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07.21.2010

I don't know what to make of M. Night Shyamalan. Set visit reports and interviews with the man characterize his as just a very nice guy, which makes ripping into his movies kind of a sad prospect.

But contrastingly, the man isn't quite living in reality. There is almost universal consensus that each of his movies has been worse than his last (though personal preference accounts for some slights shifts in ranking order), yet he maintains that there is not anything wrong with any of them. Not at all. And if you think so, you don’t know what you’re talking about and you should probably drop dead. Literally.

Such is the case with this video, where he addresses a Mexican journalist with venom who has dared to imply that his past work is better than his current work, and he’s losing fans because of it. She also indicates he did THE LAST AIRBENDER to try and recapture some fans with a more mainstream movie.

Shyamalan loses it, albeit in a rather calm fashion, and says if he “thought like you, he would kill himself” and she must have looked up that description of his career “on Google” as that’s in no way an accurate summation of his body of work. He also berates her for saying he did THE LAST AIRBENDER for the money, even though she really said he probably did it to try and regain fans.

I just think he comes off like a delusional dick here, talking about all the money he’s made and turned down and how other countries actually love THE HAPPENING. If the man really cannot see a quality disparity in his films, that really explains a lot as to why they keep getting worse. I understand an artist sees his own work differently than others, but Shyamalan just is being willfully ignorant here.

What do you guys think about the man at this point?

Extra Tidbit: In the theater for INCEPTION, everyone seemed very interested in DEVIL until they ACTUALLY GROANED when M. Night Shyamalan’s name appeared on the screen. UPDATE: YES, someone actually took a video of it.

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12:32AM on 07/23/2010
Who's the ass kissing idiot sitting next to him?
Who's the ass kissing idiot sitting next to him?
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10:22PM on 07/22/2010
Jeeez. Just do "Unbreakable 2" already. It won't make any money but I'll piss my pants any which way.
Jeeez. Just do "Unbreakable 2" already. It won't make any money but I'll piss my pants any which way.
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1:27PM on 07/22/2010
Don't worry. When the money is drying up, and the offers aren't pouring in. I bet anything, he'll learn what humility is. hopefully we will start seeing quality film making when that happens.
Don't worry. When the money is drying up, and the offers aren't pouring in. I bet anything, he'll learn what humility is. hopefully we will start seeing quality film making when that happens.
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5:21AM on 07/22/2010
Who is that metro-finger-puppet beside him?? Watch it again, Night is clearly controlling him with his right hand!
Who is that metro-finger-puppet beside him?? Watch it again, Night is clearly controlling him with his right hand!
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2:13AM on 07/22/2010
I don't think M. Night's name is bankable anymore. After The Last Airbender, I don't think he would get that much of a budget to make movies anymore. Lucky for us (I hope).
I don't think M. Night's name is bankable anymore. After The Last Airbender, I don't think he would get that much of a budget to make movies anymore. Lucky for us (I hope).
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2:05AM on 07/22/2010
How come the folks in this video keep saying their favorite M. Hack Shyamalan movie is the Village? That movie was unbearably crappy!
How come the folks in this video keep saying their favorite M. Hack Shyamalan movie is the Village? That movie was unbearably crappy!
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12:53AM on 07/22/2010
whose the douche sitting next to Sham.
whose the douche sitting next to Sham.
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11:33PM on 07/21/2010
To be fair, the press conference is FOR The Last Airbender. Why would he do the press conference and tell everyone it sucks? Not to mention, not very professional of the journalist.
To be fair, the press conference is FOR The Last Airbender. Why would he do the press conference and tell everyone it sucks? Not to mention, not very professional of the journalist.
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10:47PM on 07/21/2010
well he does have to defend himself, because to not do so makes him look as if he agrees that he is failing in his career. that said i havent enjoyed his movies since Unbreakable, they seem to be missing that extera something that made 6th sense and it more interesting to watch.i think he should take a break from movies and see if he cant come up with something original and find that spark again
well he does have to defend himself, because to not do so makes him look as if he agrees that he is failing in his career. that said i havent enjoyed his movies since Unbreakable, they seem to be missing that extera something that made 6th sense and it more interesting to watch.i think he should take a break from movies and see if he cant come up with something original and find that spark again
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10:38PM on 07/21/2010

The Problem: We Expect too much

I don't think this guy is a BAD director. He gave us Sixth Sense Unbreakable and Signs. I know the rest of his movies have a varety of hates and lovers for all different reasons. I actually like that though. Why should a director stay in a safe zone and keep giving a droning audience a rehash of the Sixth sense.

I am one of the few people who liked the Happening. The reason being, he took the most hard to film subject matter of a story, and made a fairly creepy thriller movie out of it.
I don't think this guy is a BAD director. He gave us Sixth Sense Unbreakable and Signs. I know the rest of his movies have a varety of hates and lovers for all different reasons. I actually like that though. Why should a director stay in a safe zone and keep giving a droning audience a rehash of the Sixth sense.

I am one of the few people who liked the Happening. The reason being, he took the most hard to film subject matter of a story, and made a fairly creepy thriller movie out of it. Despite its laughable parts, I think they are neccesary. How absurd is it that we are running from trees? Marky Marks performance was, I feel, neccesary. It was a post 9/11, how are we going to fight out automatic fears of world terror, to realize it is coming from the most simplest of forms. How do you fight something you can't talk to, or negotiate with? It brought up questions of our own fear, through a metaphor of "what if our plants started pissing back on us!?, they are life too, no?" Its always been a deeper philosophical question in all his movies.

I will say, Air Bender did suck. It had potential, but I must say, i think the problem was him cramming source material into a confined 2 hour time slot.

For all those people who said he was racist in casting, get real and watch the actual movie and cartoon. He added black people, eskimos, indians, and east asians, to an originally race neutral/ambiguous cartoon.

Every director will have their blunder or two, but this is the guy ta gave us the most realistic original idea of superheros in REALITY through UNBREAKABLE. It seems a lot of people are jumping on the hate band wagon, which is easy to do.

Again, I agree air bender was BLAH, but his reaction to the woman in the video was a guy passionate about every single on of his projects. What have you all done lately?
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10:05PM on 07/21/2010
haha the people in the theater i went to did the exact same thing.
haha the people in the theater i went to did the exact same thing.
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9:10PM on 07/21/2010
Who does this guy think he is kidding? How much did he pay that asshole next to him to say his favorite movie was The Village?
Who does this guy think he is kidding? How much did he pay that asshole next to him to say his favorite movie was The Village?
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7:13PM on 07/21/2010

I Wonder

Who is the eager little brown noser sitting next to Shyamalan? I like how he came up from under the table and took his mouth off M Night's junk long enough to talk about which of his shitty movies he pleasures himself to.
Who is the eager little brown noser sitting next to Shyamalan? I like how he came up from under the table and took his mouth off M Night's junk long enough to talk about which of his shitty movies he pleasures himself to.
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7:09PM on 07/21/2010
This guy is just done. Hollywood gave him this undeserved ego and now we're all paying for it. The sad thing is that judging by the subtitles this poor Mexican journalist was being as polite as possible M. Night should've done the same. It's also funny that he has the worst actor in the entire movie sitting next to him defending him.
This guy is just done. Hollywood gave him this undeserved ego and now we're all paying for it. The sad thing is that judging by the subtitles this poor Mexican journalist was being as polite as possible M. Night should've done the same. It's also funny that he has the worst actor in the entire movie sitting next to him defending him.
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5:36PM on 07/21/2010
Sorry for the double post. Ignore this.
Sorry for the double post. Ignore this.
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5:22PM on 07/21/2010
In France, people loved The Happening, Lady in the Water, and The Village. In Japan, people loved Lady in the Water. In fact, it was named one of the best films of the year (2006) by several highly-regarded film magazines. In Argentina, Lady In The Water and The Happening got great reviewes. So yes, while people in the US just love to hate on Shyamalan, countries around the world don't.

PS: You're wording it wrong when you say "And if you think so, you don’t know what you’re talking about
In France, people loved The Happening, Lady in the Water, and The Village. In Japan, people loved Lady in the Water. In fact, it was named one of the best films of the year (2006) by several highly-regarded film magazines. In Argentina, Lady In The Water and The Happening got great reviewes. So yes, while people in the US just love to hate on Shyamalan, countries around the world don't.

PS: You're wording it wrong when you say "And if you think so, you don’t know what you’re talking about and you should probably drop dead." That's not what he meant. He meant, as an artist, if he thought like her, he would kill himself. He's not telling her to kill herself. Are you trying to grab more haters on the way or something? People need to give the man a break.
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5:17PM on 07/21/2010

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My theater did the exact same thing when "from the mind of m. night shymalan" popped up. I guess after last airbender now even the dim witted nickelodeon crowd hates him
My theater did the exact same thing when "from the mind of m. night shymalan" popped up. I guess after last airbender now even the dim witted nickelodeon crowd hates him
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5:07PM on 07/21/2010

Okay...

One thing I have to ask, mainly because Miguelito brought this up. But how exactly is the criticisms against Shyamalan's movies unjustified? I know a lot of people who loved the Sixth Sense, even Unbreakable, but little by little they enjoyed his films less and less. I never found any of them to be apart of some trend to hate this guy. They were ready to follow him film after film, and that eventually stopped. I still don't understand how it is that people are turning valid criticisms into
One thing I have to ask, mainly because Miguelito brought this up. But how exactly is the criticisms against Shyamalan's movies unjustified? I know a lot of people who loved the Sixth Sense, even Unbreakable, but little by little they enjoyed his films less and less. I never found any of them to be apart of some trend to hate this guy. They were ready to follow him film after film, and that eventually stopped. I still don't understand how it is that people are turning valid criticisms into something of a trend. I think it's more harsh because a lot of people loved his work until he kept letting them down with every new film he made. I'm not saying this as if he needs to make movies to live up to their standards, but that's how people felt. That every next movie was just a little worse than the one before. And I don't see that as being invalid.

Another thing, Chris... I don't get how Shammy was being gay. He was being stuck up, but gay? I don't know. Sure, the guy is soft spoken, but I don't see how that includes him liking a nice fat cock in his mouth. I think it's a little mean to equate both parties. Mostly because he seems like a decent enough father and gay people probably love the camp value of the Happening.
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4:44AM on 07/22/2010
I'm just saying, as the father he is, he certainly is not showing any good value to his kids about respecting women, or taking criticism. As I said, I like his movies a lot, and it's sad because all his father-characters treat with respect the women around. Sorry if my comment offended you, but I've always thought when it comes to a woman offending you, you have to set the brakes.
I'm just saying, as the father he is, he certainly is not showing any good value to his kids about respecting women, or taking criticism. As I said, I like his movies a lot, and it's sad because all his father-characters treat with respect the women around. Sorry if my comment offended you, but I've always thought when it comes to a woman offending you, you have to set the brakes.
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5:06PM on 07/21/2010

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haha i said tht same thing when i worte my review for inception everyone was dissapointed wen they saw M. Nights name... Its amazing how much of a joke this guy has become
haha i said tht same thing when i worte my review for inception everyone was dissapointed wen they saw M. Nights name... Its amazing how much of a joke this guy has become
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4:59PM on 07/21/2010
M Night really had a good point there in his argument. Perhaps he came off a little dickish in the begining but this reporter had no right to attack the man's career. As an artist that is a terrible thing to hear. You can't tell me that Mr. Big Head Cameron wouldn't lash out at a reporter if in a press conference they told him that Titanic and Avatar sucked. And he would bring up the same argument that those films made tons of cash.

I love that his favorite movie is The Village as thats my
M Night really had a good point there in his argument. Perhaps he came off a little dickish in the begining but this reporter had no right to attack the man's career. As an artist that is a terrible thing to hear. You can't tell me that Mr. Big Head Cameron wouldn't lash out at a reporter if in a press conference they told him that Titanic and Avatar sucked. And he would bring up the same argument that those films made tons of cash.

I love that his favorite movie is The Village as thats my favorite film of his after Unbreakable. I know lots of people hate the Village but I love it and its truly inspired me to be a filmmaker. I've always felt that if I could reach just one person through my art than my job is complete and it doesn't matter if millions of people hate it. I think people need to get off their high horses and realize that this man is doing what he loves for a living. If you don't particularly like his films then don't watch them. But don't go around attacking the man.
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4:51PM on 07/21/2010

As much as I like all his movies

The guy acted so gay answering so rudely to the girl. I'm amazed he's married and treats a woman that way. There are so much ways to defend your work without telling someone to kill him/herself. He acted like a spoiled teenager. Oh and by the way, the guy at his side, dude, you looked sooo dumb clapping for your man, and Shyamalan so childish looking at him like saying "we are the most privileged minds in this room"
The guy acted so gay answering so rudely to the girl. I'm amazed he's married and treats a woman that way. There are so much ways to defend your work without telling someone to kill him/herself. He acted like a spoiled teenager. Oh and by the way, the guy at his side, dude, you looked sooo dumb clapping for your man, and Shyamalan so childish looking at him like saying "we are the most privileged minds in this room"
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4:22PM on 07/21/2010

Give The Guy A Break

The Last Airbender isn't that bad. It's a step up from The Happening and Lady in the Water, to be sure. M. Night was never the one comparing himself to Hitchcock, that was everyone else. At least he's trying different genres to see where he excels best. We all knew there would never be another Sixth Sense. Now can't we just give the guy a break so he doesn't quit making movies altogether? That would NOT be a good thing despite what some may say. You can't blame the guy for sticking up
The Last Airbender isn't that bad. It's a step up from The Happening and Lady in the Water, to be sure. M. Night was never the one comparing himself to Hitchcock, that was everyone else. At least he's trying different genres to see where he excels best. We all knew there would never be another Sixth Sense. Now can't we just give the guy a break so he doesn't quit making movies altogether? That would NOT be a good thing despite what some may say. You can't blame the guy for sticking up for himself after so much harsh, and in my opinion unjustified, criticism.
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4:09PM on 07/21/2010

Yeah, I heard Airbender was bad...

...but is it really worse than The Lady in the Water AND The Happening? Someone tell me its really not THAT bad.
...but is it really worse than The Lady in the Water AND The Happening? Someone tell me its really not THAT bad.
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4:22PM on 07/21/2010
No, it's not worse than those two. It's just poorly written and acted, it's not like offensively bad, just lame bad.
No, it's not worse than those two. It's just poorly written and acted, it's not like offensively bad, just lame bad.
7:19PM on 07/21/2010
Air Bender and Pathfinder are the two worst movies I have ever seen in theaters. You can take that as you may.
Air Bender and Pathfinder are the two worst movies I have ever seen in theaters. You can take that as you may.
3:41PM on 07/21/2010
Ugh, what a douche.
Ugh, what a douche.
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3:26PM on 07/21/2010
I truly don't know what to think about him these days. I loved Sixth Sense and Unbreakable but Signs was indeed the sign that he was starting to believe his own hype as much as I enjoyed it. The Village bored me to tears and as a result I have not watched anything of his after that. The best thing he could have done was say that he believed he was making good movies, he appreciates her opinion, next question. Instead he had to bring money into the equation and said he will continue to make
I truly don't know what to think about him these days. I loved Sixth Sense and Unbreakable but Signs was indeed the sign that he was starting to believe his own hype as much as I enjoyed it. The Village bored me to tears and as a result I have not watched anything of his after that. The best thing he could have done was say that he believed he was making good movies, he appreciates her opinion, next question. Instead he had to bring money into the equation and said he will continue to make movies "as long as they let him make movies" which basically means as long as they keep giving him a shitload of cash. She said what a hell of alot of people are thinking I guess, at least someone had the balls to say it and he needs to hear it. To me, this suggests that if someone attacks his work he protests how much money he/it makes/made which is sadly becoming too much of a priority.
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3:16PM on 07/21/2010

Yep....

A smarter and cooler man would have made a joke. I can't tell you how many times John Carpenter has openly made fun of his own career in interviews. And you know what? It always works. It diffuses the situation. This guy tries to rationalize his way out of a question that wasn't really that insulting. What the reporter described as true. A lot of people have fallen out of love with his movies. The man could have simply said, "No, I don't think that way." But you can tell this wasn't the first
A smarter and cooler man would have made a joke. I can't tell you how many times John Carpenter has openly made fun of his own career in interviews. And you know what? It always works. It diffuses the situation. This guy tries to rationalize his way out of a question that wasn't really that insulting. What the reporter described as true. A lot of people have fallen out of love with his movies. The man could have simply said, "No, I don't think that way." But you can tell this wasn't the first time he's felt this kind of truth coming at him. Because he may not like what she said, but there was some truth in there. And the truth can sting like a bitch.
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4:03PM on 07/21/2010
Not to mention, Carpenter's movies are mostly meant to be entertaining, and don't insist upon themselves as works of philosophical genius.
Not to mention, Carpenter's movies are mostly meant to be entertaining, and don't insist upon themselves as works of philosophical genius.
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3:00PM on 07/21/2010
I suppose it's hard to believe your movies are bad if you're raking in tons of cash. He's just like every other studio filmmaker, he thinks he's a genius because he got high volumes of asses in seats and that's enough for him.

Is The Village REALLY "France's favorite movie"? I always figured it'd be some movie that starred Jerry Lewis...
I suppose it's hard to believe your movies are bad if you're raking in tons of cash. He's just like every other studio filmmaker, he thinks he's a genius because he got high volumes of asses in seats and that's enough for him.

Is The Village REALLY "France's favorite movie"? I always figured it'd be some movie that starred Jerry Lewis...
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2:57PM on 07/21/2010
Shyamalan needs to start believing in his own press*.



*The recent, shitty, kind.
Shyamalan needs to start believing in his own press*.



*The recent, shitty, kind.
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2:42PM on 07/21/2010

Stop feeding his ego

That's the solution, we need to get him back to where he was before The Sixth Sense, before he started buying into his own hype. There is a great director in Shyamalan struggling to get out but as long as his ego is in the way we'll just get crappier films from the man.
That's the solution, we need to get him back to where he was before The Sixth Sense, before he started buying into his own hype. There is a great director in Shyamalan struggling to get out but as long as his ego is in the way we'll just get crappier films from the man.
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2:22PM on 07/21/2010
He's obviously proud of his career and he got upset because someone insulted his career...who wouldn't?

I would assume that most would get upset about that.
He's obviously proud of his career and he got upset because someone insulted his career...who wouldn't?

I would assume that most would get upset about that.
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2:12PM on 07/21/2010
While I do admit his movie have suffered, atleast the guy doesnt care what others think. He makes movie the way he likes to make them and he doesn't care how many people hate them. He is just doing what he loves to do and so what if not EVERYONE likes it. I enjoyed the Village and Lady in the Water very much and those are two of his most hated works. To each his own I guess. Atleast he isn't giving in to the hatred of his movies and quitting altogether, he likes making films and he will
While I do admit his movie have suffered, atleast the guy doesnt care what others think. He makes movie the way he likes to make them and he doesn't care how many people hate them. He is just doing what he loves to do and so what if not EVERYONE likes it. I enjoyed the Village and Lady in the Water very much and those are two of his most hated works. To each his own I guess. Atleast he isn't giving in to the hatred of his movies and quitting altogether, he likes making films and he will do it no matter what! Who knows, maybe he is meant to be the Ed Wood of our generation!!!
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4:04PM on 07/21/2010
You've just described Michael Bay.
You've just described Michael Bay.
2:00PM on 07/21/2010

I'm onto you M. Night...

If he thought like you, he would "kill himself"? Is he trying to inspire random suicides on a massive scale? Oh my god, I get it... He's trying to recreate "The Happening" in real life. God Help us All.

All jokes aside, Unbreakable was the bomb, yo.
If he thought like you, he would "kill himself"? Is he trying to inspire random suicides on a massive scale? Oh my god, I get it... He's trying to recreate "The Happening" in real life. God Help us All.

All jokes aside, Unbreakable was the bomb, yo.
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1:44PM on 07/21/2010
Wait. Unbreakable should NOT be rated lower than Signs. No way in hell.
Wait. Unbreakable should NOT be rated lower than Signs. No way in hell.
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1:28PM on 07/21/2010
I'm still somewhat of a fan of his. I really enjoyed his first four movies (Sixth Sense to The Village), but everything after The Village has sucked. So I'm kind of hoping he redeems himself with Devil.
I'm still somewhat of a fan of his. I really enjoyed his first four movies (Sixth Sense to The Village), but everything after The Village has sucked. So I'm kind of hoping he redeems himself with Devil.
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1:24PM on 07/21/2010

oh well i guess

we should all kill ourselves.
we should all kill ourselves.
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1:23PM on 07/21/2010
The question was kind of mean-spirited to begin with, and Shyamalan's answer was equally dickish. The whole thing basically boils down to this:

REPORTER: Dude, your movie have kind of sucked for a while now.
MNS: Yet I'm still making money. So what do you know?

Jackson Rathbone had the best response, and he was one of the worst actors in Last Airbender.
The question was kind of mean-spirited to begin with, and Shyamalan's answer was equally dickish. The whole thing basically boils down to this:

REPORTER: Dude, your movie have kind of sucked for a while now.
MNS: Yet I'm still making money. So what do you know?

Jackson Rathbone had the best response, and he was one of the worst actors in Last Airbender.
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1:14PM on 07/21/2010
You guys need to check out this video interview he had with Slashfilm. M.Night is really deluded and caught up in his own little world. This reaction isn't all that surprising.

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You guys need to check out this video interview he had with Slashfilm. M.Night is really deluded and caught up in his own little world. This reaction isn't all that surprising.

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12:51PM on 07/21/2010

what a douche...

the guy behaved like a complete prick, you don´t talk to people like that "if i thought like you i´d kill myself"????, i mean, who says that in a press conference???
and on top of that his favourite movie is the happening? yeah, that guy really lost it, the happening is one of the worst movies ever made, it sucked...

anyways, i still like some of his movies, but the happening and the last airbender i do not.

P.S. wake up dude
the guy behaved like a complete prick, you don´t talk to people like that "if i thought like you i´d kill myself"????, i mean, who says that in a press conference???
and on top of that his favourite movie is the happening? yeah, that guy really lost it, the happening is one of the worst movies ever made, it sucked...

anyways, i still like some of his movies, but the happening and the last airbender i do not.

P.S. wake up dude
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1:20PM on 07/21/2010
I actually liked The Happening, and even though i enjoyed Signs, the film has always bothered me. I mean come on.....the aliens are smart enough and advanced enough to get here and coordinate a massive invasion but can't tell that 90% of this world is water, the one thing that will kill them....please.
I actually liked The Happening, and even though i enjoyed Signs, the film has always bothered me. I mean come on.....the aliens are smart enough and advanced enough to get here and coordinate a massive invasion but can't tell that 90% of this world is water, the one thing that will kill them....please.
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12:41PM on 07/21/2010

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Same thing happened in my theater as well. Quite hilarious
Same thing happened in my theater as well. Quite hilarious
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12:31PM on 07/21/2010

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That exact same thing happened in my theater. In that I have never liked Shyamalan I was thrilled by this. Does anyone remember back around Unbreakable or Signs when he referred to himself as the next Alfred Hitchcock? I can't find the interview, but I swear he said it...
That exact same thing happened in my theater. In that I have never liked Shyamalan I was thrilled by this. Does anyone remember back around Unbreakable or Signs when he referred to himself as the next Alfred Hitchcock? I can't find the interview, but I swear he said it...
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That exact same thing happened in my theater. In that I have never liked Shyamalan I was thrilled by this. Does anyone remember back around Unbreakable or Signs when he referred to himself as the next Alfred Hitchcock? I can't find the interview, but I swear he said it...
That exact same thing happened in my theater. In that I have never liked Shyamalan I was thrilled by this. Does anyone remember back around Unbreakable or Signs when he referred to himself as the next Alfred Hitchcock? I can't find the interview, but I swear he said it...
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12:10PM on 07/21/2010

yawn

im more curious to see Devil than ever. if that film sucks then im officially done with this twat-bag. it seems odd but it really is true; his films get so much more horrible with each release. something else to note is that m nights films only work if you dont ask questions about them. if you apply critical thinking to his stories they always fall apart, even with his good films. most obvious example, Signs- dont you think aliens would take precautions or at least be aware of the fact that
im more curious to see Devil than ever. if that film sucks then im officially done with this twat-bag. it seems odd but it really is true; his films get so much more horrible with each release. something else to note is that m nights films only work if you dont ask questions about them. if you apply critical thinking to his stories they always fall apart, even with his good films. most obvious example, Signs- dont you think aliens would take precautions or at least be aware of the fact that their biggest weakness against us humans is OUR MOST ABUNDANT RESOURCE ON THE PLANET?!? it seems m night is just a flavor of the week whos trying really hard to be taken seriously.
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12:06PM on 07/21/2010

There goes another one...

It's obvious here that M.Night is under some serious pressure. His rebuttal is that of a man desperate to cover-up his mistakes and well aware that his ass in on fire for making a shitty movie. I'm not against all his movies, heck I kinda' enjoyed most of it (including The Village and Lady In The Water), but the way he handles this interview really works against him. Tact, friend...you gotta' always have some tact.
It's obvious here that M.Night is under some serious pressure. His rebuttal is that of a man desperate to cover-up his mistakes and well aware that his ass in on fire for making a shitty movie. I'm not against all his movies, heck I kinda' enjoyed most of it (including The Village and Lady In The Water), but the way he handles this interview really works against him. Tact, friend...you gotta' always have some tact.
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12:05PM on 07/21/2010
haha.. same thing happened to my Inception show this weekend.. that groan followed by laughter and talking through the rest of Devil's preview..

this guy's a fucking joke.
haha.. same thing happened to my Inception show this weekend.. that groan followed by laughter and talking through the rest of Devil's preview..

this guy's a fucking joke.
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12:01PM on 07/21/2010

Also............

The people on this topic are hypocrites. You all act like there's a better way to address the issue and act more respectful and cool about it.........even if someone was saying those things about YOUR work.........and YET you can't even remain "respectful" or "cool" about it now! And it isn't even your work! FOOLISH.
The people on this topic are hypocrites. You all act like there's a better way to address the issue and act more respectful and cool about it.........even if someone was saying those things about YOUR work.........and YET you can't even remain "respectful" or "cool" about it now! And it isn't even your work! FOOLISH.
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12:27PM on 07/21/2010
And with that opportunity he failed to reply in a way that tells people he is reasonable. I mean, everyone says his films have been bad, and he disagreed completely and just says they're good in other countries. This is not how one restores confidence.
And with that opportunity he failed to reply in a way that tells people he is reasonable. I mean, everyone says his films have been bad, and he disagreed completely and just says they're good in other countries. This is not how one restores confidence.
12:34PM on 07/21/2010
He's on the world stage - - a position HE sought.

Now the world is turning against him rapidly.

He better play the humble card... and fast!

Sorry Kickass, if you want people to pay to see your films you're obligated not to turn them off by being a dick.
He's on the world stage - - a position HE sought.

Now the world is turning against him rapidly.

He better play the humble card... and fast!

Sorry Kickass, if you want people to pay to see your films you're obligated not to turn them off by being a dick.
2:02PM on 07/21/2010
Thank you! My god there are logical people on this planet. You like a light in the darkness. Many people here would get there panties in a bunch if we insulted Inception. Imagine it was work they actually did. You truly do kickass sir.
Thank you! My god there are logical people on this planet. You like a light in the darkness. Many people here would get there panties in a bunch if we insulted Inception. Imagine it was work they actually did. You truly do kickass sir.
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11:58AM on 07/21/2010

Not a fan BUT

I completley get where he's coming from. That attack on the journalist wasn't for her, but for EVERYONE who's ever trashed his work. It was the opportunity he was given at that specific time to finally address the issue and say something about it. I'm not a fan of his work, but I'll take it over snide and cynical haters anyday.
I completley get where he's coming from. That attack on the journalist wasn't for her, but for EVERYONE who's ever trashed his work. It was the opportunity he was given at that specific time to finally address the issue and say something about it. I'm not a fan of his work, but I'll take it over snide and cynical haters anyday.
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11:55AM on 07/21/2010
Ha! When the guy sitting next to M. Night says "Oh, my favorite movie was the Village!" It reminded me of that part in Get Him To The Greek when Diddy tells Jonah Hill "You tell him that you loved the hell out of African Child!"
Ha! When the guy sitting next to M. Night says "Oh, my favorite movie was the Village!" It reminded me of that part in Get Him To The Greek when Diddy tells Jonah Hill "You tell him that you loved the hell out of African Child!"
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11:50AM on 07/21/2010

I like the movies

You know, I have never understood why people are thinking his latest movies suck. I mean, yeah, Six sense and Unbreakable were by far the best. I LOVED Signs. Lady in the was was awesome as well. I have never seen a movie by him and not been entertained, and thats why I go to movies. I think that he is a very good storyteller and I hope he continues to make great movies.
You know, I have never understood why people are thinking his latest movies suck. I mean, yeah, Six sense and Unbreakable were by far the best. I LOVED Signs. Lady in the was was awesome as well. I have never seen a movie by him and not been entertained, and thats why I go to movies. I think that he is a very good storyteller and I hope he continues to make great movies.
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11:44AM on 07/21/2010
I guess none of you have ever had their body of work attacked or put into question.
I guess none of you have ever had their body of work attacked or put into question.
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11:50AM on 07/21/2010
Plenty of times bud. But you don't react the way he did. You be calm and cool about it.

By being an asshole, he loses the argument.
Plenty of times bud. But you don't react the way he did. You be calm and cool about it.

By being an asshole, he loses the argument.
11:56AM on 07/21/2010
ElderPredator, LOL. You gusy attack and trash so many ppl and their projects on this sight, is anyone gonna buy any of YOU people actually staying "calm" and "cool" is someone said those things about your stuff?

Delusional.
ElderPredator, LOL. You gusy attack and trash so many ppl and their projects on this sight, is anyone gonna buy any of YOU people actually staying "calm" and "cool" is someone said those things about your stuff?

Delusional.
1:54PM on 07/21/2010
All the time. If it's fair comment, you let it go. If they have their facts wrong, you let them know. Either way, you never stoop to their level.
All the time. If it's fair comment, you let it go. If they have their facts wrong, you let them know. Either way, you never stoop to their level.
11:03AM on 07/21/2010

From Spain...

"In Spain Lady in the water is huge"

HAHAHAHAHAHA... Excuse me? It must exist another country named Spain that is not mine because here the people hates or simply ignore the latest movies from this guy... including Lady in the water, that I saw at the moment in an absolutely empty theater.

Delusional and pathetic way to defend himself.
"In Spain Lady in the water is huge"

HAHAHAHAHAHA... Excuse me? It must exist another country named Spain that is not mine because here the people hates or simply ignore the latest movies from this guy... including Lady in the water, that I saw at the moment in an absolutely empty theater.

Delusional and pathetic way to defend himself.
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10:50AM on 07/21/2010
i havent seen lady in the water but i think his themes, ideas, and visual style/shot composition are fascinating. he has a strong grip on his career as an auteur, making him far more interesting to analyze then most contemporary directors.

just to get it out there, no i did not enjoy the happening.


or the village.
i havent seen lady in the water but i think his themes, ideas, and visual style/shot composition are fascinating. he has a strong grip on his career as an auteur, making him far more interesting to analyze then most contemporary directors.

just to get it out there, no i did not enjoy the happening.


or the village.
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10:47AM on 07/21/2010

ON A POSITIVE NOTE

M.Night's existence distracts us from once highly anticipated director Richard 'Donny Darko' Kelly's career.

cough cough... the box, southland tales.
M.Night's existence distracts us from once highly anticipated director Richard 'Donny Darko' Kelly's career.

cough cough... the box, southland tales.
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10:33AM on 07/21/2010

Universal Groan

I love that the "groan" during the "Devil" preview at the midnight screenings of Inception seemed to be everywhere. MY whole theater groaned as well, and then everyone started laughing through the rest of the trailer. It was a great start to the night.

Either way, Sixth Sense was silly and overhyped, and Unbreakable gets way too much respect from the JoBlo community, and if you take away those movies he doesn't actually have a good one. But he does have a lot of good trailers (how sick
I love that the "groan" during the "Devil" preview at the midnight screenings of Inception seemed to be everywhere. MY whole theater groaned as well, and then everyone started laughing through the rest of the trailer. It was a great start to the night.

Either way, Sixth Sense was silly and overhyped, and Unbreakable gets way too much respect from the JoBlo community, and if you take away those movies he doesn't actually have a good one. But he does have a lot of good trailers (how sick did The Village and The Happening look when the trailers came out?). Problem now is, in future trailers, they show his name. I can't imagine a studio giving him a budget anytime soon.

However, I've got to say, I don't mind how he responded to the question - sucking at making movies is a tough stop to be in, when you are at a press conference for your most recent failed attempt. I thought M Night was kind of funny with his response.
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10:25AM on 07/21/2010
Does Night realize that he is pushing himself even further into the corner? Oh and that he's an asshole.
Does Night realize that he is pushing himself even further into the corner? Oh and that he's an asshole.
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10:20AM on 07/21/2010

Yeesh...

Fuck this guy, for real.
Fuck this guy, for real.
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10:18AM on 07/21/2010
this guy lives in a bubble with his head firmly up his ass.
this guy lives in a bubble with his head firmly up his ass.
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10:06AM on 07/21/2010

He's so egocentric

His rationality is basically, as long as my film appeals to one crowd instead of a mass audience then it's a success. Wake up Shyamalan! I have a feeling The Last Airbender was his last big budget film.
His rationality is basically, as long as my film appeals to one crowd instead of a mass audience then it's a success. Wake up Shyamalan! I have a feeling The Last Airbender was his last big budget film.
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9:48AM on 07/21/2010

BTW....

Shyamalan also wrote LAST AIRBENDER. I love how everyone was excited cause we all thought he was finally directing a film he didn't write.

It's so bad now that anything he attaches his name to is now laughed at...

Link: [link]
Shyamalan also wrote LAST AIRBENDER. I love how everyone was excited cause we all thought he was finally directing a film he didn't write.

It's so bad now that anything he attaches his name to is now laughed at...

Link: [link]
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9:46AM on 07/21/2010
who is the kid sitting next to him, an actor or assistant ? his eyes got wide when the reporter, who was unfairly degraded by MNight, asked a legitimate question on how such a hack still receives funding after multiple failures. the kid had to command the audience into applauding Nights remark; maybe next time someone will put this shit in his place
who is the kid sitting next to him, an actor or assistant ? his eyes got wide when the reporter, who was unfairly degraded by MNight, asked a legitimate question on how such a hack still receives funding after multiple failures. the kid had to command the audience into applauding Nights remark; maybe next time someone will put this shit in his place
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9:43AM on 07/21/2010

What a loser...

Any director who defends himself this way is just a whiny bitch who can't take any form of criticism. He's just used to having his ass kissed so much because of THE SIXTH SENSE that he no longer cares what the audience thinks. He creates the movie that only he will enjoy which is a major flaw.
Any director who defends himself this way is just a whiny bitch who can't take any form of criticism. He's just used to having his ass kissed so much because of THE SIXTH SENSE that he no longer cares what the audience thinks. He creates the movie that only he will enjoy which is a major flaw.
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9:33AM on 07/21/2010

Not unexpected.

A lot of talented-even brilliant-people are dicks, even if they try to conceal it. Their personalities shouldn't really make a difference since none of us, the fans, will ever live next door to them or anything. In this case there is certainly something wrong with M.Night from a *creative* POV and he should've realized it a long time ago. The fact that he's so defensive of his recent work shows that he's unwilling to accept the truth; apparently all the praise he's received years ago has gone
A lot of talented-even brilliant-people are dicks, even if they try to conceal it. Their personalities shouldn't really make a difference since none of us, the fans, will ever live next door to them or anything. In this case there is certainly something wrong with M.Night from a *creative* POV and he should've realized it a long time ago. The fact that he's so defensive of his recent work shows that he's unwilling to accept the truth; apparently all the praise he's received years ago has gone to his head & now he's madly & blindly in love with himself. Sad.
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9:18AM on 07/21/2010

i guess the term: one hit wonder...

...applies to more than just singers/bands/etc.
...applies to more than just singers/bands/etc.
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9:18AM on 07/21/2010

i guess the term: one hit wonder...

...applies to more than just singers/bands/etc.
...applies to more than just singers/bands/etc.
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9:18AM on 07/21/2010
his one hit being, the 6th sense.
his one hit being, the 6th sense.
8:19PM on 07/21/2010
I think he is actually more of a two hit wonder, considering Signs made 227 million in the States and 408 million worldwide, with a budget of 72 million. I think this would qualify as a "hit" (and it also has critical acclaim behind it.)

Also, looking at the box office history for Shyamalan's films, it seems his films make more money overseas than in the states, with 63% of the gross of Unbreakable, 55% of the gross for The Village, and 60% of the gross for The Happening coming from the
I think he is actually more of a two hit wonder, considering Signs made 227 million in the States and 408 million worldwide, with a budget of 72 million. I think this would qualify as a "hit" (and it also has critical acclaim behind it.)

Also, looking at the box office history for Shyamalan's films, it seems his films make more money overseas than in the states, with 63% of the gross of Unbreakable, 55% of the gross for The Village, and 60% of the gross for The Happening coming from the foreign markets. Unbreakable and The Village could actually be considered "hits" when factoring in the foreign receipts.
9:05AM on 07/21/2010

Hate to break it to you, Paul,

but M. Night's always had a bad reputation among the journalistic community as a raging egomaniac with a tenuous grasp of reality. Check out huffingtonpost.com for a good look at what he's really like.
but M. Night's always had a bad reputation among the journalistic community as a raging egomaniac with a tenuous grasp of reality. Check out huffingtonpost.com for a good look at what he's really like.
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10:20AM on 07/21/2010
I know two people that worked closesly with him on airbender and they always used the same two words to describe him: "ego" and "delusional"
I know two people that worked closesly with him on airbender and they always used the same two words to describe him: "ego" and "delusional"
1:53PM on 07/21/2010
For further info, search "Welcome to My M. Nightmare" by Chez Pazienza.


For further info, search "Welcome to My M. Nightmare" by Chez Pazienza.


9:03AM on 07/21/2010
i don't think he really comes off as a delusional dick. i mean, really, what the hell are you supposed to say to someone who basically tells, "hey your past few films sucked"? i'm surprised he didn't tell her to go fuck herself.

she's right...but still, show some respect.
i don't think he really comes off as a delusional dick. i mean, really, what the hell are you supposed to say to someone who basically tells, "hey your past few films sucked"? i'm surprised he didn't tell her to go fuck herself.

she's right...but still, show some respect.
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9:03AM on 07/21/2010
Poor Jackson Rathbone
Poor Jackson Rathbone
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8:49AM on 07/21/2010
Wow... a director with delusions of grandeur... who thinks all of his films were great... gasp! We NEVER see that... yeah...

Le Sigh.

Anyway, I enjoyed The Last Airbender, and I'm still a huge fan of M. Night's. All of his films except "Lady in the Water" have entertained me greatly.

I guess it's cyclical. People are now bashing M. Night when there are ACTUAL bad directors out there we should be lampooning and slamming.

Le sigh.
Wow... a director with delusions of grandeur... who thinks all of his films were great... gasp! We NEVER see that... yeah...

Le Sigh.

Anyway, I enjoyed The Last Airbender, and I'm still a huge fan of M. Night's. All of his films except "Lady in the Water" have entertained me greatly.

I guess it's cyclical. People are now bashing M. Night when there are ACTUAL bad directors out there we should be lampooning and slamming.

Le sigh.
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10:11AM on 07/21/2010
The first half of The Village was good but the second half was horrible and while Signs was entertaining the general idea of it was really bad.
The first half of The Village was good but the second half was horrible and while Signs was entertaining the general idea of it was really bad.
11:10AM on 07/21/2010
"Le sigh?" What are you. a 14 year-old girl?
"Le sigh?" What are you. a 14 year-old girl?
8:47AM on 07/21/2010
Personally i don't think he's ever made a good movie.
Personally i don't think he's ever made a good movie.
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8:41AM on 07/21/2010
This guy is turning into Uwe Boll
This guy is turning into Uwe Boll
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