Horror In Our Time: Troll (1986)

When a young girl who’s not what she appears to be attempts to take over the world by unleashing a forest of faeries in an apartment building, it’s up to her older brother, his love of Science Fiction movies, and an old lady who secrets looks like the mother from Seventh Heaven to stop her. Continue reading


The Last Airbender (2010)

After a few hard nights’ work, my tech assistant and I have finally finished work on my The Last Airbender review.  What do I think of this much-anticipated movie from a series I’ve come to love?  Read after the break to find out, but beware, for spoilers follow! Continue reading

The Last Airbender Review Teaser!

To hold you over until the official review on July 6th, we’ve created a teaser trailer of the coming The Last Airbender Man in Black review!  Be sure to check it out, and keep an eye out for the whole thing tomorrow!

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Well, it does seem I dropped the ball on this one. For some reason, I thought that my fiction was going up on Fridays, when in reality it’s all scheduled for upcoming Saturdays, and that my currently in-progress Lady in the Water review was scheduled for Saturday.

So here’s how I’m going to try and make this up for you.

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M. Night Marathon – The Village (2004)

The Shyamalanathon is back, with a vengeance. For those of you who don’t know, in preparation of the release of The Last Airbender on July 1st, Man in Black Reviews is taking a look at each of M. Night Shyamalan‘s major motion pictures. Today we look at the movie that brought his reputation crashing down- The Village.

Merril from Signs wants to leave his quaint village to buy medicine for the people of the village. One problem- a pack of roving creatures spoken of only as Those We Don’t Speak Of has a problem with any humans coming into the woods, which effectively isolates the village completely. But when lives depend on it, one person must brave the wrath of the creatures to bring back medicine that may mean the future of The Village. Continue reading

M. Night Marathon – Signs (2002)

Welcome to Part 3 of the Man in Black Reviews M. Night Shyamalonathon, my version of a countdown to the coming release of The Last Airbender. If you missed them, the first two parts can be found here and here. For new and returning readers, welcome to the Man in Black Review of Signs, the first Shyamalan movie I ever saw growing up and (up to this point in the Marathon) my favorite film of his.

Mel Gibson is a former reverend living with his three kids- I mean, his brother, son, and daughter. Presumably, the family from Home Alone is involved in there somewhere as well. When Mel Gibson comes across crop circles on his farm, neither the police nor the standard culprits can offer any explanation- until reports from across national borders start to come in. The crop circles have become an international issue, and more than that, they are a threat.

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M. Night Marathon – Unbreakable (2000)

Welcome back to the Shyamalalanathon.  If you missed it, check out my first M. Night review of The Sixth Sense, the movie that cemented M. Night Shyamalan‘s place in movie history and pop culture, here.  Join me for the coming weeks as we prepare for the July 2nd release and July 5 review of the film adaptation of The Last Airbender.

Unbreakable is about a set of stories in two distinct time periods about two very different individuals: A security guard who may be impervious to injury and an art exhibitor who may be unable to avoid it.  When these two meet, the world of Spiderman and Captain America may overlap with the real world of relationship drama.  Which one of these movie types will triumph in this thrilling battle? Continue reading

M Night Marathon – The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense is considered one of the 21st century’s classic movies.  It certainly does not hurt that when it was released in 1999, my peers and I were ten years old. The Sixth Sense was a new take on the classic ghost story- not only is the world full of ghosts, but only a select few can see them.  The member of that “few” that we focus on is Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, and Child Psychriatrist Malcolm Crowe, played by Bruce Willis.  How does this movie really stand up to the test of time? Continue reading

M. Night Shyamalan’s Chart of Descent (via Geek Twins)

This chart has some interesting insights. For one, it indicates that the higher the budget, the more likely a Shyamalan movie is to fail at the box office. Is that going to happen to The Last Airbender? I don’t think so. Why?

M. Night Shyamalan's Chart of Descent Movie posters of The Last Airbender (that other Avatar movie) have been released and they look nifty. The film, based on a popular children’s animated television show, follows a young boy named Aang that discovers he has the power to control the four main elements of earth, air, fire and water. He is pursued by the evil “Fire Lord” and “Fire Clan” who wishes to destroy the last “Avatar”.But, we asked ourselves, what are the chances that M. Night … Read More

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Final Countdown: Book III, 1-10

I know I told you I was taking today off, but I meant to have this ready on Thursday.  Today’s been my first day off since I wrote the last commentary, so I caught up on my episodes, and I thought I’d grace you with another commentary.

Book III of Avatar starts off as well as any season I’ve ever seen.  Okay, it’s not perfect- I’m not a fan of the “you thought we were going to pick up the next day, but it’s actually weeks later” scenario myself- but it’s pretty damned good.  We get the whole scenario behind this season: The Earth Kingdom has fallen, and its senior leadership is not taking up the mantle of the guerilla war leaders necessary to prevent the Fire Nation from ruling the planet.  Neither is the North Pole, the last remaining stronghold able to resist the Fire Nation.  Instead, Sokka and Katara’s father is in charge, which puts Sokka and Katara in a very important position.  They take Aang, explain to him the scenario (including who from Book I is still around- not everybody from Book II is), and take off to infiltrate the Fire Nation on their own. Continue reading

M. Night Shyamalan Marathon

M. Night Shyamalan (left) and Mark Wahlberg (r...

On July 2nd, M. Night Shyamalan releases his latest film, The Last Airbender.  Between all of the people I know who love this show and would be made very happy if I watch it, my general interest in animé, and my interest in the trailer, I’ve decided to give this film the best possible review coverage that I can.  Regular readers have noticed that I’ve been doing a running commentary as I watch through the Avatar cartoon series.

In addition to the cartoon commentary, in preparation of my review for the new movie, I’ve been watching a Marathon of M. Night Shyamalan movies.  While I don’t have access to all of his films, I do have access to all of his better known ones.  Starting in one week and ending with my The Last Airbender review, I will be reviewing each of these films.  Because of this, and everything else I have coming out, this means tomorrow is my last day off for just under three weeks.  During this time, only two days will pass without brand new content being posted to the site.

Thank you for being with me, and I hope you all like it!

Avatar: The Last Airbender Book I 1-5

Now that M. Night Shyamalan and his team have gotten me interested in the upcoming The Last Airbender film, I’ve embarked on a journey to watch the entire (now completed) series and all of Shyamalan’s films available on Netflix as preparation.  I have a few people happy I’ve made that decision.

There’s too many episodes to try and get a post up for each one, so each 5 or 10 episodes I’m trying to get a post up.  I may or may not do an overall review, but you can at least follow me through the series. Continue reading