It would be a mighty sweet thing to see M. Night Shyamalan as the great redemptive storyteller he clearly thinks he is--or as he portrays himself in those American Express commercials. Genuine yarn-spinning, even as a doomed ambition, is virtually extinct in American movies; what had been the system's priority in the studio years became, gradually, a neglected excuse for raw effect and ADD imagemaking. In a way, Shyamalan yearns to be modern movies' Somerset Maugham or even Stephen King--a compulsive story-lover dismissive of both postmodernism and tech- nology, and what he promises is gobbled up, in all likelihood, because there is such a drought of narrative thinking in the 'plexes. Shyamalan's movies, however you might come at them, are at least... More >>>
Narfs, scrunts and Eatlons, oh my! Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard meander through Lady's murky water.