Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Trial of Shyamalan
Yesterday, the latest episode of the Nerd Lunch podcast came out and I was honored to be one of the guests. It was the third in a recurring feature where the Nerd Lunch guys put on trial a controversial director and determine whether or not he should be allowed to make movies anymore. Previous defendants were Michael Bay (no relation) and Tim Burton and those are a lot of fun to listen to. Our episode though was the trial of M. Night Shyamalan.
CT was the only actual member of the Nerd Lunch crew on the episode and he prosecuted the case. Aaron Nix of Movie Hodge Podge defended, Andrew Bloom judged, and I was called as the "expert" witness. We had a blast recording it and I dare say there was some great discussion. I don't want to spoil anything (there may or may not be a twist or three along the way; be sure to listen all the way through to the end of the credits), so go listen to it. I bet you'll find yourself nodding at some things while being challenged by others. At least I did.
Tomorrow, I plan to post here with follow up thoughts about some surprising things I discovered about Shyamalan's films in the process of preparing for the trial, including why I've softened towards The Last Airbender.