March 21, 2006, 6:31 a.m. CST
WHEN ARE WE GETING A NEW SUPERMAN TRAILER!!!!! Comeon Quint couldnt you have just asked? I dont want much just a trailer for This years biggest movie.
March 21, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST
Thanks Quint for being the only person who seems to be holdin gthis site together...If it wasnt for your hard work and articles i think AICN would no longer be in my favs. Now how about that new Superman Returns Trailer?
March 21, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST
You found one of the few press line guys that will actually act like a human being. Every time I get stuck organizing a crew for one of them there's a fight between a couple of the camera guys and someone ends up pissed off and ready to punch someone. Nice report, Quint, it's a perspective we don't often see on the site. And I gotta agree with the guys above -- when's the new Superman trailer hitting?!?
March 21, 2006, 7:24 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
Their only job is to shoot a movie for a few months and then go out and sell it. Someone needs to Force choke a bitch.
March 21, 2006, 7:52 a.m. CST
is where you should've started this article. Jeez, what is it with all the superfluous detail, it adds nothing and causes one to scan for the "real" begining of the news.
March 21, 2006, 7:55 a.m. CST
"Shyamalan, most believe you're a one trick pony. Each of your films has sucked more than the previous one. Is your newest film the worst yet?"
March 21, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST
new boy Merrick's doing pretty well. And personally even if nothing else interested me I'd have to check every now and then for anything from Vern or Latauro; those guys are so very, very funny.
March 21, 2006, 8:05 a.m. CST
by Tony Mike Hall
is overrated. And way to start slummin' it in his new Amex commercial. Like he's the only person in the world with a fucking imagination. What an annoying douchebag.
March 21, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST
Aquamarine. Good movie. And better yet, no Mary Night Shlamahamadingdong cameo.
March 21, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST
Quint, next time squirt Shalamaham in the face with some water (like Tom Cruise) and yell Ahoy Squirts!
March 21, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST
That was a pleasant read, thanks.
March 21, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
That kind of writing is what made AICN what it has been since 1996. There's no AICN stylebook, like most newspapers and magazines have. It's movie fans writing as movie fans. Does it get a little long sometimes? Sure, it can. But nobody's forcing you to get your news here. We like it here, live with it.
March 21, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST
Yes, and for 10 years the "writers" have not learned how to properly write. Why do I come here? I come here because once you sift through the self-congratulatory and completely unnecessary (i.e., boring) detail, there is usually some interesting nuggest of news in there. This is not an assault on the site, which we all love, it's a plea to trim the fat.
March 21, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST
she's got her new film starting up this week.
March 21, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST
Seriously, he is a comic genius. Have you ever seen anything quite like the aliens in "Signs"? Not since the aliens of "Life of Brian".
March 21, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST
Stylistically speaking, he's a good director. "6th Sense" was good, "Unbreakable" was fucking fantastic. He just needs to stop writing shitty stories and trying to go for the twist at the end. Hey, M.Night! Here's a good idea for a surprise - have no twist at the end! Just run with an interesting story from start to finish. M. Night has the potential to be the next Tim Burton, but he's gonna fuck that up if he allows himself to be pigeonholed at the "secret-twist director".
March 21, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST
Not like im a big fan of his, but AICN always gets it wrong: The dude is not called Peterson but Petersen. Get it right, its not that difficult!
March 21, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...you should have concluded your interview with a "twist." You should've dropped the notepad, reached out and grabbed a fistful of nipple through whatever shirt he was wearing and just cranked it like the old incremental knobs on black and white TVs. He would've cried and asked what the happy fuck you were doing, at whicgh point you could've said: "Now THERE'S a twist for ya, Shammy!" That would have ruled. In fact, let's pretend that's what happened instead of the rather bland interview we got.
March 21, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST
when you were addressing him too?
March 21, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST
That's what this site is missing! For those of stuck in the midwest, how about a little photographic action? The writers for this site go to all the cool events and interview all the cool people just so we can log in and bitch about it -- think how much more bitching we could do if there were *pictures* to look at! Seriously, AICN? Why no pics, ever?
March 21, 2006, 10:06 a.m. CST
"What am I doing next you ask? ah probably some stupid goddamn thing no one will give a crap about." "Fascinating M. Night. You know, I loved Stuart Little."
March 21, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST
not for being a dick, but when you start to think that this site has been around for 10 years, and the grammar and writing styles have never improved. Even the spelling is stil atrocious. And sure, one could argue that 'lack of style' is a style, but it feels kind of lazy sometimes. I still love the site, but i think if they put 5% more effort into a writing style/grammar improvements, it wouldn't be nearly as jarring to read the articles.
March 21, 2006, 10:32 a.m. CST
And damn, has it aged well. There are still so many moments where I felt chills even though i've seen the film before and knew what was coming. M Night really did a tremendous job creating atmosphere in that film. And damn, that Osment can freaking act his ass off. That scene with him and Collett in the car was unbelievable acting. I know a lot of people knock M. Night, but I think he's a very good director
March 21, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST
March 21, 2006, 10:59 a.m. CST
by Ender's Jeesh
I've been under the impression since '02 that Petersen's "next" movie was going to be ENDER'S GAME. Wtf! Get it done! End the long national nightmare already! Oh, and 27th!!!
March 21, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST
The dude has legitimate skills as a filmmaker, and can tell a story visually than most seasoned directors. (I'm looking at you, George Lucas of the "talking head" shot.) And the fact that he enjoys twist endings on his story is no more than calling a movie a "mystery". He's kind of like our generation's Alfred Hitchcock. (And I would love to see 1/100th of the geeks on this website form a coherent thought on film.)
March 21, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST
by Silver Shamrock
Deadly dull pacing and completely self absorbed. Maybe he directed it too?
March 21, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST
He's a perfectly good storyteller - it's just the stories that he happens to tell have been pieces of unoriginal, nonsensical crap, since "Signs." I'm sorry, "Signs" was fuckin' retarded. If water can kill the aliens, then WHY THE FUCK would they try to conquer a planet that's 75% WATER, where poison LITERALLY FALLS FROM THE SKY?!
March 21, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST
I want to say this first: I dig his films. Unbreakable is my favorite of the bunch, and no I won't explain. My problem with M NIGHT is that he has willingly allowed his movie titles to have "M. Night's" in front of it. That just always kinda bothered me. The guy is a great guy, but he needs to stop encouraging the Hitchcock stuff and just keep making movies.
March 21, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST
One of the funniest moments of the 60-minute Akira Kurosawa documentary directed by Alex Cox is when Wolfgang Petersen told the interviewer of his love of Rashomon and The Seven Samurai, as they remind him why he's a filmmaker, even if (he self-deprecatingly added) he's just making relatively tame, CGI-ridden, PG-13 crapfests.
March 21, 2006, 1 p.m. CST
by Mr Brownstone
actually he DID direct it too. Lol.
March 21, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST
"M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: Oh, hi! How are you? Good to meet you. (He grabs my yellow legal note pad and shakes it) The note pad! I love this! This is earthy! It's so..." god damn shamajamma what a pussy
March 21, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST
THE STUPID ASS FONT
March 21, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST
Shyamalan is an A-list director/storyteller working with C material. Aside from the Sixth Sense of course.
March 21, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST
...but I hate when someone writes names wrong. (except when they are "kidding", like with the whole Shymalamablabla-shit) It's PetersEn, not PetersOn.
March 21, 2006, 2:23 p.m. CST
its douche bag typo nazi, not DerLanghaarige
March 21, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...and much more complete agreement with AnimeJune on the relative merits of M. Night the film maker. Hitchcock, he ain't (though he ties to be). He made two very original and well-crafted films with gripping stories (The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable) and solid performances (coincidentally, from the same main actor). Then he made a crappy "have-faith-and-don't-think-too-much-about-the-plot-or-you'll-miss-the-point" alien movie that wasn't supposed to be about aliens, followed by a movie that essentially telegraphed its twist from a thousand miles away while asking: "You want subtlety with your allegory? Well FUCK YOU!" He's batting about 500 as a writer/director right now. That's not terrible (a skooch better than Tarantino thanks to the double donut that was Kill Bill) but not in Hitchcok's career-average league. I certainly don't hate the guy as an artist (like I said, seriously dig those first two films), even though he comes off like a pretentious douche in interviews (another thing he has in common with QT). But he is far from flawless and really needs to consider doing a movie without some sort of gimmick ending, just to show he can.
March 21, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST
Anyone see his terribly underrated film with Tom Bergenger called, "Shattered"? It has the mother of all plot twists at the end. It's a little unbelievable, but the film was so entertaining I didn't care.
March 21, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST
I'm a fan of Shymalan and I'm excited to see LITW. My first visit to this site was reading the 'Village' TB. I laughed my ass off. Can't wait to see what's in store. "Those we don't speak of, brother!"
March 21, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST
Peterson: "24: The Movie." Shyamalan: Max Barry's "Company."
March 21, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST
...interesting enough to warrant an open mind before each film, but The Village was so poor that said open mind is rapidly closing. I will try to give his new movie a fair shake, but the sour taste after that last piece of excrement won't wash away with ease. Still, I really like The Sixth Sense and love Unbreakable so I haven't counted him out. The guy has talent and I admire his stubborn conviction that a story worth telling sometimes needs to take the time it requires to be justly told.
March 21, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST
Just a heartfelt thanks for the scoop on how those press lines work. This is what I come here for!
March 21, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST
wow thanks Squint for making me lose 5 minutes of my day because you decided to have a geek-gasm for a hack director and "that guy who passed on Superman vs. Batman"
March 21, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST
The only Shyamalan movie that didn't work for me was "Signs," and even then, the first 1:30 of that movie are pretty good. Say what you will about his writing; his direction shows a lot of skill. I agree with the rest of you though that the guy should start thinking about directing other people's screenplays. He would have been ideal for the remake of "Wicker Man."
March 21, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST
many people have enjoyed The Village and think it's a fine entry in M. Night's filmography, that he's not a one trick pony, but quite talented and creative, and we'll continue to see and enjoy his films. So hate all you want.
March 21, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST
Thus far I've found the "lifeless and dull" characters to fit the stories being told. I shudder to think of Cole Sear skateboarding and shouting "yipee!" between bouts of ghostly hob-knobbing or David Dunn getting happy feet after surviving the train wreck. The muted acting has worked well in my opinion as long as the story's been decent. The Village, while sporting the same type of "lifeless and dull" characters to a certain degree, was completely unsalvagable because of its horrendous script. Even Bryce Dallas Howard's "vivacity and vitality" couldn't save that monumental turd.
March 21, 2006, 4:52 p.m. CST
Orson Scott Card is writing a final script, I wonder if Peterson will wait for it to be finished?
March 21, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST
will be she's really a shemale. Who is seriously packing.
March 21, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST
Aliens from another world land on a ball 70?% of water. And rains alot unless you are in the fucking dessert. Oh...did I forget. They hate the water. And a huge buff alien can jump a top of a barn but can't get out of a pantry closet. WTF. Traverse light years to get here to be outwitted by a ...door.FUCKIN RETARDED!!!
March 21, 2006, 6:34 p.m. CST
by Silver Shamrock
The broadcast footage of the alien in Signs was in south america or something? (I only saw it once) It's gotta be fairly humid down there, and humidity should have been fucking up the alien's game all along...
March 21, 2006, 6:50 p.m. CST
by The Atomic Worm
...has got weird ass taste in movies, for sure. He hates True Romance. He hates Tim Burton's Batman, and Jack Nicholson's performance in said film. He hates Shamalamadingdong. I just don't get the guy.
March 21, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST
The aliens are simply a mcguffin to inspire screams. There isnt supposed to be any sort of logic. The real point of signs is the issue of faith. the rest is just window dressing. Its not supposed to concentrate on the aliens any more than Hitchcock did with the birds. Am I the only one that understood this?
March 21, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST
wanna hear something really insane? I myself never even questioned the alien's reasons for invading a veritable acid planet of h2o. I guess I've been raised on so many bad sci fi flicks that I just suspend my disbelief and accept stories at face value. I'm one of those people that rarely second guess a character's actions (unless the story bores me). I'm not saying thats what you need to do or anything like that. I'm just giving you an explanation of why i have no problem with films like that. I suppose if the aliens were the true point of the film, as in dreamcatcher, i would have been less forgiving. But as mcguffins go, I've seen worse. A lot worse. Heck, I even love the prequel trilogy--guess there's no account for taste, huh? ;)
March 21, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST
by Leto III
...Just kidding. But is it not significant that, as one film critic put it upon THE VILLAGE's release, "[The] seams on Shayamalan's fastball are showing?"
March 21, 2006, 9:04 p.m. CST
You do realize that Shyamalan wrote the screenplay for 'Stuart Little,' right? Anyway, I wouldn't call any of the characters in 'The Village' "chronically depressed," except for maybe William Hurt. Nor do I think you have anywhere near enough information to accuse Giamatti's character of being more of the same (although admittedly, his only line of dialogue that we've heard so far was spoken in those patented 'hushed tones' of Shyamalan's).
March 21, 2006, 9:10 p.m. CST
How come there are no Indian people in his movies?
March 21, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST
appear in his movies. It really kills the illusion of the story when this ding dong shows his mug. Wasn't he a sheriff in Signs? An Indian sheriff?!?!?!
March 21, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST
However if you watch Signs, I thought they made it pretty clear that it was bacteria in the water that killed the aliens, and not the water itself. The cups of water the girl leaves out "taste old" and are "contaminated" as she says, then days later are used against the alien. Stagnant water, especially water that's touched human lips, begins to grow bacteria immediately, that's why doctors advise against drinking from open water bottles after a certain amount of time. Besides the fact that Signs was obviously inspired by War of the Worlds, in which, the bacteria is the killer. So yeah, I don't mean to start a debate about this or anything, that's just how it appeared to me (and I think that there's a decent amount of content evidence to back it up). Whether or not it still makes any sense is another story entirely, though I have to say I found Signs very enjoyable. As for M. Night, his films may not all be perfect but they all are very well shot in my opinion and have great scores. That was the one thing that gave The Village anything redeeming at all was the cinematography, style and great score. James Newton Howard is the man. Oh how I wanted to like that movie.
March 21, 2006, 9:32 p.m. CST
It just seems forced, especially when he gives himself pivital roles. He was the fiance in sixth sense looking for the ring, though, right? He was alright there.
March 21, 2006, 9:34 p.m. CST
What does the M. stand for?
March 21, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST
What gives minorities the right to be in, like, movies? What's next - gay cowboys?
March 21, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST
Only gay rodeo hands and shepherds
March 21, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST
March 21, 2006, 9:39 p.m. CST
March 21, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST
Ok that's fine. It sure reacts fast though. Why the fuck would an advanced alien race scribble in some corn fields? Oh that's right use them as markers. Mapping points so they don't get lost and so they know where to unlease their terror . They can get to our planet, enter our atmosphere but don't have any GPS in their advanced crafts? Silly shit. And aliens leaving their own behind. Fuck, don't they do any kind of role call. And why didn't that alien sense the tension from the Gibson family? Especially when somebody has a bat! What would been cool would of been if the alien changed his skin and shape to look just like Gibson's character. To confuse Phoenix. If would show him beating the fuck out of a priest. And War of the Worlds 05 sucked donkey balls compared to the 53 version. Another remake rehashed into pig vomit. As of James Newton Howard. Excellent composer. Love the Kong score. Espesially with little time to compose it.
March 22, 2006, 12:10 a.m. CST
It was just really heavyhanded at the end with the religion for me. WOTW 05 wasn't perfect by any stretch, but the first hour is really solid. Can't explain the crop circles because we're never told in the film I don't think. One of the character suggests something from the aliens book, but who knows if that's true. What do people think that crop circles in the real world are used for (I mean those who believe that they are actually real)?
March 22, 2006, 12:14 a.m. CST
death, taxes, and morons who will purposefully misspell Night's last name b/c they think its funny
March 22, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST
Shit it had all a movie about a global invasion is suppose to have. It's 53. Yes it had religion at the end. But a lot of movies have copied or came from it. Awesome for it's time. WOTW 05 had cool effects and the tripods were slick. But pretty insulting. Machines burried a million years prior. How fucking stupid. And they show up and actually use them. So over the course of a million years they have updated or even upgraded to better technology. They could just fry us from space. Lets fry out all electical but keep the camcorders going. Lets have a giant machine emerge from the ground with a seizmic disturbance of what 6.? and the kids walking distance away in their home, don't have a fuckin clue there's a 200' tripod dusting people. Nice path the crashed plane left for the van to get out. And morgan freeman goes from penguins to aliens. The dude narrating in the teaser trailer was better. Fuck the whole teaser trailer itself was better.
March 22, 2006, 9:31 a.m. CST
Mispelling his name - that's why I love you guys at Talkback. Anyhoo, I think he at least makes an attempt to be an original and visually creative director, which is more than a lot of hacks out there these days. Maybe it's time for him to direct something he DIDN'T also write. Also - MAD MAX 2: I totally agree on the Jack Nicolson Joker thing! He wasn't bad (I mean, Jackie boy IS the Joker character in many ways), but it could have a LOT better. God, I hope the rumours are true and Steve Carell is being considered for Chris Nolan's Batman sequel! Or Paul Bettany. Either'd be good.
March 22, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST
MNS movies are not about 'twists.' If you want to call them that, 'twists' are just another part of the story. In the Village, it wasn't about the fact that they weren't in the past, it was about how the elders would react to the secret being discovered and how Bryce's character would cope. Am I the only one who thought that film was an excellent and moving allegory about fear and security in a post 9/11 world? I knew the twist pretty clearly going into it, but in no way did it effect how I viewed the film. I'd argue that 6th sense is the only MNS film where not knowing the 'twist' was essential. And Signs has no twist. And really, if you're watching Signs, and concentrating on the logistics of alien invasion, you're seriously watching the wrong movie. Finally, 'downtrodden' characters are always going to be more interesting than happyhappy characters because we want to see them transcend and triumph. And you'll always find that actors are more interested in playing these characters, especially when they can perform subtly in fantastic scenes, like the breakfast scene in Unbreakable. Any idiot can jump up and down and 'emote.' It takes some acting skill to convey all the emotions of a scene with a look (and no, I'm not talking about 'smell the fart' acting). These aren't comedies, people. And it's called setting a mood. Take back the (M.) Night!
March 22, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST
You hit the nail right on the head man. Good job.
March 22, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST
I can't wait to see Paul Giamatti in a Nighty film.
March 22, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST
I didn't see The Village as an allegory about fear and insecurity living in the post-9/11 world. I saw it as an allegory of white flight into the suburbs away from the urban world. And how in the hell did they manage to avoid see - EVER - any airplanes???
March 22, 2006, 5:52 p.m. CST
Ikiru was unbelievable. You're spot on there. Also High and Low ... Mifune's performance, and the closing scene with the kidnapper ... that's acting.
March 22, 2006, 5:54 p.m. CST
With what? Gonorreah?
March 22, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST
Bryce Dallas Howard did a fucking great job in The Village, I thought.
March 22, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST
That's cuz she is hot. Hotness compensates a lot.
March 22, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST
Get a playboy bunny to play the role and tell me it was acted just as well.