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After spending a handful of years in the doghouse due to churning out truly terrible movies like The Happening and The Last Airbender, it seems like director M. Night Shyamalan is back. His 2015 movie The Visit helped, but it is his most recent movie Split that has really healed his damaged reputation. Since Split 2 is probably going to happen, there are a lot of questions, given the big reveal at the end of the first movie. One of those questions has seemingly been answered, because it looks like Samuel L. Jackson will be involved in the sequel.
Fair warning, this article will contain spoilers for Split. The actor recently spoke with Collider about Split and his potential involvement in the sequel. He revealed that even he didn't know about the ending, in which, it was revealed that Split and Unbreakable take place in the same universe, via a cameo by »
This weekend marks the release of “Split,” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller about a man with multiple murderous personalities, and there’s only one question to ask: How good is the twist? Ever since “The Sixth Sense,” Shyamalan has been known for spooky, dramatic movies with giant, mind-blowing twists in their plots. Of course, they’re not all good — some of Shyamalan’s twists have left audiences laughing instead of gasping. Here’s the definitive list of which of his twists do their stories justice and which ones merely unravel them, from “The Sixth Sense” way back in 1999 to this week’s “Split. »
- Phil Hornshaw
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
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller “Split” follows James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with 23 discrete personalities, all different and dangerous with agendas of their own. The story follows him as he kidnaps three teenage girls and holds them hostage in his basement. The girls soon begin to meet each personality, with the final persona being the most terrifying of them all.
The film looks to be Shyamalan’s big return after a string of disappointments like “The Happening” and “After Earth.” “Split” has critics excited, with some, like io9, saying that the film has the “best twist since ‘The Sixth Sense.'” The website spoke with the director about the shocking ending, that may surprise and excite many M. Night fans.
Readers beware, if you have not seen “Split,” turn away.
[Editor’s Note: Major spoilers for “Split” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]
In “Split, »
- Liz Calvario
They showed the trailer for Split at a screening a few months back. When the words ‘from the Director of The Sixth Sense’ popped up, there was an audible groan from the audience. Such was the state of the beleaguered director, but after last year’s fun The Visit, and now the wicked and witty thriller Split, his best in years, M. Night Shyamalan’s fortunes are looking up. After minimal set-up involving a parking lot abduction, three teen girls wake up in a locked, windowless room. Two of the girls (Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula) are friends, while the third, Casey (Anya Taylor Joy) is an outsider. Their captor is Kevin (James McAvoy), who proceeds to both terrify and confuse them. One minute he’s Barry, a fey Brit, the next he’s a woman named Patricia, then he’s Hedwig, a nine-year-old boy, and then he’s Dennis, »
- Tom Stockman
On this week’s Film Club, A.V. Club critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s shameless low-budget B-film Split and take live questions. The twist? They both think it’s the best thing the one-time Hollywood golden boy has done since his heyday in the 2000s, and even if they don’t see eye to eye on The Happening and The Village, they think you should see Split.
Watch the full episode of Film Club below.
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
After a string of critical and audience failures like “After Earth” and “The Happening,” M. Night Shyamalan seemed destined to remain merely a punch line for his signature twist endings and declining quality. But with 2015’s “The Visit” and his latest film “Split,” the director is finally returning to his status as a capable thriller helmer who knows how to keep the audience engaged and pleasantly unsettled.
- Kimber Myers
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 »
13 phobias on film for Friday the 13th13 phobias on film for Friday the 13thSasha James1/13/2017 9:05:00 Am
Did you know that “paraskavedekatriaphobia” is the fear of Friday the 13th?
Instead of the usual breakdown of the Friday the 13th movies that you’re probably used to, we decided to celebrate this Friday the 13th with a write-up of phobias and the movies that we most associate with them. Yes, we could have picked Arachnophobia for arachnophobia, but we tried to be at least a little bit more creative.
Check out our list below, and let us know if you can think up better movies to represent the below phobias.
Panphobia (Fear of Everything) – What About Bob?
You can’t talk about phobias without talking about Bob Wiley. In Frank Oz’s 90s classic What About Bob?, Bill Murray plays the multiphobic patient of Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss). He’s afraid of everything: buses, »
- Sasha James
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Three girls must escape their captor, a man with 24 different personalities some of whom are intent on keeping the girls captive and others who are trying to take back control and save them.
Before I went to see Split I decided to have a quick Google search of M. Night Shyamalan just to remind myself of the seemingly downward turn his films have taken and to see what he’s been up to, having taken very little notice of his work since The Happening. Underneath all the reviews for Split and usual IMDb and Wikipedia entries were two articles that caught my eye, one from FiveThirtyEight in 2015 titled The Death Spiral of M. Night Shyamalan’s Career and a piece from Vulture in »
- Amie Cranswick
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