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Online movement wants to send M. Night Shyamalan back to film school

04.15.2011

Is M. Night Shyamalan the new Uwe Boll? A contingent of the internet seems to think so.

I remember reporting awhile back about a petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures meant to persuade Uwe Boll from continuing to direct films, and now there's a similar push to send a message to M. Night Shyamalan.

The man has had an inarguable decline in the quality of his films in the years since The SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE. The exact ranking order of how terrible the films are is up for debate, but it's pretty clear the man hasn't become the auteur he was prophesied to be.

The website that has been set up is taking pledges for the charity of sending M. Night back to NYU film school to relearn his craft. The idea is that if he gets some basic instruction on how to make films, we might see a few more classics from him yet.

Personally, I find this all rather stupid, but I do understand the frustration. I still do think Shyamalan is a good director, with the HUGE caveat that he is a TERRIBLE writer, and his ability to cast could use some work as well (see the entire ensemble of THE LAST AIRBENDER).

I doubt this will raise too many funds, but if it does, and M. Night refuses to go back to school (duh), they'll turn the cash into a scholarship for aspiring filmmakers.

Extra Tidbit: I feel like "M. Night School" would make a good Funny or Die skit.
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7:37PM on 04/18/2011
i wish there was a website that was taking pledges for the charity of sending me to film school!
i wish there was a website that was taking pledges for the charity of sending me to film school!
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11:14AM on 04/17/2011

Go outside.

To think someone spent time to create this bullshit. Personally, I think he has four solid films to his credit. That's four more than any fucker involved in this petition.
To think someone spent time to create this bullshit. Personally, I think he has four solid films to his credit. That's four more than any fucker involved in this petition.
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8:39PM on 04/16/2011

Just plain funny and stupid.

I was a fan of his at the beginning and just got fed up and disappointment. But the blame should go to the studios for greenlighting crap to begin with regardless who's directing. They gotta eat to you know.
I was a fan of his at the beginning and just got fed up and disappointment. But the blame should go to the studios for greenlighting crap to begin with regardless who's directing. They gotta eat to you know.
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3:53AM on 04/16/2011

The Man Who Heard Voices

How many Razzies has he collected in recent years?
How many Razzies has he collected in recent years?
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1:57AM on 04/16/2011
I have to laugh at all the retards raging over their precious M. Night being insulted. I say retards, because their apparently too stupid to realize that their only trying to get publicity for their charity. Oh, and saying they should make their own film before criticizing is fallacy at its worst. Especially since I don't see any multi-million dollar films being made by any of you.
I have to laugh at all the retards raging over their precious M. Night being insulted. I say retards, because their apparently too stupid to realize that their only trying to get publicity for their charity. Oh, and saying they should make their own film before criticizing is fallacy at its worst. Especially since I don't see any multi-million dollar films being made by any of you.
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11:14AM on 04/16/2011
Brett Ratner, everybody! Give him a hand!
Brett Ratner, everybody! Give him a hand!
12:06PM on 04/16/2011
It's "they're apparently too stupid", not "their apparently too stupid'.
It's "they're apparently too stupid", not "their apparently too stupid'.
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11:41PM on 04/15/2011

Dumbasses

Fucking nerds should try making their own movie. M. Night may be a little terrible, but he still has a popular following and is successful enough to receive attention. Even if it's from retards who take their dislikes to a pointlessly nasty level. A waste of time if you ask me.
Fucking nerds should try making their own movie. M. Night may be a little terrible, but he still has a popular following and is successful enough to receive attention. Even if it's from retards who take their dislikes to a pointlessly nasty level. A waste of time if you ask me.
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9:17PM on 04/15/2011
Many MANY shitty directors have come from film school.

I'm sure that the brain trust in charge of this website thought it would be a good idea at 3 AM one night. I'd rather see a site dedicated to educating producers who greenlight, test and release M. Night's recent films.

Dude has still made the equivalent of 3.75 better movies than a lot of directors out there.

My sketchy math:
Sixth Sense = 1 great film
Unbreakable = 1 great film
Signs = .75 of a great film
The Village =
Many MANY shitty directors have come from film school.

I'm sure that the brain trust in charge of this website thought it would be a good idea at 3 AM one night. I'd rather see a site dedicated to educating producers who greenlight, test and release M. Night's recent films.

Dude has still made the equivalent of 3.75 better movies than a lot of directors out there.

My sketchy math:
Sixth Sense = 1 great film
Unbreakable = 1 great film
Signs = .75 of a great film
The Village = .5
Lady in the Water = .25
The Happening = .25
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9:00PM on 04/15/2011
This is a pretty cheap shot at a guy that, yeah, hasn't been making anything good at all as of late, but, C'mon, get over it. He'll either humble himself and rejuvenate his career or fad away into obscurity. Look at Ridley Scott from late 80's to early 90's. Granted nothing nearly as bad as Lady in the Water, but White Squall from the director of Blade Runner?? If M Night bounces back, he bounces back, I'm not holding my breath. Simple as that. Business as usual with or without him.
This is a pretty cheap shot at a guy that, yeah, hasn't been making anything good at all as of late, but, C'mon, get over it. He'll either humble himself and rejuvenate his career or fad away into obscurity. Look at Ridley Scott from late 80's to early 90's. Granted nothing nearly as bad as Lady in the Water, but White Squall from the director of Blade Runner?? If M Night bounces back, he bounces back, I'm not holding my breath. Simple as that. Business as usual with or without him.
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8:19PM on 04/15/2011
I am by no means a fan of M. Night--I don't even like The Sixth Sense. But this strikes me as kind of mean-spirited. Plus, while he's bad, at least he has TALENT, like you said. He's made bad movies, but I feel like he could make a good one.

Unlike, say, Tyler Perry. And even then, it would still be mean-spirited.
I am by no means a fan of M. Night--I don't even like The Sixth Sense. But this strikes me as kind of mean-spirited. Plus, while he's bad, at least he has TALENT, like you said. He's made bad movies, but I feel like he could make a good one.

Unlike, say, Tyler Perry. And even then, it would still be mean-spirited.
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7:34PM on 04/15/2011
Yeah, there are better candidates out there for this, like Uwe Boll for instance.
Yeah, there are better candidates out there for this, like Uwe Boll for instance.
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5:41PM on 04/17/2011
Well duh, but like the guy said- we tried that. In fact, we tried and the guy even said he'd stop... and then he didn't. However, I think that Shyamalan hasn't made a decent movie in years.
Well duh, but like the guy said- we tried that. In fact, we tried and the guy even said he'd stop... and then he didn't. However, I think that Shyamalan hasn't made a decent movie in years.
7:27PM on 04/15/2011

This is dumb.

If they dont like him then dont go see his movies? I like some of his movies and some i dont. The scholarship is a good idea though!
If they dont like him then dont go see his movies? I like some of his movies and some i dont. The scholarship is a good idea though!
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7:27PM on 04/15/2011
Do people really want to waste there money on something as dumb as this? You know theres a whole bunch of people in Japan and Africa that could use it more than this guy who is just gonna keep making crappy movies.
Do people really want to waste there money on something as dumb as this? You know theres a whole bunch of people in Japan and Africa that could use it more than this guy who is just gonna keep making crappy movies.
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6:51PM on 04/15/2011
I would donate and hope he turns the offer down just so I could help the next Spielberg or del Toro get to school and get his start
I would donate and hope he turns the offer down just so I could help the next Spielberg or del Toro get to school and get his start
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6:38PM on 04/15/2011
I wonder if poor Dev Patel will be doing any acting after Airbender?
I wonder if poor Dev Patel will be doing any acting after Airbender?
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6:32PM on 04/15/2011
he actually makes films that are so bad it can kill the careers of actors that arent established enough. a walking desaster.
he actually makes films that are so bad it can kill the careers of actors that arent established enough. a walking desaster.
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6:12PM on 04/15/2011

Wow.

The only people that have a bigger ego that Shams. Are the people that feel so entitled that they keep kicking him. Just because he made a poopy on your precious little CHILDRENS! Cartoon. Grow up.

Or make just one.. just one! Movie that come close the being as good as Signs, Unbreakable, or The Sixth Sense. I fucking dare you.
The only people that have a bigger ego that Shams. Are the people that feel so entitled that they keep kicking him. Just because he made a poopy on your precious little CHILDRENS! Cartoon. Grow up.

Or make just one.. just one! Movie that come close the being as good as Signs, Unbreakable, or The Sixth Sense. I fucking dare you.
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6:22PM on 04/15/2011
Little children is negative now is it? So its alright to bungle films that are kid friendly?! Wow...
Little children is negative now is it? So its alright to bungle films that are kid friendly?! Wow...
6:25PM on 04/15/2011
Kids enjoyed the film. Adults are the ones whining. So I say once again grow up.
Kids enjoyed the film. Adults are the ones whining. So I say once again grow up.
6:29PM on 04/15/2011
and some people actually belittle kids and thing grbage is good enough for them
and some people actually belittle kids and thing grbage is good enough for them
9:03PM on 04/15/2011
You're saying this like Airbender was the one that screwed his career. People are whining after the three hit combo of Village, Lady in the Water, and Happening. Airbender was just icing on the cake on the apparently downward spiral of a once promising director's career.
You're saying this like Airbender was the one that screwed his career. People are whining after the three hit combo of Village, Lady in the Water, and Happening. Airbender was just icing on the cake on the apparently downward spiral of a once promising director's career.
6:05PM on 04/15/2011
That fool screwed up Airbender to a amateurish alienating stinking turd. He should not come near a film ever again.
That fool screwed up Airbender to a amateurish alienating stinking turd. He should not come near a film ever again.
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6:17PM on 04/15/2011
True true.
True true.
5:54PM on 04/15/2011

Come on

Wow, this is incredibly immature. Oh my God, they didn't like Last Airbender or Happening or Lady In The Water. Guess what? Every friggin bad movie I see I'm not going to raise money to send the director "back to film school". How about those twerps make their own damn movie? Sure, I may not have dug his last few films, but at least M. Night can proudly take to his grave that he has at least 3 critically well received films to his name, on top of many box office successes.

Sorry had to
Wow, this is incredibly immature. Oh my God, they didn't like Last Airbender or Happening or Lady In The Water. Guess what? Every friggin bad movie I see I'm not going to raise money to send the director "back to film school". How about those twerps make their own damn movie? Sure, I may not have dug his last few films, but at least M. Night can proudly take to his grave that he has at least 3 critically well received films to his name, on top of many box office successes.

Sorry had to vent. I hate immature stuff like this. Jesus.
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5:45PM on 04/15/2011
So if Super 8 is as bad as The Happening, will we start a petition to ban JJ Abrams next? M. Night Shyamalan is on a bad roll but films like Unbreakable and Signs are damn good cinema. His batting average is dipping every time out but he does have a few solid hits.
So if Super 8 is as bad as The Happening, will we start a petition to ban JJ Abrams next? M. Night Shyamalan is on a bad roll but films like Unbreakable and Signs are damn good cinema. His batting average is dipping every time out but he does have a few solid hits.
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8:16PM on 04/15/2011
They didn't wait for one bad flick, they waited for 4 (5, by some counts).
They didn't wait for one bad flick, they waited for 4 (5, by some counts).
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4:38PM on 04/15/2011
The problem is ego. And his next film has Will Smith and Smiths son in it. Which I think is the perfect storm of Egos and I expect events similar to what happened at the end of Ghostbusters to ensue. If you look at his body of work as a whole then you'll see he's a one trick pony.
The problem is ego. And his next film has Will Smith and Smiths son in it. Which I think is the perfect storm of Egos and I expect events similar to what happened at the end of Ghostbusters to ensue. If you look at his body of work as a whole then you'll see he's a one trick pony.
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4:28PM on 04/15/2011
i dont think hes a bad writer i think that he needs to stop writing directing and producing and makin the shots on his cast. Devil was written by Night and it was decent. because he didnt direct it or cast it. thats why i think it worked. i think if he directed someone elses script it could work.
i dont think hes a bad writer i think that he needs to stop writing directing and producing and makin the shots on his cast. Devil was written by Night and it was decent. because he didnt direct it or cast it. thats why i think it worked. i think if he directed someone elses script it could work.
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4:40PM on 04/15/2011
He didn't write the script for Devil, but he did come up with the general story. I agree with what you're saying, though. I think his main problem is he just can't tell his good ideas from his bad ones.
He didn't write the script for Devil, but he did come up with the general story. I agree with what you're saying, though. I think his main problem is he just can't tell his good ideas from his bad ones.
4:27PM on 04/15/2011
I have to say, I am not a fan of M night. Each movie he makes winds up worst then the last, but I feel he could have atleast one good movie left in him. Maybe he would need some film lessons before making it though
I have to say, I am not a fan of M night. Each movie he makes winds up worst then the last, but I feel he could have atleast one good movie left in him. Maybe he would need some film lessons before making it though
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3:30PM on 04/15/2011

Man, I hope this happens.....

Because I know thay M. Night will turn them down and it will give someone financially unfortunate, an opportunity to acquire skills in the craft.
Because I know thay M. Night will turn them down and it will give someone financially unfortunate, an opportunity to acquire skills in the craft.
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3:16PM on 04/15/2011
I wanna know: what movies have any of those useless pricks made?

That's right, now shut the fuck and try making a movie yourself. And if it's a 10th as good as Unbreakable I'll cut my tongue out but something is telling me I shouldn't fret.
I wanna know: what movies have any of those useless pricks made?

That's right, now shut the fuck and try making a movie yourself. And if it's a 10th as good as Unbreakable I'll cut my tongue out but something is telling me I shouldn't fret.
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3:56PM on 04/15/2011
i notice you mention it being as good as unbreakable and not one of his horrid films like the Village.
i notice you mention it being as good as unbreakable and not one of his horrid films like the Village.
5:56PM on 04/15/2011
The Village was horrid? I thought it was a whole lot better than most trash that pass for films these days.
The Village was horrid? I thought it was a whole lot better than most trash that pass for films these days.
5:22AM on 04/17/2011
Well first of all I don't agree with you on The Village being bad but that's neither here nor there. The man is obviously capable of making great movies. So what if he's having a streak of shittier ones. I'm just saying if you don't like it, fuck off. All this excessive hatred for the man is unnecessary.
Well first of all I don't agree with you on The Village being bad but that's neither here nor there. The man is obviously capable of making great movies. So what if he's having a streak of shittier ones. I'm just saying if you don't like it, fuck off. All this excessive hatred for the man is unnecessary.
3:10PM on 04/15/2011

sure

i wanna experiment with something, give him a script that he had no part in writing and see how well he could direct it. All his movies so far have mostly been terrible scripts. so lets see if he's truely a good director or not by getting him be a director only
i wanna experiment with something, give him a script that he had no part in writing and see how well he could direct it. All his movies so far have mostly been terrible scripts. so lets see if he's truely a good director or not by getting him be a director only
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2:25PM on 04/15/2011

ShyamalanBoll fast food joint

They should join forces and start a germanic hindu restaurant those two, and let somebody with some talent take their places in the film business.
They should join forces and start a germanic hindu restaurant those two, and let somebody with some talent take their places in the film business.
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2:17PM on 04/15/2011
He made some great movies, and although he has made more bad ones - this is ignorant and not worth my time.
He made some great movies, and although he has made more bad ones - this is ignorant and not worth my time.
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2:55PM on 04/15/2011
lol it was worth your time to read the story. M Night is total shit anymore and he should quit movies all together
lol it was worth your time to read the story. M Night is total shit anymore and he should quit movies all together
1:48PM on 04/15/2011
I get you dont like his movies but this is just plain mean
I get you dont like his movies but this is just plain mean
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1:46PM on 04/15/2011

i'll say it again...

he's a 1 hit wonder. they happen in music and film.
i guess that site is midly amusing...i'm pretty sure the site admins are pocketing whatever $ they make from ppl actually donating...
he's a 1 hit wonder. they happen in music and film.
i guess that site is midly amusing...i'm pretty sure the site admins are pocketing whatever $ they make from ppl actually donating...
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1:42PM on 04/15/2011
Rather stupid indeed.
Rather stupid indeed.
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1:25PM on 04/15/2011
Lord. Look, I understand that Shyalaman has had a long string of bad films, but he's not without talent. He knows how to make movies. Film school can't fix what's wrong with his films. It's having a lack of necessary creative focus. The key issues with a film like The Happening had nothing to do with technicalities. It was a beautifully filmed movie. Perhaps he could work on his direction a bit more, as Mark Wahlberg is a fine actor, but was terrible in that film. What Shyalaman really needs to
Lord. Look, I understand that Shyalaman has had a long string of bad films, but he's not without talent. He knows how to make movies. Film school can't fix what's wrong with his films. It's having a lack of necessary creative focus. The key issues with a film like The Happening had nothing to do with technicalities. It was a beautifully filmed movie. Perhaps he could work on his direction a bit more, as Mark Wahlberg is a fine actor, but was terrible in that film. What Shyalaman really needs to do is listen to his audience.
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1:24PM on 04/15/2011
Okay, I'm for the scholarship. But this is pretty dumb. I don't watch his movies since "Signs." But even the trailers suggest he knows how to point a camera and create an atmosphere. Maybe he needs to take a scriptwriting class, or sign on to a Blacklist project. That might help his image. Or maybe he'll just become the Woody Allen of thrillers.
Okay, I'm for the scholarship. But this is pretty dumb. I don't watch his movies since "Signs." But even the trailers suggest he knows how to point a camera and create an atmosphere. Maybe he needs to take a scriptwriting class, or sign on to a Blacklist project. That might help his image. Or maybe he'll just become the Woody Allen of thrillers.
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1:24PM on 04/15/2011
Save time and money. Just stick to not watching his new movies.
Save time and money. Just stick to not watching his new movies.
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1:21PM on 04/15/2011

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Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs are masterpieces, while Lady in the Water, The Happening, and Last Airbender are abysmal. We got it. This is funny in theory, but if somebody LITERALLY gives a dollar for this "charity" instead of the millions of REAL problems in the world? C'mon.
Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs are masterpieces, while Lady in the Water, The Happening, and Last Airbender are abysmal. We got it. This is funny in theory, but if somebody LITERALLY gives a dollar for this "charity" instead of the millions of REAL problems in the world? C'mon.
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1:17PM on 04/15/2011

Funny....

This is pretty funny. I think that the reason that this is even happening is cuz M.Night started out with such promise as a filmmaker and he had a pretty loyal following of fans thinking he was ganna be the next Spielberg, but after Signs, he just lost his way. The 5 movies he was apart of after that were just awful in my opinion and im assuming the people who are doing this are a big part of the people that make up his loyal following and are saddend by his turn for the worse and him to get
This is pretty funny. I think that the reason that this is even happening is cuz M.Night started out with such promise as a filmmaker and he had a pretty loyal following of fans thinking he was ganna be the next Spielberg, but after Signs, he just lost his way. The 5 movies he was apart of after that were just awful in my opinion and im assuming the people who are doing this are a big part of the people that make up his loyal following and are saddend by his turn for the worse and him to get back to the filmmaker he used to be.
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