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MUTigermask
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#21 Posted on
    Originally posted by StingArmy
      Originally posted by John Orquiola

      If I saw it by myself or with a smaller group, I would have cursed a blue streak out of the theater. As it is I couldn't help but boo at the screen when the credits came up (and everyone in the theater laughed). If you ask me, M. Night is like Nintendo's Super Mario franchise: sometimes he puts out good work, but sometimes he puts out complete garbage and depends on name recognition to make money.

      Don't see this movie unless you want to have a new movie to call the worst you've ever seen.

      - StingArmy


    Not really, most Mario games tend to be very good to awesome. I'd compare Shamalamalan to the Tomb Raider series, really good first couple of games and then a downward spiral of suck with a few rare bright spots.
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by MUTigermask
      Originally posted by StingArmy
        Originally posted by John Orquiola

        If I saw it by myself or with a smaller group, I would have cursed a blue streak out of the theater. As it is I couldn't help but boo at the screen when the credits came up (and everyone in the theater laughed). If you ask me, M. Night is like Nintendo's Super Mario franchise: sometimes he puts out good work, but sometimes he puts out complete garbage and depends on name recognition to make money.

        Don't see this movie unless you want to have a new movie to call the worst you've ever seen.

        - StingArmy


      Not really, most Mario games tend to be very good to awesome. I'd compare Shamalamalan to the Tomb Raider series, really good first couple of games and then a downward spiral of suck with a few rare bright spots.


    You could not be more right with your analagy. I was trying for the longest time to compare his movies to ANYTHING, but Tomb Raider is the perfect example. Thank you!



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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.17
If like me, you don't want to waste time money (and in our case, gas to drive 45 miles to the closest cineplex) but want to know how bad it really was...

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=75893f9a-3391-4ab5-88c8-cf7e74bcd835

"The Movie Review: 'The Happening'
by Christopher Orr
This film is so bad that I feel compelled to make a spoiler-laden list of its most laughably terrible parts rather than review it."
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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.88
    Originally posted by Lise
    If like me, you don't want to waste time money (and in our case, gas to drive 45 miles to the closest cineplex) but want to know how bad it really was...

    http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=75893f9a-3391-4ab5-88c8-cf7e74bcd835

    "The Movie Review: 'The Happening'
    by Christopher Orr
    This film is so bad that I feel compelled to make a spoiler-laden list of its most laughably terrible parts rather than review it."

That seals it. The next time (if ever) I go watch an M. Night Shyamalan movie I'm going with the mindset that it will be a comedy.
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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
    Originally posted by MUTigermask
      Originally posted by StingArmy
        Originally posted by John Orquiola

        If I saw it by myself or with a smaller group, I would have cursed a blue streak out of the theater. As it is I couldn't help but boo at the screen when the credits came up (and everyone in the theater laughed). If you ask me, M. Night is like Nintendo's Super Mario franchise: sometimes he puts out good work, but sometimes he puts out complete garbage and depends on name recognition to make money.

        Don't see this movie unless you want to have a new movie to call the worst you've ever seen.

        - StingArmy


      Not really, most Mario games tend to be very good to awesome. I'd compare Shamalamalan to the Tomb Raider series, really good first couple of games and then a downward spiral of suck with a few rare bright spots.


    Common, you know that Mario's first R rated adventure would be huge.
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.62
You all are off on the analogy. Obviously, M. Night is Mortal Kombat.

- Starts off well received both critically and commercially.

- Equally well done sequel, which surpasses the original in some eyes.

- Doubts start to creep in with the third installment. (Signs/MK3)

- Instead of addressing concerns, the next effort ramps up what brought them to the dance. (Village/Ultimate MK3)

- Given the current backlash against the recent outputs, the next release is given an upgrade to attempt to get back to the top (Paul Giamatti/3D fighting). Sadly, this attempt is about three years late in both cases and both MK4 and Lady in the Water are laughed at.

- With MK's Deadly Alliance and The Happening, commercial success returned, even if it wasn't the same success they had enjoyed in their heydays. Both the movie and the game were picked apart for their faults, but at least a small corner has seemed to be turned.

Now we're at the point with these two formerly great franchises that the next output from both relies on a huge crutch from an already established brand. For M. Night, it's Nickelodeon's Last Airbender, and for MK it's the team-up with DC comics. Hopefully this can turn both around.
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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.17
Your analogy hurts my brain. My mind ashes...
The Guinness.
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.86
    Originally posted by Lise
    Your analogy hurts my brain. My mind ashes...


Gotta side with Lise on this one.


However I will say, if The Village was brought to us by a brand new up and coming director, we very well may have raved about the movie. What hurt MNS was that we already knew his formula. We were expecting it.

His next movie should be a very straight forward movie. The only twist in it is subtle advertising of a twist. We would then expect a horrible twist at the end but it never happens. Instead we get a really good movie.

I'll take credit for the idea in 2039 when It finally happens.

(Did the twist in Signs really count as twist?)
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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.36
So the question I want to know is-

Which one was worse: "Lady in the Water" or "The Happening"

(I can't imagine anything being worse than "Lady in the Water")



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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.19
    Originally posted by Kevintripod
    So the question I want to know is-

    Which one was worse: "Lady in the Water" or "The Happening"

    (I can't imagine anything being worse than "Lady in the Water")


"The Happening" is better than "Lady in the "Water", but only in the sense that scurvy is more enjoyable than faecal impaction.

    Originally posted by Quezzy
    Sixth Sense is overrated too. It was a decent watch the first time but once you know the ending re-watching it is excruciatingly boring, which is probably common with that type of movie but it's still possible to make a movie with a twist ending re-watchable.


A. Men.

Terribly overrated movie. A film with a good twist can still be great to watch again because it can be like watching a different movie second time round. Characters' actions appear in a different light, scenes develop new meanings...

Sixth Sense is just hideously, excrutiatingly, mind-meltingly tedious the second time through. To be honest I thought it was pretty cruddy first time round and all.

Chalk me up in the guilty column for liking "The Village" though.

(edited by dMr on 20.6.08 1620)
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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by The Guinness.
      Originally posted by Lise
      Your analogy hurts my brain. My mind ashes...




    However I will say, if The Village was brought to us by a brand new up and coming director, we very well may have raved about the movie.


I think people would still bring up that it's a rip off of the book "Running Out Of Time" by Margaret Peterson Haddix.



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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.75
    Originally posted by dMr
    Sixth Sense is just hideously, excrutiatingly, mind-meltingly tedious the second time through. To be honest I thought it was pretty cruddy first time round and all.
I would agree with what you say about watching it a second time, but I really enjoyed it originally...like I Am Legend, I just could not get into it at all when I re-watched it.

Personally, I really liked Signs, and thought Unbreakable was horrible (as sacrilege as it seems to not like something with both Samuel L and Bruce Willis in it).
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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.78
Signs had an awesome build-up, which was only to be destroyed by a terrible ending. "Swing away Jack!" Ugh. Not to mention the plot hole of the aliens invading a planet that is 80% water.

As proud as I should be of Shyamalan (being Indian and all) he strikes me as very egotistical. Witness his name in giant letters after the ending of The Village. And would it kill him to make a movie that doesn't take place in fucking Philadelphia for once?

(edited by Broncolanche on 20.6.08 1034)
MUTigermask
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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.71
    Originally posted by The Guinness.
      Originally posted by Lise
      Your analogy hurts my brain. My mind ashes...


    Gotta side with Lise on this one.


    However I will say, if The Village was brought to us by a brand new up and coming director, we very well may have raved about the movie. What hurt MNS was that we already knew his formula. We were expecting it.

    His next movie should be a very straight forward movie. The only twist in it is subtle advertising of a twist. We would then expect a horrible twist at the end but it never happens. Instead we get a really good movie.

    I'll take credit for the idea in 2039 when It finally happens.

    (Did the twist in Signs really count as twist?)


I think Shamalamalan actually making a good movie would be the twist.
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