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What Is Shyamalan’s GREEN EFFECT? Latino Review Has The Answer For You!

It’s funny. There are people who write me angry letters because I “hate” M. Night Shyamalan. Hardly. I’ve been a fan of his since before he had a single film in wide release. I was pushing THE SIXTH SENSE here on the site for almost a year before it came out. I was turned on to his writing by another writer I know, and his early scripts are still some of the best technical screenwriting I’ve ever seen. I do think that as his skill as a director has grown, his scripts have gotten sloppier, and I wasn’t fond of either THE VILLAGE or LADY IN THE WATER at all. Beyond that, I think his behind-the-scenes hubris finally caught up with him and really hurt him this year when his new spec didn’t sell to anyone in town. Does that mean I hate him? Nope. Not at all. When I was writing about AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER recently, I confessed how excited I am at the prospect of him adapting that property. I think it’ll be good for him as an artist to work with someone else’s characters and ideas for once. At the same time, I always have my fingers crossed that he’s going to write another script as good as his early work. Now, thanks to El Mayimbe over at Latino Review, we have our first peek at what THE GREEN EFFECT is all about, and it sounds like a return to form for him. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF!! It reminds me of a great horror novel by Skipp & Spector called THE BRIDGE, and if Shyamalan really delivers on the premise, it could be a wild ride with a vital message. Color me interested at this point, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ll hear about this project.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Feb. 13, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    he has got a bad rap lately

    by liljuniorbrown

    Loved Lady in the Water and to me The Village was atleast original.The guys got talent,no question.I enjoyed Signs for what it was and to me his masterpiece was of course Unbreakable. I think we are to quick to blast directors,and actors on this site

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Read "the Bridge" years ago...

    by xavier masterson

    I'm still afraid of grass.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    Beware the Breeze!!!

    by Fing Fang Foom

    Oh no, the breeze is coming! Run, Timmy RUN!!!!!!!!! - uh, sounds kinda bad.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Let The Nickname bashing begin


    M. Night Shyam_____malam______

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I know what it is without reading...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    It's a - drums! - shitty film with a pathetic gimmick and a masturbatory role for the "director" to a: try and patch the largest plot holes in the idiotic script, b: fantasize about killing those who "misunderstand his genius"... I guessed that after looking at the name of the perpetrator - was I right?

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Nature gotta eat!

    by Dr Gregory House

    It's true.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery...

    by Pooter the Clown

    and Stephen King is very flattered. Sounds like the beginning of Cell...except lame.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I also appreciate the hell out of M. Night's first...

    by Childe Roland

    ...two films, but this line: "he is an original voice, an original storyteller who comes up with nothing but original stories" instantly shattered the illusion of objectivity and any accompanying credibility of the reviewer for me. Let's set aside the fact that Sixth Sense owes a tremendous debt in story and plot to The Twilight Zone. Let's ignore, for a moment, that Unbreakable is essentially a post-modern comic book story (complete with running metacommentary by the film's villain as to what elements of the genre inspired the story we're watching). Let's ignore that Signs is essentially The War of the Worlds redux. Let's forget about the return trip to Serling's well that was The Village. The only original thing Shyamalan's ever written is Lady in the Wayer, and it sucked. Even this spec script, which does sound like a return to form, is essentially the same story we've seen recycled umpteen times since 28 Days Later came out (Dawn of the Dead redux used the premise, as did Stephen King's Cell, as did that other movie that got so much attention from this site recently but the name of which I can't be bothered to recall). So Shyamalan's gotten around to his psuedo-zombie story. Good for him. Those are apparently all the rage these days and I'm genuinely surprised that it didn't get picked up. But that really sayds something about the damage the man's done to his own career...not by making a flop of a film, but by being a compeltely insufferable asshat whose ego wrote checks his talent couldn't cash. I agree with Mori. M. Night could be a great director working with other people's characters and ideas. I'd prefer, though, that he not try to pass them off as his own or original.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    This sounds cool...

    by ImperialMarchFace

    Admit it people. If you read the whole article about the movie and imagine that first crazy scene, that's awesome. Sure, Lady In The Water sucked. I like M. Night. His movies are at least interesting for one viewing. Most crap today doesn't even deserve a good look. I'd definetely be interested in knowing more about this movie, AICN!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    M. Night

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    Has a lot of talent. Hopefully he'll get his head out of his ass and use that talent. I've been saying for years that he needed to try directing someone else's material, as the writing has been his problem since Signs (which I still really enjoy), but if the script is as good as Latino Review says, then that's fantastic, too.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:12 p.m. CST

    It says a LOT about personality...

    by Kirbymanly

    ...when no one in Hollywood will work with a billion dollar director.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I only warned Mori about this 3 weeks ago...

    by Norman Bates

    Harry too. I guess peeps don't check their e-mail.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:16 p.m. CST

    I heard the title was GREEN PLANET

    by Kirbymanly

    or is that just old news?

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST

    to Kirby

    by Norman Bates

    yeah, that was what Latino Review thought the title was when they first heard about this last month.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    I just hope he doesn't try to act again.

    by vivavitalogy

    Oi was that just bad.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    I was well aware of the spec going out and not selling. Posting that story seemed to me to be just kicking Shyamalan when he was down. <P>The difference now is story and character details.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST



    Can't wait to hear about the lawsuit saying Shyamalan stole that idea from him.... The script sounds great though!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    M. Night Remaking "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"

    by buster00

    Only shittier.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    that review was horrendous

    by BadMrWonka

    as was the premise of the film. I realized that once they began giving me info on what was in the script itself, I had already scrolled halfway down the page. that's silly.<br><br>as for this film, can anyone honestly say this doesn't sound like a preposterous storyline? nature instantly comes up with a neurotoxin that makes us shove things down our throat? fucking hell. intelligent design idiots could come up with better excuses than that. if you want to just have scary deaths like that, do it like Stephen King in "Cell" (as someone mentioned), just make it happen and have everyone go batshit insane. don't pretend to use actual science. I have no problem with crazy non-scientific things happening in movies, but either you root it in plausible reality, or you don't. otherwise anyone with an IQ over 85 will roll their eyes and chuckle.<br><br>of course, if you have an IQ over 85, why are you still watching M.Night's movies? latinoreview needs to pull their heads out. the reason everyone passed on this is because it's WAY too much like Stephen King's "Cell", which is going to be made into a feature by Eli Roth. damaging his gigantic ego is just the icing on the cake.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Christ, Latino Review is somehow even worse..

    by Ravetin

    ...than AICN when it comes to the "GET TO THE FUCKING POINT ALREADY" factor.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:26 p.m. CST

    the summary makes it sound like a badTwilight Zone

    by Fabulous Freak

    But thats pretty much on par with his previous works. Dont get me wrong, I frickin loved Unbreakable, but this wind-o-death just aint doin it for me. It sounds retarded.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Ravetin... I was thinking the same thing

    by Heckles

    Some people just like the sound of their own keyboard I guess.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:29 p.m. CST

    SORRY BUT....

    by Ray Gamma

    That storyline sounds absolutely terrible... childish.... like a 17-year-old creative writing student with black eyeliner wrote it...

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by Norman Bates

    AICN not kicking Shyamalan when he's down eh?...interesting. This place is improving! I'm glad you were aware, I thought you all were asleep at the wheel. Thanks for posting the story dude.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:33 p.m. CST

    His wrath hath moved beyond film critics

    by Fabulous Freak

    to...the ENTIRE PLANET.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    It goes like this...

    by Ray Gamma

    "And then a tuba player sticks his tuba down his throat, killing himself... Then cut to a workman drilling a road, he stops, puts the pneumatic drill down his throat, killing himself... Then cut to a Fireman driving a fire-truck, he stops his truck and puts the truck down his throat, killing himself..."

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST



    Just felt like saying that...

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:36 p.m. CST

    holy shit

    by BadMrWonka

    anchorite and I agree on something?<br><br>or was he just copying me to get my goat.<br><br>you cannot have my goat, sir...

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    TOO GREEN ! !

    by Pound Sand

    Sorry everybody.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Uh, is it just me?

    by epitone

    Or does that script review not make it sound particularly interesting? At least, not any better storywise than Day After Tomorrow, but lacking the cool super-weather stuff that kept that movie from completely sucking.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:38 p.m. CST

    "The Bridge"...

    by xavier masterson

    I'd much rather see that book adapted to the screen and I'm afraid Shyamalan's "Earth fights back" film will probably insure that will never happen. Oh well, there is always "The Scream".

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Ruin the Day After Tomorrow with Cell

    by Redfoot the Fence

    This project sounds like a big medley of "The Day After Tomorrow" (nature's cleaning house!), Stephen King's "Cell" (something in the air causing violent behavior), and Scott Smith's "The Ruins" (plants that think).

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:41 p.m. CST

    The Knight

    by Norman Bates

    just because Mori is above kicking Night when he's down, doesn't mean his readers are. We all knew what this talkback was going to look like as soon as we all read the word 'Shyamalan'. I think Micael Bay and Night should team up and make a movie. AICN would catch fire and explode, not to mention the planet Earth.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:41 p.m. CST

    So Harry farts and kills the world

    by Mike_D


  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    you sir, are WAY too excited...this is "something exciting and truly great"? everyone here has listed how this project is a derivative and poorly designed version of a host of other projects. <br><br>but you're right, maybe he will go "independant"...or he could "fynance" it himself...<br><br>go back and get your GED, Oppenheimer, or at least stay in the Lost talkbacks...

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST

    And then

    by Ray Gamma

    " And then a camera operator stops his camera, and thrusts the camera down his throat, killing himself... Then cut to a boom mic operator, he takes off his headphones and thrusts the boom mic down his throat, killing himself... Then cut to a scriptwriter, he thrusts his MacBook Pro down his throat, killing himself... Cut to end credits..."

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I agree with Metal

    by SAVOIR_faire

    Hey, it's Night's right to piss off whomever he wants, and if that means he's gotta make the indie version of this movie - All I gotta say is, go talk to Spike Lee about getting funding when the studios cock-block. It's doable. Fuck the studios, indeed!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by godoffireinhell

    That episode on the MASTERS OF HORROR show on Showtime already made this film. It was called SCREWFLY SOLUTION. Some aliens made a virus to wipe out humans for having fucked up the planet.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Greetings from the internet, circa 1962

    by Larry of Arabia

    Birds go nuts, kill people? That's the whole movie? No way I'm seeing this next year. I think Hitch has finally gotten too full of himself. Get it? Full because he's fat! Ha ha.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    It's the Shyamalan version of An Inconvenient Truth

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Seriously, it sounds awful. We need another Day After Tomorrow? No thanks.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Touche Larry..

    by Norman Bates


  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Ray Gamma

    by Shad0wfax

    I nearly died of laughter, nice.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 6:58 p.m. CST

    This is the problem.

    by TheNorthlander

    The key to any good film is good drama. Any good film. Movies like Forrest Gump, Back to the Future and Evil Dead 2 has good drama. Drama = Conflict. There's no fucking conflict in this, it's just people dying and some dude who can't accept things for what they are. The main conflict here is "Man against Nature", so the protagonist's struggle should not be "Trying to accept things for what they are". How about he's a failed guitarrist who's bitter at the world because he works as a science teacher? He wouldn't care if the world got wiped out, but now he starts caring because it's actually happening. That's relevant in the same way Charlton Heston's hate for mankind is relevant in Planet of the Apes.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Bring it on! I like this guy M Shyamalan and I want to

    by Proman1984

    to see this movie

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Thanks for that one TheNorthlander

    by Norman Bates

    or shall I say Professor TheNorthlander. Are you teaching Intro to Screen writing next semester too?

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    "People who passed on this have no business..."

    by Flim Springfield

    "...working in Story or Creative departments"?<br> If that logic were applied to Shyamalan, he should have no business working in movies again after "Lady in the Water".

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by TheNorthlander

    No, I'm busy writing my latest spec actually.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I still think Shyamalan should do someone else's...

    by rbatty024

    screenplay. His last two screenplays really sucked (I liked his first three to varying degrees), but he's still a top notch director.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah, because want to see is...

    by CerebralAssassin

    ...people falling off of skyscrapers in New York during a proported terrorist attack. Nice try, Night. Stick to crying whenever Dick Cook and Nina Jacobson have script notes.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I gotta agree with rbatty024

    by The Dum Guy

    Lady in the Water was directed and shot well, but the story just plain sucked.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:35 p.m. CST

    the construction site scene sounds superb

    by Captain Katanga

    Just imagine it... the site foreman, a body hits the ground near him... he rushes over, tries to help the dying construction worker when over his shoulder another body hits the ground. He looks up... and they are all throwing themselves off the building. Who knows how the film will turn out, but anyone that says it's a bad idea is officially and technically a fucking moron.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Goodluck TheNorthlander

    by Norman Bates

    I wish you the best of luck, whole-heartedly. I just don't like it when people think he doesn't understand the basics of screen writing. He knows how to write a conventional movie, he just chooses to ignore some rules, whether thats good or bad. Plus who knows if he really ignores the conflict rule in this film or not.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by Optimus Murphy

    M. Night Sheemashamaschlong is really upping the ante this time around. TAKE THAT SHIT MASTERCARD AND VISA!!!! AMERICAN EXPRESS IS THE ONLY CARD WITH ENOUGH BALLS TO SHOW PEOPLE KILLING THEMSELVES IN ITS ADS, WHICH IS WHY NOBODY FUCKING HAS ONE!!!! My Life. My Card. My one-hit-wonder status.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by TheUglyBaby


  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Sounds more like a ripoff of

    by Shoegeezer

    James Herbert's novel The Fog.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    the donger needs food

    by occula

    or, as we say on this site, gotta eat. ray gamma, you funny!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:51 p.m. CST

    i was gonna do some bashing...

    by occula

    but i'm hypoglycemic and can't seem to muster the energy it takes to point out how much i'd love to punch the dude in the face if i ever see him down at the arclight concession stand gettin his nachos with extra chi. just coz!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Thanks Norman.

    by TheNorthlander

    Much appreciated. I don't think he doesn't understand the basics of screen writing, in fact I think he's one of the more talented writer/directors working in Hollywood today. But I agree with Moriarty that while he's a really good director, his writing has gotten more and more sloppy over the years. That's not necessarely due to lack of talent or understanding of the craft though. Writing is a process not unlike sculpturing; you add, form and remove clay until what you got works. It's really hard to create something, then look at it objectively, then reshape it, then look at it objectively etc until it works for other people as well as for yourself. That's why there are guidelines, or "rules" to keep you on the path. The "rules" are not there to be followed or broken, you need to get them to work FOR you. Once you start either following them blindly or breaking them on your own whim you go too far in either direction, but if get them on your side you can use the "rules" of dramaturgy to your advantage. One person who does this very well I think is Charlie Kaufman.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I like this one...

    by mr. brownstone

    it sounds like an oldschool Larry Cohen flick.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I don't mind M.N.Shy's movies...

    by justcheckin

    as long as he doesn't act in them.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Norman Bates


    Good lord... You aren't kidding Norman.... The site would literally crash with responses if Bay and Shymalan teamed up for film.... <p> DAMN YOU SHAMMA-BAY, DAMN YOU SHAMMA-BAY!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Anyone see Aoyama's Eli, Eli Lema Sabachtani?

    by McGsStepson

    It was A WAY SIMILAR PLOT. More than CELL and more than that episode of ANGEL. Cool film - saw it last year at Film Comment Selects in NYC.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:41 p.m. CST

    What a twist

    by Gozu

    Um...the environmental revenge genere actually stretches way back. Anyone remember "The Prophecy" (no, not the one with Christopher Walken), "Night of the Lepus," "Frogs," etc. Lame. It would be neat to see him do something like a giallo thriller, really balls-out gory, R-Rated film with tits, gore, and blood, just to see if he could. Screw inane plot-twists and whispering child actors, lets see if he could really cut loose. Now THAT would be a twist.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    sounds stupid

    by Jack the Lad

    Shyamalan should just direct a film of THE RUINS or Herbert's THE FOG, which were both mentioned before, and not be allowed near the screenplay. If he's forced to concentrate on atmospherics he may be able to come back.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by AnnoyYou

    Shyamalan is to film as Aaron Sorkin is to TV. That is to say, both pretentious, touchy jerks.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:50 p.m. CST

    If you hate shitty filmmakers you're not alone brother.

    by bioforge

    The sucketh filmmaker doeth suck films. I believe this is basic math.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    twist ending is it ends up having a good twist ending

    by Orionsangels


  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by El Scorcho

    Those Latino Review asshats needs to learn how to write. Seriously. As far as the script, it does sound like an above average Twilight Zone episode, but I don't see how it will sustain a full running time... and I'm fucking SICK of Night's "message" films. We shall see.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:21 p.m. CST

    The thing about El Mayimbe.....

    by Hail that you can't really trust his judgment. He really has yet to prove himself, b/c he reviews a lot of things that have not yet (and in some cases will not) appeared in theater. Generally, he reviews based on superficial things like "coolness," "body count," and action, so consider my vote out on this one....

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    The thing about El Mayimbe.....

    by Hail that you can't really trust his judgment. He really has yet to prove himself, b/c he reviews a lot of things that have not yet (and in some cases will not) appeared in theater. Generally, he reviews based on superficial things like "coolness," "body count," and action, so consider my vote out on this one....

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    M.Night Shamalan should stop acting

    by IngoSaint

    I think that is what is ruining is his movies, him acting in it.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by Shad0wfax

    Agreed on the visual of the building site suicides being key, but again, this sounds like style over substance and another Mary-Sue attempt by Shymalan to put in how disillusioned rejects save the world and realise life is worth living. He needs to realise scripts do need the conflict necessary to stimulate audience empathy - if he doesn't think those things exist, he needs to go to McKee's workshop. Hahaha.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:28 p.m. CST

    i hate that too

    by occula

    hitchcock was one of the greatest contributors to the art of cinema that ever was, and ever will be. the donger is no better than - oh, let's see, 3/4 of the working writer-directors out there, and you don't see all of them prancing around like their shit smells like fluffy kittens.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    M. Night

    by Cobbio

    Maybe this will be good, but I don't know. I lost faith in Shyamalan after seeing "The Village." To me that movie was just so... I don't know... immature? Silly? I just didn't like it at all. And I didn't bother to see "Lady in the Water" after a friend -- an M. Night fan, no less -- told me to avoid it like the plague.<p> Maybe Shyamalan is still a passable writer and/or director. Some people seem to think so. To me, he wasn't very good to begin with, so I won't elevate my expectations.<p> Hopefully he'll prove me wrong but I doubt it.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I like the guy but..

    by jimmy_009

    ... if I brought that concept to all the studios it would be turned down flat. I like the idea that they didn't jump on an idea just because of the name attached to it.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Shamalan bashing

    by Lovecraftfan

    How so last year and the year before that and the year before that and the year before that.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 10:09 p.m. CST

    lady in the water

    by El Borak

    was great by the way. it worked on a bunch of different levels. i don't know why everyone hates it so much.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by thebearovingian

    It wasn't the laughter that you nearly died was the Green Effect!

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    This reviewer makes Latinos look bad.

    by Kevin Bosch

    I promise you, we can write paragraphs that are longer then a single sentence.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    This reviewer makes Latinos look bad.

    by Kevin Bosch

    I promise you, we can write paragraphs that are longer then a single sentence.

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Fuck every single one of you!

    by PhantomSpazzz

    Here comes the hating. Let it begin. God.....I honestly didnt see that coming. Oh, wait...I forgot, that's the cool thing to do in talkbacks. I can honestly see bashing someone without talent, or without creativity, or without a vision but i just cant make sense of all the hate with M. Night. I read the fool article and I could see the scenes being played out and have to admit I really want to see this shit on the screen. Honestly, I could see if you've actually written or directed something worthy of praise and artistic merit and then went forth with your life bashing those who produce less worthy rubish. By all means you'd have the right to do so. However, every single one of you talkback haters just read the first ten posts and whatever the majority is follow along blindly with the majority thinking that you are cool and "in the know" of all that is cool. If you or you or YOU are such experts on what is or should be produced then lets see your masterpiece mother fucker? Digital cameras and basic movie editing equipment is cheap today. Get some starving actors and produce your piece of shitty ass garbage and show the world what kind of worthless molecular structure your made up of. Or why dont you sit your sorry ass down and write your perfect original script in your retro teenage mutant ninja turtle binder that has 42 pages still unused from when you were in junior high....perhaps you dont wanna write in that because your ashamed of the new CG turtle flick coming out that you've been PMS'ing about becuase it doesnt follow the dark violence that the original comic had. GOD DAMN IT you talkbackers suck and now im pissed... Lets see what else...oh yeah Superman Returns sucks....the prequals blow and George Lucas is uncool. Lord of the rings was awesome but now it sucks.....KING KONG BLOWS. 300 was originally suppose to rule but now it sucks.....and so on. Did I leave any predicatable fanboy BS out? From Jay and Silent bob...." That's what the internet is for. Slandering others anonymously." All you motherfuckers are gonna pay. You are the ones who are the ball-lickers. We're gonna fuck your mothers while you watch and cry like little bitches. Once we get to Hollywood and find those Miramax fucks who are making that movie, we're gonna make 'em eat our shit, then shit out our shit, then eat their shit which is made up of our shit that we made 'em eat. Then you're all you motherfucks are next. Love, Jay and Silent Bob.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Didn't sound very interesting to me...

    by Ribbons

    ...I don't know if that makes me a "hater" who'd get mauled by a scrunt, but a movie whose entire first act that's basically just people killing themselves doesn't sound like my cup of tea.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    No, PhantomSpazzz...

    by El Scorcho

    fuck YOU. ;)

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:43 a.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    But nevermind the reviews, what's it about?

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Are you KIDDING ME?!

    by TiVo1138

    Shyamalan said his next movie was a paranoia movie in the vein of The Andromeda Strain and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If this is it, COUNT ME IN. This could be a HUGE counterculture movie. A Logan's Run, or a Soylent Green, or a Silent Running. This has cult classic written all over it. I hope it gets the greenlight.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:59 a.m. CST


    by streakerfreak1983

    Fuck yeah. Your great. I have wanted to say that for a long time but could never put it in words. Thank You. Everyone let's follow the leader......

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 2:42 a.m. CST

    El Mayimbe sounds like pissed off failed screenwriter

    by Doc_McCoy

    Who doesn't really know how the business works, and is frustrated that his writing isn't good enough to make a career out of it. Aside from that, the concept of that Shyamalan project sounds like shit.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Oh and by the way...

    by TiVo1138

    Shyamalan, by definition, is not a one-hit wonder. You forget his second smash -- Signs.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 3:47 a.m. CST

    I still want my $10 back from The Village.

    by Dwarf Sidious

    Shyamalan hates his audiences. Hates them. Thinks they are dumb sheep. I don't use Amex specifically because of him. Grr.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 4:34 a.m. CST

    LIsten up...

    by Ray Gamma

    '6th Sense' was very good and original, 'Signs' was good and had some excellent moments, like the shaky-camcorder amateur news footage scene - that was brilliant filmmaking. However, 'Unbreakable' was silly and ludicrous, a complete pantomime of a movie, and I've never wanted to see it again - I actually hate that childish film. 'The Village' was predictable and, as someone above has said, actually feels childish, as though it was written by an arrogant student who doesn't expect his audience to be more clever than he is. This treatment for the opening scenes of 'The Green Effect' actually sounds incredibly immature, and it actually made me cringe just reading it. We need more intelligence in modern cinema, not more cheap 'twist' 'message' films that only have a profound effect on people with an IQ below 100.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 4:46 a.m. CST


    by Delagoya

    I'm pretty confident in saying that you haters are just a bunch of fat losers and virgins who will never amount to anything near what M. Night Shyamalan has made it to in life.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Skipp and Spector

    by werewolfbynight

    These guys wrote some of the best horror novels ever. The Light at the End was an interesting take on vampires and the people that hunt them. Animals was a story about real people that just happen to be werewolves. They also wrote novels about a zombie rock band and poison gas. The novels theses guys have written are well worth the time you will spend reading them. Animals is the best of the bunch. Find it and read it now.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:16 a.m. CST

    Is this the film the rip off of Day of the triffids

    by emeraldboy

    that all the studios turn down recently.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Ah yes, haterade

    by SAVOIR_faire

    I just come thru whenever there's an MNight thread, cause it's just so much fun watching everyone transform into Rob McKee... Keep those scripts sellin' y'all-

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST

    RE: "Delagoya" above...

    by Ray Gamma

    RE:"Delagoya" above >>QUOTE: "I'm pretty confident in saying that you haters are just a bunch of fat losers and virgins who will never amount to anything near what M. Night Shyamalan has made it to in life." .................. I hate to contradict you Delagoya, because I'm sure a lot of the kids on here fit that description perfectly. However, I'm a skinny 36-year-old father of two, and I'm a modestly successful producer, my annual income maybe doesn't top Shyamalan's, but I do earn in the region of $300,000 a year from my work. As I stated above, his first two movies I enjoyed greatly, but his arrogance has gotten the better of him and now he seems to be talking down to his audience with dumber and dumber scripts. I'd even go so far as to say there's a distinct pattern emerging in his work, a pattern that is becoming quite lampoonable. There's a new word your you.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    The BIG TWIST ...

    by Mace Tofu

    will be that the only survivors of the GREEN EFFECT will be the people saved by Elliot ( Note: This part will be played by Shyamalan ) Moore's guitar music. His songs "Changed" the people minds who listen and their brains didn't become "crazy" from mother natures wrath. The people who didn't listen to his music all died...and the people who didn't pay to see LADY IN THE WATER all died too ( Studio note: cut that part out , it's overkill). With most of the humans now dead because they didn't support the music of the Moore back when they could and forced him to waste his life as a teacher when all he really wanted to do was Rock and change the world thru his art the CO2 levels go back to normal and the earth lives in peace with the fans of Moore's magical music.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I love him!!!

    by jeffff

    He's the man!

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Suckyamalan... for once, the haters are right

    by spud mcspud

    His movies are indefensible! Come on. The 6th Sense's "twist" was given away in the trailer if you thought about it. Unbreakable... the best of a bad bunch. Still waaaay obvious ending. Signs: more plotholes than the last two seasons of the X Files. Chris Carter can now breathe easy. The Village: not so obvious twist, but a shitty one. Lady In The Water? Can't be arsed to find out. The most over-rated film-maker since.... well, he's the man in that category. His "twists" are lame, the "direction" seems to consist of telling all his actors to move their facial muscles as little as possible, hoping to portray the "spielbergian" dysfunctional family vibe, but instead portraying the "dysfunctional constipated bowel" vibe. Bad scripting. Bad logic. Bad everything. Makes me wish for the halcyon days of Brett Ratner. Hack-tastic!

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Why on Earth ...

    by ye olde shiza

    ... would a studio release a movie that just like the upcoming "Cell," like Childe Roland said. Man, the Latino needs to read more books.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    No ACT 3 Twist???

    by Darkwolf9x

    There is always an Act 3 twist. This is his Bit. There has to be a twist.....twist it HARD.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Vern reviewing Mori's 'Mortal Kombat DTV Sequel'

    by Spandau Belly

    That will be the glorious end of Ain't It Cool. Like when Neo lets himself die in order to destroy Smith.<br><br>I can't wait for that day!

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    "Plagiarism is bad" Um, no shit...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but a comment like that sure is amusing coming from a guy who copied someone else's screen name. What the fuck, man?

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by ImJustSaying

    Goddamn that was an annoying read. I'm glad he liked the script (Ugh! New England!), but dear lord (I bet he's hung like a water buffalo! LOL!) that was HORRIBLY written. I have no idea why this script is good. All I know is that a it's got the hollywood's biggest suicide count (that's probably why the script was passed on... how do you make that much suicide work? That gun thing sounds ridiculous), it's good, and OH MY FUCKING LATINO BIG DICKED GOD, WHY DID THE STUDIOS PASS ON THIS!!!! ARE YOU INSANE!!! WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! That said, this script sounds like an intense fever dream, like a suicidal daydream allowed to spin out of control, and that sounds pretty interesting to me. Sounds like the type of film you march through with a bad feeling in your gut and a lump in your throat. But yeah, I totally get why this would be a hard sell, and I'm glad the studios passed because the script is pretty unfeasable, not just because it's Shyamalan and he'd been having troubles. I'd like to read the script, and am not sure how much I'd look foreward to the movie. That violin bow thing is way over the top, cut that shit out.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    How was Lady In The Water a failure?


    Didn't "Lady In The Water" break the top 5 opening weekend? Didn't it turn a profit in total lifetime grosses? How many other "failures" do that? As for this new script, it sounds great. This is where I wish I was a millionaire so I could just toss him the cash.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Sounds horrible

    by Nabster

    As if mother nature is a definable entity, which can "choose" to punish mankind. Simply absurd, and the neurotoxins make humans commit suicide? Hmmm I wonder why this spec got passed over.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Did Shyamalan write that article?

    by I Hope You Die

    "Lady in the Water" is the "first failure of his career"? Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village were all successful? None of them were critically successful (except Unbreakable among comic book fans) and I'd be surprised if any were commercially successful.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    I loved Lady in the Water

    by Wee Willie

    I thought it was funny, original, interesting, and touching. I liked it better than The Village. I think critics were reviewing the controversy around the film's origins and not the film itself. Like it or not, he's an original. Even Hitchcock and Speilberg have has their failures. Any stuido that passes on working with M. Night is fucking retarded. (No offense to retards)

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Buy or Cell?

    by shellfishh

    Quite a few are mentioning "Cell" as a..source...and talking about the upoming movie. Did people like "Cell"? I didn't think it was up there amongst the best that King has done. And near the of the most worthless deaths in any of his novels. IMHO. What did every one else think?

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Don't you worry, Yackbacker...

    by Childe Roland

    ...for, in the end, there can be only one. ;)

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Eff You President Evil

    by spud mcspud

    Eff You President Evil - Haters are motivators! As Eddie Murphy's Mr T would say - "Now come on over here..." (Heh heh) PS Saying things are "gay"? That's just gay, dude.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Yack and Childe

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Childe, sorry to see that you've got a doppleganger, too.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    I think it's taken care of, MNG.

    by Childe Roland

    I kind of unloaded in his general direction in the Dark Tower talkback (an appropriate place for that showdown, now that I think about it). Seems like he was just a new guy who didn't bother reading the rest of the posts in the forum he wanted to post in before registering a screen name (although I have to think he would've figured it out when he tried to register the name with the space but couldn't). He was a bit of a snot about it, but I think he came 'round to the right way of thinking. At least he claims he's changing the name. We'll see.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    That's good, Childe.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Unfortunately, I don't think I'll get that lucky. Considering the individual behind the prank, I shouldn't be surprised.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by finky089

    or something

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    He Really Screwed Up Dukes of Hazzard

    by CaptDanielRoe

    That's all I've got to say. It wasn't worth twisting the whole movie around just for the sake of the ironic realization at the end that the Dukes of Hazzard always sucked.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Palahniuk's end-of-the-world scenario in Haunted...

    by TheNorthlander

    ...sounded much more filmable and above all watchable. It's a short story Chuck Palahniuk style about what happens when mankind discovers Heaven actually is a place you can get to. Great satire.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Gotta be another reason for this getting Pasadena'd

    by NoHubris somebody else - somebody big - already having their own GREEN EFFECT type movie in the works.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    His rewrite could be good...

    by TiVo1138

    What this script needs is a cerebral sci-fi element. Something like The Andromeda Strain or 2001. This could be an awesome idea if he finds a way to make it seem plausible (in a Jurassic Park kind of way) to audiences.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Night is talented

    by ewokstew

    he just needs to get his act together. Slow down and take a look a long hard look at what he wants and how he plans to do it. I think he's too caught up in his own B.S. and ego. Chill and re-evalute, Shyamalan and start bringing us great flicks like "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" again.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    BUY IT!!! NOW!

    by MrFloppy

    "man make the movie cheaply with your own dough, Mel Gibson style and prove the studios wrong"

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    spud mcspud

    by Dee1973

    You've summed up my feelings about M Night exactly. This sounds awful

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST


    by scarfinati

    It sounds too heavy-handed. Its almost like he polled 1000 people and the number one hot topic on peoples lists was global warming, followed closely by terrorism -- oh wait lets combine the two!

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Both "The Village" and "Lady"

    by blackwood

    ...had good films in them. I think 2/3rds of the Village is an excellent film. Bryce Dallas Howard was incredible - the best acting debut since Whoopi Goldberg in "The Color Purple" (hate Whoopi all you want - bitch can act, she's just gotten lazy). The good movie seeded in the mediocre one was the love story between Bryce and Joaquin. Cut out most of the other crap and there's something not only worthwhile, but precious.<br><br>Same deal with Lady - except maybe just a 1/3. Premise - cool. Characters - cool. Execution - eye-rolling. M. Night has a good eye, a good ear, and far too much insulation. He's sort of become Hitchcock by way of Uwe Boll. Snap out of it, bucko. Three strikes you're out.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I hate Latino Review

    by CarbonGhost

    they are the most biased untrustworthy site on the internet.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    I like him

    by CherryValance

    and I loved Lady in the Water. I'll be there for this one, but I think I'll skip that Avatar movie. I didn't read the Latino Review thing. I don't want to know anything about his movies before I see them. It's more fun that way.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The Soilent Green Effect

    by Slugworth

    [Spoiler] It's made out people. It's people. [/spoiler]

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Mori, don't you think 'Unbreakable'

    by Spandau Belly

    needed to have the words FINISH HIM! appear on the screen and them Bruce knocks Sam into a pit of spikes? I know as a screenwriter you'll right these cinematic injustices.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan: Include Canada!

    by Jubba

    I'm tired of seeing global epidemic / catastrophe movies where many major cities are shown, but almost never a Canadian city. While I like to just assume that we Canadians are safe up here with our igloos and dogsleds, it would be very cool to see the CN tower in Toronto topple over on the big screen or something to that effect. So much film work is done in Canada and our cities often sit in to act as American cities. The Sentinel is one movie of recent memory that has a scene at Toronto's city hall and it is SUPPOSED to be Toronto. I loved the hell out of those scenes because the last time I saw Toronto's city hall in a movie, it was pretending to be the centre of Raccoon City in Resident Evil Apocalypse. Land of the Dead featured Toronto buildings and roadways, including the BCE Place's interior as Fiddler's Green. Something about the undead that brings movie makers to Toronto? I don't know, but let's show some Canadians and Canadian cities in movies for what they are, especially if things are going bad. It doesn't make sense for New York to always be the centre of attention of alien attacks, meteor showers, random park outgassing, flooding, and ghostbusting. Just my two cents.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Spandau, are you really riding Mori's jock...

    by Childe Roland

    ...for taking a bill paying gig as a screenwriter for a less than artistically aspiring picture? Really? That's kind of sad. I mean, the guy gets to write features for a living. Who cares if they're all great or even watchable? Now, if Mori were to come on here and tell us all Mortal Kombat 8 was a misunderstood classic like Gallo did for his Brown Bunny, or if he was forever stroking his own ego and touting his own genius like a Shyamalan or a Tarantino, well, then, maybe he'd be in for a little tongue lashing. But he's doing what he's got to do to do what he loves and he's staying in touch with reality, to boot. Cut him some slack.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by Jubba

    Yes my man, that's what I'm talking about! We need more support and representation up here in the great wide north! Just not Canadian-made movies...those usually stink.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    The Perfect Breeze

    by SkeletonParty

    Five guys go out on the Andrea Gale to catch some fish. Then, when they are out of radio contact a CGI breeze fluffs their hair up a bit. They all look at each other knowingly for a moment and then stick their butts into the meshing gears of the diesel engine causing thier gruesome bloody demises.</p> <p>The twist: diesel fuel is bioengineered to cause eternal life when administered in an ass wound.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, Jubba, but you're just going to have...

    by Childe Roland wait like we in Canada lite did until the Dawn of the Dead remake made a reasonable facsimile of our city infamous. Oh, and I totally agree on Night's diet recommendation, BSB. Guy has forgotten what it means to be hungry, if he ever knew.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    breeze gotta blow :D

    by scarfinati

    I’ve known a few guys’ and gals’ whose “breeze” could make you want to hurt people. SBD baby.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Pres Evil - you still rule

    by spud mcspud

    It's all in jest Pres - I don't take these things seriously! So let's be mates and we'll all move on. Why can't we all just get along? ;D Did that sound gay??? >;p

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Pickle-Smoker Aficionado Magazine!

    by spud mcspud

    Gayest mag of the year >;D

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by Spandau Belly

    I'm sorry if my comments about Moriarty writing what's most likely going to be a DTV Mortal Kombat movie seem cruel.<br><br>I actually had a total blast watching the first Mortal Kombat flick when I was a preteen. I'm just having some fun with the guy. I will actually rent this MK flick to see Mori does with the characters. Hell, I'd love if he would review the finished film himself on this site and give us an insider's perspective on what they do with his script.<br><br>That being said, I doubt Mori takes this MK gig any more seriously than I do. MK is a joke. His MK flick could be a fun joke like that first MK flick. But it'll always be a joke.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan, the one-trick pony

    by Rupee88

    He made one good movie, "The Sixth Sense"...everything else, including "Unbreakable" has been either lame or crappy. I think it is great that he is finally being humbled while shopping around his shitty scripts.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 5:57 p.m. CST

    The Green Effect will suffer from the Shyamalan Effect

    by dirtsandwich

    Each one of his movies gets 20% crappier then the one prior. Sense 80%, Unbreakable 60%, Signs 40%, Village 20%, Lady 0%. So where the fuck does this leave "The Green Effect"? Can M. Night, Can he reverse this trend? Will his movies start to get 20% better then the prior? If so then in about 4 movies we'll actually have something maybe worth watching. He can only go up now.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    never use latino review for source again

    by Prossor

    your click funds the drug lords and human border trafficking

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    i was bored reading the outline of the film so god help us if he makes this. sounds aweful. and hasnt Mori been writting that MK script for like, 2 years now? heres an idea....dont make ppl team up ala' the first MK flicks. i want an actual topurnament. just crazy fuckers spilling each others blood and guts. no ones cares about the "story" here. we want blood, ninjas and spears.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    No, I haven't been writing MK3 for two years now. I wrote it in 2001. I did a few drafts then and haven't touched it since. Now it's up to the producers to either make it or not. Based on how many times they've announced pre-production, I wouldn't bet on seeing it any time soon. But the idea that I've been laboring over it this whole time is ludicrous. I've had at least six other jobs since then, including two produced films. <P>Seriously... if you think my entire sense of self-worth and identity is wrapped up in a MORTAL KOMBAT sequel, you need help.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by drew mcweeny

    ... on the other hand, seems to have the right attitude. It's very silly stuff in general, and at least he's just being flip about it. <P>And I promise, I'll let Vern review it. I would love for him to give it exactly what it deserves.

  • Feb. 14, 2007, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Day and Night

    by runfoodrun

    M. Night is a truly visual director. While I didn't love signs, that opening shot through the old glass in the farm house is a terrific attention grabbing way to start the movie. He seems to understand the small things. Now as a writer he is no doubt talented, Six sense, unbreakable, but also unchecked. Hopefully Avatar will be a breath of fresh air for him.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 12:13 a.m. CST

    there's no way on soylent's green earth...

    by occula

    ...that ANY moobie the donger could come up with would be anywhere near as entertaining as the TBs about him.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by Spandau Belly

    Thanks for understanding my tone, Mori. I actually really like your reviews and think you're the best reviewer on this site. And I'm glad to hear you found this a funny project to work on.<br><br>I always loved the characters of the MK video games when I was a kid. That's why I love making jokes about turning 'Unbreakable' into a MK fight and the such. If I'd had more time I would've made you a card with Kano holding a ripped-out heart saying "Will you be my Valentine?"<br><br>And Mori, if you have Liu Kang dance under a disco ball I'll buy that goddamn movie.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    OVERRATED and Pretentious

    by grendel69

    Unbreakable is easily his best movie IMHO. I hated 6th Sense and despised Signs.Villiage was nothing special but made bearable by watching Bryce for 2 hours.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    I should be pissed, but it's M. Knight with my idea

    by PANtheMAN

    funny i caught this article. normally i would say he ripped my idea, but i blame my own laziness for not writing something first. if you look on Ebaumsworld or other similar sites you'll find a video about a parasite emitted by bugs that takes over the motor functions of other bugs, eventually causing them to kill themselves. there are even instances of the toxin/parasite growing and protruding from the bodies of the insects. very cool, creepy concept - very body-snatchers.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    My sensibility is...

    by Lobanhaki

    There are too many people who just post here trying to be authorities of what makes a good movie, or what kind of humility these people should have. I frankly just get annoyed at it all. First, nobody's perfect and nobody gets something as complex as a film right every time. Second, people like different films, and many times, well made films do not click with all audience members. Third, I'd suggest that Shyamalan may not be simply some arrogant guy. I read his book and it occured to me that he just might not get social interactions that well. God knows there are many people like that in this world, people who through no fault of their own are a bit more self-contained than other folks, a bit less adept at picking up how they look to others. The real trouble, as I figured from reading what he wrote is that hollywood studios nowadays are heavily invested in the theory of the non-threatening fix: provide people with what they seem to like in the same form again again so long as it makes money. The reality is, for something to be meaningful, it has to be different. Shyamalan might not be the perfect human being or the kind of filmmaker who babies the audience by doing everything the same way in an obvious style every time, but at least he puts foward a good effort to make his films distinct from one another and from other filmmakers. Style shouldn't be dead repetition, but a living process of finding new meaning and possibilities in a way that suits one's interests and aptitudes.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I find it funny that Unbreakable now gets love.

    by Lovecraftfan

    I remember when it came out and a whole ton of people were calling it a failure. I guess the supporters are a little late.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST


    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    i didnt mean to imply that youve been "laboring" over the MK flick for years. i just remembered hearing about it a long time ago, thats all. im a HUGE MK fan so im dying for a good sequel, hell a good movie in general seeing as how the first 2 werent that great (especially the 2nd one...jesus) didnt mean to bust your balls about it. call up that studio and tell em to get te ball rolling, even if it is DTV. anyways, just my way of showing support i guess...peace? Friendship!...FRIENDSHIP?!?!

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    You know Lobanhaki, I'd completely agree...

    by Childe Roland

    ...with you about the need for evolution and experimentation in an artist, but you aren't talking about Shyamalan. Seriously. The man employed the same form of misdirection (and dishonest storytelling, if you really put things under a microscope) for his first four films. They all had "twists." How is that not throwing essentially the same pitch every time? Because they were different genres? Like I said above, that's true, but none of those first four were original ideas by any stretch. Two were Twilight Zone episodes changed up a bit. One was a post-modern take on the classic comic book origin. And one was a dumbed down War of the Worlds clone. I maintain that the one original/daring thing he's tried is Lady in the Water, which he essentially sabotaged by making it all about his personal battle with those who fail to understand his genius. He was in a unique position to have his voice heard, especially after delivering a few very safe little twist films that a lot of people really gobbled up. He had a built-in fanbase that would've (and many still will) defended anything the guy put out and he had folks like me really appreciating his potential as a director and hoping he'd throw a change-up so we could see what he was really capable of. I guess we should've been careful what we wished for, because the ego trip he went on prior to and during Lady was enough to convince me the guy has no interest in evolving or stepping outside of his comfort zone. He just wants us all to know how stupid we are if we don't recognize what a brilliant storyteller he is. He was his own undoing and I can't feel bad for him, no matter how hard I try.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    C'mere, Shogun Gunslinger...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... gimme a platonic man-hug. <P>If you really want an indication of what MK3 will be like, think DEADLY ALLIANCE. We wrote our film before the game, and then were a little shocked to see lots of story elements from the script show up in that game. Sub-Zero as a hero. Shang Tsung and Quan Chi teamed up. It was strange. In the end, I hope they make it, too, but mainly so I can get my bonus check finally.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 5:15 p.m. CST

    I've been acknowleged...and i feel all warm inside

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    sounds wicked cool Mori. glad to hear Sub-Zero got some attention. here's hoping it gets made sooner or later. cheers

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Unbreakable 2

    by hooties mcboob

    I watched Lady in the Water last night and was blown away by the sheer wankiness of it. The one thing that got me though was Night's insistence on playing a bigger character in this movie. I thought his little cameos in previous movies was a pretty cool homage to Hitchcock, his biggest influence, but he took about 20 minutes of screen time and could not act. Bollywood is filled with up and coming Indian actors, waiting for their Hollywood break, so why cast yourself. I am glad that the man can't sell a script as it will humanise him and pull his head out of his arse. I want the Night who directed Unbreakable and Signs, films of sheer brilliance both made me stand and weep at their conclusion in the cinema. Maybe its time for the Unbreakable trilogy to get pulled out of the mothballs.

  • Feb. 15, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    And whats this on IMDB..

    by hooties mcboob

    giving Night writing credits on Masters Of The Universe? This is a joke right?