Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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.
Serenely volatile cinema, and as gorgeously engulfing as anything M. Night Shyamalan has ever crafted. I usually try to not be one of those viewers that proclaims a particular film as "misunderstood" or "underrated", but I still can't fathom how the general audience sees this as a "bad Twilight Zone episode", especially because even (and not only) on a surface level, The Village is astonishing.
With Roger Deakins' cinematography establishing unprecedented atmosphere and James Newton Howard scoring one of the finest soundtracks of the 21st Century; The Village flourishes because of its visual/aural elements, both of which compliment the tender love story at its core. M. Night tackles this tale with the mindset of being a genuine artist with…
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…
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…
Strong acting, nice directing moments and a superbly breathtaking original score make up for the flawed screenplay.
This is a good drama about love with some hint of a mystery. This is not a horror movie like some some have mistakenly start to watch this and rated it as a horror movie. Of course you feel disappointed then if you have thought this should have been totally different genre. Wrong expectations. Yes, there are some scary moments, the best that kind of scene can be found in the end and it actually was kind of creepy.
But this didn't stand the test of time so well, this was my second time of watching it. Another M. Night Shyamalan's movie Sixth Sense works better, I have seen it at least three times and, even I know the twist it doesn't bother me at all. So comparing to that, this was a small disappointment but overall this was quite interesting movie. Adrien Brody was good portraying a retarded man Noah.
This.... was so dumb. The twist ruined the movie. The movie ruined the movie.
This movie gets even better the second time you watch it.
Well this is a film I went from absolutely hating in the movie theater to now finding it to be very misunderstood. I have to say I don't think anyone desired to see a Bernie Sanders dystopian "To Kill a Mockingbird" story at the time.
Cinematography in this movie: A+, gorgeous. I greatly admired the use of color in this film (esp the reds and the yellows). Also the first hour of this film is extremely engaging and flies by really fast.
James Newton Howard's score: A+, beautiful. This guy always gives Shyamalan phenomenal scores, even for blunders like "Lady in the Water" or misguided/misunderstood films like "The Village". It was extremely creepy when it needed to be, and sex…
En el 2004 teníamos a Ford y a Dreyer haciendo terror loco pero arruináis todo lo bonito.
this movie gets a bit too much hate tbh
Underrated. Quiet, atmospheric, and may I go so far as to say poetic? Quite a decent picture from M. Night. I walked out of the theatre fairly pleased.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
My tastes are never deliberately contrarian but often my ideas go against a general consensus due to the fact I…