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• Posted by Smalltown_Poets
• Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at 2:50 p.m.
• IP Address: aca4a068.ipt.aol.com
• In Response to: Re: Admission of my Own Pretentiousness/Is Shyamalan a Pretentious Bastard?? (Southall)


> I enjoyed reading that, as I always do with Scott's non-list columns. I
> don't particularly agree with him (I think Shyamalan started badly, and
> stayed as bad, rather than Scott's feeling that he lost his way)

On the other hand I feel it's been more of an unpredictable see-saw effect. What I especially don't understand is seemingly almost everyone's unbridled love for The Sixth Sense, contrasted with mixed views on Unbreakable and outright loathing for his latest efforts... I mean, Scott says:

"...the ending serves to make the film richer and more complex (...) seeing the film again after learning the twist is almost like seeing a whole new movie, and there are few films one can say that about."

*Spoiler Alert*, for the three people in Idaho who haven't seen this film:

I find it a whole new movie as well: a laughable one. While Willis and Osment give effective performances, I frankly find the The Sixth Sense absolutely ridiculous upon rewatching. How can someone think they are "alive" for long streches of their existence and never realize that they are never hungry, never bathe, never take a friggin crap, that, even though he thinks he lives in a city and thinks he is employed as a psychiatrist, NO ONE HAS ACTUALLY SPOKEN TO HIM FOR MONTHS, etc. He's either extremely stupid, or perhaps the least observant person in the history of man. Either way, not the kind of protagonist I can take seriously for a film that yearns for such dramatic moments.

The last time I watched The Sixth Sense, it became a total unexpected MST3K fest.

-Jon



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