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#27 Aug 10 2010 at 9:21 AM Rating: Good
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I didn't hate The Happening because I actually liked the idea behind the movie. Man rapes the earth for years, and finally the earth gets sick of it. I don't remember a ton about the actual movie. I don't have a huge problem with people trying to keep themselves alive by trying to "out run the wind," or whatever. And I don't agree with Mojivo that when the wind "caught up" to him that he wouldn't be surprised. Most people have a "it can't happen to me" mentality. Even when that toxin catches up, I imagine you'll still be surprised that it effected you. Because, let's face it, that sort of thing doesn't exactly happen very often. How would you be prepared for it...?

Lady in the Water, though, was just a beautiful story. Yeah, I had the "Wow, Shamalan sure thinks a lot about himself," reaction, too. But I thought it was more amusing than anything. I bought the movie shortly after it came on DVD, I enjoyed it so much.
#28 Aug 10 2010 at 10:10 AM Rating: Good
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I enjoyed LitW when I saw it. Never saw The Happening.
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#29 Aug 10 2010 at 10:41 AM Rating: Good
I'm not going to lie, there are some genuinely creepy parts in The Happening, mostly early on. But come on, Marky Mark's acting in it is a @#%^ing joke.

It is literally, so bad, it's hilarious.

But at least we got this out of it & one of my favorite reviews ever (as well as an awesome Rifftrax for you Mystery Science Theater nerds).

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The Happening is a departure for director M. Night Shyamalan: he abandons his trademark concept of the twist ending to tell a straight-forward tale of horror. It's like going to a Gallagher show where he refuses to smash watermelons with a giant mallet. The only difference is that Gallagher's comedy is grim and depressing and The Happening is hilarious.

Yes, the plants of the Northeastern United States are fed up with how we've been treating them and decide to simultaneously release a toxin that causes humanity to commit suicide in various comical ways. Evidently this is something that is entirely scientifically valid, because a hot-dog obsessed lunatic says so at one point in time during the movie. Mark Wahlberg baffles as a Lemon Drink-eyeing science teacher and the part of Zooey Deschanel is ably played by a Tarsier.


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#30 Aug 10 2010 at 11:18 AM Rating: Decent
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
And I don't agree with Mojivo that when the wind "caught up" to him that he wouldn't be surprised. Most people have a "it can't happen to me" mentality. Even when that toxin catches up, I imagine you'll still be surprised that it effected you. Because, let's face it, that sort of thing doesn't exactly happen very often. How would you be prepared for it...?

After watching it happen to everyone I know, I'd sure as **** hope I'd know what was about to happen to me. It's a shame that I couldn't just kill myself to get out of it. It's like those plants knew what my backup plan was.
#31 Aug 10 2010 at 11:34 AM Rating: Good
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Majivo wrote:
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And I don't agree with Mojivo that when the wind "caught up" to him that he wouldn't be surprised. Most people have a "it can't happen to me" mentality. Even when that toxin catches up, I imagine you'll still be surprised that it effected you. Because, let's face it, that sort of thing doesn't exactly happen very often. How would you be prepared for it...?

After watching it happen to everyone I know, I'd sure as **** hope I'd know what was about to happen to me. It's a shame that I couldn't just kill myself to get out of it. It's like those plants knew what my backup plan was.


Yeah, and even though you know what happens when a car hits someone, I'm still betting you'd be surprised and terrified if it happened to you.

ETA: Having said that, I'm only going on your posts about people being "surprised" about it. I honestly don't remember that in the movie.

Edited, Aug 10th 2010 12:35pm by Belkira
#32 Aug 10 2010 at 11:39 AM Rating: Good
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I thought The Sixth Sense was a great movie. It was really ruined by advertising, since you already knew a large part of the conceit before going into it. If you watch it, he doesn't even reveal what is going on with Cole until two-thirds of the way through the movie, and so you initially just have this sense of foreboding and creepiness through the cinematography and wonder what is wrong with this poor boy. Everyone just talked about the twist ending, but I think it was a well thought out and paced movie that built up the suspense.

I thought Unbreakable was an original and enjoyable movie too, and I liked The Village, even though I had figured out both of its twists before the end of the movie. I absolutely hated Signs; just felt it was pretty boring and then the end was so stupid since a compound that covers 75% of our surface and makes up a portion of our atmosphere is lethal to the aliens? Why try to conquer the planet then?

I think I'll check out Lady in the Water; I had forgotten about that one, and I like Paul Giamatti. Based on the previous comments I will probably skip The Happening and The Last Airbender (though now I am intrigued to watch the animated series).
#33 Aug 10 2010 at 1:32 PM Rating: Good
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Belkira the Tulip wrote:
Yeah, and even though you know what happens when a car hits someone, I'm still betting you'd be surprised and terrified if it happened to you.

I certainly wouldn't be surprised if I was standing on the track of the Indianapolis 500.
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I think I know why M. Night himself played the role, though. Not because he's arrogant, but because he identifies himself with that person. The person who is willing to sacrifice everything to make the world better through his work.


Yes, well done, you've identified the problem.


Almost every story Stephen King has ever written has himself (with a few details changed) as the hero. I don't know why it's such a big deal that MNS took it one step further.
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#35 Aug 19 2010 at 2:06 PM Rating: Good
Lady in the Water is by far my favorite M.Night movie. I absolutely agree with your comparison to Pan's Labyrinth Mazra, as it's a beautifully done fantasy movie and it has a similar feel to it as well. I've always been astounded that so many people and critics didn't like it, but then again, it seems like a lot of Americans don't like a movie that makes them think. Look at the ratings for The Fountain. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 51% and I loved it. It's pretty **** complex, yeah but even though I've only seen it once and didn't grasp the entirety of the message in that one viewing, I still really enjoyed it.

The Happening was okay. I didn't love it, didn't hate it. I don't regret watching it, but I'd probably never do so again.
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#36 Aug 19 2010 at 10:57 PM Rating: Good
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Lecan wrote:
Almost every story Stephen King has ever written has himself (with a few details changed) as the hero.
Is there a different Stephen King? The only one I know usually plays an extra or background character in his movies.
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#37 Aug 20 2010 at 4:26 AM Rating: Good
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Lecan wrote:
Almost every story Stephen King has ever written has himself (with a few details changed) as the hero.
Is there a different Stephen King? The only one I know usually plays an extra or background character in his movies.


Out of all his movies, I've only seen two: Carrie and It. I don't remember him having a role in Carrie, but he played the protagonist (as an adult) in the It movie. It was a fairly big role.
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#38 Aug 20 2010 at 5:27 AM Rating: Good
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PigtailsOfDoom, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Lecan wrote:
Almost every story Stephen King has ever written has himself (with a few details changed) as the hero.
Is there a different Stephen King? The only one I know usually plays an extra or background character in his movies.
Out of all his movies, I've only seen two: Carrie and It. I don't remember him having a role in Carrie, but he played the protagonist (as an adult) in the It movie. It was a fairly big role.
You mean Bill Denbrough? He was played by Richard Thomas.
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#39 Aug 20 2010 at 5:46 AM Rating: Good
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lolgaxe wrote:
PigtailsOfDoom, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Lecan wrote:
Almost every story Stephen King has ever written has himself (with a few details changed) as the hero.
Is there a different Stephen King? The only one I know usually plays an extra or background character in his movies.
Out of all his movies, I've only seen two: Carrie and It. I don't remember him having a role in Carrie, but he played the protagonist (as an adult) in the It movie. It was a fairly big role.
You mean Bill Denbrough? He was played by Richard Thomas.


Yeah, King's only starring role is from "Creepshow" where he plays that guy who found a meteorite which causes alien moss to grow all over his body and house.
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#40 Aug 20 2010 at 6:54 AM Rating: Good
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Shaowstrike wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
PigtailsOfDoom, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
lolgaxe wrote:
Lecan wrote:
Almost every story Stephen King has ever written has himself (with a few details changed) as the hero.
Is there a different Stephen King? The only one I know usually plays an extra or background character in his movies.
Out of all his movies, I've only seen two: Carrie and It. I don't remember him having a role in Carrie, but he played the protagonist (as an adult) in the It movie. It was a fairly big role.
You mean Bill Denbrough? He was played by Richard Thomas.


Yeah, King's only starring role is from "Creepshow" where he plays that guy who found a meteorite which causes alien moss to grow all over his body and house.
That's the movies, though. I think Lecan meant that the characters in the books themselves are Author Avatars.

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In general, King is really fond of authors as main characters. The main character of "Misery" has written a long series of popular genre-novels (historical romance, rather than horror), but wants to write more "serious" fiction, and is kidnapped by an obsessed fan. More egregiously, the hero of "It" is a successful horror writer, whose novel is being made into a movie, with some flashbacks to explain how thoroughly his success proves wrong his snobby, pretentious writing professor, who sneered at all that genre stuff. The relationship between character and author in "Misery" is really interesting; in "It" it's just an embarrassment. Interestingly enough, the protagonist of 1408 writes nonfiction "scary" books, all about supposedly haunted hotels, and the hotel manager comments on how cynical his work seems.
#41 Aug 20 2010 at 11:15 AM Rating: Default
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Old movie, but I wanted to take it up since M. Night has been bashed a lot for his latest works.

I just saw Lady in the Water by "accident". I've seen a lot of his movies and I really enjoy them, because usually he's got a great cast, great music and a story that leaves you staring at the credits like you just got hit by something hard. Having heard a lot of negative reviews over this movie, I surfed the channels and finally came across it a couple of hours ago. Since then I've come to two conclusions:

1. Movie critics are just people with opinions.
2. Lady in the Water isn't a bad movie.


You lost me right there.
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#42 Aug 24 2010 at 8:02 AM Rating: Good
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You lost me right there.


I'm surprised I didn't lose you earlier, to be honest. Smiley: tongue

You might want to read the rest of the thread, though. I believe I explain myself later on.

Smiley to lighten up the mood.

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#43 Aug 25 2010 at 8:12 AM Rating: Decent
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I read it. I just can't get behind any justification for that movie.
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#44 Aug 25 2010 at 5:30 PM Rating: Good
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I take it you didn't like it, which brings us to:

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If you don't mind, I'd like to know what it is you don't like about it.
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#45 Sep 07 2010 at 9:41 PM Rating: Decent
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Though i don't like movies with horrible scenes and eerie plots, yet Lady in the Water is an exception. I sometimes even fancy myself in a certain scene or plot of the movies.
#46 Sep 09 2010 at 3:50 PM Rating: Good
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I don't think I minded Lady in the Water all that much. Signs was a pretty good movie, someone spoiled the Village for me so I never ended up watching it. I actually really want to see his new movie coming out called Devil. I think it looks pretty promising.
#48 Sep 15 2010 at 8:11 AM Rating: Good
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I don't think I minded Lady in the Water all that much. Signs was a pretty good movie, someone spoiled the Village for me so I never ended up watching it. I actually really want to see his new movie coming out called Devil. I think it looks pretty promising.


Really? It looks kinda stupid to me. =/
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#49 Sep 15 2010 at 2:10 PM Rating: Good
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Out of all his movies, I've only seen two: Carrie and It. I don't remember him having a role in Carrie, but he played the protagonist (as an adult) in the It movie. It was a fairly big role.


You haven't seen The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, or The Green Mile?

Really?

Please tell me you just "haven't gotten around to it" & if that is the case, do so. If you just don't think they looked good, well...

You'll find that you're quite wrong.

Also, King did not play adult stuttering-Bill.

Edited, Sep 15th 2010 4:12pm by Omegavegeta
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#50 Sep 16 2010 at 2:46 PM Rating: Good
Oh, I've see Shawshank Redemption! I just didn't realize that was a Stephen King movie... I really enjoyed it though.

I do want to see The Shining at some point, just haven't gotten around to it. Green Mile isn't high on the list though, because I really don't like watching sad movies and the ending has already been ruined for me.
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#51 Sep 18 2010 at 1:13 AM Rating: Good
Stand by Me is also a Stephen King movie, based on his story "The Body".
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