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M Night Shyamalan Is Code for "LOL." [Aug. 22nd, 2010|10:09 pm]
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It's so bad, I don't think anyone will take him seriously anymore.

The main point of the article:

M. Night Shyamalan's 'Devil' trailer gets big laughs at 'Inception' screenings

By Anthony Benigno
Daily News Writer

Hell, at least for M. Night Shyamalan, is other people.

The embattled auteur and "Last Airbender" director is getting jeers rather than cheers for "Devil," the latest sci-fi effort to bear his name. A YouTube video posted by Perez Hilton this week showed audience members laughing out loud at the trailer during a screening of "Inception." The offending moment came when audiences caught a glimpse of the words "From the Mind of M. Night Shyamalan."

NBC responded by swiftly blocking the video, stating it breeched copyright issues. At the time of posting, they had not not responded to calls for comment.

In my opinion, since The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan has made films with increasing levels of lameness. Each film is just so much worse than the last one. It's almost a shame, too, since Sixth Sense is amazing. That wasn't his first film, however, Shyamalan has two credits prior to Sixth. Neither Praying with Anger nor Wide Awake are more than mixed reviews. Sixth is literally Shyamalan's most successful feature film, and in my opinion, it's his only competent film. In his defense, I think Shyamalan posits intriguing ideas. The oddities Shyamalan presents are ideas that resemble the type of strange occurrences with which Rod Serling would start his stories, but then, unlike Serling, Shyamalan butchers it. People wouldn't laugh if it wasn't terrible, and nobody laughed at Rod's stuff.

I predict Shyamalan, in the near future, will have Chinese takeout. He will get sick from bad General Tso's Chicken. This will inspire him to write a movie about how the Chinese takeouts around everyone's corner are haunted. Working title? "Tso Tscary."

[User Picture]From: heatherface
2010-08-23 03:28 am (UTC)
And Sixth Sense wasn't even his idea, it was based off an episode of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? called The Tale of the Dream Girl.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2010-08-23 03:43 am (UTC)

Thanks, and some rambles

I didn't know that! I found the links to the episode, thanks!

On original ideas ... Technically, no idea is anyone's idea, all writers steal from someone else. I just looked up an article which has the right vibe I'm trying to express:


Shyamalan should have kept seeking out inspiration, or stealing, whatever the word may be.

I think when something is generally well-received, the inclination to say "it was inspired by" replaces "stolen" or "plagiarism."

Although, on the subject of plagiarism, there's a line of being inspired by, and then there's copying word-for-word, and nobody likes what's past that line. I don't think a lot of people understand the difference. Unrelated to this subject, I see a lot of people in journalism that blatantly lift text from other sources and don't credit it at all. That really irks me.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2010-08-23 12:52 pm (UTC)
I have no idea why they keep bringing him back, other than the fact that movies like Airbender make money. They leave you on the side of the road often after the first time you deliver a multi-million operating loss. God help you if you cost Hollywood more than a few million.


Shyamalan's movies tend to sell well. Each movie has a link from this page:


Believe it or not, even Lady in the Water broke even. Notice that his next film had a shrunk production budget. They doubled the budget for Airbender, after his leaner film made bank.
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[User Picture]From: billhelm
2010-08-23 05:14 pm (UTC)
The Village sort of bucks that trend for me. It was a little predictable though.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2010-08-24 03:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I really hated that one, everyone seems to have one that doesn't suck to them. I get arguments all the time about that not being true, but I've honestly seen what he's doing before, done way better by other people, I just wish he'd stop.
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