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…
and this is possibly the last great movie M. Night will ever do, and to be fair this movie wasn't that great
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As an apologist of early Shyamalan (6th Sense, Unbreakable--one of my all-time favorite films--and Signs) and an unabashed critic of his recent so-bad-they're-fascinating flops, I didn't know what to think of this going in. I knew the twist of it actually being modern day, which is what everyone seems to criticize. But the movie as a whole... there's actually a lot to love.
The cinematography and score (those violins!) are mesmerizing throughout, and many of the performances are quite good. Sigourney Weaver was wasted and William Hurt gets stuck in his usual stilted way of speaking, and even Joaquin Phoenix seems a bit too doe-eyed as he was in Signs (a trademark of Shyamalan's directing, which tends to work better…
I thought the village is a mystery genre movie. But when I watched, it turned out to be a boring drama with less mystery. Damn hate this.
EPIC. Más de lo que parece a primera vista.
"The Village" is competently shot, and the two leads were likeable and they had good chemistry. But this movie is boring as heck, and is paced horribly. On top of that, it has one of the worst twist endings I may have ever seen in a movie. Huge disappointment. And the M. Night Shyamalan cameo was stupid.
The good: Acting
The bad: twist.
The twist to this film is either unknown before watching or you expect a twist but don't know what. Either way it's still a ridiculous idea, that said i still enjoy the film but mainly because of the acting. Adrian Brody stands out as does Bryce Dallas Howard.
El ejemplo más claro que conozco de "película que fracasa debido a venderse erróneamente". Uno de los puntos álgidos de la carrera de Shyamalan, que demuestra su maestría a la hora de mantener el suspense y crear un ambente particular y muy especial por el que sus personajes deambulan sin saber nunca lo que les espera a la vuelta de la esquina. Un guión con mucho más que arañar de lo que parece a simple vista, y que no se basa en el giro de última hora "marca de la casa" para tener éxito, pues posteriores revisionados no hacen sino colocarla en el elevado lugar que le corresponde. Y si encima lo decoramos con una de las mejores partituras jamás compuestas por James Newton Howard, con la fotografía de Roger Deakins y un reparto compuesto por Howard, Phoenix, Brody, Gleeson, Hurt, Weaver o Pitt, nos queda una pieza casi redonda.
so the idea is p cool but it wasn't executed very well. sigourney wasn't in it enough.
Joaquin Phoenix and Bryce Dallas Howard give fantastic performances (perhaps the best thing about the movie). I particularly liked the scene where the two express their feelings for each other while sitting on a porch against the scenery of the foggy woodlands. The foreboding and mysterious tone heighten the urgency of the characters motives. Even when the mystery is revealed, the mythological components are carried through the skillful performances; It no longer mattered that the film appeared to de-mystify itself by taking out its fantasy elements since those fantasy elements were kept alive inside of the characters.
Towards the end, the script and editing lessened the overall effect: There are seemingly pointless scenes of exposition which disrupt the flow of the film and seem intrusive. Without these pieces of dialogue, I think the film would be much stronger. None-the-less, I thought "The Village" was an effective film containing two fantastic performances alongside an interestingly sentimental and darkly wondrous atmosphere.
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