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Bullying has been an absolute virus, steadily grown throughout our nation’s schools within the last decade. Whether it be over the way a kid looks, the type of music he listens to, or hell, just because he exists, the fact is that it’s grown to astronomical proportions, and it’s only a matter of time before those kids strike back. When that does happen, we end up with tragedies such as the ones we’ve had to shockingly endure, like Columbine. The pain, rage and embarrassment of being a bullied teenager has very rarely been addressed in cinema, and when it has, even That was neutered (the “pg-13″ cuts of the documentary Bully) . With all of that said, it was only a matter of time before a film, genre or not, would be made, one that takes a brutally honest look at the idea of being bullied, fighting back, »
- Jerry Smith
Across the cinematic landscape, the story of last weekend was M. Night Shyamalan’s return to something like form. The much-ballyhooed director of films like The Sixth Sense and, in descending order of release and watchability, The Village, The Happening, and After Earth, put out The Visit, a found-footage horror flick with a Shyamalan Twist that mainly had to do with it being not terrible. But despite these Pyrrhic accolades and the flawless metanarrative of its director’s comeback, Shyamalan’s movie did not win the box office. Instead, The Perfect Guy, a thriller produced by a Sony division called Screen Gems, took the weekend. That it did so — and that the industry didn’t expect it — should not come as a surprise.For five weeks in a row, the top box-office weekend performer has been a film featuring a predominantly African-American cast. First it was Straight Outta Compton, one »
- Kevin Lincoln
Box Office Sabermetrics is a bi-weekly column that will attempt to apply the statistical analysis Sabermetrics, used in Baseball, to the box office results each weekend.
Let me tell you about my personal history with M. Night Shyamalan. When I was 10 years old, I watched his third film Signs for the first time, and it changed my life. Signs was the first film to make me love films, to want to spend my life doing something with films. It was the first film that I watched and immediately understood and grasped onto the subtext and themes of the film, and the fact that a film could do that blew my tiny mind.
Before then, I had always loved film, but I had always watched them only taking in what was explicitly on screen. M. Night Shyamalan then became the first director I got into, as I went back and watched »
- Dylan Griffin
While I was initially excited upon watching the trailer for The Visit, a little part of me couldn't get past the fact that it was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. On the one hand, Shyamalan made The Sixth Sense, one of the most shocking horror/thrillers of the '90s. On the other hand, he's also the same guy behind The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth, some of the most heavily mocked movies of the past decade. Given his track record, The Visit really could have gone any number of ways. Thankfully, it's a shocking crowd-pleaser with more to offer than just a good twist - though it does have one. Allow me to make a case for why you need to see it, and don't worry, I'll keep it spoiler-free. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The fall box office season wasn't supposed to kick into gear until next week. No one expected much from either "The Visit" or "The Perfect Guy," two low-budget films with little or no star power that opened this weekend. Maybe both films would open around $17 or $18 million, with a slight edge going to M. Night Shyamalan's horror movie "The Visit" because it was opening on 850 more screens than its rival.
Instead, both movies opened big -- about $10 million above expectations. And romance/thriller "The Perfect Guy" edged out "The Visit" by about $1 million, with estimates placing its debut at $26.7 million to "The Visit's" $25.7 million. After several weeks of dog-days doldrums at the box office, we finally have a real surge in sales at the multiplex.
What happened? How were the pundits all caught off guard? Here are some possible answers.
African-American Audiences Are Underserved
This should be obvious, »
- Gary Susman
After a dismal outing over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the box office started to show signs of life again, with The Perfect Guy fending off The Visit in a very close race. The Perfect Guy took in $26.7 million over the weekend, with The Visit just behind it in second place with $25.6 million. Since these estimates are so close to each other, it's possible these results could change when the actual box office figures are announced on Monday, but, for now The Perfect Guy has the top spot, according to the estimates at Box Office Mojo.
Both The Perfect Guy ($12 million budget) and The Visit ($5 million) have already turned a profit after just one weekend, but The Perfect Guy's win is more impressive since it opened in far fewer theaters than The Visit. The Perfect Guy opened in 2,221 theaters, earning an robust $12,022 per-screen average. The Visit, on the other hand, »
The weekend box office was bolstered by two strong openings for both new, major releases. The Screen Gems thriller, The Perfect Guy topped the box office with $26.7 million and M. Night Shyamalan's micro-budget thriller The Visit was a very close second with an estimated $25.6 million. Perfect Guy, which starred Michael Ealy (his third $25+ million opening in a row), Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut, is now the third film in a row featuring a predominantly African American leading cast to take #1 at the box office, capping a five weekend streak started by Straight Outta Compton and continued by War Room. While it wasn't screened for critics, Perfect Guy appears to have appealed to its opening day audience, receiving an a "A-" CinemaScore. Even with that score expect it to drop 55+% next weekend, similar to the nearly 60% drop last year for No Good Deed. Made on only a $12 million budget, however, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
I was skeptical but hopeful when I first heard about M. Night Shyamalan’s new low-budget found-footage film, The Visit. With The Happening, After Earth, and The Last Airbender, Shyamalan has demonstrated not only a decline in his ability to draw big box office, but also an inability to write or direct basic scenes competently. But […]
- David Chen
M. Night Shyamalan has had a rough go of it over the past few years. After his breakout success with The Sixth Sense in 1999, he hit what some believed to be a sophomore slump with Unbreakable in 2000. After Signs in 2002, he had a string of duds: The Village, Lady In The Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. Many people thought the […] »
- Trace Thurman
Icon Film Distribution and FrightFest have announced a further three films – all of which are personal faves of mine from this years festival – which will be released under the curated banner FrightFest Presents. The new titles are:
Night of the Living Deb, directed by Kyle Rankin starring Maria Thayer (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Michael Cassidy (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Christopher Marquette (Just Friends, The Girl Next Door) and Ray Wise (Infestation, Twin Peaks).
After a girls’ night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She’s thrilled, but can’t remember much of what got her there. Ryan only knows it was a mistake, and ushers her out the door into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life… »
- Phil Wheat
M. Night Shyamalan sure knows what scares us. Dead people who can only be seen by a sad young boy. Mysterious crop circles suggesting something more frightening to come. And now with his latest film The Visit – a shed full of soiled adult diapers! It’s difficult to discuss an M. Night movie without referring to what disasters his last several films have been and the downward path his career has taken, but The Visit is his best movie in years. That’s not saying much, but it might be all the beleaguered director needs right now.
The Visit begins with single mom/Wal-Mart worker (Kathryn Hahn) revealing to her 15-year old daughter Becca (Olivia DeJonge), who’s filming her, that she ran away from home as a teen and has had no communication with her elderly parents since. She wants to go on a cruise with her new boyfriend »
- Tom Stockman
M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit has been hailed by some critics as a return to form for the much maligned filmmaker. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Visit is another woeful outing from a director that has inundated us with terrible films. It doesn't quite reach the depths of The Happening or The Last Airbender, mercifully. It is another gimmicky, parlor trick film. The Shyamalan 'twist' ending is blatantly obvious within the first ten minutes. There are some humorous moments and the young leads are well cast. That's as high as my praise can go for The Visit.
Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould star as Becca and Tyler. Precocious siblings who are visiting their grandparents for the first time in rural Pennsylvania. The back story is their mother (Kathryn Hahn) has been estranged from her parents for fifteen years. The kids want to meet their grandparents and »
Home is Where the Hacker Is: Shyamalan’s Return to Entertaining Cinema
In many ways, The Visit, the latest film from once celebrated M. Night Shyamalan, is praiseworthy considering this follows on the heels of two back-to-back cinematic abominations, The Last Airbender (2010) and After Earth (2013). In a similar vein to his earlier thrillers, the director revisits tight-knit family dynamics marred by domestic dramas and supernatural/sci-fi shadings, resulting in another of his famous ‘twists’ audiences seem to hold out for. Surprisingly, it’s a found footage film, and as many films in the subgenre, falls victim to the obvious artificial editing and a legion of conveniences that tend to distract rather than compel.
Though not quite a return to form, and never quite seizing the mounting dread its narrative tends to suggest, it certainly is Shyamalan’s most entertaining film in well over a decade, and he utilizes a simple scenario to pleasurable effect, »
- Nicholas Bell
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Learn how to make your very own Diy Deadpool costume, M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening gets an Honest Trailer and the familiar voice of Chewbacca gets an Edm remix. Also, Game of Thrones meets Bob's Burgers in an entertaining mashup. Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
The Martian Meets Pixar's Wall-e
Have you noticed any similarities between The Martian and Disney Pixar's Wall-e? If so, then you'll love this wonderful mashup trailer by Tony Dolezal, which keeps the dialogue of The Martian trailer but shows footage from Wall-e. The result is quite impressive, and we even have a split-screen video that compares the original trailer for The »
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The Visit is set for release on September 11th, with a cast that includes Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano.
- Gary Collinson
After delivering back-to-back creative and commercial duds in the sci-fi action genre, M. Night Shyamalan retreats to familiar thriller territory with “The Visit.” As far as happy homecomings go, it beats the one awaiting his characters, though not by much. The story of two teens spending a week with the creepy grandparents they’ve never met unfolds in a mockumentary style that’s new for the filmmaker and old hat for horror auds. Heavier on comic relief (most of it intentional) than genuine scares, this low-budget oddity could score decent opening weekend B.O. and ultimately find a cult following thanks to its freakier twists and turns, but hardly represents a return to form for its one-time Oscar-nominated auteur.
- Geoff Berkshire
From The Happening to The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan is no stranger to this column. And judging by The Visit, I'm guessing that will be the case for a long time to come. The Lady in the Water (2006) Director: M. Night Shyamalan Stars: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright An apartment manager finds a Narf in his pool and must help her save the world before the Great Eatlon... Read More »
- Jason Adams
Over the river and through the woods to yet another banal, anticlimactic attempt at storytelling from M. Night Shyamalan. And this time, it’s found-footage. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): have no faith in M. Night Shyamalan anymore
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think I’ve figured out the secret of M. Night Shyamalan. His “twist,” if you will. I bet he turns out to be an alien sent to Earth to study humanity. Looking for our weak spots, maybe… except he really doesn’t have even the first clue about us, and his experiments — which have so far taken the shape of movies — mostly go all wrong. He may have imagined, with his flawed understanding of what makes us tick, that The Village and The Happening and (dear god) After Earth were insightful explorations of the human psyche. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The set-up for the first horror movie by M. Night Shyamalan since The Happening (2008) is explained clearly in its opening scene, which is an early sign that the movie itself is almost an afterthought. Since The Sixth Sense put him on the cinematic map in 1999, Shyamalan's plot twists have generated more attention than anything else in his films. Lost in the gleeful "gotcha" glee, his strengths and weaknesses have been minimized, so that his increasing dexterity as a director -- his compositional skill, his restraint in only moving the camera when needed, his well-measured pacing -- overshadowed his limitations as a writer. It sometimes seemed that Shyamalan worked backwards from his climactic twist, coming up with an ending first and then devising a...
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This week brings a new M. Night Shyamalan film to theaters with the horror flick The Visit, following two children visiting their grandparents only to find them acting uncharacteristically peculiar and potentially dangerous, thereby scaring any kids from staying at Nana and Pop-Pop’s house ever again. Hopefully this is a return to form for Shyamalan, […]
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- Ethan Anderton
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