8 items from 2017
Ryan Lambie Feb 16, 2017
When it came to Steven Spielberg's 2001 sci-fi film, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Jeanine Salla played a low-profile yet important role. Educated at Bangalore University, Salla was an expert in engineering and machine intelligence, and considered so important to the makers of A.I. that she was given a credit in the movie's posters and trailers.
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The only thing was, Jeanine Salla never existed.
Before the spring of 2001, almost nothing had been seen of Spielberg's latest sci-fi movie. That the director had taken over the project from his late friend Stanley Kubrick was well known, as were its origins in a story by British sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss called Supertoys Last All Summer Long. But Spielberg had remained secretive through A.I.'s shoot, »
Rob Leane Feb 14, 2017
Among geeky film fans, Kevin Smith needs no introduction. He’s brought us such treats as Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy and Dogma, and recently he’s had a massive resurgence as a giant in the nerdy podcast world.
So far, two movies have come out of Smith’s podcasting: first was Tusk, branching out from a SModcast episode about a Gumtree advert seeking someone willing to dress up as a walrus in exchange for lodgings. Justin Long starred in that one, with Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith featuring in the supporting cast alongside her best friend Lily Rose Depp and her famous father Johnny Depp.
Worlds collide in the new trailer for Aftermath, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy (Our Brand Is Crisis, 12 Years A Slave) and Maggie Grace (The Taken Series, Lockout), alongside Martin Donovan. Catch the intense thriller, inspired by actual events, hitting theaters and on-demand April 7th! In addition to the trailer, we also have the first poster featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This new trailer for Aftermath debuted on YouTube today, teasing quite the unique story. Two strangers' lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. Inspired by actual events, Aftermath tells a story of guilt and revenge after an air traffic controller's (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter. We're choosing not to include any actual details about the true story the film is based on, since there will be some huge spoilers revealed if we did so.
The supporting cast is rounded out by Martin Donovan, »
In the year 2000 there might not have been a bigger M. Night Shyamalan fan than yours truly. The Sixth Sense was a sucker punch of a movie; I didn’t see the quality or the cultural zeitgeist coming. I remember buying a ticket with zero expectations having heard none of the hype. I can remember a 30 second spot with Haley Joel Osment saying “I see dead people” and a shot of Bruce Willis yelling at a car that drives by; the product of a marketing department trying to sell a deliberately slow drama as having moments of thriller like tension.
Like so many others, The Sixth Sense was an amazing experience. A wonderful film with great performances and an amazing ending for those of us who didn’t see it coming. Unbreakable was a movie that seemed less transformative to mainstream ticket buyers, »
- Anghus Houvouras
There's a twisted little reveal at the end of M. Night Shyamalan's multiple personalities horror flick, Split -- though, that shouldn't come as a surprise to fans of the director, as an Omg!-worthy twist in the final act of the film has become his calling card in Hollywood. (Which wasn't always the case, as -- twist! -- he also wrote the script for Stuart Little.) As for how it stacks up against the twists of Shyamalan films past, we won't divulge the ending of Split here, but...
Massive spoilers for all other M. Night Shyamalan films ahead.
For Shyamalan's part, his favorite of his twists is in Signs. "I don’t know why, I find it so spiritual," he told Et. "The guy who lost faith and then remembers what his wife said. Then, he looks around the room and sees that his wife was talking about this moment. It always »
Will this list have a twist ending? Keep reading to find out!
M. Night Shymalan is not a mystery. He might be shy about doling out advice in interviews, but his social media presence is very instructive for those who admire and follow him. He’s had a lot of ups and downs in his career, having broken out with 1999’s The Sixth Sense, which is still considered by many to be his best work and the best example of what he’s become famous for: the twist ending. His movies don’t always come together as well as that one, but he’s still a respectable filmmaker with a lot of good ideas and surprises up his sleeve now and again. Below are some tips he has shared over the years, directly to journalists as well as to his fans on Twitter.
Every moment on the set you have to be creatively intense. It's »
- Christopher Campbell
“I see dead people.”
It was the plot twist heard around the world when writer-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense hit theaters in 1999 and surprised everyone with one of the most shocking reveals in cinematic history. The film, starring Bruce Willis and newcomer Haley Joel Osment, earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Shyamalan. It was also a monster success at the box office, grossing over $672 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, and turned Shyamalan into a household name.
Born in India, raised in Pennsylvania and a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Shyamalan followed the success of The Sixth Sense with even more twists and turns over the next two decades. 2000’s Unbreakable -- also starring Willis -- 2002’s Signs with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix and 2004’s The Village -- also with Phoenix -- saw the director reach new heights »
Surely the world remembers M. Night Shymalan's (Mns) The Sixth Sense. It crept into theaters, and blew most people away with it's twist-ending. Bruce Willis was excellent (isn't he always?) and Haley Joel Osment was still adorable. Then we got Unbreakable. More Bruce Willis, with just a touch of Samuel L. Jackson. Signs did well, but some of the dazzle of Mns' formula was wearing off. The twists were expected, but he did stick Joaquin Phoenix and Mel Gibson together when both were on a career high.
But, then came The Village. The Lady in the Water promised to be a new bedtime story. The Happening had a great trailer, but humans outran the wind. There was a catastrophe he called The Last Airbender. For those of you that still watch Will Smith movies, here's hoping you skipped After Earth. Now, here's where things get interesting: The Visit. »
- Tyler Richardson
8 items from 2017
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