Tag Archives: M. Night Shyamalan

My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

Halloween is coming, and the dead shall rise from their graves. At least on a TV screen near you. We are awash in lists of the greatest horror movies ever made, and everybody’s trying to come up with a twist of their own. Well, I decided to just list my 12 favorites, a bunch of … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Horror Movies

The Happening

WE’VE SENSED IT. WE’VE SEEN THE SIGNS. NOW… IT’S HAPPENING. When people start committing suicide in great numbers, it is assumed that they have fallen victim of a terrorist attack; science teacher Elliot Moore and his wife (Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel) are among those who flee to the countryside. Director M. Night Shyamalan rebounds to … Continue reading The Happening

Sixth Sense: Bump In the Night

NOT EVERY GIFT IS A BLESSING. It’s almost difficult now to remember that the man responsible for recent duds like The Village (2004) and Lady in the Water (2006) had his breakthrough with a truly ingenious ghost story. The film begins with a woman fetching a bottle of wine from a dark cellar and suddenly shuddering as if a … Continue reading Sixth Sense: Bump In the Night

Lady in the Water

TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR A HAPPY ENDING. Apartment superintendent Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) finds out that a woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) lives beneath the complex’s swimming pool; she turns out not to be human, but a narf, and she’s in danger. Director M. Night Shyamalan’s bedtime story has a terrific score, a good performance … Continue reading Lady in the Water

Signs

THE FIRST SIGN YOU CAN’T EXPLAIN. THE SECOND SIGN YOU CAN’T IGNORE. THE THIRD SIGN YOU WON’T BELIEVE. Pennsylvania farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) discovers huge circles in his corn field; similar events are taking place all over the world and mankind soon learns that aliens are on their way. Another fantastical concept from M. Night … Continue reading Signs

The Village

RUN. THE TRUCE IS ENDING. The people of a small, isolated Pennsylvania village have a special agreement with the creatures that inhabit the surrounding woods, but an accident brings about changes… Director M. Night Shyamalan’s first major misstep is supposedly an allegory about America after 9/11, but the whole set-up suffers from a lack of logic … Continue reading The Village