cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Cherry Jones, Jesse Eisenberg) and first-rate cinematographer Roger Deakins led so far astray on the strength of an idea that doesn’t hold up under even the most casual scrutiny.
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…