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>The Hip-Hap-Happening

14 Jun

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Saw M. Night Shamalong-a-ding-dong’s “The Happening” yesterday. Good times. Very funny, several laugh-out-loud moments. During and after watching it I was convinced that the movie was ultimately a joke because of they myriad instances of bad directing, bad acting and bad dialogue that were so hilarious. Unfortunately I think that some of those may have actually been unintended. I don’t care though because this was a very funny movie and if you liked Slither or Cabin Fever you’ll like this. Damn funny stuff.

I still think that M. Night is going to come out at some point and admit that the whole thing was a joke and he can’t believe so many people took it so seriously. We’ll see.

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Posted by on June 14, 2008 in Films

 

5 responses to “>The Hip-Hap-Happening

  1. Matt

    June 18, 2008 at 1:06 am

    >Very disappointing, indeed.And their biggest fear is if Obama doesn’t win the presidency. Looney Toons.

     
  2. Matt

    June 18, 2008 at 1:13 am

    >Do you see this as a popcorn movie, and is it possible to have a popcorn movie with a [personal message]?Shyamalan: Yeah, definitely. One of the things that I said to everybody, the cast and crew, I said, “This is a B movie here. Let’s get ourselves straight here. This is just a grade B movie. We’re making the best B movie that we can here, but that’s our job. We’re making a B movie. If the movie has something that sticks with you, great. But we’re not gonna put that in front of the movie. We’re gonna have a lot of fun. It’s a paranoia movie. We just need to pound away. That’s our job.” I was really clear about that. So in that way it was meant to be entertainment, but all of my movies are a little bit of… I think one reporter yesterday was saying, “How come you just don’t go make a pure popcorn movie and then go make your art movie? Because it seems like you want to do…” The problem is that both are my instincts, to have one leg in each place, which sometimes pisses off one group and sometimes pisses off the other group. My wife says, “Just make one or the other.” I wish I could, but as it ends up, I do think about all these kinds of spiritual things. And I do love cheeseburgers and I do Seinfeld and I do love Coca-Cola and I do love Michael Jordan. It’s just me. So if I took one side away, the side that really loves to read about philosophy and I just pretended that didn’t exist, it would be a lie. And if I pretended I wasn’t jumping up and down watching the Celtics last night that would be a lie as well. So it’s that balancing act. I keep trying to be honest here.Maybe that’s some hope that it was a joke.Anyhow, is this interview a parody, too? They all sound like kooks!

     
  3. eriK

    June 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    >Yeah, I’m realizing now that this was Shyamalan’s way of indicating that the goofy bits were intentional. So he pretty much admitted it, although he definitely still wanted some serious gravity to it was well but that’s easy to ignore. Good times.btw – Obama ’08.

     
  4. Matt

    June 20, 2008 at 7:20 am

    >You’ll have to help me out some day… I know you don’t want to argue about politics, but I don’t understand how one goes from voting for Ron Paul in the primary, to planning to vote for Barack Obama in the general election. They’re on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of the role and size of government.

     
  5. eriK

    June 20, 2008 at 9:53 am

    >I’m for some dramatic changes which I think they both represent. I need a better profile pic, yours still cracks me up.

     

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