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Quint does the press line at ShoWest and chats with M. Night Shyamalan and Wolfgang Peterson!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another ShoWest report. Going into ShoWest, I was thinking I was going to be getting one on one interviews with Natalie Portman, Bryan Singer, Wolfgang Peterson and Brandon Routh. By the time the day came, Singer had gotten ill and wasn't going to make it, Portman was "V'd out" I was told and Peterson was jetting off right after the presentation.

Oh well, I had a seat for the big Warner Bros presentation and that's what I really wanted to see anyway. I showed up about 45 minutes early to check in and I was ushered inside with the IESB and LatinoReview guys, who had spots on the press line. Before leaving Austin I had been asked if I wanted to take part in the press line, but the red carpet style interviews didn't seem to sit well with me, so I had declined. Turns out they never accepted my refusal and when I stepped into the room, looking to check in, I was led by the press lady to a spot in between Hollywood Reporter and Canal Plus, right onto a little white sticker on the ground that said "Ain't It Cool News (AICN)." I was the only person there without a camera, it seemed.

So, imagine how out of place I felt.... Around me are two man teams, one cameraman with camera, either shoulder operated or on a tripod, and one reporter with a microphone. I'm standing there with my legal yellow notepad, on which I'm scribbling a few desperate last minute questions, and my cheap Sony micro-cassette recorder that is all scraped up from traveling with me around the world for the last 3 years or so.

M. Night Shyamalan and Wolfgang Peterson were doing the line, one starting on each end. I was in the middle. The Canal Plus guys were crowding me out of my space, but the reporter, a dude named Ramsey, made sure to let me know that as soon as they got their chance to talk, he'd make room for me. It was clear that Shyamalan was going to get to my space in the line before Peterson, so I steeled myself and got ready.

The lady escorting M. Night down the line told the Canal Plus guys, on my left, that they'd be the last interview and there would only be pictures after them. I started to back my way out of line, hoping to make it over to Peterson before he was pulled out, too. Ramsey stopped me as Shyamalan was taking pics in front of a giant standee for LADY IN THE WATER and pulled me back into my spot. "Where are you going?" he asked. I said, "Well, she said you'd be the last interview..." He shook his head and pointed to the camera on my right. "He will have to do Hollywood Reporter. Just make sure to put your arm out before they do..." He demonstrated with his arm, holding the microphone. So, I stood there, waiting with micro-cassette recorder in hand, as Shyamalan finished his photos and headed in my direction, towards the Hollywood Reporter guys.

"Now... put your arm out," Ramsey told me. I did and a split second later the Hollywood Reporter guy did the same, but then pulled his arm back as Shyamalan stopped in front of me. I was a little taken aback, honestly. It was like a magic trick.

I introduced myself to Shyamalan, not sure how he was going to receive me as Moriarty has written some harsh shit about the man. Luckily for me, he seemed very warm and happy to talk to me. I only got a few questions, which are kind of last minute filler stuff, so don't expect to be blown away here. I love to sit down and just pick this guy's brain at some point, but I did the best I could under the circumstances. Here's my brief chat with M. Night Shyamalan.

QUINT: Hi, I'm Quint from Ain't It Cool News.

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...

QUINT: I can't work without this. I don't know why that is, but if I don't have a good, sturdy yellow legal notepad I just don't feel like I'm prepared.

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: (laughs)

QUINT: From what I've seen so far on LADY IN THE WATER, the aspect that most intrigues me is the fairy tale side of things. I was just wondering how much of that was honed while reading the story to your kids...

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: Actually, it was kind of the reverse. I was like, "Those are the elements." Regardless of how difficult it would be to put those elements in a movie, those are the elements. That was kind of my own internal law, you know? That's the bed-time story. And then I could do whatever I want as a reaction to the bed-time story, but that's the bed-time story. So, when Paul (Giamatti) will get told this story, in the movie, and he'll come to learn about it... Yeah, so the elements, however absurd they were when they came out of my mouth in that bedroom at 10pm, that was the law. I just held on to that.

QUINT: How much did that change, though. I mean, you didn't tell the story, piece by piece, and then go run to your computer and type it in...

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: No, no, no, no...

QUINT: When spoken stories are passed down or repeated, they tend to get embellished and get more detailed...

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: Well, as I said, the foreground story of the super intendant's building was kind of the frame-work for him to hear the story that I told my kids, you know what I mean? So that gave me some freedom. Then I retold it to my kids. I retold the whole thing to my kids as we were doing it, so it became the second iteration of it.

QUINT: So, what are you doing next?

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: I still got to finish this thing, you know? I still got 6 weeks of heavy, heavy cutting to do on the movie, you know? Where I'm just alone at home with the editor and we just focus on it when I get home. Then we score it, you know and all this stuff.

QUINT: Thanks for talking with me.

M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN: Take care.

And he was pulled away. Ramsey next to me kind of gave me a smile that said, "See, told you it'd work."

When I had finished talking to Shyamalan, Peterson was wrapping up with Hollywood Reporter, so I didn't have to wait long to have my own couple of minutes with him. He seemed really happy and warm. His accent was a little thick, but I did the best that I could below to transcribe it faithfully.

QUINT: I want to start off saying I'm a big fan. I grew up on NEVERENDING STORY.

WOLFGANG PETERSON: Oh, yeah!

QUINT: I'm looking forward to POSEIDON, but I have to say my main interest in seeing the movie is seeing your cast work together. I love seeing big ensemble pieces because they rely heavily on the actors chemistry with each other. Is that chemistry something you took pains to work out with your cast or was it something that was spontaneous when you get a great group of actors together?

WOLFGANG PETERSON: It was long, long process. Basically, you have 15 actors together and see if they are all working together nicely. I love these ensemble films. Same way I did with DAS BOOT, same I did to a certain degree also with THE PERFECT STORM where in addition to what you have with all the effects around the sets and the story points and yet you can really go off on a group of people with their dynamics. It's very complicated to do. It's very hard. It's also not easy to shoot because 12 actors... let's say 12... they're all characters. You have to deal with that and you have to see that they all work.

But sometimes special tensions between them sometimes happen along that you can work with that tension, so it's like in real life. When you work with a group of people things that go a little bit in that direction of tension, you can use it. The other thing, there's sympathy and love... you can use that. It's interesting. It's beautiful. I like it. I'm very much at the moment not too much into going to that one superstar and the others... they are not really there. I like very much to take every single person very seriously, you know? Because they're all people like you and me and they all deserve attention.

QUINT: I noticed you did that with George Clooney in THE PERFECT STORM, where he was no bigger a character than his shipmates.

WOLFGANG PETERSON: Yeah.

QUINT: What are you working on after this?

WOLFGANG PETERSON: I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. Get this out of the way, but I am more than willing to dive right into... (laughs) Not necessarily dive into the water, but dive into the next project soon! Because I love it so much!

So, that one was a bit confusing, but I hope you can tell what he was trying to say. Right after chatting with Peterson, I made a bee-line right into the auditorium to grab my seat for the big WB presentation. My review of the SUPERMAN RETURNS footage from that presentation can be read by clicking HERE! and I'm currently working on wrapping up my coverage of the other footage shown at the presentation, including the above filmmaker's movies, LADY IN THE WATER and POSEIDON as well as George Miller's HAPPY FEET. Keep an eye peeled for that!

There you have my first (and probably last) foray into the world of "press line" journalists. A bit too high strung and stressful for my tastes. I'll take a sit down interview any day of the week. Speaking of sit-downs... I should have my only real sit-down interview transcribed and up for you very, very soon. It was super. You'll like it. See ya' soon!

-Quint
quint@aintitcool.com





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  • March 21, 2006, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Damn....ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS ...

    by GOODIE

    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

    While i am at it......

    by GOODIE

    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

    Wow

    by tiredpm

    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

    Awww poor Natalie was "V'd out"

    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

    "Hi, I'm Quint from Ain't It Cool News."

    by Trazadone

    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

    My first question would've been

    by Trazadone

    "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

    Hey GOODIE,

    by raw_bean

    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

    SHAMA-LAMA...

    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

    Lady In Da Water is out already it's called

    by brokebackcowboy

    Aquamarine. Good movie. And better yet, no Mary Night Shlamahamadingdong cameo.

  • March 21, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Squirts!

    by brokebackcowboy

    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

    Nice Report Quint

    by John-Locke

    That was a pleasant read, thanks.

  • March 21, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Trazadone, why are you even here?

    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

    433

    by Trazadone

    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

    Natalie is probably just resting up

    by rivercb

    she's got her new film starting up this week.

  • March 21, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN IS THE FUNNIEST PERSON ALIVE

    by Stollentroll

    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

    Shyamalazam needs to get out of his rut...

    by AnimeJune

    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

    Its PeterSEN!

    by kit-sung

    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

    I think that in honor of M. Night's career thus far...

    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

    Did you spell his name wrong

    by BitterMan23

    when you were addressing him too?

  • March 21, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I was the only person there without a camera

    by Flickerhead

    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

    That M.Night interview was heavy hitting stuff.

    by chickychow

    "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

    I kind of agree with Traza....

    by Fearsme

    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

    I caught "The Sixth Sense" on TV the other night...

    by BigTuna

    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

    shamalamakingkong

    by masheen81

  • March 21, 2006, 10:59 a.m. CST

    COME ON ALREADY!!!

    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

    Why so many M. Night haters?

    by pizzatheface

    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

    the AMEX commerical is quintensential Shamalan

    by Silver Shamrock

    Deadly dull pacing and completely self absorbed. Maybe he directed it too?

  • March 21, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Now, now, Anchorite...

    by AnimeJune

    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

    My ONLY problem with M. Night

    by stlfilmwire

    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

    Someone Keep Wolfgang Away From The Sea!

    by Aquatarkusman

    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

    Silver Shamrock

    by Mr Brownstone

    actually he DID direct it too. Lol.

  • March 21, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST

    whambamshamalam was scared and sucking his dick

    by shalashaska

    "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 only thing that needs to change about this site is-

    by shalashaska

    THE STUPID ASS FONT

  • March 21, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Quint: The Trenchman of Geekdom

    by JAGUART

    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

    I don't care about Wolfgang P. ...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...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

    the poster above me needs write HIS name correctly--

    by moondoggy2u

    its douche bag typo nazi, not DerLanghaarige

  • March 21, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I'm in near complete agreement with anchorite...

    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

    Wolfgang Peterson may have outdone M.Night on twists...

    by BigTuna

    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

    M. Night is a merman

    by thebearovingian

    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

    Here's what these guys should do next:

    by Christopher3

    Peterson: "24: The Movie." Shyamalan: Max Barry's "Company."

  • March 21, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I've found Shyamalan...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...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

    Thanks!

    by Colierrannd

    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

    Horrible Interview

    by meta4

    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

    P.S.

    by Christopher3

    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

    this is probably an unpopular opinion here but

    by oisin5199

    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

    anchorite

    by DocPazuzu

    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

    Quint should've asked Peterson about ENDER'S GAME

    by Bean_

    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

    Lady in the Water twist

    by dirtsandwich

    will be she's really a shemale. Who is seriously packing.

  • March 21, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Signs seroiusly sucked

    by dirtsandwich

    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

    And what about humidity?

    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

    Moriarty....

    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

    I dont think the point of signs is aliens

    by moondoggy2u

    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

    anchorite

    by moondoggy2u

    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

    JUNKET WHORE: The Movie

    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

    anchorite

    by Ribbons

    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

    Ron Howard Hates Indian People too

    by brokebackcowboy

    How come there are no Indian people in his movies?

  • March 21, 2006, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Shamayannahanannandisaran Should NOT

    by brokebackcowboy

    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

    oh man, I'm gonna try to not start a fight here,

    by Novaman5000

    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

    and I second that about him doing cameos

    by Novaman5000

    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

    M. Night Shyamalan Hates Hispanic People

    by brokebackcowboy

    What does the M. stand for?

  • March 21, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Yeah!

    by Christopher3

    What gives minorities the right to be in, like, movies? What's next - gay cowboys?

  • March 21, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    There are no gay cowboys

    by brokebackcowboy

    Only gay rodeo hands and shepherds

  • March 21, 2006, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Dial M for Manoj.

    by Novaman5000

  • March 21, 2006, 9:39 p.m. CST

    M is for Moviemaker Extraordinairey

    by brokebackcowboy

  • March 21, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Bacteria in the water?

    by dirtsandwich

    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

    Have to say, wasn't a fan of WOTW 53...

    by Novaman5000

    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

    In this world nothing can be certain except...

    by Bong

    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

    WOTW 53 was a true invasion

    by dirtsandwich

    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

    M. Night Shyamia Twain's got skillz...

    by AnimeJune

    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

    I've said it before and I'll say it again,

    by oisin5199

    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

    oisin5199

    by clockpolitiks

    You hit the nail right on the head man. Good job.

  • March 22, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    M.Night Shalamananahassapeenapedilon

    by Bondy13

    I can't wait to see Paul Giamatti in a Nighty film.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    oisin5199

    by brokebackcowboy

    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

    anchorite

    by brokebackcowboy

    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

    V'd out?....

    by LHombreSiniestro

    With what? Gonorreah?

  • March 22, 2006, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Not all the acting in M. Nights is lackluster.

    by Novaman5000

    Bryce Dallas Howard did a fucking great job in The Village, I thought.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Novaman5000

    by brokebackcowboy

    That's cuz she is hot. Hotness compensates a lot.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but she still did a great job.

    by Novaman5000

    Get a playboy bunny to play the role and tell me it was acted just as well.