June 14, 2008

It's a Happening

I have no serious doubts that M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie is every bit as awful as people say it is, but this list of the eighteen worst things about it actually makes it seem kind of awesome. (Warning: there be spoilers...)

(via Ann Althouse.)

ADDED: the more they slag it, the better it sounds. I wasn't really planning on seeing it before, but, honestly, who would pass up a chance to experience "the most morally abhorent film ever made"?

Not I.

Posted by Dr. Frank at June 14, 2008 09:32 PM

omg. now i DO want to see it - but with a bunch of friends and a smuggled-in bottle of jack daniels.

Posted by: k. at June 15, 2008 01:34 AM

The wife and I took my cousins to see Lady in the Water when it came out. It was terrible. Even with a few drinks I don't think I could've achieved the so-bad-it's-good thing. The kids, however, loved it. (So I guess I can't quite say it's a candidate for Crooked Timber's shit list.)

It was packed, and I'll never forget this one scene: there was a protracted silence, and this guy, who was with his children and seated a few rows ahead of us, spoke in a loud and clear voice: "Guys, this really is god-awful."

Posted by: Cpt. at June 15, 2008 02:18 AM

M. Knight What's His Name left me back at "Signs", where the aliens who died from touching water spent the entire film running through cornfields at night.

Someone needs to education Mr. M. Knight WhateverHis nameis that there is this thing called DEW that covers corn fields...and swing sets and fences and outside doorknobs...at night. Corn fields are particularly wet at night because the stalks are so closely spaced.

Given how dumb that was, you can't expect that things he has written are going to be any good.

Posted by: Sister Mary Martha at June 16, 2008 02:29 AM

You definitely got him on the dew, Sister.

Not that I'm defending the honor of M. Knight, but Sixth Sense was pretty good. And I know this is probably the minority opinion, but I didn't think Unbreakable or Signs (dew oversight notwithstanding) were all that deplorable...at least upon a first viewing.

The Village was sort of embarrassing but tolerable.

I stand by my revulsion of Lady in the Water.

Posted by: Cpt. at June 16, 2008 02:41 AM

I saw it on opening night. I will say that it was particularly bad, but I sort of think that was intentional. Before I explain, I will say that I thought Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were great films. Not AMAZING, but pretty awesome. I especially enjoyed the latter. Signs didn't do it for me, and I thought Lady in the Water was ok. I liked the Village, although it didn't live up to the hype it had.

Now then, I believe with MNS was going for with this film was sort of an homage to 80s Stephen King style movies. Think Cujo. Interesting and gory ways for people to die, with awful dialog, inane conversations, and marginal acting. If MNS was trying to emulate this style, or pay tribute to it, he pulled it off marvelously, and the movie itself was still pretty entertaining. Note the difference between "good" as applied to film, and entertaining.

If that's not what he was going for, then I don't know what the fuck happened, because it really was quite bad. Regardless of his intentions though, that's what I got out of it, and having been forced to watch all those Stephen King movies growing up, I enjoyed it because I have a bit of a nostalgic soft spot for them.

Also, I was baked.

Posted by: Steve at June 18, 2008 02:23 AM