Review: ‘Old’ highlights M. Night Shyamalan’s weaknesses, but also his strengths


I think a lot about M. Night Shyamalan. I don’t like all of his movies, but all of his movies are unmistakably his movies, and I love him for that. So what makes an M. Night Shyamalan movie? Janky dialogue delivered weirdly and a very straightforward understanding of human emotion and behaviour, but also a keen eye for visuals and a newly unparalleled ability to use the camera to tell a story. He is, in a word, a dichotomy. His latest film Old is no different.

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Awesome News: Saturn Awards, Creative Emmy Awards, Kung Fury, AppleTV+, Disney+, and more!

Kung Fury

Another week gone by, another literal ton of news to go over. Welcome to the third edition of Awesome News! This week we cover the Hugo Award and Creative Emmy Awards winners, Hailee Steinfeld joins Hawkeye, AppleTV+ launch date and price, Disney+ full launch day roster, a feature length Kung Fury is still happening, Michael Fassbender is working with Taika Waititi, and new movies from Funko Pops (yes, really) and M Night Shyamalan. No word on a collaboration between those two. Yet.

Anyway let’s get to it.

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‘The Visit’ Poster Is Creepy

The Visit

This is a super creepy poster this falls _The Visit_. THe film involves two kids being sent to spend time with their grandparents and the grandparents end up being involved in something… well, creepy anyway.

I wish I had expectations that the movie would be any good, however it’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie so I can’t say that’s the case.

Still, creepy poster.

Review: After Earth

After Earth

If you’d asked me a few hours ago what I expected to write here I probably would have said something like “Well, After Earth _looks_ like it might be cool but M. Night Shyamalan directed it so I’m worried it’s going to suck.”

To be fair, M. Night Shyamalan’s track record of late isn’t exactly stellar. Signs and Unbreakable were middling. Lady in the Water and The Village were terrible. The Last Airbender was atrocious. It seems that every subsequent film has gotten worse and worse. My fears were unfounded though because I thought that the movie would be bad because he’d throw in some ridiculous twist that would make me groan at having to sit through the movie to get to it. Turns out it’s bad just because it’s just a pretty straightforward bad movie.

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