It's HAPPENING...another contest!

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  1. allmessedup

    allmessedup It's beer time.

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    THE SIXTH SENSE was a well constructed film---I came into it already knowing the twist ending, but it didn't take away from seeing it unfold.

    I didn't mind UNBREAKABLE. I'm actually somewhat interested in seeing THE HAPPENING, although I haven't seen a film of his since SIGNS.
     
  2. spawningblue

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    Even though I enjoy Sixth Sense and Signs quite a bit, I have to go with Unbreakable. It was cool to see a realistic take on a super hero, where he doesn't put tights on or fight super villains, instead his adversary is just your every day sicko, someone that you could walk by on the street every day and not think twice. Willis and Jackson give phenomenal performances, and I just enjoy the whole quaintness of it all. The whole movie just kind of has a relaxing feel to it, more about dialog and character development then action scenes and explosions. It also has great replay value, where as Sixth Sense is more or less about the surprise ending and Signs falters a bit at its conclusion.

    Oh, and I never got to truly experience the Sixth Sense for the first time, as a friend of mine ruined the ending for me before I saw it. That bastard! haha. The Village I hated, and even though I have it sitting in my to watch pile, I have yet to see Lady in the Water.
     
  3. boycrieswolf

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    My personal favorite of his films is definately Unbreakable. I guess because when I first saw it I really didn't know what to expect and the fact that it's a very subtle superhero story was a pleasing surprise. Sam Jackson's character is well played and you just feel for his condition throughout the film...Signs was a blast too, but not too much replay value. Definately Unbreakable for me.
     
  4. Harry Warden

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    The Sixth Sense. His first and still the best, though Signs was pretty good too. I like the end when Haley Joel Osmet tells his mother about the bumble bee pendant, and she finally realizes that he has never lied to her, and that he has a "sixth sense". I also liked all of the inserted shots of the dead that he can actually see.
     
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    I would have to go with the Sixth Sense. The overall atmosphere of the movie was creepy and the ending actually caught me by surprise.
     
  6. KGBRadioMoskow

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    It wasn't the twist that made that ending, it was the emotional impact. If you didn't feel sympathy for Jackson's character's plight even in the face of how it twisted his actions to such horrid deeds, then your heart may well need a jump start. To date its the only film Shyamalan has done that has consistently stood up for me over repeat viewings - but again I think its the acting, mostly Jackson's, that holds it up.
     
  7. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Good to see Unbreakable fans out there...
     
  8. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

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    Unbreakable combines my love of comics with good storytelling. I thought it was a really well done film, and I remember walking out of the theater very impressed with the director--that he could tackle the subject matter in a mature manner without losing any of its superhero impact. Shyamalan is obviously a fan, but he didn't let that get in the way of the story he wanted to tell. Rather, he used it to tell the story.

    I haven't seen LitW or The Happening, but Unbreakable is by far my favorite.
     
  9. Ptflea2

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    Sixth Sense, simply because it's the only film of his not to have the overblown hype before it was released.
     
  10. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Sorry, I don't get that, it sounds foolish. Since we are adults, our relation to things we like is personal, isn't it? You are saying that regardless of the film itself, you are in favor, or against one, based on the hype. In that case, DARK KNIGHT is a piece of shit.
     
  11. KGBRadioMoskow

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    It is a piece of shit...
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  12. Darga

    Darga Narcissistic Personality

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    The Sixth Sense, I guess, although I didn't get to achieve full enjoyment. After hearing over and over about the wild plot twist, once I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the film it was all I was looking for and figured it out halfway through. Another fine example of why I try to know as little as possible about a film before heading into it.
     
  13. lakini71

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    The Sixth Sense is my favorite. I remember seeing it opening night and being shocked by the ending, and getting a few goosebumps along the way. Plus, Toni Collette is terrific in it; I can watch her final scene in the car over and over again and still be affected. Signs and Unbreakable are pretty much tied in second place.
     
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    Unbreakable, just because when the last moment of SLJ talking reveals that he did all of that f*cked up stuff just to prove that there was a super hero in the world, that took the cake for me.
     
  15. Spacevis

    Spacevis There's some Dettol in the jeep!

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    That's exactly what I meant. The twist became secondary. It's what everybody was talking about after sixth sense, but Unbreakable wasn't about the twist ending at all - although lots of people kept mentioning how bad they thought "the twist ending" was. Unbreakable is much more about the characters and the relations they maintain ... even if they're not aware of it. For a superhero to emerge, he needs a nemesis ... and, as the movie shows, vice versa.

    I'm under the impression that Shyamalan is one of the most misunderstood and underestimated directors of this time. He makes non-hollywood movies in hollywood, which distorts most people's perception. It's all about the context you place him in, IMO.
     
  16. hegemon13

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    I would have to say that it's a toss-up between Unbreakable and Signs. I think those two are the least reliant on the twist ending, and are therefore more rewatchable. If I had to pick an absolute favorite between the two, it would probably be Signs for it's creepy atmosphere and fantastic performances, but that is just my mood today. Note that I haven't seen The Happening yet, so I can't comment on it's place compared to the others. I really want to see it, though, so I would be thrilled to win the DVD.
     
  17. nixriddler

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    The best film by Shyamalan is easily "Unbreakable." Not only does it have the best drawn characters out of all of his films (perfectly embodied by Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson), but it is the only film by this director to have a "twist" ending which seems completely organic to the nature of the film!
     
  18. th3480

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    Signs

    Although I feel (sorry Heroes) that "Unbreakable" is the definitive superhero origin film, and a darn good movie to boot...

    ...I am going to have to select "Signs" as my favorite M. Night film. I can cite numerous reasons why, but I think only one will suffice:

    That incredibly creepy scene, involving the child's birthday party, and something in the bushes outside the window. Seeing that in the theater made me just about jump out of my seat.

    Well played M., well played indeed.
     
  19. roland

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    The Village

    My Favorite movie by M. Night would be the Village. I have not encountered so many goosebumps as I did when watching this film for the first time. The atmosphere (which is always the most important thing in any horror film) is fantastic. Dark woods.....misty plains.....lanterns and moon-lit fields....these prepared me to for the terrifying sequences which ensued. I found particularly frightening the scenes with the creature moving underneath the watch tower and where the villagers are running to their homes, fleeing in terror from the creatures. The setting, atmosphere and music thrust the foreboding story onto me with such intensity. I grinned as I recognized an emotion which was all too lacking in most of my movie-watching experiences......fear.
     
  20. Laxfright89

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    Lady in the Water

    People who haven't seen Lady in the Water are quick to mock it but I have to say it is by far by favorite of Night's films. For starters, Paul Giamatti gives an absolutely touching performance. When he heals Bryce Dallas Howard's character at the end of the movie by speaking to his murdered family members it is nothing short of oscar worthy. Also incredibly moving is the scene in which Night's character discovers that he will be killed for creating the work he feels he needs to publish - when James Newton Howard's strings kick in right there and if I happen to have a beer or two in my system, my eyes are going to tear up. There's a reason this score has been borrowed by a few Hollywood features since Lady in the Water was released.

    On top of all that, Christopher Doyle's cinematography confirms his position as one of the top DP's in the business. It's shot with a really richly colored soft, blurred visual style that looks like no other movie out there.

    Teenage boys never saw the movie because they were too self conscious to see the most tonally perfect film since E.T. Critics crapped all over the film because Night had the balls to make Bob Balaban's critic character seem like a pretentious dick. In reality, when he killed off the character of the critic, Night wasn't giving the middle finger to critics, but rather saying, even those who are experts in story telling and narrative never can predict their fate. This message fits beautifully into the film's theme of not knowing what one can achieve or the impact that one can have on the world (Bryce Dallas Howard's character didn't know she was meant to lead).

    Finally, what's so cool about the movie, that is actually quite similar to The Happening is that there is truly an ensemble cast of layered characters that over the course of the story fall into and out of importance. It sets the bar for great story telling.
     

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