New M. Night Shyamalan Movies

Want to know how M. Night Shyamalan got back on top after falling from grace? He paid his way. The filmmaker, who has Glass hitting theaters this week, has been self-financing his recent films – The VisitSplit and now Glass. Shyamalan puts up the money for the movies himself, enabling him to maintain creative control. It’s a gamble, and so far, it’s paid off, and helped him reclaim box office (if not always critical) glory.

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The first act of The Incredibles is still the fairest portrayal of what superhero home life would look like. The flurry of domestic bliss and panic mirrors a lot of families with young children, but there’s an additional anxious hum to the rhythm of their lives. That fear of being caught, of suppressing who they are for the “greater good” of a fearful, misinformed larger society imbues every choice they make.

Yet it’s only one family. One view on what it might be like for a very small group of super powered humans trying to fit into the suburban model of peaceful boredom.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough stories of real people living in superhero universes and superheroes living realistically in the world. Chris Evangelista’s review of Glass – which he opened by reliving the pleasant surprise of learning Unbreakable was about comic books – was another reminder of that. That’s one reason M. Night Shyamalan’s original film hit so hard in 2000. It came during the superhero genre’s puberty, treating those figures with far more respect than the average spandex fantasy and dissecting the human psyche behind grand acts of heroism long before The Dark Knight‘s literal prisoners dilemma.

Treating super people as people is still rare. What’s even more fascinating is that Marvel and DC’s dominance has created a world where the standard story involves superheroes navigating a world where everyone accepts that superheroes exist, creating a subgenre of movies about people who may or not be super trying to survive in a world where people think they’re crazy. It’s a subgenre to which Glass now belongs.

I’m assuming you’ll fire up Unbreakable (they’re alive, damn it!) and Split, so here are 6 other movies to wrap your supervillain mind around.

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It’s a new year, but the 44th season of Saturday Night Live is only halfway done. The late night sketch series returns this weekend with first-time host Rachel Brosnahan, who has been getting acclaim and awards left and right for her leading role on the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Then later this month, SNL will bring even more characters out of James McAvoy beyond those he plays as the split personality monster from M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and the upcoming Glass. Read More »

Star Wars Version of Hamlet

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a new take on Hamlet that takes the famous Shakespearean soliloquy from the play and gives it to a Stormtrooper on Tatooine from Star Wars. Plus, The Sopranos creator David Chase and star Edie Falco reflect on the series 20 years later, and the trailer for Glass gets recut with the focus put on Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy character Brick Tamland. Read More »

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Bob Iger talks the future of Avatar.
  • Check out a new image from Toy Story 4.
  • Watch a comic book-style trailer for Glass.
  • Will there be a Bird Box sequel?
  • The Amityville Murders trailer takes you back to that famous haunted house.
  • Kevin Smith pitched a Mallrats sequel series to Hulu, Netflix and more.
  • Behold a new poster for The LEGO Movie 2
  • Mary Poppins Returns sequel in early development.
  • Sylvester Stallone shares yet another Rambo 5 image.

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glass clips

Glass smashes into theaters next week, and if you’re still looking forward to the M. Night Shyamalan film (despite mostly-negative early reviews), there’s a while bundle of Glass clips awaiting you below. First, take a look inside the film with a behind-the-scenes featurette. Then, watch a clip from the film in which Mr. Glass meets one of Kevin Wendell Crumb’s personalities. Finally, watch Shyamalan break down one of the pivotal scenes from the movie.

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Aquaman Pre-Visualization

What is the Rotten Tomatoes score for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass? How did World of Warcraft pay tribute to Stan Lee? Does Smallville star John Glover have a role in Shazam? How did Peter Parker make his perfect Spider-Man suit? Who is Samuel L. Jackson‘s favorite Avenger? When does DC’s Legends of Tomorrow return from the midseason break? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

glass review

With GlassM. Night Shyamalan brings together the worlds of Unbreakable and Split, and the result is depressing and disappointing. After regaining most of his directorial mojo with his most recent work, Shyamalan now takes a huge, unfortunate step backwards, tarnishing the legacy of Unbreakable, his best movie, in the process.

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unbreakable deleted scenes

M. Night Shyamalan is about to release a sequel to not one, but two of his films. Glass will conclude the story first begun in Unbreakable, and then (secretly) continued with Split. And he’s making sure he covers all his bases. To properly connect Unbreakable to Split, Shyamalan has cut unused Unbreakable deleted scenes into Glass. He also clarified the timeline of just when Glass takes place.

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It’s still a few weeks away from release, but early Glass box office tracking indicates M. Night Shyamalan‘s climb back to the top is holding strong. The thriller, which serves as a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split, is expected to haul in around $50 million when it opens January 18, kicking-off the MLK weekend. If this turns out to be accurate, it would give Glass the second-biggest MLK weekend opening ever.

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