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…
One of the only Shyamalan films I actually liked, despite someone having told me the ending in advance. I thought it was a fascinating exploration of both the culture we live in, and the culture we choose to create for ourselves and the generations to follow.
Mais um decepcionante filme de M. Night Shyamalan, a proposta até foi interessante, mas a forma como ela foi conduzida deixou e muito a desejar, a atriz Bryce Dallas Howard deveria ter tido algumas aulas com o mestre Al Pacino, ela não convence ninguém como cega, fiquei até constrangido em alguns momentos vendo-a em cena, mas nada se compara com o péssimo desfecho que não dá nem pra comentar, mais uma bola fora de Shyamalan que está devendo um bom filme há um certo tempo.
The idea, or premise doesn't bother me as much as the second act/ending does. By that point, it's just a frustrating drag to an ending with no real payoff.
This gets more of a bad rap than it deserves. I was so taken in by the story's initial premise, absorbed in the setting and the characters that the ending completely caught me off guard. It captured my imagination. I loved it!
If you think too hard during a Shyamalan movie, you'll inevitably ruin it for yourself. Just sit back and enjoy the ride, I say!
I'm unsure why many hate this film. I know MKS has made some stinkers, but when he gets it right he really nails it. A great film from start to finish. It was witty, interesting, creepy, scary and had a great payoff. Story telling at it's finest in my humble opinion.
Very slow, but not to the detriment of the story until the twist. I enjoyed spending time in this old-timey community and Shyamalan's wordy script makes more sense (and seems less like bad writing) once the real story is revealed.
Second time watching it, over a decade after the first and I liked it more than I expected. Great cast, but maybe Shyamalan should have gone full Terrance Malick with it rather than trying to stretch a "Twilight Zone" episode out for two hours. The mysterious "supernatural" aspects take away way more from THE VILLAGE than they add.
This is an excellent work in building and maintaining a mood. Fantastic cinematography. If people get too hung up on the "twist ending," well, then you've missed the journey.
This movie has a great atmosphere and everything, but the story could have gone towards a better path
El. Oh. El.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Brood
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
- The Seventh Victim
- The Devils
- Carnival of Souls
- The Perfume of the Lady in Black
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…