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Movie Jail: This week's defendant is...M. Night Shyamalan!

Feb. 4, 2013by: Johnny Moreno

Welcome to Movie Jail, a facility like any other, only its inmates are Hollywood writers, directors, actors and producers. This column will serve as a Movie Jail trial. We will put one defendant on trial; lay out arguments for the Prosecution and Defense. And we leave it up to YOU, the reader, to decide whether the defendant is guilty of his or her crime. What crime? The crime of consistently being a stinking shithouse.

The Defendant


M. Night Shyamalan

The Case

The Prosecution: The Last Airbender, Lady in the Water, The Village, The Happening*

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, there are many institutions that are made for certain people. Schools, students. Fast food restaurants, failed students. But if there's one person that the institution of Movie Jail was created for, it just might be M. Night Shyamalan. We're hard pressed to find a more requested defendant than Mr. Shyamalan and with After Earth set to release this summer, we feel it's finally time to put the writer/director/producer/plot twister on trial. How many chances is Hollywood going to give this guy? He hasn't had a fresh rating since 2002's Signs and even some people are iffy on that. He made his plot twist, "aha" moment a trademark and created some pretty ridiculous stories around it. His last movie The Last Airbender, while looking sometimes pretty was an absolute disaster and his producing credit on 2010's Devil had people booing at the 2010 San Diego Comic Con. Isn't it time we lock this guy up and throw away the key? Or do we need to see how Father and Son Smith handle things in After Earth?


The Defense: The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Devil (producer), Signs, Stuart Little (writer)*

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, we know we're facing an uphill battle and that you may already have your decision made (most likely), but let us attempt to sway you into a dismissal. It's true that Mr. Shyamalan hasn't had a bonafied hit in some time.....okay, 11 years, but let's disregard his first two lesser known movies and start with 1999's The Sixth Sense. Including this and the soon to be released After Earth, he's directed a total of 8 movies. Now, almost half of those movies are actually pretty good, so shouldn't we give this guy more time to work and get his product out there? We think that despite his most recent flops, his first three major motion pictures are solid enough to grant him a stay of execution. Err, we mean, we're looking for a dismissal. Oh, and can we agree that The Happening is one of the best bad movies ever? If that was his intention, he totally succeeded. And that counts for something.


IN CLOSING...

So, whatís to be done with M. Night Shyamalan? Is his guilt a long time coming? Should we give him more time to turn things around? And the most important question to be asked, once all evidence is taken into consideration, we ask you The Jury, is M. Night Shyamalan GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? Letís hear YOUR arguments, either side, by STRIKING BACK BELOW.

*The court recognizes that all movies are subjective, so relax.

WHAT SAY YOU, GUILTY OR NOT?


LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It is the jury's decision that after reviewing last week's evidence, the court finds Hilary Swank NOT GUILTY of all charges. We're two for three when it comes to Academy Award winning actresses walking the Not Guilty path of righteousness, but are there any other Academy Award winning actresses who should be thrown on the chopping block?

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5:40PM on 02/06/2013

Not Guilty

The man's a good filmmaker. Yes, he's made some pretty bad films as of late, and he's gotten too many chances. But I think he's still got some great stories up his sleeve.
The man's a good filmmaker. Yes, he's made some pretty bad films as of late, and he's gotten too many chances. But I think he's still got some great stories up his sleeve.
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10:14AM on 02/06/2013

Guilty

As Flanders would say, "Guilty as char-diddly-arged!"
As Flanders would say, "Guilty as char-diddly-arged!"
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4:55AM on 02/06/2013

Guilty

This guilty is coming from a hardcore fan of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, AND Signs (those who point out the supposed stupidity with the aliens at the end completely missed the whole point). I actually like The Village too, and I think the film would have been far better received if he hadn't become linked with twist endings at that point. It is an ending reminiscent of several of the best Twilight Zone episodes. Lady in the Water was a huge disappointment to me, and I wondered what the
This guilty is coming from a hardcore fan of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, AND Signs (those who point out the supposed stupidity with the aliens at the end completely missed the whole point). I actually like The Village too, and I think the film would have been far better received if he hadn't become linked with twist endings at that point. It is an ending reminiscent of several of the best Twilight Zone episodes. Lady in the Water was a huge disappointment to me, and I wondered what the heck happened. The Happening looked like a return to form, yet was AWFUL. That movie put him on parole. The Last Airbender . . . YIKES! That one put him in jail! The thing is, with the exception of The Last Airbender, he has stayed consistent as a director, yet his writing has become an absolute joke. After Earth is his first film he did not write, therefore there is hope. If that film turns out well, I think he should be let out on parole, required to make another good film after that one in order to become totally not guilty again.
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2:19AM on 02/06/2013

Guilty

He did one semi-good movie (6th Sense) and a lot of shit after that. I stopped wasting my money on tickets to his movies after seeing The Village, god what a nightmare of crap that was. Anytime I see his name used to advertise a film, I know to stay far, far away. I think this policy has worked out pretty well so far (reviews for The Happening and Last Airbender were dismal). Why does this guy still get work?

Next Up: How about John Woo?
He did one semi-good movie (6th Sense) and a lot of shit after that. I stopped wasting my money on tickets to his movies after seeing The Village, god what a nightmare of crap that was. Anytime I see his name used to advertise a film, I know to stay far, far away. I think this policy has worked out pretty well so far (reviews for The Happening and Last Airbender were dismal). Why does this guy still get work?

Next Up: How about John Woo?
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9:51PM on 02/05/2013
So Kevin Smith next?
So Kevin Smith next?
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3:27PM on 02/05/2013

Guilty...

Finally. I agree the man had a LOT of potential. His movies still look beautiful. Actually, of the three Shyamalan movies I have seen, only one didn't do it for me (Signs). I stopped watching after that. He showed so much promise, but so rarely has it amounted to anything. I'd be willing to hold off on actually sentencing him until After Earth comes out, but either way, he deserves to do time for his crimes.
Finally. I agree the man had a LOT of potential. His movies still look beautiful. Actually, of the three Shyamalan movies I have seen, only one didn't do it for me (Signs). I stopped watching after that. He showed so much promise, but so rarely has it amounted to anything. I'd be willing to hold off on actually sentencing him until After Earth comes out, but either way, he deserves to do time for his crimes.
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2:45PM on 02/05/2013

So much potential...

The guy just needs to focus on telling a solid story. No more twists and turns, it got old. He has given us movie-watching blue-balls the last few years. Guilty.
The guy just needs to focus on telling a solid story. No more twists and turns, it got old. He has given us movie-watching blue-balls the last few years. Guilty.
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2:40PM on 02/05/2013

Who's next?

Colin Ferrell or Vin Diesel or Paul Walker should take the stand next.
Colin Ferrell or Vin Diesel or Paul Walker should take the stand next.
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1:59PM on 02/05/2013

GUILTY

Oh, he is SO guilty!
Oh, he is SO guilty!
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1:36PM on 02/05/2013

he ruined Avatar: The Last Airbender

GUILTY
GUILTY
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12:59PM on 02/05/2013

GUILTY but...

I want him to use his time in jail to become a better member of the movie community and to rehabilitate his skill set along with his attitude and get back to making good movies that may or may not have a twist ending, time to reinvent yourself.
I want him to use his time in jail to become a better member of the movie community and to rehabilitate his skill set along with his attitude and get back to making good movies that may or may not have a twist ending, time to reinvent yourself.
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8:53AM on 02/05/2013

Guilty

He started out as one of the most promising new directors. Even some calling him the next Hitchcock. I've never seen a guy get worst and worst at his craft. I'm now really curious on what will happen with his next movie with Will Smith.
He started out as one of the most promising new directors. Even some calling him the next Hitchcock. I've never seen a guy get worst and worst at his craft. I'm now really curious on what will happen with his next movie with Will Smith.
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8:50AM on 02/05/2013

guilty, guilty and GUILTY!

What more is there to say? The dude sucks.
What more is there to say? The dude sucks.
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8:18AM on 02/05/2013

Guilty

He's guilty and I'm shocked that he's still a working writer/director.
He's guilty and I'm shocked that he's still a working writer/director.
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7:38AM on 02/05/2013

Guilty

I'm really sorry but his movies have gotten progressively worse. I'll admit his first two were rather excellent but he's like a criminal who thinks he'll never get caught.
Signs was speeding-ticket bad. The Village was shoplifting bad. The Happening was drunken assault against a policeman bad. When he finally realeased The Airbender it was pretty clear that he had reached dead underage hooker rolled in a carpet in his trunk bad.
Who knows what level he has reached with After Earth.
I'm really sorry but his movies have gotten progressively worse. I'll admit his first two were rather excellent but he's like a criminal who thinks he'll never get caught.
Signs was speeding-ticket bad. The Village was shoplifting bad. The Happening was drunken assault against a policeman bad. When he finally realeased The Airbender it was pretty clear that he had reached dead underage hooker rolled in a carpet in his trunk bad.
Who knows what level he has reached with After Earth.
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4:09AM on 02/05/2013

Guilty

His !st 3 movies were all great & i think Unbreakable is his best film, that movie just is amazing & i wish he could have made it into a trilogy. It was The Village that killed it for me because of that bullshit ending because I thought it was actually a very well made lil scary film. To this day I have not watched it again. Never seen Lady in the Water because it did not seem interesting to me. The Happening is probably the best comedy ever made because thats how bad it is. I can tolerate
His !st 3 movies were all great & i think Unbreakable is his best film, that movie just is amazing & i wish he could have made it into a trilogy. It was The Village that killed it for me because of that bullshit ending because I thought it was actually a very well made lil scary film. To this day I have not watched it again. Never seen Lady in the Water because it did not seem interesting to me. The Happening is probably the best comedy ever made because thats how bad it is. I can tolerate The Last Airbender because it's something i can watch my nephew because he loves the Avatar series. I think with Shyamalan he just let shit go to his head, which is sad because he starrted red hot & he screwed audiences over in the end.
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3:01AM on 02/05/2013

Signs

I have seen people defend signs in this article and you all have to be glue high. Signs was a horrible movie; case in point A) What sort of advanced alien race masters space travel and water is instant death to them and then chooses to invade a planet that is 70% water and who's top tier life forms are about 80% water B) what farmer do you know that doesn't own a gun preacher or not if just for the sake of shooting the livestock eating their crops C) there is not a single redeeming character in
I have seen people defend signs in this article and you all have to be glue high. Signs was a horrible movie; case in point A) What sort of advanced alien race masters space travel and water is instant death to them and then chooses to invade a planet that is 70% water and who's top tier life forms are about 80% water B) what farmer do you know that doesn't own a gun preacher or not if just for the sake of shooting the livestock eating their crops C) there is not a single redeeming character in the entire movie; every single one of them are apathetic decisonless cowards and it seemed the only person in the movie that was strong willed and would make actual life decisions was the mother, but she got crushed in half so i guess we are out of luck.......

oh yeah...Guilty
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2:26AM on 02/05/2013

first of all why would you put hilary swank in movie jail?

Personally I don't think he deserves to be in movie jail. I admit I haven't seen the last airbender, but I think the only bad movie (that I've seen) he's made is the happening. I liked the village, and lady in the water. Even if I watched the last airbender and agreed that it was bad, I don't think two movies out of all the others he's made makes him eligible. Not Guilty for now.
Personally I don't think he deserves to be in movie jail. I admit I haven't seen the last airbender, but I think the only bad movie (that I've seen) he's made is the happening. I liked the village, and lady in the water. Even if I watched the last airbender and agreed that it was bad, I don't think two movies out of all the others he's made makes him eligible. Not Guilty for now.
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2:21AM on 02/05/2013

first of all why would you put hilary swank in movie jail?

Personally I don't think he deserves to be in movie jail. I admit I haven't seen the last airbender, but I think the only bad movie (that I've seen) he's made is the happening. I liked the village, and lady in the water. Even if I watched the last airbender and agreed that it was bad, I don't think two movies out of all the others he's made makes him eligible. Not Guilty for now.
Personally I don't think he deserves to be in movie jail. I admit I haven't seen the last airbender, but I think the only bad movie (that I've seen) he's made is the happening. I liked the village, and lady in the water. Even if I watched the last airbender and agreed that it was bad, I don't think two movies out of all the others he's made makes him eligible. Not Guilty for now.
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2:00AM on 02/05/2013

GUILTY

Hear me out. I have defended this man until blue in the face. Lady in the Water was actually pretty neat. I liked the music and the end speech by Giamatti almost made me tear even though I may have had a bit to drink. The Happening had a fantastic idea. IMO, Wahlberg is the one who sucked donkey ass in it. When he plays it straight, he tends to sound like a homosexual QVC announcer. The Last Airbender wasn't that bad considering I knew nothing of the series at the time. When I actually
Hear me out. I have defended this man until blue in the face. Lady in the Water was actually pretty neat. I liked the music and the end speech by Giamatti almost made me tear even though I may have had a bit to drink. The Happening had a fantastic idea. IMO, Wahlberg is the one who sucked donkey ass in it. When he plays it straight, he tends to sound like a homosexual QVC announcer. The Last Airbender wasn't that bad considering I knew nothing of the series at the time. When I actually researched and watched it, I got angry at Night. Devil was suprisingly good. Point is, the last 2 have been pretty bad and LITW was "ok" at a stretch. Devil was cool even though it wasn't direct involvement. "After Earth" is seriously his last chance. If that sucks, OFF WITH HIS HEAD!
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1:43AM on 02/05/2013

Guilty

We know he has some skill but his last movies were so bad, its like he WANTS to be in movie jail. But we can't give him what he wants or else he wins... in which case I say Not Guilty, but..umm... wait, Damn You Shyamalan!!
We know he has some skill but his last movies were so bad, its like he WANTS to be in movie jail. But we can't give him what he wants or else he wins... in which case I say Not Guilty, but..umm... wait, Damn You Shyamalan!!
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1:04AM on 02/05/2013

Guilty

I haven't seen Unbreakable (which actually sounds really good and I always meant to check it out), but I've seen every other one of his films, and I hate them all. Even Signs. Even The Sixth Sense. I think he had potential early in his career, but obviously has never lived up to it and probably never will at this point.
I haven't seen Unbreakable (which actually sounds really good and I always meant to check it out), but I've seen every other one of his films, and I hate them all. Even Signs. Even The Sixth Sense. I think he had potential early in his career, but obviously has never lived up to it and probably never will at this point.
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2:26AM on 02/05/2013
If you hate the sixth sense and signs, then you shouldn't even bother to vote. You are probably one of the only people who hate those movies. Also, the sixth sense and signs were early in his career.
If you hate the sixth sense and signs, then you shouldn't even bother to vote. You are probably one of the only people who hate those movies. Also, the sixth sense and signs were early in his career.
12:58AM on 02/05/2013

Not guilty

I like all his films except The last airbender and lady in the water.he is very good at directing but his writing has become very weak in his recent films.i think he doesn't deserve too much of hate that he has been getting,and even hating shyamalan has become kind of cool.this guy didn't live upto his post-sixth sense fame.i think he deserves few more chances to prove himself.hope he will bounce back with After earth.
I like all his films except The last airbender and lady in the water.he is very good at directing but his writing has become very weak in his recent films.i think he doesn't deserve too much of hate that he has been getting,and even hating shyamalan has become kind of cool.this guy didn't live upto his post-sixth sense fame.i think he deserves few more chances to prove himself.hope he will bounce back with After earth.
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12:29AM on 02/05/2013

Guilty But...

I think he can redeem himself if we allow him to make Chapter 2 and 3 of the Unbreakable films.
I think he can redeem himself if we allow him to make Chapter 2 and 3 of the Unbreakable films.
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11:44PM on 02/04/2013

100%

Guilty.
Guilty.
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11:33PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

Get him out of here! Guilty as charged!
Get him out of here! Guilty as charged!
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11:21PM on 02/04/2013
I say lock him up and throw away the key. Why? Well mostly because the difference of quality between his best movies and his subsequent efforts is astonishing but the ending of Signs alone would make a sentence of life in jail understandable. How can someone spend (and earn) millions to make something so stupid hoping to be taken seriously?... (The defense used Signs, really? Nobody else noticed how the third part of this movie clearly pointed out all that was to come in the future? )
I say lock him up and throw away the key. Why? Well mostly because the difference of quality between his best movies and his subsequent efforts is astonishing but the ending of Signs alone would make a sentence of life in jail understandable. How can someone spend (and earn) millions to make something so stupid hoping to be taken seriously?... (The defense used Signs, really? Nobody else noticed how the third part of this movie clearly pointed out all that was to come in the future? )
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10:18PM on 02/04/2013

Too bad he is guilty

He is Gulity and should be locked up for a few years in Movie Jail. He has not had a hit movie in 11 years...thats a long time, especially in Hollywood years. Audiences enjoyed Sixth Sense and want another hit soon...but at this rate he might be a 1 hit wonder as a director.
He is Gulity and should be locked up for a few years in Movie Jail. He has not had a hit movie in 11 years...thats a long time, especially in Hollywood years. Audiences enjoyed Sixth Sense and want another hit soon...but at this rate he might be a 1 hit wonder as a director.
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9:24PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

While I think that some people have laid the hate on him a little too much, there's no denying that his recent output has been lacking in quality. I respect the guy normally doing original material, but his work could often use another draft to improve it. He reminds me of George Lucas. Good at developing stories with the big picture in mind, but should seek help with the details.
While I think that some people have laid the hate on him a little too much, there's no denying that his recent output has been lacking in quality. I respect the guy normally doing original material, but his work could often use another draft to improve it. He reminds me of George Lucas. Good at developing stories with the big picture in mind, but should seek help with the details.
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9:19PM on 02/04/2013

I've been waiting for this one!

This clip perfectly describes how guilty Shyamalan is.
...as hell.

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This clip perfectly describes how guilty Shyamalan is.
...as hell.

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8:50PM on 02/04/2013
Guilty as hell!
Guilty as hell!
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8:33PM on 02/04/2013

Not guilty

He went downhill incredibly quick after he stopped working with Disney/Touchstone, somewhere in that relationship falling apart is the answers to why he recent films have sucked so hard.
He went downhill incredibly quick after he stopped working with Disney/Touchstone, somewhere in that relationship falling apart is the answers to why he recent films have sucked so hard.
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8:14PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty!

Agree with facebookreject, Stallone on the stand next!
Agree with facebookreject, Stallone on the stand next!
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7:43PM on 02/04/2013

GUILTY

As great as Signs and Unbreakable are, they nowhere reach the pinnacle of greatness needed to balance the sheer awfulness of The Village, The Happening (intentional or not), Lady in the Water or The Last Airbender. And save the "it's a kids movie" nonsense. yes, it is, and it is an awful one at that.
As great as Signs and Unbreakable are, they nowhere reach the pinnacle of greatness needed to balance the sheer awfulness of The Village, The Happening (intentional or not), Lady in the Water or The Last Airbender. And save the "it's a kids movie" nonsense. yes, it is, and it is an awful one at that.
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7:42PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

guilty, but this was not as easy or clear cut as you would think. As others mentioned, he does have some talent he is just wasting on on bizarre and usually very crappy movies. He started off so strong and now it's just fun to watch his train wrecks. He needs a parole officer to check in with to make sure he is staying on the right path for eventual release.
guilty, but this was not as easy or clear cut as you would think. As others mentioned, he does have some talent he is just wasting on on bizarre and usually very crappy movies. He started off so strong and now it's just fun to watch his train wrecks. He needs a parole officer to check in with to make sure he is staying on the right path for eventual release.
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7:31PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

Put Sylvester Stallone on the stand next!
Put Sylvester Stallone on the stand next!
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6:42PM on 02/04/2013

It's about time! Guilty!

I've been wanting this one for months now. He is guilty for "The Last Airbender" alone. This film should how little effort he puts and how little he cares for filmmaking. It was like a six year old made the film, and made it without any love or passion in it. Worst movie in years Loved "The Sixth Sense", loved "Signs"! But "The Last Airbender" is a crime against the history of cinema.
I've been wanting this one for months now. He is guilty for "The Last Airbender" alone. This film should how little effort he puts and how little he cares for filmmaking. It was like a six year old made the film, and made it without any love or passion in it. Worst movie in years Loved "The Sixth Sense", loved "Signs"! But "The Last Airbender" is a crime against the history of cinema.
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6:39PM on 02/04/2013

GUiLTY

Guilty ! The man is the king of deception on hollywood
Guilty ! The man is the king of deception on hollywood
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6:15PM on 02/04/2013

not even reading the arguments

Guilty!
Guilty!
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6:01PM on 02/04/2013

Guil

Ty!!!
Ty!!!
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5:54PM on 02/04/2013

shamalama ding-dong!

Understanding that all films are subject to the viewer's interpretation, I believe Shama is not guilty. I think he's been a victim of the initial string of movies he created that all featured this 'massive - never saw THAT coming- plot twist' near the end. Once that happened, it was assumed that would happen in each and every subsequent film. I totally dug Lady in the Water, The Village, and The Happening. My son loved the Last Airbender ( if people would view it as it is - a kids movie -
Understanding that all films are subject to the viewer's interpretation, I believe Shama is not guilty. I think he's been a victim of the initial string of movies he created that all featured this 'massive - never saw THAT coming- plot twist' near the end. Once that happened, it was assumed that would happen in each and every subsequent film. I totally dug Lady in the Water, The Village, and The Happening. My son loved the Last Airbender ( if people would view it as it is - a kids movie - then they'd see it for the quality film it was. ).

Either way, Shamalama Ding-Dong is not guilty. The audience is.

- Gary
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5:32PM on 02/04/2013

Not Guilty

I know this is pointless because this guy had Guilty written all over his face the moment he stepped in the courtroom, I say Not Guilty. I love his earlier movies, and, except The Last Airbender, I don't hate his new movies enough to send him to jail. Also, After Earth looks pretty sweet.
I know this is pointless because this guy had Guilty written all over his face the moment he stepped in the courtroom, I say Not Guilty. I love his earlier movies, and, except The Last Airbender, I don't hate his new movies enough to send him to jail. Also, After Earth looks pretty sweet.
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5:12PM on 02/04/2013

devil sucked!

this dude is so guilty! The happening was so boring. The only movie i liked by this dude was unbreakable. but that's it. And avatar!!!! just no dude . . . NO! you're done!
this dude is so guilty! The happening was so boring. The only movie i liked by this dude was unbreakable. but that's it. And avatar!!!! just no dude . . . NO! you're done!
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5:08PM on 02/04/2013

guilty

Maybe he can turn it around someday but each film has gotten progressively worse. Not holding out hope for After Earth since Smith Jr. isn't much of an actor.
Maybe he can turn it around someday but each film has gotten progressively worse. Not holding out hope for After Earth since Smith Jr. isn't much of an actor.
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5:02PM on 02/04/2013
Guilty as a director, not guilty as a producer and writer. The man still has talent when he's not directly behind the camera, but as a director, he lost steam just as he got going. However, as a producer and writer, he still has talent. The fact that he made at least three good films back to back, all written and directed by himself, proves that his talent isn't just a fluke.
Guilty as a director, not guilty as a producer and writer. The man still has talent when he's not directly behind the camera, but as a director, he lost steam just as he got going. However, as a producer and writer, he still has talent. The fact that he made at least three good films back to back, all written and directed by himself, proves that his talent isn't just a fluke.
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4:33PM on 02/04/2013
I'm going to say Not Guilty, but I'm not going to say whether I'm joking or not.
I'm going to say Not Guilty, but I'm not going to say whether I'm joking or not.
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4:31PM on 02/04/2013

Not Guilty

good director.
good director.
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3:59PM on 02/04/2013

GUILTY

Never in my life have I witnessed a director take such a plunge in terms of quality of its work over the years... I don't think he has any redeeming factors left in him... Yes, the Sixth Sense was a good movie and while I haven't seen Unbreakable, I can safely say every single one of his movies after that one has been gradually worse than the last...
Never in my life have I witnessed a director take such a plunge in terms of quality of its work over the years... I don't think he has any redeeming factors left in him... Yes, the Sixth Sense was a good movie and while I haven't seen Unbreakable, I can safely say every single one of his movies after that one has been gradually worse than the last...
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3:54PM on 02/04/2013

GUILTY AS HELL

Should be unanimous.
Should be unanimous.
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3:52PM on 02/04/2013
Guilty. As. Hell. I didn't even read the case. Unbreakable was fantastic, but Signs wouldn't have been good without Mel Gibson. The Sixth Sense was good the 1st time but has no replay value, and it started a whole generation of annoying people who claim they "knew he was dead all along." Everything else was just bloody awful.
Guilty. As. Hell. I didn't even read the case. Unbreakable was fantastic, but Signs wouldn't have been good without Mel Gibson. The Sixth Sense was good the 1st time but has no replay value, and it started a whole generation of annoying people who claim they "knew he was dead all along." Everything else was just bloody awful.
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3:44PM on 02/04/2013
Eventhough I find him GUILTY, I concider The Village a very good film.
He is guilty because he is talented yet makes stupid movies nowadays.
Eventhough I find him GUILTY, I concider The Village a very good film.
He is guilty because he is talented yet makes stupid movies nowadays.
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3:25PM on 02/04/2013

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo guilty.

Not even a question. I didn't even think THE SIXTH SENSE was all that great. Never saw UNBREAKABLE. SIGNS was dumb. THE HAPPENING was dumb. THE VILLAGE was dumb. THE LAST AIRBENDER was baaaaaaad. I know we believe in fair trial, but I dunno if he deserves one.

Also you're not 2 for 3 in Best Actress winners. You're 2 for 4, I think. Sandra Bullock and Hilary Swank are both not guilty, and Halle Berry and Julia Roberts are both guilty.
Not even a question. I didn't even think THE SIXTH SENSE was all that great. Never saw UNBREAKABLE. SIGNS was dumb. THE HAPPENING was dumb. THE VILLAGE was dumb. THE LAST AIRBENDER was baaaaaaad. I know we believe in fair trial, but I dunno if he deserves one.

Also you're not 2 for 3 in Best Actress winners. You're 2 for 4, I think. Sandra Bullock and Hilary Swank are both not guilty, and Halle Berry and Julia Roberts are both guilty.
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2:58PM on 02/04/2013

Lifetime Parole.

This one is weird. Everyone and their grandmother is going to convict this guy, but here's the thing. The guy is quite talented, but his transition from paper to screen is the problem. What he thinks is good on paper hasn't worked on screen. I think someone with his vision but faults with writing would gain so much from a creative collaborator who can equally watch his writing with a highly creative but realistic editing eye. I don't think the guy is hopeless. I just think he can't carry a film
This one is weird. Everyone and their grandmother is going to convict this guy, but here's the thing. The guy is quite talented, but his transition from paper to screen is the problem. What he thinks is good on paper hasn't worked on screen. I think someone with his vision but faults with writing would gain so much from a creative collaborator who can equally watch his writing with a highly creative but realistic editing eye. I don't think the guy is hopeless. I just think he can't carry a film on his own the way he thinks he can. He needs some help.
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2:25PM on 02/04/2013

Death

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2:12PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

Surprised it's taken so long to bring this guy to trial.
His career had such a promising start and then took such a catastrophic nosedive, I'm not sure there's any way back for him. His name became shorthand for "ridiculous plot twist" and then increasingly just synonymous with "bad films". I personally didn't hate The Village for what it was, but The Happening was what really sealed his fate in my mind. Such an embarrassingly bad film, I'm surprised it got released. Thing is, I don't think
Surprised it's taken so long to bring this guy to trial.
His career had such a promising start and then took such a catastrophic nosedive, I'm not sure there's any way back for him. His name became shorthand for "ridiculous plot twist" and then increasingly just synonymous with "bad films". I personally didn't hate The Village for what it was, but The Happening was what really sealed his fate in my mind. Such an embarrassingly bad film, I'm surprised it got released. Thing is, I don't think people would give the guy such a hard time if his first few films hadn't been cool.
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2:06PM on 02/04/2013

Not Guilty

Shyamalan is, and has always been, an amazing director. Look at how he moves the camera and frames the action, especially in the terribly written 'The Last Airbender'. As a director, he knows how to tell a story in a visually appealing and interesting. However, as a screenwriter he has definitely gone downhill since his first few films, however, 'The Village' is a brilliant and underrated film.

As a director, he has made visually awesome films, which is the first rule of making a film. As
Shyamalan is, and has always been, an amazing director. Look at how he moves the camera and frames the action, especially in the terribly written 'The Last Airbender'. As a director, he knows how to tell a story in a visually appealing and interesting. However, as a screenwriter he has definitely gone downhill since his first few films, however, 'The Village' is a brilliant and underrated film.

As a director, he has made visually awesome films, which is the first rule of making a film. As such, he cannot be found guilty.
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3:09PM on 02/04/2013
But all of him is on trial. Not just the director part.. As a writer he's guilty and as an actor he's guilty. As far as directing goes, yes maybe his style of directing was alright in Signs and The Village. But they style he went with in Lady in the Water and the abismal directing choices for "The Last Airbender" are inexcusable.

everyone has multiple levels, but most of this guy's levels are gulty
But all of him is on trial. Not just the director part.. As a writer he's guilty and as an actor he's guilty. As far as directing goes, yes maybe his style of directing was alright in Signs and The Village. But they style he went with in Lady in the Water and the abismal directing choices for "The Last Airbender" are inexcusable.

everyone has multiple levels, but most of this guy's levels are gulty
3:58PM on 02/04/2013
You're out of your mind or my sarcasm detector is broken...
You're out of your mind or my sarcasm detector is broken...
2:05PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty as HELL!

I thought he was done after THE LAST AIRBENDER: he took a great series and turned it into a joke. What made it even worse for me was the rookie mistakes he made in the film (showing the villain, unnecessarily altering plot points). Was nobody looking over this guy's shoulder?

Tar and feather him and run him out of Hollywood, STAT!
I thought he was done after THE LAST AIRBENDER: he took a great series and turned it into a joke. What made it even worse for me was the rookie mistakes he made in the film (showing the villain, unnecessarily altering plot points). Was nobody looking over this guy's shoulder?

Tar and feather him and run him out of Hollywood, STAT!
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2:01PM on 02/04/2013

Throw away the key

What he did to Airbender is unforgivable.
What he did to Airbender is unforgivable.
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1:44PM on 02/04/2013

Gulty

Six Sense and Unbreakable were pretty good, and i did actually like Devil. But every other movie he's done has been garbage. Even "After Earth" looks pretty bad to me so far. Even if you forget "Signs", "The Happening", "Lady in the Water" and "The Village", he still did "The Last Airbender" and to me that is as guilty as you can possibly get.. To take a series that was so smart, mature, and fun, and then turn it into "that", is a punishable crime as far as im concerned. Guilty!

But i
Six Sense and Unbreakable were pretty good, and i did actually like Devil. But every other movie he's done has been garbage. Even "After Earth" looks pretty bad to me so far. Even if you forget "Signs", "The Happening", "Lady in the Water" and "The Village", he still did "The Last Airbender" and to me that is as guilty as you can possibly get.. To take a series that was so smart, mature, and fun, and then turn it into "that", is a punishable crime as far as im concerned. Guilty!

But i thought you guys said you werent gonna put him on trial because its obvious everyone's gonna vote guilty .
Next Defendant: Ivan Reitman
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1:43PM on 02/04/2013
Oh he's guilty alright! What's funny is I thought this column was even created specifically for Shyamalan, if not this column then the term and concept of movie jail had to have been said after someone left one of his last four movies.
Oh he's guilty alright! What's funny is I thought this column was even created specifically for Shyamalan, if not this column then the term and concept of movie jail had to have been said after someone left one of his last four movies.
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1:41PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

I remember reading reviews for Lady in the Water. One of them was "Has this guy lost his damn mind?"
I remember reading reviews for Lady in the Water. One of them was "Has this guy lost his damn mind?"
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1:38PM on 02/04/2013
Guilty. Sixth Sense and Unbreakable are great movies, but he's run out of ideas.
Guilty. Sixth Sense and Unbreakable are great movies, but he's run out of ideas.
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1:27PM on 02/04/2013

GUILTY

The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable vs Everything else with his name on it

The man was a one hit wonder who has a cult following of Unbreakable. He hasn't done anything good in 10 years.
The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable vs Everything else with his name on it

The man was a one hit wonder who has a cult following of Unbreakable. He hasn't done anything good in 10 years.
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5:02PM on 02/04/2013
You forgot Signs.
You forgot Signs.
1:13PM on 02/04/2013

call me crazy

If he's guilty then Ed wood is guilty.

Don't get me wrong, M.Night is a bad director, and he's made awful movies, but at least they're entertaining. He's got the "so bad it's good" niche down perfectly (Last Airbender proved this without a doubt). Unlike other cases (Julia Roberts/Adam Sandler) who are doing nothing but rehasing the same roles/jokes in every movie. M.Night is trying to do different things (Horror/Supense with 6th sense,signs,Devil, Superhero/Action with Last AIrbender,
If he's guilty then Ed wood is guilty.

Don't get me wrong, M.Night is a bad director, and he's made awful movies, but at least they're entertaining. He's got the "so bad it's good" niche down perfectly (Last Airbender proved this without a doubt). Unlike other cases (Julia Roberts/Adam Sandler) who are doing nothing but rehasing the same roles/jokes in every movie. M.Night is trying to do different things (Horror/Supense with 6th sense,signs,Devil, Superhero/Action with Last AIrbender, Drama with Lady in Water), even though he's failing miserably with all of them, he's at least trying, and back to my point, he's showing just how awesomely bad he can be at any genre.

In closing, sure his movies are bad, but if you see them as comedy's, he's pretty damn good at what he does. Also, you're lying through your teeth if you say you NEVER once laughed during Airbender or The Happening, come on. The guy made a movie about killer trees and played it straight. If that's not funny I don't know what is.

NOT GUILTY!
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1:11PM on 02/04/2013
Love Unbreakable and Sixth Sense but this guy is as guilty as they come.
Love Unbreakable and Sixth Sense but this guy is as guilty as they come.
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1:03PM on 02/04/2013
Like Michael Bay or Adam Sandler...if Shyamalan isn't guilty, then nobody is.

I say this with genuine affection for the guy, but for next week I accuse Jason Statham. Dude needs an intervention at least.
Like Michael Bay or Adam Sandler...if Shyamalan isn't guilty, then nobody is.

I say this with genuine affection for the guy, but for next week I accuse Jason Statham. Dude needs an intervention at least.
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12:49PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

Although I have to admit I keep watching his movies, for the same reason I watch crap like the Room and Troll 2. Most of them are in the it's so fucking awful it actually becomes genius again. Still he showed so much promise with the trinity of Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, so the talent is actually somewhere in there. I think if you put him in movie jail solitary for 3 to 4 years he might(and I do have to stress the word might here) get his head out of his ass and let his ego drop enough
Although I have to admit I keep watching his movies, for the same reason I watch crap like the Room and Troll 2. Most of them are in the it's so fucking awful it actually becomes genius again. Still he showed so much promise with the trinity of Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, so the talent is actually somewhere in there. I think if you put him in movie jail solitary for 3 to 4 years he might(and I do have to stress the word might here) get his head out of his ass and let his ego drop enough to for him to realize his past wrongs. Perhaps he'll even make a great film again.
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12:47PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

He just became more and more derivative of himself.
He just became more and more derivative of himself.
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12:43PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

I gave up after the Happening, still watched The Last Airbender, and remembered why I lost any hope to begin with.
I gave up after the Happening, still watched The Last Airbender, and remembered why I lost any hope to begin with.
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12:37PM on 02/04/2013
I love his first four films (Sixth Sense to Unbreakable to Signs to The Village). But anything after that is garbage. I did like Devil a lot too.

After Earth is his last shot for me. If that movie js bad then i have no hope for thr guy. So I have to say not guilty for the time being.
I love his first four films (Sixth Sense to Unbreakable to Signs to The Village). But anything after that is garbage. I did like Devil a lot too.

After Earth is his last shot for me. If that movie js bad then i have no hope for thr guy. So I have to say not guilty for the time being.
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12:51PM on 02/04/2013
I respect your gentle heart sir!
But I am afraid you will be the Henry Fonda to us 12 angry men in here.
I respect your gentle heart sir!
But I am afraid you will be the Henry Fonda to us 12 angry men in here.
3:16PM on 02/04/2013
Henry Fonda won over the other 11 men in that movie

a better analogy would be Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men". A guy trying his hardest to defend men who are still ultimately guilty. I like this analogy better because that would make us Kevin Bacon
Henry Fonda won over the other 11 men in that movie

a better analogy would be Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men". A guy trying his hardest to defend men who are still ultimately guilty. I like this analogy better because that would make us Kevin Bacon
12:35PM on 02/04/2013
Back in 1999 I was expecting big, big things from the writer of Stuart Little.
Back in 1999 I was expecting big, big things from the writer of Stuart Little.
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12:30PM on 02/04/2013
I remember a time when you saw his name in the title billing of a trailer and everyone would go "Oooo Ahh" .. Now it's mostly disapproval grunting or laughter.
I remember a time when you saw his name in the title billing of a trailer and everyone would go "Oooo Ahh" .. Now it's mostly disapproval grunting or laughter.
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12:36PM on 02/04/2013
Hence why his name is not in the trailer for AFTER EARTH.
Hence why his name is not in the trailer for AFTER EARTH.
12:30PM on 02/04/2013
DEATH ROW
DEATH ROW
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12:29PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty...and I fucking hate saying that.

It's sad that a man who directed one of my favourite films of all-time (UNBREAKABLE) is also responsible for some of the worst and most laughable films of all-time. From THE VILLAGE and on, it has been nothing but shit.
It's sad that a man who directed one of my favourite films of all-time (UNBREAKABLE) is also responsible for some of the worst and most laughable films of all-time. From THE VILLAGE and on, it has been nothing but shit.
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1:47PM on 02/04/2013
I feel the same way sir, Shyamalan has wasted the good will he received from making Unbreakable. It almost seems like he forgot how to even make movies.
I feel the same way sir, Shyamalan has wasted the good will he received from making Unbreakable. It almost seems like he forgot how to even make movies.
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12:27PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty as Sin

How is this even a discussion?
How is this even a discussion?
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12:26PM on 02/04/2013
And as much as it hurts me to say because I love plenty of her films, Renee Zellweger might have to stand trail
And as much as it hurts me to say because I love plenty of her films, Renee Zellweger might have to stand trail
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12:23PM on 02/04/2013

GUILTY

GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY To the very end. No way this guy should be allowed to keep making movies.
GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY To the very end. No way this guy should be allowed to keep making movies.
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12:20PM on 02/04/2013

Guilty

Is there a jail beyond jail that's worse than prison? Hell? Movie Hell? He's there.
Is there a jail beyond jail that's worse than prison? Hell? Movie Hell? He's there.
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