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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

The Pond is an incredible new short film starring Alicia Witt (88 Minutes, Friday Night Lights) that is currently gaining steam on the film festival circuit. After watching the trailer I knew I had to email director Dan Hannon and see if he would answer a few questions for us. He just won the 2010 Directorial Discovery Grand Prize Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.  Luckily he not only agreed to the interview but afterwards was kind enough to send me a copy of the film! It blew me away. Honestly, everything in it is just fantastic and I sat through the credits wishing it would keep going. After the jump we’ve got the full exclusive interview, pictures from the film, as well as the trailer! (more…)

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

In my first post for this site I reviewed M. Night Shyamalan‘s crowning achievement, Unbreakable. In the review I mentioned how the major letdown of the film was that it could have had so much more added to it instead of the abrupt ending we got. Throughout the years M. Night has hinted that he was writing a sequel for the film, but instead of a direct sequel, we are getting what would have been Unbreakable 2 in the form of a stand alone film which will be part of his upcoming horror film series, The Night Chronicles. “I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ for one of The Night Chronicles. I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, ‘This could be a standalone movie,‘” revealed Shyamalan in a recent interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “I’ll just say it: the third ‘Night Chronicles’ movie is what would have been the sequel [to ‘Unbreakable’]. So now I need to come up with a new idea.

Looking at Shyamalan’s recent outings as a director, I feel safe to say that the release of an Unbreakable sequel could easily wash the bad taste out of even the most critical viewer’s mouth. Maybe with M. Night at work with The Night Chronicles scripts he will get caught up in writing and start work on a new Unbreakable 2 script, but until then we can always reminisce on the time when Shymalan was a promising up and coming director.

What are you thoughts on a possible Unbreakable 2? What would you like to see happen in an Unbreakable sequel? Does M. Night Shyamalan still have it, or did he peak long ago? Post your thoughts in the comment section below!

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[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer] 

"They want you to be their avatar... We all do." 

I knew nothing about this film before seeing it. It was a Tuesday, I was bored, and honestly, it was the best thing playing at the cheap theater that I hadn’t already seen. It was this or Marmaduke – can you blame me? As I said, all I knew about The Last Airbender aside from the fact that it was universally loathed by critics was that it was based on a cartoon and that it was “from the mind of” triple-threat writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan. Oh, and there was some martial arts and magic. Honestly, how bad could it be? (more…)

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[Written by: Kelly Alyse]

Today’s guest writer is our friend Kelly Alyse! A film student at the University of Sussex in England, she currently runs her own film site called The Film Obsession.

In 1984, something was created that from then on would cause an overwhelming feeling of excitement in each and every person when they went to see a Disney Pixar film. That something was “The Adventures of André and Wally B” – Pixar’s first short (well sort of). John Lasseter made groundbreaking work involving the short tale of the cute characters of André and Wally B, using incredibly emotion and charm from a computer at the time. From then on, Lasseter played a huge focus to Pixar’s success and with now around 20 shorts, each evolving into something greater, more entertaining and completely original each time, they’re a big part to our cinema-going experience every time we set out to see a new Pixar film. “Day and Night”, the latest of the little features has an immense amount of work gone into every detail making it possibly the most memorable and most appealing to audiences. Taking this out, I have explored the different shorts and come up with a top five which you must watch in order to gain the real satisfaction of the artwork these films use. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Justin Wagner]

With this look back at what many consider to be M. Night Shymalan’s finest work, we welcome brand new contributor Justin Wagner!

The noughties; the biggest decade in superhero movie blockbuster history.  While the likes of Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan were directing rehashes of old comic book favorites, M. Night Shyamalan was creating a new “superhero”.  One who is unlike Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne in that the protagonist David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is not rich, he is not a top scientist, nor does he have a line of women chasing after him.  David Dunn is a just a normal guy; normal except for the fact that he has never been sick.  David realizes this after he is the only survivor in a train wreck killing 131 passengers.  He returns home unscathed to his wife Audrey Dunn (Robin Wright Penn), with whom he is currently going through a dissolving marriage, and his child Joseph Dunn (Spencer Treat Clark).  The train wreck is brought to his attention by art gallery owner Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) who has a romanticism for the characters portrayed in comic books. At this point, David Dunn looks like the perfect candidate for Elijah’s long sought after real life superhero. (more…)

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[Author: Danny Moltrasi]

Lee Unkrich, 2010 / “You got a friend in me.”

Toy Story 3 is the latest film to be produced by the masters at Pixar Studios, and although Toy Story 3 s not up to the standards of their previous works such as Up and Wall:E, it still maintains the high standards that has come to be expected for them. It is funny, sad, and an amazing effort that deals with mature themes while keeping them extremely family friendly. To start with, the short film, Day and Night, is a cute adventure that tells of two animated drawings that reasonable ghost-like characters on a black background, with one showing day-time images in its profile, and the other showing night. They go around showing the contrasting images, and the everyday sounds of each setting providing a humours soundtrack (for example, in Las Vegas). This simple use of sound and basic image gives these two simple images personality, and is in my opinion the best of Pixars short films. (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Author: Alex Miller]

We’ve got the brand new trailer for “Devil” today. This is the first of a supposed eventual trilogy in “The Night Chronicles” series. The official website refers to it as having “M. Night Shyamalan’s signature touch”. It can’t be that bad can it?! Click the jump for the complete first look! (more…)