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,…
Roger Deakins is without a doubt one of the best cinematographers in the world. The Village greatly benefits from his talent and competence. James Newton Howard might have created his masterwork on this film, a score I listened to many times before even watching the movie. M. Night Shyamalan reaffirms himself as a master of thrills, starting with eerie atmosphere, following with engaging suspense and ending on effective thrills. The forest scene in the second half is amazing.
I didn't have a problem with the twists as I thought they worked and felt appropriate. What bothered me was some of the decisions the characters made and the logic behind them, or lack of. The…
Much, much better than the disaster that was The Happening. Shyamalan's flair is ever-present throughout this film, and The Village doesn't hesitate to include his signature twist ending. Said twist is a bit ridiculous, but it's handled in a nice way. The atmosphere and the score are both excellent, harkening back to the way The Sixth Sense was executed. Everything else is pretty solid, but nothing really stands out as being anything but average. Unfortunately, one of Shyamalan's better films is just pretty decent. Nothing more.
What a babbling mess this was.
The only saving grace here was the performance given by Joaquin Phoenix and even then I was barely engaged. The supporting cast were sincerely terrible. I haven't heard dialogue delivered this badly for a while and it really effects the film entirely for me. Not only that but I felt like the entire production just threw the second half of the film together at the last minute; just a mess.
Third film into my M. Night revival and most definitely the least enjoyable.
Mood. Mooood. Moooooooood. Moody Moodalalily McMood Mood. Moodprise! ***MMMMOOOOOOODDDD*** AREN'T YOU MOOD OVER WITH MOOD YET?!
Oh dear, this movie. The dialogue is just awful (only Joaquin really pulls it off, and it's probably because he barely speaks) and there are way too many inconsistencies as far as character motivations and logic issues. The porch conversation is the only good part of the film for me, and the rest is a self-indulgent convoluted mess.
Admittedly I went in knowing the twist. But I think that really helps to judge a film's quality. Does it hold up beyond the novelty of the twist? This film does not. The dialogue is horribly stilted and only a few in the cast are able to pull it off in a halfway decent manner. And the exposition is rather ham handed as well. A few cool/sweet moments here ans there but not enough to make up for the rest of the film. A few years later Michael Haneke would make The White Ribon and show us how to do this story properly.
In baseball, those who talk in cliches say players who are trying too hard for their success are “trying to hit a five-run home run” - a result unattainable in the modern construction of the game.
M. Night Shyamalan has stepped to the proverbial plate and struck out trying to hit a five-run home run with “The Village,” the latest in a string of disappointments since his excellent debut, “The Sixth Sense.”
From a land that time has seemed to forgot lives Edward Walker (William Hurt), the self-righteous but soft spoken elder of a quaint quasi-Amish settlement. The village is so intimate, everyone congregates for meat and a steaming bowl of corn on the cob at the same set of…
A criminally underrated mood piece.
Before this, the only M. Night Shyamalan movie that I didn't like was Lady in the Water (haven't seen any of his movies newer than that), which I admit was awful. But of the three others I've seen, The Sixth Sense was very good, Unbreakable is one of my favorite movies, and I really liked Signs. Say what you will about his penchant for the twist ending, but you can't deny his movies look fantastic, and when he has the right script he can make a hell of a movie.
I really wanted The Village to be one of those movies. It has beautiful cinematography, the soundtrack is absolutely top notch, and at times it had me on the edge…
This movie has boring acting and the directing is not good, The actress who played the blind women did a horrible job because most of the scenes she looks at some of the characters in the eye and she is okay walking up and down some steps. The twist was so predictable and so terrible.
Most would agree that The Village is where M. Night Shyamalan’s career started to die. Critics didn't take to it, and though the box office returns weren’t terrible, audiences failed to grasp the film as well. I went into the movie knowing only that there was a divisive twist…
And I can admit that I see where the detractors are coming from. Some of the editing is confusingly abrupt. Some of the acting is disappointingly bland. Some of the acting (Judy Greer and Adrian Brody, in particular) is disconcertingly odd. And yes, the twist does lead to a blank expression and a raised eyebrow. I can completely understand giving this movie a less than enthusiastic review.
But it hardly mattered…
- 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…