Shyamalan could be the 21st century's best comic director if he wanted to. Any Shyamalan-apologist has to agree with his haters that the dialogue in The Happening is funny, and I love Wahlberg swirling and smelling the cup of plastic wine (and Paul Giamatti drinking milk in Lady in the Water makes me smile every time I remember it). Shyamalan knows comedy, but at the same time, he's challenging us not to laugh. I'm reminded of an over-quoted line from…
codes/rules or systems of behavior are so important for Mann's movies and this is the one that's maybe the most clear on what they are, namely uncaring (to the point of cruelty and evil) but necessary for the reproduction of the equally uncaring system, and the only humane option is to break those rules -- not produce a counter-set of rules (think of the equivalent but opposite codes of cops and robbers in like Heat) but instead from your position…
John Ford’s The Long Gray Line but sad: not looking back at all the grace and beauty one didn’t see as it happened (maybe because the beauty is only possible in the retrospective capacity for noticing harmony and symmetry), but seeing how you ruined and wasted it continuously with everything you did only too late to make any amends because the world has passed you by.
I’m thinking about how the problem of life going too fast and the world…