Cinema & The Arts as Sermons: The Movies of M. Night Shayamalan


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Director M. Night Shayamalan

M. Night Shyamalan

"M. Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker and screenwriter known for focusing on supernatural plots. His films include 'The Sixth Sense,' 'Unbreakable,' 'Signs' and 'Split.'

Who Is M. Night Shyamalan?

Born in India in 1970, M. Night Shyamalan later moved to the United States, where he became a filmmaker and screenwriter known for focusing on supernatural plots. By the time he graduated from New York University in 1993, he had already written, directed and starred in his first full-length feature, Praying With Anger.

Shyamalan truly made a name for himself in 1999 with the release of The Sixth Sense, which garnered six Academy Award nominations. Follow-up features like Unbreakable (2000) and Signs (2002) fared well commercially, though later efforts like Lady in the Water (2006) and After Earth (2013) were largely panned. The director enjoyed a comeback with Split (2016), a sequel to Unbreakable, and rode the momentum to complete the trilogy with Glass (2019). Shyamalan's Old (2021), one of the first movies screened in theaters since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, split critics and audiences...' from the article: M. Night Shyamalan


How M. Night Shyamalan Twists Reality — Directing Styles Explained

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"M. Night Shyamalan is a filmmaker worth studying. He’s had some misfires and spectacular flops, but when he’s good...he’s really good. In this video, we’re going to examine what makes Shyamalan movies tick and how the twist endings are just the beginning. After one unseen indie and a harmless family film, M. Night Shyamalan broke through the pop culture stratosphere with The Sixth Sense. Then, a series of critical and popular hits like Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village. Lately, Shyamalan has been making films that mark a clear return to form — The Visit, Split and Glass remind us that the filmmaker phenom he once was still has more to say. M. Night Shyamalan has made some amazing movies...and some real duds. Love him or hate him, there's still a lot we can learn from his work. Like any true auteur, Shyamalan has a very distinct filmmaking style and that's what we're here to explore. This journey through Shyamalan's style will cover his entire filmography and 7 main areas of his formal technique. From his use of multi-plane storytelling, expressive music cues, fascination with colors, his tendency towards long takes, and his dynamic camera movement, we can see that strong choices are being made. Great directors have a command of all these areas of filmmaking — and they're able to make them all work together to present a singular vision. For us, Shyamalan meets this criteria. What's your take on Shyamalan? If you're on the fence, watch this video and give us your answer in the comments." from video introduction.



M. Night Shyamalan on How to Write a Screenplay

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"From the Film4 archives, M. Night Shyamalan gives us his tips on writing a screenplay in this special mini series of interviews." from video introduction.


The Village (2004) Trailer

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Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan Synopsis: A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

The Village is one of my favorites although some would disagree - Andy

Old - Official Trailer [HD]

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"This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day. The film stars an impressive international cast including Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal (Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Rufus Sewell (Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle), Ken Leung (Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Jupiter Ascending), Abbey Lee (HBO’s Lovecraft Country), Aaron Pierre (Syfy’s Krypton), Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Embeth Davidtz (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women), Emun Elliott (Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens), Kathleen Chalfant (Showtime’s The Affair) and Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit). Old is a Blinding Edge Pictures production, directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, from his screenplay based on the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters. The film is also produced by Ashwin Rajan (Glass, AppleTV+’s Servant) and Marc Bienstock (Glass, Split). The film’s executive producer is Steven Schneider." from video introduction.


Old (2021) - Let Me Explain

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Let Me Explain my thoughts on the Twist Ending to M Night's OLD


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