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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    M. Night Shylaman- "Signs & Lady In the Water"

    Actually, "Sixth Sense" is not Night's 1st feature film,"Praying with Anger" is. His first feature was shot entirely on location in his native homeland"India", at the tender age of 19 or 20. His 2nd full feature was titled, "Wide Awake", shot in the fall of 1995 on location in Philadelphia at the age of 23. His 3rd feature, "Sixth Sense" was shot on location again in Philadelphia at the age of 25. Mr. Shylaman is considered a veteran in the industry as he went on to produce box office no draws every two years. He usually makes Philadelphia his home for film making and discovering local and regional talent and that I like him for. Am I a fan of his work? "Not Really", most of his genres are the same as he tries his luck as a mystery writer, he is just ok in my book, I would not say brilliant, except for "Sixth Sense". Where he produced what I beleive a masterpiece, his best, only on that one. With the production of his 1st two features, I think Mr. Shylaman would be best suited with writing scripts for family or comedy genres. If he notices the "Signs" I believe he will rise further as one of the top ten if he takes a couple of step back and re-think his approach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing !!

    M. Night Shyamalan broke out with his first film, The Sixth Sense, a movie that may very well prove to be both his best and most popular. There are worse fates that creating a cultural touchstone in film your first time out. He followed this with what some thought of as the disappointing Unbreakable. In that line of thought, I must agree that his movie about comic book superheroes looked anything but super. But most of that can be attributed to the cinematographer. In its defense, part of the point was to have the film look mundane. It was about a person who discovers that he's a superhero. It's only a surprise to him if his life looks plain and ordinary, like everyone else's. SIGNS cinematography is much better, more in line with Shyamalan's first film, but in all other ways, plot, pacing, characters, it's a weaker film. Many reviewers have complained about the emotionless nature of M. Night's characters, and he fairs no better here. There are no characters in this film, just caricatures. There is "the brainy kid" who is also "the kid who won't forgive one parent for the other parent's death." Not that the child's a bad actor, but he's a Culkin. And let's face it, all the little Culkin Clones make you think about beating the crap out of Joe Pesci on Christmas Eve, not their character. Then there's "the cute kid' who is also "the kinda creepy kid." Unfortunately, Kinda Creepy Kid was already done, and much better, by Haley Joel Osment, in Shyamalan's own The Sixth Sense. Next, we have Gladiator's ever-creepy Juaquim Phoenix, not as Mel Gibson's son, but as his brother. Now, I'm not saying it's impossible, but it is distracting. I'm sure there's at least 20 years difference in age between Gibson and Phoenix, and on screen it looks more like 30. Brothers? The theater-of-reality is blown in the first scene. Phoenix's character is an ex-minor league baseball player, for no apparent reason except that it's a convenient plot device when it comes time to beat the bad guy in the last reel. He doesn't play baseball anymore, despite the fact that he holds the minor league record for the longest hit, at 507 feet. With an arm like that, why isn't he playing ball in the big leagues, much less not playing at all? The only reason given is that he also holds the record for the most strike-outs. Sounds like a man who played in the majors in Cleveland for a decade, called Jim Thome. Someone should have told M. Night that the top 8 hitters in major league baseball all had more than 100 strike-outs each their last two seasons each. And that even back when Babe Ruth was the home run leader, he was also the holder of the record for the most strike-outs. So it just doesn't add up. And don't forget the town sheriff who's a woman and may be a love interest for the male lead. The only problem with her is that we just had a town sheriff who's a woman and may be a love interest for the male lead, in The Mothman Prophecies. And Laura Linney actually had the opportunity to add a little thing called DEPTH to the character. The actress here is just another cardboard cut-out, that ultimately could've been cut completely from the film without anyone noticing. But the award for cardboard cut-out character and winner of the prestigious Kevin Costner Wooden Indian Actor Award goes to Mel Gibson. For the first time in film, the man is emotionless, joyless, and humorless. He plays a reverend who's lost his faith because his wife died in a car accident. One problem with this is that we saw this character ALSO, just a few years ago when we watched Harvey Keitel play a reverend who's lost his faith because his wife died in a car accident. Again, with the unfortunate result that the THEFT of this tired, Stock Character was also A bad choice, as that even in that "We-Know-We're-Making-a-B Movie" film (From Dusk Till Dawn), Keitel was much much better. We never believe that Mel Gibson has lost his faith

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dissapointing throughout

    Look , the point is... I really don't care for any of M.Night Shylaman's movies. This director would be perfect for ``Soap Operas'' you see on Ch.4 (and I hate those) Let's be realistic people , the acting of these characters , were so hokey , and unrealistic , that it made you want to make fun of them , while watching. Mel Gibson was not a good father , because if he was , his son would not be in denial so much. The Uncle (Jaoquin Pheonix) is very dissapointing , considering he was in (Gladiator). Every person in this movie , had terrible acting , except for maybe Mel Gibson's Wife. Which the scene where she was against the tree , was the only part that caught my attention , cause for once there was some acting progress. Another dissapointing thing in this movie , which nobody mentioned , why did both dogs have to die , ok? I mean I understand that one had to get killed by the alien , you know like (The Lost World : Jurassic Park , where the T-Rex eats the dog) But...the kid , stabbing his own dog is beyond stupid. So anyway , another thing which agitates me is , not many characters , I mean c'mon , a child can count how many people are in this movie. So anyway , if you buy it , fine , but if you ask me what I think , it was dissapointing throughout the entire film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is rubbish

    i don't see why other reviewers have got so excited about this. Ive just attempted to watch it on DVD and to be honest i felt like turning the machine off mid-way through. The director can't seem to make up his mind whether he wants a scary movie, or a sad weepy sentimental flick so that Mel Gibson can deal with the loss of his wife. Ok some of the aliens are a bit creepy when they are scrabbling about the house, but that really begs the question. Like i guess aliens who arrive in super-douper space ships would be a bit more tooled up when they arrive to take over earth - like they are afraid of water for god's sake !!! The ending is also ridiculous if not actually downright silly. Save your money buy somthing else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Misleading

    The only reason why I gave this misleading and often at times complicated film two lousy stars is due to the fact that most of the time I love the directors other works including the Sixth Sense and Unbreakable and that the special affects in the movie were fairly good. The only part of the film that held my attention was when the news channel showed the home video of the alien. Aside from that, this film was most definitely not what the previews made it out to be. Lets just say that if you ever saw the movie trailer, it spoiled all the fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yawn Fest

    I was really looking forward to this film. I'm a big fan of Shyamalan and this was his first dud. I don't mind suspense but this movie drags and drags. Actually seeing the aliens was a big let down with poor special effects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

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