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…
A film of hands. Reaching out and in search of anything they can possibly latch onto. Be it answers or just something like the fleeting moment of sensuality when Phoenix grabs Bryce Dallas Howard's hand and pulls her back through a doorway in slow motion. Shyamalan cuts to a wide shot of the room and instantly transforms the frame into something resembling a flowing painting, his graceful yet volatile camera just trying to find answers in a world neither it or its characters quite understand.
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,…
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…
Night's best film, I'd say.
I remember being like everyone else and being bummed out by the twist when I saw it in cinemas. But, there's lots to like.
James Newtown Howard's score is widely respected, and for good reason.
It is shot by Roger Deakins.
Bryce Dallas Howard is sublime, and I expect has never been this good again. Phoenix is always great.
A creepy, sad & deeply affecting film.
The twist is a fun twist that I figured out pretty early and I'm not good at figuring out twists. I feel like I would have loved this if at any point I could connect to anyone in the village but they were all just sad people and so when they were trying to do whatever they decided to do I didn't care. Also it was a bad depiction of someone who is mentally handicapped. This is only 2.5 for the twist otherwise it would be lower.
I loved this movie when I saw it, one of my favorite MNS movies. Watched it again yesterday after probably, the good part of a decade and was afraid it was going to be terrible. It held up incredibly well. The story is great, the acting is great, the music is beautiful. I don't understand why so many people hate this movie.
"Christoph. You needn't be scared." (Holds up sack of stuff) "We have the magic rocks. They will keep us safe."
"Why have we not heard of these magic rocks before?"
It's funny how a filmmaker can set out to make a thriller and end up making a belly-laugh comedy.
What I just watched was an insult to the eyes. And the brain. And pretty much every part of my anatomy I can think of. (Except my ears, thank you James Newton Howard.) In my recent review of 'Annie,' I stated how irritated I was at bandwagons, and the people who jump on them. Hating on M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Village,' however, is something I just can't bring myself…
i totally did not see that coming.
Man the cinematography in this sure is great, shame about the rest of the movie.
Ein Film, der nur einmal funktioniert. Aber jetzt nach 10 Jahren ist er immer noch toll.
Watched again, for the 4th time (maybe?). Still like it. Still don't understand why it's so hated on.
I recognize that it's over-stuffed, and the story would probably have been a bit of a mess even if it wasn't. But James Newton Howard's contributions are golden, the mood is fantastic, I love the relationship (and scenes) between Lucius and Ivy, and there are a couple of moments that still freak me out even now.
This time through, though, I really started to recognize that M. Night was losing his confidence. He's just not as sure of himself, and as a result, the film suffers. Most obvious instance of this? He really, REALLY over-explains. He doesn't trust himself to tell us…
I'm fucking mad.
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