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