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M. Night Shyamalan Poll

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Rich1978, Feb 11, 2003.

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  1. Liked Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs

    29 vote(s)
    42.6%
  2. Liked Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, but didn’t Like Signs

    8 vote(s)
    11.8%
  3. Liked Sixth Sense, but didn’t like Unbreakable or Signs

    9 vote(s)
    13.2%
  4. Liked Sixth Sense, and Signs but didn't like Unbreakable

    10 vote(s)
    14.7%
  5. Liked Unbreakable, but didn't like Sixth Sense or Signs

    2 vote(s)
    2.9%
  6. Liked Signs, but didn't like Sixth Sense or Unbreakable

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  7. Liked Unbreakable and Signs, but didn’t like Sixth Sense

    4 vote(s)
    5.9%
  8. Didn't like Sixth Sense, Unbreakable or Signs

    5 vote(s)
    7.4%
  1. Rich1978

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    Among the people I've spoken to, you either like this guy's films or you think they're too far fetched and a waste of time. I was wondering whether this theory holds up.
    I think The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs are all great.

    What do you lot think? Please vote away (I think I've got all the options).
     
  2. James45

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    I thought Sixth Sense was very good, Unbreakable great and Signs good. I happen to like his trademark slow pacing and character development although I don't think he will remain the box office draw he currently is if his next project sticks to slow build up and shock 'em at the end approach. audiences already know exactly what to expect with his films.
     
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    Can't understand the fuss, really average movies, if they were quiet straight to video releases, then on that level they would be quite good.
     
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    Agree with GD :).

    M. Night Shyamalan bores me with his "wannabe controversial" endings. After Sixth Sense, people wanted to see his films just to see what he had in store for them with the ending......and he plays up on it. A shallow director who rehases the same theme IMO.

    They should make a sequel to Shallow Hal with M. Night as the star, and yes, they could call it Shallow Shyamalan :D.
     
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    I liked all three Unbeakable probably the least though. I wasnt sure if i would enjoy signs as id heard lots of bad reports, but thought it was really good. The only problem with all three films is that IMO they hold very little rewatch value.
     
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    Thought 'Unbreakable' was the most interesting of the three.

    I think he's developed a style very quickly and has made a ton of money... he's good for another 3 films yet, and I reckon his fourth or fifth big film will be his best.
     
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    I liked Unbreakable because it was basically about a guy (well two guys actually) who just wanted to find their place in the world. Anyone who gets why The Office is so tragically funny should appreciate that level of the film. It's just the everyman who knows he should be doing something more, but just doesn't know what it is.
    On the otherhand maybe I just like it because it would be cool to be a superhero.
     
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    Am I the only one on the planet who thinks this guy's movie are way to slow?

    I sat through the 90 odd mins of Sixth Sense and thought I'd watched a movie twice as long. Very slow, very boring and very very average.

    From what I hear Signs is more of the same so I think I'll give that a miss.
    Caught in his PR trap twice now and I ain't getting caught again.
     
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    If it was not for his and Gibson's name on Signs, it would not done anywhere near as well.

    I thought it was an alien b-movie at best.
     
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    His films are OK, but after one watch there's not really much there to keep me returning to them.
    I don't mind the slow pacing, it allows the actors performance to take centre stage, and he always manages to get decent performances from his cast... it's just that once you know the twist endings there's very little left in the films, and even then the twists don't quite pull the rug out from under you the way the twists in something like Memento do.
     
  11. Rich1978

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    B-Movie? Independence Day was a B-Movie. I still thought ID4 was entertaining, but only as long as you didn’t think too hard about the plot (we can all agree it was ridiculous). Signs on the other hand has loads of suspense and gives you plenty to think about.

    *Possible Spoiler*
    I know a lot of people didn’t like how it ended but when you think of all the events that happen throughout the film who wouldn’t come away with his beliefs? In the Signs “universe” he was probably right. Luckily we’re not in the Signs “universe” so what that character believes doesn’t affect us.
    Did that make sense?
    :confused:
     
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    i really enjoyed the sixth sense. i thought the pace of the film was perfect.
    i would rate unbreakable as average. i thought it promised more than it delivered.
    i thought signs was a dissappoinment. it had some moments, but overall it didnt do it for me.
     
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    I agree with Groundy. This guy has found a formula and by God he's sticking to it.

    I did like Sixth Sense and Unbreakable but when I watched the deleted scenes I thought some should have been left in. I think the shower scene in Unbreakable had a point and was pretty powerful. (Power Shower?). I suppose they can't include all they film, budgets and all but IMO a good director would have realised that and kept it in.

    Also, he's starting to appear in his own movies, who does this guy think he is, Hitchcock??
     
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    Give the guy a break guys! hes only 32 years old ! I like his films because there is so much of the same so in every other film , and a very little in the way of trying something like character and plot development.

    Hes not for action movies fans, me thinks.

    And Unbreakable gets better and better for me. Signs was another film i enjoyed, this chap can keep you in suspense, and being he is still young, the future looks bright to me.

    I think he will be one of the first new generation of directors that will swing power back to the directors (ie Kubrick, Peckinpah, Lumet, Scorsese and co) and be grat enough to have his name in the title billing, ie Sam Pekinpahs The Wild Bunch, SK 2001: A Space Odessy etc etc.
     
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    I thought Sixth Sense was fantastic, Unbreakable was a bit thin but enjoyable (rent not buy), Signs was gash!

    I'm not looking forward to his next film. He needs to really pull something out of the bag before I forgive him for Signs.

    D.
     
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    I've not watched 'Signs' yet, but thought that his first two were most enjoyable.

    I enjoy movies with a somewhat 'deliberate' pace.
     
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    I love all 3 of his movies. I can't pick which is the best!

    Signs is worthy of note for being able to make you laugh hysterically one minute and jump out of your skin the next (even though you know full well what's coming!)

    The guy is a tremendous film maker and director ... but not actor :laugh:

    He also wrote the screenplay for Stuart Little :clap:
     
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    Didn't know he wrote the screenplay for Stuart Little... At least I liked that.

    Sixth Sense was enjoyable but way too obvious.

    *****Spoiler*****
    How could you not realise the twist when you see BW shot at the beginning of the Film?
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    Unbreakable beutifully shot painfully obvious...

    But Signs... I'm sorry this was laughable... I mean I actually shouted at the screen it was so daft...

    ******Spoiler*****

    How stupid are these Aliens? They are destroyed by water so they pick a planet two thirds of which is covered in the stuff. How scary are they? Not!
    *********************

    I think the guy's talented... but maybe he should direct other peoples writing... as his own plots are at the Stuart Little level.
     
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    It'll be a bit of a mouthful if he does

    "M Night Shyamalan's Next Pedictable Movie":boring:
     
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    [​IMG]
    "Now look here young man, you'll have to blame EB White for the plot of Stuart Little since he wrote the original book"


    :rotfl:


    I notice he directed and wrote another movie before the Sixth Sense so I'm gonna try and get hold of it on DVD :)

    Details here: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0120510
     
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    i don`t think that signs was a film about aliens at all funnily enough. i read it as a film about faith and destiny.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    agreed... the aliens were just a plot device. SG I think MNS takes the lead role in that film so it might not be that great although the camera work looks gorgeous.
     
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    Of course the Aliens are a plot device... and I'm well aware what the themes are supposed to be... In the end I guess I just don't have faith in him. :D
     
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    Loved 'Unbreakable'. But sweet merciful Jesus - Signs? That is possibly, and I'll have to give it some thought, the biggest load of hose-pipe I've seen in quite some time.
     
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    Agree, Unbreakable was excellent.

    still can't decide about Signs.

    But why did he feel the need to make an acting appearance?

    Last director to do that was Tarantino....

    .... and what's happened to him since? :rolleyes:
     
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    He always makes an appearance in all his films.

    Watch more closely next time ;)

    Kill Bill, his new film, due out very soon ;)
     
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    really, speaking part?
    blimey, I think i just get fazed when Brucie and Sammie are onscreen, and don't see anything else :confused:

    apparently there was a child in some of the scenes in Sixth Sense, if you look carfully..

    yeah, I think I've seen a trailer, but do you reckon it will be as good/big as pulp fiction?
     
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    in terms of initial release it will be bigger than anything Tarantino has done before although whether it will garner the cult status of his others is yet to be seen.

    MNS played Dr Hill in sixth sense who thinks Toni Collette is beating her son, the drug dealer Bruce Willis stops at the stadium in Unbreakable and the vet that caused the fatal crash in signs. he also played the lead in his first proper film
     
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    No, not always :)
     
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    yea he did!:)
     

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