M Night Shyamalan

REVIEW: Split (2017)

Theatrical Release Poster - Split

Release Poster – Split

The following is a review of Split – Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan has had an interesting career so far. He was once called the next Steven Spielberg and the ‘hottest’ name in storytelling, but when he released The Village, which got mixed reviews, his career fell off a cliff. Suddenly, the guy who was known for his fun story twists, became known for films like The Last Airbender and The Happening. M. Night Shyamalan became known as the guy that made perhaps the most unintentionally funny natural disaster film of the 21st Century (I am again, of course, referring to The Happening). (more…)

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‘The Next Spielberg’ – Motion Picture Thoughts #8

MOTION PICTURE THOUGHTS

Every means of entertainment has a couple of greats. The next Michael Jordan – the next Elvis Presley – the next Lionel Messi. I’m sure there are a number of ‘nexts’ you can come up with at the drop of a hat. Today, I want to discuss the label ‘the next Spielberg’, which I’ve seen thrown around a lot. Some times it’s gift, and some times it turns out to be a curse. What is in the Spielberg-name? What does it mean to be the next Spielberg? And… Well, who is the next Spielberg?  (more…)

Box Office Predictions – Weekend of September 25, 2015

Box Office Prediction

Last weekend’s top four was surprisingly predictable, with Everest‘s IMAX opening acting as the only real ‘shock’. This week Everest has its wide release, and it should have a decent weekend. Hotel Transylvania 2 opens in North American theaters this weekend – will it outperform last weekend’s new entries? (more…)

Box Office Predictions – Weekend of September 18, 2015

Box Office Prediction

It’s been a tough and slow few weeks of box office, but this should all change now. Americans are seeing the first movie of the Oscar season – Black Mass. But the Johnny Depp-led crime flick isn’t a certain weekend winner, as the Maze Runner-franchise reveals its second installment. (more…)

Box Office Predictions – Weekend of September 11, 2015

Box Office Prediction

The Christian drama, War Room, somehow won last weekend – but that should be its only win. This week M. Night Shyamalan’s Blumhouse-film, The Visit, debuts – but is this low-budget Shyamalan-film capable of taking a weekend win? (more…)