Benzaie VS Distressed Watcher: Shyamalan

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MrWizard0022 03/10/2011 05:06

Hey guys,

I really enjoyed listening to this. I like the format, and I hope you guys end up doing more. You play off each other really well.

To the material itself... I liked Shyamalan up through Signs, and after The Village I gave up. Mostly I agree with DW that most of the characters in Shyamalan movies feel flat and emotionally

The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were ok (never really thought they were the masterpieces most people make them out to be).

Signs was good the first time around. Because it's a movie that relies heavily on suspense, once you've seen the end (massive disappointment btw) it loses all effect. Still, the slow buildup and
the rising tension up until the end were effective.

I totally agree with you both about The Village. A lot of people (myself included) went into that movie expecting some good, suspenseful, atmospheric horror, and felt profoundly ripped-off by what
they got.

Surprised neither of you mentioned Shyamalan casting himself in Lady in the Water as a "misunderstood genius whose writing will change the world someday". I couldn't stand that pretentious garbage,
and the rest of the movie was just a bore.

The Happening really was one of the worst movies I've ever seen. It was just painful to watch from start to finish. There wasn't a single likable or intelligent character in the film, and the plot
and "twist" were just insipid. It also didn't help having the infamous Marky Mark as the star. "The killer wind's coming, it'll be here in seconds, we're going to die!" "Just shut up and let me
think!" It takes Mark Wahlberg a full minute to figure out what the rest of us could have figured out in less than a second; run the fuck away! Of course, this isn't even getting into the stupidity
of trying to outrun wind...

And yet somehow... The Last Airbender was even worse. At least up until that point, it had been Shyamalan's own stories he was running into the ground. Here, he takes a great story and just shits
all over it... I don't cut him any slack for not being familiar with the story, pronouncing characters' names wrong, or trying to cram too much plot into a 2-hour movie. Everything about it; the
acting, the pacing, the action, and the glaring plot-holes all made it just painful to watch.

On to the podcast itself, I like the setup, and it would be interesting and entertaining to hear you guys go back and forth on other directors... It might be hard to discuss someone like Francis
Ford Coppola or Martin Scorsese, who are already pretty universally liked by both critics and fans, but I can think of plenty others... like Robert Rodriguez (you mentioned Grindhouse and
Takeshi Kitano (Benzaie mentioned him in a couple of his top 5 lists, so it would be interesting to get a second opinion), Christopher Nolan, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio
Leone, Sam Raimi, Satoshi Kon (A little more obscure, but any anime fan worth his salt should know who he is), or Hayao Miyazaki (I really think this dude has it coming, lol)

Also, Ben mentioned he might like to try the same thing with game directors. That might be a little tougher, since few games can be attributed to a single person. They're usually more a
collaborative effort. (I personally think Ken Levine takes more credit for Bioshock than he should). Still, there are a few you could do, like Hideo Kojima, Hideki Kamiya, Goichi Suda (Suda51),
Cliff Belzinski or Peter Molyneux.

Anyway, love both your shows, keep up the good work!

nehebkau 11/24/2010 19:40

I really liked this! But actually I think it would be cooler if it was longer (45min or 1 hour) so it could go more in depth!

Arkynomicon 11/07/2010 02:44

I enjoyed Lady in the Water quite a bit, but not sure if it is a good or bad movie. Regardless, I enjoyed it dealing with suppressed emotions and accepting who you are. It did feel quite uncanny,
though. However, it's enjoyable to watch something that goes out of it's way to be different.

But what I'm trying to say is that I'm still not sure where to categorize this movie in my brain.

Also, great podcast! Wouldn't mind more of these.

KleinerKokiri 11/05/2010 11:42

Oh ... i just realized you put the Penis Hair shot in, that cinema snob mentioned.

KleinerKokiri 11/05/2010 11:21

That was interesting. I usually don't watch podcasts ~ thx for putting some pictures in my for ignorants like i am xD

And i can't watch signs anymore, because i can't say M.G. face anymore =O
But Shyamalan is interesting because the movies are different.