The complete ranked list formed from Scout Tafoya's cinematography poll on Fandor. Rankings are first by number of mentions and…
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…
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,…
I am doing so fucking badly right now but this film makes everything better. A set of characters who fought to escape a system and did, ultimately imposing another set of constraints upon themselves because the only way us humans know how to function is through constructs and control; bedtime stories meant to give children nightmares, fascism, capitalism and corporate greed. The only way we know of to process ourselves is through meta-cognitive art; it is entirely genius that the end reveal of the film reconstructs the entire process of Shyamalan's storytelling, as contemporary life continues to be a vicious cycle even for those who have managed to escape it: living outside human construct is all very well until you…
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Eat your heart out, M. Night Shyamalan haters!
I thoroughly enjoyed The Village and love revisiting it. Unlike what many people who gave it negative reviews, I didn't see that twist coming. Call me what you want.
Jessica Chastain... er, Bryce Dallas Howard's character was wonderful and so was Joaquin Phoenix.
You have to love the Shyamalan cameo.
Haters: just stop being haters and learn to enjoy things. Saying how much you hate M. Night doesn't make you sound cooler.
Not quite as successful as his earlier films, not quite as joyously insane as The Happening, but there's enough of both sides of M. Night Shyamalan to make this a fun ride, even if it doesn't quite succeed. The costume design and the 'creature' are wonderful, and it looks fantastic, which all helps.
Revisitado hoje, mas visto como se da primeira vez. Gostei muito mais desta experiência. Só não pintem nunca mais o cabelo do Adrien Brodi em tons aloirados.
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Después de conocer el final, es interesante volver a verla desde una óptica opuesta. Todo lo que pensé en el final de la primera vez que la ví me volvió a la cabeza. El guión es bueno, Night rueda como nunca y todo es perfecto en pantalla. Se aprecia su intención pero el problema es que es una idea demasiado loca como para no cuestionarla a cada minuto.
Se sostiene gracias a trucos, finos trucos, pero trucos al fin y al cabo. No soy nada de Cuestionar elementos fantásticos y plausibilidad de estos. Pero si tu objetivo es huir de ellos y hacer cine por encima de ellos, es imposible que no cuestione cada pequeña decisión para justificar lo injustificable.…
I feel like after bursting onto the scene with The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan was unfairly expected to have twists in each and every one of his films. I should look that up--whether that's his vision every time or if outside pressure insists upon it. Anyway... I think this one works. I like it a little more as time goes by.
Ever watched a dead serious movie that you just can't take seriously? It's an excruciating experience.
Not a lick of suspense, but the central characters and their relationship is worth caring for. The 'twist' is an afterthought, it has almost no bearing on the emotional effect of the finale, and that's what I remember most about this rewatch.
It's kind of a shame about the twist though, because it feels like the whole movie is building up to that moment, rather than focusing entirely on the genuine love story that flirts with being front and center throughout. Ivy is a great character, and I loved how she took centerstage in the final act, but her story is overshadowed, quite unfortunately.
The rest of the movie is solid, with a nice atmosphere and a lovely score by…
After recently watching The Witch I was immediately in the mood to rewatch The Village. Both films attempt to build an air of creepiness and both films, despite being "set approximately 200 years apart", have that old-timey, farm feel to them.
I wish I could remember exactly how I felt when I watched The Village for the first time. Shyamalan was riding a hot streak, albeit a simmering one, with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, & Signs, and his penchant for a twist was well-known. Still though, this might be tied with The Sixth Sense as his best twist yet. Plus, a mini twist is revealed before the big one so he sets you up to think…
It's been a while since a movie has intrigued me as much as The Village did. I was ready to call this a personal favorite and I was so so happy watching this, and I had heard of how divisive the ending was- which made me even more excited for some reason. But I'll be getting back to that ending in a second...
I was so happy watching this because this movie understands atmosphere. I tend to value atmosphere the most when I'm watching something, and no matter how bad a plot is, I cannot give enough credit to a movie that does such a good job in drawing you into its world. I mean, look at a movie like…
"but I don't care what they say
i'm in love with you
they try to pull me away
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