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M. Night Shyamalan's career

After the unbelievable success of "The Sixth Sense," Shyamalan's ego got ridiculously bigger and bigger as his films got worse and worse: "Unbreakable" was quite good, and "Signs" had some very scary scenes, but "The Village" showed he couldn't keep it going, and "Lady in the Water," "The Happening," "The Last Airbender," and "After Earth" were four of the most critically lambasted films of the last 25 years. Yet then the modest success of "The Visit" and the huge success of "Split" have put him on top again, and people are eagerly awaiting "Glass," the final film in the trilogy of "Unbreakable" and "Split."

Has he learned his lesson, or can we just expect his films will promise wildly erratic quality (as well as constant work for Betty Buckley) from now on? Does he ego continue to rage unchecked?
replies 23Dec 6, 2017 6:04 AM +00:00

He is the Speilberg of our generation

replies 1Dec 6, 2017 8:11 AM +00:00

He wishes, R1.

replies 2Dec 6, 2017 8:15 AM +00:00

I still love Signs. Split and The Visit weren't too bad. I saw the Sixth Sense for the first time and i could not stop staring at Bruce's hairline.
replies 3Dec 6, 2017 8:33 AM +00:00

I think his movies are crap, and I fully expected him to be a raging narcissistic monster, but I read a book about the making of Lady in the Water, written by one of his neighbors -- I can't remember the name of the book, and I don't feel like googling it -- and he came across very nicely. He might not be the most talented director, but he has hit the bulls eye a few times, which makes it seem that much worse when he wildly misses.

replies 4Dec 6, 2017 8:34 AM +00:00

R1 is eating shit if anything James Cameron and Michael Moore are probably considered the Speilberg of this generation.

But I think M. Night learned to stick with thrillers and suspense. That's all he needed to do; don't know why he was trying to do fantasy and sci-fi. Although for The Last Airbender, he did it for his daughter who was Katara for Halloween one year.

replies 5Dec 6, 2017 8:52 AM +00:00

i can't be bothered anymore. i have a huge crush on james mcevoy, but not bald.

replies 6Dec 6, 2017 8:59 AM +00:00

His movies should be included in midnight showings hosted by drag queens.

replies 7Dec 6, 2017 9:05 AM +00:00

Michael Moore? Don't you mean Michael Mann?

replies 8Dec 6, 2017 9:20 AM +00:00

Michael Moore is Spielberg?

What lunatic wrote that?

I personally think lady in the water is interesting and Tovah Feldsuh gave a great performance...

replies 9Dec 6, 2017 9:29 AM +00:00

Hollywood went through a period of being obsessed with finding the next... instead of looking for originals.

Finding the next Spielberg. Finding the next James Dean (Luke Perry). Finding the next Jack Nicholson (Christian Slater). Finding the next...

Glad they got out of that but it gave us some piss poor candidates as replacements and we probably lost out on some really great talent because of it.

replies 10Dec 6, 2017 9:30 AM +00:00

Betty Buckley

replies 11Dec 6, 2017 10:10 AM +00:00

Is he still putting his shit self in his shit movies?

--Let’s let THEM get a load of me!
replies 12Dec 6, 2017 10:20 AM +00:00

I saw "Split" about six months ago and don't understand how it is part of trilogy with Unbreakable. Bruce Willis' makes an appearance at the end and there is a reference to what happened at the end of Unbreakable, but they were not really connected in anyway. Anyway, I thought Split was not all that great. In fact, nothing he has done since the Sixth Sense has been all that good.

replies 13Dec 6, 2017 10:29 AM +00:00

R13, presumably McAvoy's character is going to serve as a "archenemy" to Anna Taylor-Joy, the way Jackson's character did for Willis in Unbreakable. They are all in Glass (the third film). And no doubt there will be further links, twists!, and maybe even more superheroes/archenemies identified.

replies 14Dec 6, 2017 10:41 AM +00:00

They call it a trilogy or a series so that idiot fanboy neckbeards will buy them all.

replies 15Dec 6, 2017 10:43 AM +00:00

I actually liked Split. Given that it could've been a turkey of epic proportions, I thought James McaVoy was great in it. Truly weird and a bit terrifying. And the gothic atmosphere was quite effective - no doubt helped by the beautiful score. The scene below captures the mood I'm talking about. As a previously avowed Shyamalan hater, I'm now re-intrigued enough to see the sequel. Though I don't see how anya-taylor joy's character can be a threat to The Hoarde. I think it will be more between McAvoy and Willis.

replies 16Dec 6, 2017 10:55 AM +00:00

I like a lot of his movies. That is more than I can say for Michael Bay.

replies 17Dec 6, 2017 10:58 AM +00:00

The problem with Glass will be if it can be made at all without Bruce Willis. He's got early on dementia, which has been known to only get worse with time, So he better hurry the fuck up and get the script done, finance and make sure all actors available. asap!

replies 18Dec 6, 2017 11:44 AM +00:00

I thought Split was pretty good but the ending was overwrought. I really enjoyed his films up until Lady in the Water — I left that film feeling very unsatisfied, unlike his previous movies, and felt even worse about “The Happening.”

Let’s not forget that, before “The Visit” (which I really enjoyed), M. Night began his return with “Devil,” a fun little picture which he didn’t direct but wrote and was otherwise involved with.

I am aquainted with with one of the make up girls who worked on “The Last Airbender” (never saw it) and she tells me that M. Night is a textbook example of the absentminded professor when on set. (She also raved about Aasif Mandvi being terrific fun to be around.)

replies 19Dec 6, 2017 11:47 AM +00:00

R18, Glass has wrapped filming.

replies 20Dec 6, 2017 11:50 AM +00:00

I must be the only person who liked The Happening

replies 21Dec 6, 2017 12:35 PM +00:00
I must be the only person who liked The Happening

At least we got one person to like it!!

--the killer trees from The Happening
replies 22Dec 6, 2017 12:43 PM +00:00

his movies went downhill. crap!

replies 23Dec 6, 2017 12:57 PM +00:00