So one of two things is true:
1) Any movie by M. Night Shyamalan is predictable and formulaic.
2) I am some actually M. Night Shyamalan and hence know the plots of all of his movies before seeing them.
Wait, #2 canâ€™t be right because if I ever wrote a movie I wouldnâ€™t be so pretentious as to put myself in it, even though I canâ€™t act. Nor would I ever insist upon being called M. Night Anythingalan. Well, I might have in high school, if I had thought of it.
Anyway, on my way to Washington â€“ where, apparently, I now live â€“ Alaskan Airlines offered a small little digital video player you could use during the flight. Since itâ€™s a 4 hour flight, I figured it was worth it. It is actually pretty neat, itâ€™s about the size of a portable DVD player but has about 5 movies and a bunch of TV and music on it — all encoded in DiVX according to one of the notices on the back. (One other thing it had on it â€“ a consistent misuse of itâ€™s on the label).
I started out watching â€œThe Village.â€ At this point I will tell you how to determine the end of absolutely any M. Night movie â€“ the first thing to happen will actually be relevant to the ending (imagine that!). For example, in Sixth Sense, a guy gets shot. Hey, maybe heâ€™s dead. Or some weird kid sips cups of water and leaves them all over the place. Maybe theyâ€™ll kill the aliens.
Or if some pretentious idiot who Hollywood seems to throw money at films a movie filmed in â€œolde Pennsylvaniaâ€ yet NOTHING looks old and the language is forced at bestâ€¦ hey, maybe thereâ€™s something to that.
Since if I donâ€™t stop now Iâ€™ll start pointing out some other idiotic notions of the movie, Iâ€™m going to move on.
Saturday Night Live is stupid. I believe I just spent 5 minutes watching a sketch that basically had the premise â€œthe sound leather clothing makes is funny.â€ It reminds me of Garfield â€“ clearly whoever is behind it has gone brain dead, but itâ€™s just been around so long nobody wants to point out that the guyâ€™s lower brain has stopped functioning.
So off of rant mode, I noticed something â€“ sometimes the funniest joke is the one youâ€™ll see coming. And not only that, youâ€™ll laugh before they even tell the joke because you know itâ€™s coming and you know itâ€™s going to be funny.
I noticed this while watching Aqua Teen Hunger Force â€“ Master Shake was saying something along the lines of â€œat least we still have power and each other.â€ The power goes out, and itâ€™s obvious what the next line is going to be, but the delivery was so perfect.
Well, maybe not as funny as the noise leather makes! Wow!