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…
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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
liked this one up until she climbs over the hedge. I thought that ruined it. The story was better when there were creepy porcupine creatures running around painting things and killing small animals.
This was the first time I watched this film since it came out, and I don't remember it being as bad as it was. The story is just really bad. A lot of things don't really make sense and the dialogue is pretty terrible at times. That said, I feel like this was a huge missed opportunity just based on the ridiculous amount of talent in the cast. Most of the actors, including Bryce Dallas Howard do an admirable job with what they were given, but there really wasn't much hope to begin with. I will say that this film does look pretty great thanks to Roger Deakins though. All in all, a pretty big disappointment.
While I haven't been the biggest defender of M Night over the years, I have enjoyed many of his early features (up through 'Lady in the Water'). But, it's hard not to have those opinions sour as his career has continued on. 'The Village' was always my favorite of his films, so I was very nervous to revisit it for the first time in around ten years.
It still worked for me. I again was caught up in this world that he created. I think that Bryce Dallas Howard is wonderful as the lead. Honestly, I don't think the film would work without her. There's this great exuberance with her character, but she's capable of adding a lot of great…
This film made me realize that Shyamalan is such a great writer and director, and that this was the last film to do the job. It had a good story to tell, and somehow manages to mess that up a tiny bit and then the twist is pretty good, at the time, but now its not as amusing like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable or even Signs. I want Shyamalan to do another great film, one that got me interested in him again- this film isn't one of his best, but it's still a good film, but at least it got me interested in the film.
Shyamalan's subpar movies all have the same problem: a lousy script and an unduly morose tone. They're undeniably distinctive, but he would obviously be better served to drop his pretensions and make a genre film no so concerned with subversion. This is one of his more successful efforts, thanks to a first act that has considerable atmosphere and some truly spellbinding photography, courtesy of maestro Roger Deakins. There's also one effective scare sequence (hiding in the house) that undeniably demonstrates the man's skill. Unfortunately, the ridiculous style (the violin pushes it toward parody) and misguided attempt to incorporate a message sink the thing just when it was starting to get good.
Actually pretty solid
Not even bad... Shyamalan gets a bad rap in my opinion.
"She is led by love. The world moves for love. It kneels before it in awe."
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