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.
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…
To best enjoy M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village," the director's tribute to the power of fear, of suggestion, of creating a world safe from danger, an audience must know very little about what it is about to see. A genre-bending symphony of misdirection, the film is built upon a narrative reveal that is as thrilling as it whiplash-inducing. That reveal will not be hinted at here, but it is the cornerstone of an outstanding dramatic and cinematic experience.
Taking place in a bucolic enclave in the woods of Pennsylvania, "The Village" revolves around the citizens of the tiny hamlet who are stalked by creatures in the surrounding environs. The women and men of the village, traditional and upright, are forced…
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 is clearly a communist
There are some flaws in the writing, but overall this movie is fantastic. The acting, the score, the cinematography, and the world that Shyamalan created is absolutely fabulous. I really enjoy this movie.
M. Night Shyamalan is perhaps one of the worst directors of his time, this movie is quite idiotic
Fuck you, The Village is great, the M. Night cameo notwithstanding. He directs the shit out of this and one of Deakins best looking films. Minor tweaks to script and this could have been five stars.
not even that bad tbh
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Having just watched The Visit, it was time to catch up with another MNS film that passed me by. Here's some of the elements that put me off of him circa Unbreakable: an over-serious tone, and slow storytelling style, a reveal that takes ages and leaves a shrug (spoiler! It's a Mennonite Scooby-Doo!). The Village does, however, have good performances and is lovingly shot by Roger Deakins. Yes, it's certainly some sort of Bush-era, post-911 metaphor, but is it a necessary one?
This movie was a lot of wasted potential with a beautiful soundtrack and such pleasing cinematography.
Gets better with every re-watch.
This movie is not as bad as i expected but still not the movie i expected to get from trailers. This is not thrilling scary exciting dramatic movie this is romantic melodrama. Tho it is not scary i enjoyed romance until some stuff happens and movie lost me completely. And im talking about the twist. Twist was so bad that they took 45 minutes to explain it. This movie has tons of problems but I still really enjoyed first hour of the movie. I thought that directing of that first hour was incredible and creepy, the score was amazing and fantastic, it build up the atmosphere really well. Roger Deakins shot this movie like no one can it was scary and some shots were great. Acting was great, everyone delivers great performance. So I will give The Village
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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