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…
I love this story!
The twist is M Night's best twist, but a lot of the movie leading up to it is somewhat dull.
My initial impression of The Village was marred by an intense disappointment with the surprise twist that ultimately affected how I processed the entire film. Now that I'm able to watch this movie with fresh eyes today, I've not only been able to make peace with the ending, but actually now appreciate it along with the rest of this underrated film. The story is compelling, the cast is fantastic and the direction is superb which makes it rather unfortunate that The Village would end up being the bookend to M. Night's short, but amazing 4-film run.
The musical score and acting are the only things that save this movie.
Aunque la recordaba algo mejor, no deja de parecerme una gran película. Llevaba ya ¡15 días! sin ver nada de cine y me alegro de haber retomado el tema revisando The Village. Recuerdo perfectamente la primera vez que la vi; fue hace 11 años, en los cines Golem de Logroño. Salí de la sala impresionado.
Le tengo muchísimo cariño a esta cinta y todavía no sé por qué. De hecho, no dudé en meterla entre las 30 películas de mi vida. Inolvidables tanto la interpretación de Bryce Dallas Howard —asombroso su parecido con Jessica Chastain— como la banda sonora de James Newton Howard.
Después, a Shyamalan se le olvidó hacer cine. Pero esa es otra historia.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Much like Signs, The Village is a pretty decent movie, except for the last act, when it all goes to shit.
For the majority of the movie, The Village is flawed, but enjoyable. It moves at a very slow pace, so much so it may bore some viewers, but in my opinion it adds intensity to the film. Shyamalan's script is a bit of a mess, there are many good scenes and lots of build up, but little payoff. Some of the dialogue is stilted and doesn't feel natural. The direction isn't as strong as it was in Shyamalan's previous films, with some odd shots and some awkward acting.
The film has an impressive cast, but this film is none…
Film #20 of the Scavenger Hunt #2 challenge
Task #20: A film featuring any kind of superstition.
Plot twists, plot twists, plot twists... It's sometimes shocking to see just how much fear and superstitions can control people.
You know, when I see films of his like this, it's sad to see how far Shyamalan has fallen, giving birth to films like Avatar: The Last Airbender and After Earth. Please return to the good ol' days, Shyamalan...
I don't care what any one says - I like this movie.
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
If there is any…