The 10 Greatest M. Night Shyamalan Scenes

best m. night shyamalan scenes

M. Night Shyamalan’s career is, in a lot of ways, riddled with inconsistencies. Most people would tell you that the best films he made are early in his career, even with his recent comeback in working with Blumhouse Productions. But even when the quality of his films is low, you can always find some recognizable elements in his work. To rank the best scenes in Shyamalan’s career, though, you do have to look primarily (but not entirely) at his early work.

In honor of his new film, Glass, which itself marries Shyamalan’s early and more recent films, let’s rank the 10 best scenes in the man’s career.

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In this edition:

  • Tickets are going up, up, up at Disneyland.
  • Pandora: The World of Avatar has an official soundtrack.
  • Disney CEO Robert Iger went to Twitter to defend recent remarks.
  • Get a decent look at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ride vehicles.
  • Disney has purchased even more land in Central Florida.
  • And more!

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Replicas Trailer

In case you were curious, Replicas is a Christmas movie. You may find that fact, or the fact that multiple scenes in this sci-fi thriller reference the holiday season or literally take place at a Christmas tree-shopping site in Puerto Rico, superfluous or inexplicable. Perhaps I’ve buried the lede, because you see, Replicas itself is quite inexplicable. Here, we have the first wide-release contender of 2019 for the title of Most Utterly Bizarre Film of the Year. There’s no sane metric under which I could recommend this film, but its badness is quite the thing to behold.

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the upside review

Movies like The Upside come package-wrapped, with a painful and unavoidable sense of over-familiarity. It seems to exist less as a natural combination of talent, than as a way for a studio to check off a series of boxes. Based on a true story? Check. Featuring a comedian in a somewhat dramatic role? Check. Depicting an endearing but unexpected core relationship? Check. Including mismatched characters who come to a mutual understanding of respect after strife? Check. And a remake of a well-liked French film? More of a trend from the 1980s, but still: check.

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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • D23 has announced increased membership rates for 2019.
  • Guests at Walt Disney World were turned away early on New Year’s Eve 2018 due to overcrowding.
  • Universal Studios Orlando has changed its attraction locker policies.
  • A Florida man was arrested for trying to kidnap a girl at the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction.
  • Disneyland Paris has unveiled a new, duck-heavy online marketing campaign.
  • Disneyland’s Tropical Hideaway has opened, and they’ve got Dole Whips…with bacon.
  • And more!

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Theme Park Bits Orlando

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • Take a look behind the scenes of Universal Orlando’s nighttime spectacular
  • Disney has released a sneak peek at the experience of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • A petition is gaining steam, attempting to relieve Disney of the trademark for “Hakuna matata”
  • Disney World’s Top of the World lounge is being used for paid DVC events moving forward
  • Has one of Epcot’s old Audio-Animatronic figures been stolen?
  • And more!

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Holmes and Watson review

The warning signs come early in Holmes & Watson that this will be a painful experience. The cinematic reunion of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, a decade removed from Step Brothers, should be triumphant and hilarious, as opposed to a desperate, sweaty mess. But there are implications that the final product has been through the editing room multiple times, leaving a movie with no comedic rhythms or consistent tone. Read More »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has a stylish new store.
  • Disneyland’s new restaurant may offer clues to the park’s future.
  • Margaritaville is more than just a song and a restaurant, starting early next year.
  • Watch an aerial view of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area at Disneyland.
  • And more!

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You don’t need me to tell you that 2018, like 2017, has been a uniquely dark time. (Well, you shouldn’t need me to tell you that.) One purpose of an entertainment website, and indeed popular culture in general, is to provide a distraction from or a refraction of the world at large. But as that world grows grimmer, it’s unsurprising to see a lot of popular culture that serves as a funhouse-mirror version of our world’s grimness. I mention this not because I want to wallow in that grimness; instead, as we approach the end of the year, I think it’s valuable to highlight a trend in 2018: that some of the year’s best films and TV celebrated or championed goodness and decency.

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Mary Poppins Revisited

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises.)

Leave aside the actual designation: what defines “a Disney movie”? The Walt Disney Company has released plenty of films that don’t quite feel like something that may come from the House of Mouse, per se, so what is it that defines that subgenre of film? Your mileage may vary, but the ingredients that make up a Disney movie for me include the following: slapstick humor, memorable songs, a family-friendly and family-focused story (those aren’t always the same things), an embrace of just a wee bit of excess, a willingness to scare kids somewhat, a dollop of nostalgia, and more than a touch of technological ground-breaking.

Thus, with these notions in mind, it’s hard to imagine that, at least for the first 50 years of the studio’s feature-length filmography, there’s no more quintessential Disney movie than Mary Poppins.

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