M Night Shyamalan’s Glass

I’m really, really torn at the news the M Night Shyamalan’s next fild is to be Glass, a direct sequel to Unbreakable.

For me, Shyamalan is the perfect example of the law of diminishing returns.

I saw Sixth Sense and thoroughly enjoyed it – yes, I saw the twist coming and, in the weeks following, accidentally ruined the twist for three of my friends by assuming they’d already seen it.

I watched and loved Unbreakable – both Samuel L Jackson and Bruce Willis were superb and the understated superhero elements worked perfectly.

Signs was okay although an alien race that was basically allergic to water not realising the Earth was pretty much covered in the stuff let the whole thing down.

The Village bored the crap out of me (apart from Bryce Dallas Howard who was great) and the reveal was just so disappointing.

Lady In The Water I remember next to nothing about apart from the dreadful CGI grass dogs – was there something about a murder?

But it was The Happening that killed my interest in Shyamalan’s work. It was just terrible and it was at that point that I said to Mrs Earth-Prime that I’d given up on the man’s films and I’ve seen nothing by him since.

Now, though, news of an Unbreakable sequel has me interested. Is it going to be a return to form? Or just another downward step? With a release date the best part of two years in the future, I guess we’ll wait and see.

Thanks For The Spoiler, CBR!

I catch up on most of my comic/film/TV news via the Feedly feed reader – screw Twitter and Facebook, I’m happy with RSS.

One of the sites I subscribe to – and which has been pissing me off lately – is Comic Book Resources, or CBR. Not only do their articles contain annoying auto play videos, but it seems a large proportion of their articles are simply lists, usually made up of 15 items like this little beauty:

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Doesn’t that just make you want to read that article?

As you can see, the first few lines of the article get included in my feed reader. Most headlines tend to avoid the inclusion of spoilers and, if I notice something – particularly about an upcoming episode of a show I’m watching – that sounds like it might give something away, I can usually skim over it.

What I can’t avoid though is spoilers in the text like this (text redacted because, you know, spoilers, right?!)

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I was saddened to hear of Bill Paxton’s death and it makes sense that he’s going to feature in comic related news, but to include a bloody great spoiler in that first line was just pointless – the line I’ve left showing, beginning with “According to…” could easily have been the start of the article; there was no need to include that first bit.

Thanks, CBR, for dropping a spoiler on me and – I assume – others who want to avoid knowing what’s coming up.

My only comfort comes from my increasingly shocking memory which means by the time the episode referenced in that article airs in the UK, I’ll probably have forgotten about it.

Lego Batman Movie

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As should be abundantly clear by now (especially in light of recent posts) I’m something of a Lego fan so that, teamed up with a whole bunch of DC characters, should have made this the perfect film for me to watch yesterday afternoon.

Perfect? No. Enjoyable? Yes.

It’s a kids’ film and I’m a bloke in his late forties – definitely not the target audience. The story was simplistic and the moral is, like the original Lego Movie, that everything is awesome when you’re part of a team, rather than struggling along all by yourself. That said, it’s very funny in places – Bane kept cracking me up for some reason – particularly the start and the end, though the middle act plods a little, and the animation is superb. It’s not bad by any means and if you happen to go see it with kids into either Lego and/or Batman, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

For me, though, three Batman Lego heads out of five.

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