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  • Mola_Ram 31 Jan 2013 17:27:45 10,376 posts
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    The problem with Shyamalan was that he pigeonholed himself into making "twist" movies, to the point that people weren't watching the movies so much as they were looking for clues as to what the twist would be.

    Him being a bit of a cock was also a problem.
  • Deleted user 31 January 2013 17:31:26
    To be fair Hitchcock was known for the same thing, but seemed to do ok,
  • Deleted user 31 January 2013 17:35:20
    Hitchcock often subverted himself, though. I know we discussed it a few pages back, but The Birds has literally no twist whatsoever.

    And he was a fantastic director anyway, whereas Shyamalan is just a bit one-note.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Jan 2013 17:35:22 10,376 posts
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    Well, I'll go out on a limb here and say that Hitchcock was probably more talented. But yeah, fair play.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Jan 2013 17:36:30 10,376 posts
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    I guess The Happening doesn't really have one either. Unless there not being an explanation counts as a twist

    Edited by Mola_Ram at 17:39:20 31-01-2013
  • ronuds 31 Jan 2013 17:39:45 21,786 posts
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    Mola_Ram wrote:
    I guess The Happening doesn't really have one either.
    I thought the cause of what happened was the twist?
  • Deleted user 31 January 2013 17:46:15
    There was an explanation in The Happening. Nature rejected mankind and started killing them with neurotoxins. It's fucking stupid, though.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Jan 2013 17:48:32 10,376 posts
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    Hrm, must have forgotten that bit. Or stopped watching before that, I forget.

    Oh well. Hilariously shite film regardless.
  • ronuds 31 Jan 2013 17:49:54 21,786 posts
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    Your best bet is to turn off his movies about 15 minutes before they end.
  • Deleted user 31 January 2013 17:59:47
    Sings twist is a subverted one in a similar way to the Birds. I'm fairly sure M Night had Hitchock in mind for a few of his films.

    The Happening is so bad it's good, definitely. Absolutely hilarious film.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2r_qjEHf7c

    I quite like a few M Night's films though. Haven't seen Airbender although I hear it is genuinely appalling.
  • Derblington 31 Jan 2013 18:05:53 23,406 posts
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    Whoever told you that is a genuine friend. Don't do it.
  • Deleted user 31 January 2013 18:08:07
    Signs' twist was awful. It was more War of the Worlds than Hitchcock, only it didn't really do that very well anyway.

    ALIENS ARE LETHALLY ALLERGIC TO WATER

    ALIENS INVADE A PLANET 2/3RDS WATER WITH COMPLEX IRRIGATION AND WEATHER PATTERNS

    ALIENS ARE BASICALLY FUCKING IDIOTS

    The only clever thing about the film is all the signposting it actually does (not just for the aliens themselves, but for all the little incidental details too), with an underlying current of precognition/faith/whatever, but the whole alien/water thing is just so monumentally stupid it ruins it completely.

    Edited by meme at 18:08:54 31-01-2013
  • ronuds 31 Jan 2013 18:16:24 21,786 posts
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    What were the aliens doing anyway? They seemed to be slinking around in the shadows more than trying to take over the planet, from what I remember... which isn't much.
  • BinaryBob101 31 Jan 2013 18:27:41 25,702 posts
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    If you're going to watch Airbender, then watch the animated family show instead. It's leagues ahead in quality.

    The sequel, Korra, is great too.
  • Mola_Ram 31 Jan 2013 19:51:07 10,376 posts
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    My favorite Signs bit was the secret method to beating the aliens as conveyed by Mel Gibson's dead wife: beating them with a fucking baseball bat.
  • Lotos8ter 31 Jan 2013 19:56:53 2,407 posts
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    Zero Dark Thirty 9/10

    Really well acted and directed. Wasn't showy or flash, just one woman's amazing determination and professionalism paying off. Hugely enjoyable.
  • warlockuk 31 Jan 2013 22:30:06 19,280 posts
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    Safety not guaranteed. 8/10. Surprisingly enjoyable.
  • coastal 31 Jan 2013 22:50:19 5,400 posts
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    Yup, +1 for Safety. Apart from the bloke from the sitcom doing his sitcom shtick. Lead weirdo guy plays it superbly.
  • Scurrminator 31 Jan 2013 23:35:58 8,580 posts
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    21 Jump Street
    8/10
    Actually very good and funny. I was shocked.
  • Kosmoz 31 Jan 2013 23:55:43 7,993 posts
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    Scurrminator wrote:
    21 Jump Street
    8/10
    Actually very good and funny. I was shocked.
    The opinion of almost everyone who watched the film, myself included.
  • QotSAfan 1 Feb 2013 00:10:16 1,849 posts
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    meme wrote:
    Signs' twist was awful. It was more War of the Worlds than Hitchcock, only it didn't really do that very well anyway.

    ALIENS ARE LETHALLY ALLERGIC TO WATER

    ALIENS INVADE A PLANET 2/3RDS WATER WITH COMPLEX IRRIGATION AND WEATHER PATTERNS

    ALIENS ARE BASICALLY FUCKING IDIOTS

    The only clever thing about the film is all the signposting it actually does (not just for the aliens themselves, but for all the little incidental details too), with an underlying current of precognition/faith/whatever, but the whole alien/water thing is just so monumentally stupid it ruins it completely.
    I remember reading some fan theory that said that the aliens were actually demons. Was really convincing actually. Then again I havent watched Signs in years and all this depends on how talented you think the guy is.

    A bit like the dilemma when you realise Ironic by Alanis Morissette contains absolutely no irony thus becoming ironic due to said virtue. Is that cleverness or accidental genius?!
  • Deleted user 1 February 2013 02:55:26
    I think he's talented, but overrated. Plus his habit of inserting himself into vital plot points in his movies screams of ego - worst of all in Lady in the Water, where he's a guy who literally changes the entire world. Though, perhaps ironically, I also think that's his most underrated film.
  • evild_edd 1 Feb 2013 07:57:46 3,377 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Sings twist is a subverted one in a similar way to the Birds. I'm fairly sure M Night had Hitchock in mind for a few of his films.

    The Happening is so bad it's good, definitely. Absolutely hilarious film.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2r_qjEHf7c

    I quite like a few M Night's films though. Haven't seen Airbender although I hear it is genuinely appalling.
    LOL - that's hilarious! I must get round to seeing this!

    FWIW, I loved The Sixth Sense, and enjoyed Unbreakable and Signs. Haven't seen any since then, mind...
  • dominalien 1 Feb 2013 08:01:43 7,490 posts
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    I liked Airbender. Very nice visually. Also made me interested in the animated series, and that can only be a good thing.
  • evild_edd 1 Feb 2013 08:05:22 3,377 posts
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    @QotSAfan

    A bit like the dilemma when you realise Ironic by Alanis Morissette contains absolutely no irony....
    You're most right, but there's one exception in one of the verses:

    "Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
    He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
    He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
    And as the plane crashed down he thought
    "Well isn't this nice..."
    And isn't it ironic... don't you think"

    Yes, Alanis, that would indeed be ironic. Most of the other lyrics are implied/potential irony. "Rain on your wedding day" would be ironic if every day surrounding it had been glorious sunshine. "Good advice that you just didn't take" is only ironic if you'd taken and fallen for countless pieces of bad advice. I'm with you though, taken without those assumptions the song does rather fall down! :0)
  • evild_edd 1 Feb 2013 08:09:02 3,377 posts
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    Oh, and my main reason for visiting this thread this morning:

    Argo

    Took a little while to get going but enjoyed it by the end. Surprising tense and suspenseful given that you already knew how it would end. The constant mocking of Hollywood was quite enjoyable as well.

    Feel it's a bit of a stretch for this to be being considered in the Best Picture category though. Felt a little lightweight for that IMHO.

    Still recommended though.

    8/10
  • warlockuk 1 Feb 2013 08:20:28 19,280 posts
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    coastal wrote:
    Yup, +1 for Safety. Apart from the bloke from the sitcom doing his sitcom shtick. Lead weirdo guy plays it superbly.
    Yeah, the lead chick is strangely endearing, too.
  • gooner77 1 Feb 2013 08:23:02 986 posts
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    Looper 8\10 was very distracted by JGL being made up to look like Bruce Willis. once I got over that it was a very good film. was surprised by the lurch into telekinesis
  • Deleted user 1 February 2013 10:43:34
    Event Horizon

    I've seen this quite a bit over the years and love it more and more. Remember being really disappointed when it came out but now I think it's fantastic. Great cast too and while the CGI is aging badly the rest of the effects still hold up nicely. It's not scary and has the odd silly moment but somehow that no longer matters.

    9/10

    P.S. I'm one of the few that rate Paul w.s. Anderson as a director. Reminds me of john carpenter for some reason. Same preference for practical over digital and both directors films, even the bad ones, have an unmistakable charm.
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