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It's almost impossible to think it now but at the turn of the millennium the hottest ticket in town was M Night Shyamalan. His chilling ghost story The Sixth Sense built around an "oh wow" third-act plot twist, scooped six Oscar nominations and delivered a massive $670 million box office payday. Success thrust Shyamalan to Christopher Nolan-like levels of adulation, but the years since have not been so kind. The wheels began to judder on the uneven The Village before a series of creative misfires with Lady in the Water, The Happening and the truly terrible Last Airbender derailed him completely. Even this month's After Earth (complete with Will Smith's A-list star power) is proving to be a less-than-prosperous outing for Hollywood's one-time golden boy.
We here at Digital Spy are more interested in celebrating Shyamalan's triumphs though, in particular his 2000 Sixth Sense follow-up Unbreakable - in our eyes his most accomplished movie. »
After cinematic atrocities like The Village, The Happening, and The Last Airbender, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan became such a joke to the degree that his name on the trailer for Devil--for which he earned a story credit.got laughs from moviegoers across America. Little wonder then that Columbia Pictures carefully hid his writer and director credits on the marketing for the Will Smith/Jaden Smith vanity project vehicle After Earth. But doing press for the picture, the twist-obsessed filmmaker has revealed something truly shocking: he was the ghostwriter for popular 1999 teen-centered rom-com She's All That. Speaking with Movies.com, Shyamalan spoke about his range, and then admitted that The Sixth Sense (which he wrote and directed) and Stuart Little (which he has a screenplay credit on) were not the only 1999 movies he worked on. After teasing he'd ghost-written a movie that year as well, he confesses: "I ghost-wrote the »
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim Buel and Jeremy Kirk go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, Luc Besson's The Family and James Wan's Insidious: Chapter 2. and plenty more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the many movies and the career of filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth). The guys discuss his cinematic works and all the plot twists and where Shyamalan can go from here. Listen in! The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Wednesday nights starting ~7:30Pm Pst. You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just as fun to listen »
- Tim Buel
Well if you didnt before you will now know her name at least according to the latest international one-sheet from Kimberly Peirce's upcoming modern vision of the classic Stephen King horror 'Carrie'. The young Carrie White played by the young Chloe Moretz ('Kick-Ass 2') can be seen on the new poster taking a gentle stroll down the road in her iconic post-blood stained prom dress. Julianne Moore ('Hannibal'), Portia Doubleday ('Youth in Revolt'), Alex Russell ('Chronicle'), Ansel Elgort, Judy Greer ('The Village') and Gabriella Wilde also star. Check the new one-sheet below. »
Few filmmakers have experienced the sort of unheralded rise and subsequent implosion that have marked the career of M. Night Shyamalan. His 1999 ghost story The Sixth Sense was a massive hit, and the follow-ups, Unbreakable and Signs, seemed to solidify him as an important voice in science fiction and suspense cinema.
But then, we saw The Village. And Lady In The Water. And everything else. From commanding a multi-million dollar deal just to write Signs, Shyamalan had become an almost instant has been; a whipping boy for critics and fans fed up with his bizarre twists and increasingly sloppy writing, not to mention his own not-so-private sense of self-importance. By the time The Last Airbender was met with scathing reviews, Shyamalan was essentially considered washed up. This summer’s After Earth downplayed his involvement in its advertisements as much as was humanly possible, apparently aware of his now toxic reputation. »
- David Braga
There are few directors I can think of that have experienced the dizzying highs and maddening lows as M. Night Shyamalan. His career has been a bizarre mish-mash of both masterpieces and pieces of garbage. It's tough to comprehend how someone capable of delivering such acclaimed films as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable could also deliver painful, almost unwatchable tripe like The Happening and The Last Airbender. As far as filmmakers go, M. Night might be the most disappointing filmmaker in the history of cinema.
I think my cinematic tastes line up with most people on the Shyamalan's filmography. My first exposure to his work was The Sixth Sense, a movie which quickly became a classic. The film was something of a surprise when it was »
- Flickering Myth
I haven't seen M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth," the reported $150 million sci-fi survival narrative starring Will Smith and his son Jaden that made just a fraction of that amount at the box office this weekend. I also didn't bother with Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender," his previous directing credit. After "The Happening," reports suggested that the filmmaker had lost the intrigue that made his work so attractive in the first place. I couldn't bring myself to confront the change. Even though "The Happening" and, god help us, "Lady in the Water" had their rampant absurdities, they were Shyamalan's absurdities: ideas that existed primarily to set in motion an array of frantic reactions and paranoia. His penchant for third act twists, though they became derided as clichés, reflected a genuine interest in showmanship that actively defied predictable Hollywood formulas. In "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs" and even parts of "The Village, »
- Eric Kohn
After Earth, 2013.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
Not too long ago director M. Night Shyamalan was considered one of the best up and coming directors. He made a very chilling film with The Sixth Sense, managed to keep up the quality with his second film Unbreakable, then did a nice job exploring sci-fi genre with Signs. Ever since then his films have consistently gotten worse and worse. With the exception of Devil, which he wrote and I thought was decent, everything from The Village to The Last Airbender has been completely awful. Now he's teaming up with Will Smith, one »
- Flickering Myth
The day a new M. Night Shyamalan movie hits theaters might as well be labeled Critics’ Christmas. Ever since 2004′s The Village — and, even worse, 2006′s Lady in the Water — each successive film from the Academy Award-nominated writer/director has given writers a golden opportunity to one-up each other with jabs at Shyamalan’s oeuvre.
And even though it’s more of a Smith-Smith joint than a Shyamalan picture — notice the absence of the director’s name from all of the movie’s promotional material — After Earth has been no exception. So far, the film has earned a paltry score »
- Hillary Busis
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
It’s a bit hard to believe that it’s been eleven years since Signs, the last good (maybe even great) movie that M. Night Shyamalan made, was released. I have vivid memories of watching that film, especially the closing scenes, where Shyamalan used nothing more than shadows and creaking floorboards to create tension so thick that the entire audience held its breath, fearful and waiting, completely in the palm of his hand. Sitting in the theater watching After Earth, Shyamalan’s latest offering, it’s almost impossible to believe that the two films were made by the same filmmaker.
That’s not to say After Earth is a horrible film; rather, what it is is disposable, a decently digestible summer adventure that won’t offend anyone, but won’t amaze them either. There are exciting scenes bookended by misfired attempts at emotion and gravity, gorgeous »
- David Braga
After two hours of observing a moping 15-year-old Jaden Smith scamper about, whimper, and throw a rock at a monkey with all the credibility of Pauly Shore essaying King Lear, you'd expect his dad Will Smith to say, "Good job," hand you $20, and then drive you home. Sadly, life isn't always fair.
If that weren't enough, M. Night Shyamalan’s malformed ode to father/son bonding in the year 3000 on an abandoned planet known as Earth is frighteningly bungled from the very first pedestrian shot.
The initial five minutes or so try to set up the plot with an incomprehensible narrative, I believe voiced by the leaden-tongued Jaden, who definitely needs a Professor Henry Higgins in his life.
As for the plot -- and I might be wrong here, but there are times when being wrong isn't that foul a deed -- in 2025, man resettled on Nova Prime, an exo-planet outside of our Solar System, »
- Brandon Judell
After Earth, the new movie from director M. Night Shyamalan, arrives in theaters this weekend.but you wouldn.t know it.s one of his films by watching the trailer. The filmmaker.s name is almost completely absent from the trailers and advertisements, and all this week we here at Cinema Blend are trying to figure out where it all went wrong. Mack blames The Village. Sean cites The Happening, and Eric says Unbreakable is where Shyamalan's cinema went off the rails. Kristy drew the line at The Last Airbender. Today, Rich is stepping up to defend Shyamalan. People are way too hard on M. Night Shyamalan. There, I said it. Now, don.t get me wrong. I understand why lots of people boo his name whenever they see it on the big screen, as his films after Unbreakable (Some, like Eric, would even say his films after The Sixth »
In a previous world, M. Night Shyamalan used to be on magazine covers. He was "Hollywood's Hottest New Storyteller." Back in 2002, in anticipation of his next great film, Signs (an unconventionally family-intimate alien invasion yarn starring Mel Gibson), he was touted as "The Next Spielberg" on the cover of Newsweek. Back then, few would have guessed that Shyamalan's career would very soon go the way of Newsweek itself - a pale, embarrassing blip in the shadow of its former self. The once-hot auteur's filmography went into sharp decline starting with his very next film, The Village (2004), and continued to plummet into a self-made apocalypse with abysmal work such as The Happening (2008) and The Last Airbender (2010). But coasting on the undeniable quality of...
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With After Earth coming to theatres this weekend, director M. Night Shyamalan is back on the radar, selling his particular brand of twisty-turny movies that made a splash with The Sixth Sense and have had diminishing returns ever since. One film that did not diminish, however, was Unbreakable. And Shyamalan says that he would very much like to make Unbreakable 2.
In an interview with Collider, Shyamalan discussed the possibility of Unbreakable 2. He’s pretty much hinted at it since the film was released ten years ago, but thus far nothing has come of it. He finally talked about it, in a rather roundabout way. Here’s the full quote:
That’s an agenda versus “I want to talk about loneliness.” And then it comes out, “How is the best way to talk about loneliness?” Intention versus agenda. And then I go, “Oh my God, if I make a movie about loneliness and everybody hated it, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
I’m ready to tell you a secret. Even though you may not see it on virtually any of the marketing materials, this week’s sci-fi survival drama, After Earth - starring father/son stars Will and Jaden Smith – is actually the newest film from Sixth Sense and The Village director, M. Night Shyamalan (twist ending!).
As such, Shyamalan has been out making rounds and promoting the film, which has Once Again led to questions about a Unbreakable 2, the long-rumored sequel to the filmmaker’s 2000 ‘real-world’ superhero origin story starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.
When sitting down with MTV, Shyamalan had the following to say about the Unbreakable sequel when asked if he’s put any further thought into it:
I have seriously, actually. And again, it’s the same ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
After Earth, the new movie from director M. Night Shyamalan, arrives in theaters this weekend.but you wouldn.t know it.s one of his films by watching the trailer. The filmmaker.s name is almost completely absent from the trailers and advertisements, and all this week we here at Cinema Blend are trying to figure out where it all went wrong. Mack blames The Village. Sean cites The Happening , and Eric says Unbreakable is where Shyamalan's cinema went off the rails. Today Kristy tells us why The Last Airbender was her last straw. By 2010, when the tent pole adventure The Last Airbender was set to premiere, M. Night Shyamalan had become a director know for twists, for better or worse. Okay, mostly for worse. He seemed to have gotten tripped up in the audience's perceived expectations and attempted again and again to pull the rug out from under us »
M. Night Shyamalan is the director of the new Will Smith movie, "After Earth." This is a fact that you might not be aware of, because Shyamalan is not a major aspect of the film's marketing campaign. It's a twist from how things were for the 42-year-old director in the aftermath of 1999's "The Sixth Sense," when Shyamalan's name alone was often enough to sell his movies. Following an impressive run of critical and financial successes ("The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs"), the waters have cooled a bit for Shyamalan over his last few movies ("The Lady in the Water," "The Happening," "The Last Airbender").
In person, Shyamalan is about as cordial as they come. When we met on Wednesday afternoon, he was wearing an Iron Man t-shirt; it made him seem approachable and endearing. So did this: Shyamalan was tipped off that May 29 was my birthday, so no matter how »
- Mike Ryan
Once upon a time, there was a director who made a film about a kid who saw dead people. I kind of despised this film at the time, and figured that nobody would fall for the silly farce. Alas, The Sixth Sense became something of a phenomenon, and established its auteur, one M. Night Shyamalan, as a maker of large scale, big event Hollywood films. His next work, Unbreakable, broke me, and I figured I'd never see another of his films again.I purposely missed out on Signs, and The Village, and The Lady in the Water, each film with progressively lower IMDb ratings, films that are almost farcically bad in terms of poor reputation. Still, each was advertised with the director's name emblazoned on the poster....
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After Earth, the new movie from director M. Night Shyamalan, arrives in theaters this weekend.but you wouldn.t know it.s one of his films by watching the trailer. The filmmaker.s name is almost completely absent from the trailers and advertisements, and all this week we here at Cinema Blend are trying to figure out where it all went wrong. Eric and Mack have taken Unbreakable and The Village to task. Today, Sean says it was The Happening that ended his flirtations with Night. I didn.t love all of M. Night Shyamalan.s movies leading up to The Happening . but I at least felt confident that I could defend them. By 2008, Shyamalan was a victim of his own success, a storyteller trapped in an unspoken promise to deliver a riveting twist at the end of every new film. The conceit impossible, and it distracted from the director »
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This week, with the release of After Earth, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of M. Night Shyamalan.
M. Night Shyamalan’s film career is an interesting one to study because he has arguably had more success and more failure than most other film makers. He was once highly regarded and revered for his style and dedication, but lately the reviews have become so harsh that many people have openly wondered why they are still letting him make movies. If you don’t know already, the answer to that question is money. His latest film, The Last Airbender was profitable despite earning a measily “6% Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Hollywood is a business, as long as you keep making money, you’ll continue to get work.
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