I definitely have to agree with Talladega Nights. I simply could not get through that contrived mess.
However, I've liked some of M. Night Shyamalan's stuff. I actually liked Signs. It was a bit contrived in spots but I like the unexpected humour that showed up (like the tin hats).
It reminded me of King - where every so often in the middle of something scary, he gives you a giggle. Then you look around to make certain the boogie man didn't hear that laugh.
I liked several of Shyamalan's movies, but they have gotten increasingly worse to the point where I do not trust him at all.
There was an article on Gawker a week or so ago saying that theaters in New York stopped showing the M. Night Shyamalan trailer after one night because as soon as his name hit the screen people started laughing really loudly.
I never saw Step Brothers or Tallagega Nights because neither seemed remotely something I'd enjoy.
But man, those four in one movie? I'm still mighty tempted...to get it from netflix in six months. :P
Yup; when it shows up on Netflix, we will rent it. But unless it gets WOW reviews, it won't even get matinee money from us.
2010-08-03 01:28 pm (UTC)
You know, Shyamalan could probably direct someone else's movie reasonably well, but as auteur ("from the mind of"), he's lost me a long time ago.
He's writing and producing this one; someone else is directing. We will see how that goes.
I'm intrigued by the elevator thing. I guess I haven't seen enough of Shyamalan's stuff to dislike him yet. No comment on the Farrell/Wahlberg business except to say I'm dancing in my seat in anticipation!
I WANT both of them to be good. I just don't trust that they will be.
In other weird trailer news.
A couple weeks ago I bought the Saw box set because it was on sale.
They are the type of DVDs where you have trailers at the start that you can not skip through.
On the Saw 3 disk all the trailers were for romantic comedies.
What studio genius made that decision?
Wow, that's pretty stupid.
haha - when I saw Inception, we got the elevator preview (which looks to me like nothing so much as an elevator anti-PSA, kickstarting a phobia most of us didn't have yet) and it was so violent people in the audience were audibly recoiling.
When Shyamalan's name came up it got quiet, and from a guy in the back came a loud "auugh" of disgust, which cracked everybody up.
Yeah, he's really got a long way to go to get back any credibility.
Also from the director of Anchor Man. Which was pretty good.
I want it to be good, but will be waiting for the reviews.
I'll save everyone the trouble: the twist in M. Night's new movie is that the world's elevators have gotten fed up with humans pushing their buttons and decided to attack us.
Nah, I'm only kidding. OR AM I?
It wouldn't surprise me, honestly.
But Talledega Nights is one of my favorite movies. Seriously. It makes me laugh as much as Raising Arizona. Give it a shot!
It reminds me too much of my extended family of childhood to be anything but painfully wince-inducing.
Great minds think alike - I had a similar reaction to those trailers.
Though the new Harrison Ford movie actually looks like it might be fun - which, yay.
When the "From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan" popped up on the screen most of the audience laughed. A women close beside me asked her neighbor what was so funny.
That's kind of sad.
It was a small audience and there was a groan.