Written & Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Without even realizing it, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has been every present in my adult life. Twenty years ago, this August, I saw The Sixth Sense on one of my first weekends at college, and it messed with my head. Many years later, having seen much darker and more horrific cinema, I don’t think it could affect me as profoundly, but it remains a good film. A year later I was in the theater seeing Unbreakable, a film that was everything I ever wanted in a superhero movie. I remember seeing Signs while I was staying with a friend for a month in Montgomery, Alabama. My first viewing of The Village was at the now shut down Springfield Cinema here in my hometown. I was living in Washington state when I went to the theater on my own the summer of 2006 and saw Lady in the Water. My last Shyamalan cinematic experience was watching The Happening at a theater in Puerto Rico with my then girlfriend (now wife). She yelled at the screen at one point due to how genuinely terrible that movie is. From then on I’ve only ever watched his films outside of theaters and entirely skipped After Earth due to The Last Airbender being so damn bad. Shyamalan is a filmmaker who continually has me wondering how everything went so wrong, how he could go from making something like Unbreakable which still holds up to giving us The Visit, a film that is so flawed and broken. So now, nineteen years after Unbreakable he finally gives us the closing chapter in that story.Continue reading “Movie Review – Glass”
Blossoms (dir. Wong Kar-wai)
Wong Kar-wai, the master filmmaker behind so many great films with my favorite being In the Mood For Love, has a new movie due out this year. Blossoms is an adaptation of a short story collection by writer Jin Yucheng, whom the director is working with on the script. The stories alternate between the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the modern Shanghai, emphasizing the changes to this place over the decade. It can be assured that Wong Kar-wai will produce something meditative and meticulous and I can’t wait to see what he gives us.
I have come out of 2018 very happy with the content I created for my blog, especially the four marathons I worked through during the year: Rick Remender’s Marvel, DC Comics Blockbusters of the 1980s/90s, Red White & Blue Cinema, and the A24 Marathon. Here’s a look at some of the things coming up in 2019.
Favorites of the Decade
With 2020 coming I will be spending a large chunk of 2019 looking back on my favorite pieces of media, especially films, from across the 2010s. I’ll be revising my favorites of 2009 list and, if I have the time, revise my favorites of the 2000s list I wrote up back in 2009. Here’s my schedule for the year of when specific lists will drop.
January – Favorite YouTubers of the 2010s
February – Favorite Films of 2009
March – Favorite Films of 2010
April – Favorite Films of 2011
May – Favorite Films of 2012
June – Favorite Films of 2013, Favorite Comics of the 2010s
July – Favorite Films of 2014, Favorite Viral Entertainment of the 2010s
August – Favorite Films of 2015
September – Favorite Films of 2016
October – Favorite Films of 2017
November – Favorite Films of 2018
December – Favorite Films of 2019, Favorite Television of the 2010s
Annapurna: A Filmmaker’s Godsend (2012 – 2017)
After working my way through the 74 films of the A24 I thought I’d go for something a little less ambitious, yet more focused. I’ll be watching the films of Annapurna, a film production company and distributor that is incredibly selective to the point of releasing only two films from 2014 to 2015. Here are the films I’ll be watching (or rewatching) and reviewing.
Killing Them Softly
Zero Dark Thirty
Everybody Wants Some!
The Bad Batch
Hope in the Midst of Darkness Marathon
While the larger world seems to be bathed in darkness these days I decided to do a small marathon at some point this year with films that don’t hide from the bleak parts of life but showcase how hope can emerge from such circumstances. Some of these are films I’ve seen before, some I never have.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Wings of Desire
My Left Foot
The Thin Red Line
Children of Men
In 2018 my comic book reading was taken up mostly by Rick Remender’s Marvel work with a break in the summer to read through all DC Comics’ 80s/90s Events. In 2019 I plan on leaning into DC more starting with a read through of the six collections of Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League run. Then I’ll be catching up with the classic Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans run. This summer I will tackle Infinite Crisis, DC’s 2006 event by reading the core series and its surrounding spin-offs. Along the way, I will sprinkle in some one-off reviews. Currently, I am reading Tom King’s Mister Miracle so expect a review of that in January.
Justice League International v1 – 6 (January – February)
New Teen Titans v5 – 9 (March- April)
GL Sector 2814 (May)
Infinite Crisis/52 (June – July)
Batman: Knightfall Saga (August – October)
Seven Soldiers (November)
Batman: Dark Knight Detective/The Caped Crusader (December)
I don’t have every aspect of 2019 pinned down, which is a good thing. I am leaving myself room to set up a small marathon if an idea sparks for me. Overall, I hope you are as excited as I am for the coming year and find somethings you enjoy in my content.