5 items from 2014
Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)
There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. »
- Hillary Busis
Cue the loud, simultaneous groans of Shyamalan haters across the globe, similar to the cries of laughter that rang out once Mark Wahlberg discovered the evil menace plaguing The Happening. Yes, the news is true – M. Night Shyamalan has been directing a secret microbudget horror film right under our noses, as today the director teased Twitter followers with a production picture to prove his newest project. Of course, someone could have uncovered this news weeks ago and just didn’t care enough to report it, but hey, it’s a new movie by M. Night Shyamalama-ding-dong – there has to be some kind of, um, excitement?
Titled Sundowning, sites are beginning to speculate that M. Night’s most recent film will be a vampire thriller of sorts, but after some Sherlock Holmes detective work (Google), I uncovered the true meaning of yet another strange title by the mysterious director. As per the interwebs, »
- Matt Donato
The past decade hasn’t been too kind to filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who broke out back in 1999 with psychological thriller The Sixth Sense and has been on a pretty consistent downward spiral since then. Unbreakable and Signs aside, Shyamalan has turned out some pretty awful movies. Moviegoers really didn’t take to the “the trees are attacking” twist in his horror-thriller The Happening, Nickelodeon viewers certainly have him on their hit-list after the horrific, can’t-look-away train-wreck that was The Last Airbender, and his latest film, After Earth, just earned the director six Razzie nominations, including ones for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. And so, going back to a simpler time for his next project likely sounds pretty good to Shyamalan right now.
- Isaac Feldberg
The fun of writing film columns is when an article generates a discussion about a movie and you come out the other side with a completely different perspective from when you started.
Like all comic book adaptations, the recent speculation about who will play Doctor Strange got the internet discussions a stirring. I had some thoughts on the subject and thought I'd take a moment to analyze some of the more unique actor/director pairings that have stemmed from a series of discussions on a number of popular online websites before revealing my one and final choice for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Never in an thousand years would this pairing have crossed my mind. It's inspired, and certainly out of left field (something I always appreciate). Ridley Scott has »
- Gary Collinson
In his latest twist, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan – a man once touted as “the new Spielberg” – is working on a television mini-series titled Wayward Pines. Although critics and audiences panned his newest films (After Earth, The Last Airbender), the small screen offers Shyamalan a chance to retrieve some artistic credibility. For those already weary of the show’s quality, the Sixth Sense director is only helming the pilot episode of the 10-episode Fox mini-series (his main job is as the executive producer), and he did not write the episode’s screenplay, so you can rest easy.
Entertainment Weekly got an early look at the thriller starring Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Juliette Lewis, and in an interview with the magazine, Shyamalan revealed a passion to try something new and move to television.
”Everyone’s been telling me that I’d like the way the medium is going, »
- Jordan Adler
5 items from 2014
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