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…
A lot of people consider this the film where things started going wrong for Shyamalan, and while I can't argue it wasn't a step down from his previous three features, taken in isolation I think it's perfectly fine. His characteristic narrative voice and restrained direction are more or less intact here.
Watched with Rachel, DVD from Cranston library.
Ebert's review is all you need to read, frankly. He nailed it.
The first 3/4 is intriguing. The twist is like someone farting directly into your nostrils.
Boring, plodding, and full of clichés, my second dip into Shyamalan's world was only slightly less regrettable than my first.
Plot: It’s 19th century Pennsylvania and spooky red-cloaked creatures inhabit the woods surrounding a small village. Shenanigans ensue.
This film is pretty boring and predictable for over an hour. Eventually there’s some actual drama and tension, but it’s not hard to show a blind girl being scared of something she can’t see. That’s borderline cheating.
Shyamalan’s twists aren’t particularly shocking or… anything, really. They’re fairly dull just like the rest of the movie. The reveal of how the town came to be, and where it is, is somewhat interesting — so at least there’s that.
The actors are decent and the soundtrack is quite good, however that’s about it. Some of the camerawork is fine but the script and direction could use some work.
Overall The Village is probably a 5.5/10 or 6/10. Nothing particularly good and nothing remarkably awful either. Something middle-of-the-road that neither delights nor offends.
The population of a small, isolated countryside village believe that their alliance with the mysterious creatures that inhabit the forest around them is coming to an end.
Unusual and effective period mystery with a great plot twist.
Worked far better on a rewatch than my initial viewing 10 years ago... 1/2 a star deducted for Shyamalan's ridiculous handling of his own cameo.
Great acting, palpable atmosphere, sure handed directing, throwback writing and staging, amazing music and cinematography, a handful of twists, and wonderful themes.
My favorite M. Night movie!
Über melodramatic with a script that is filled with faux shakespearean metaphors and odd imagery. The cast is surprisingly filled with greats from Joaquin Phoenix to Sigourney Weaver but they are given barely anything to work with. The film started off interesting enough and as it approached the halfway mark it lost its momentum before a brief spike when Ivy meanders her way through the woods. I love a good thriller and M Night always has his ludicrous "twists" which I love to hate, so I thought I would've loved "The Village", but it just kept dragging on with an eclipsing build. After Lucius' stabbing tension spiked a bit but it deflated like an old party balloon in a second…
- 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…