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Signs

A movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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My Favorite Film

  • Jan 12, 2005
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M. Night Shyamalan (originally: Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan) can now be held responsible for creating one of the best movies I have ever seen.

I loved every instant, of every second, of every minute of both hours of Sign's. Once I saw Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall's "John Handcock" in the opening credits I knew it was going to be special. (They also executive produced "The Sixth Sense" for Shyamalan) Not only was Sign's backed by these Spielbergian's, it was brought to us courtesy of Touchstone, Beuna Vista, and Disney - (Pretty much the Siamese Triplet's of the Production/distribution world) and the production was handled by Blinding Edge.

Watching Sign's was like an imaginitive, well-crafted trip into a familiar land with a different vision. Concerning one of the major question's most people have about Sign's. Roger Ebert says it best, "I'm not even going to tell you whether or not there are alien's in this movie...it doesn't matter." And I agree one hundred percent. It absolutely doesn't matter. How much will you like sign's? Depend's on the size of your imagination my friends. In this film, its what you allow your mind to see that scares you. That's what makes it so special. After the 673 million dollar success of the Sixth Sense, he could have done anything he wanted. It could have very easily been War of the Worlds. (Which Spielberg will have completed soon). Sign's is about calmness, a serene portrait about one family on one little farm. And there it stays.

Mel Gibson, who plays Episcopalian priest Graham Hess, must learn a hard lesson of faith, that there is a purpose for everything, and that there is a God. But does he learn this lesson? Or, do we get the infamous Shyamalan twist at the end, and the last thing that we expect happens? Guess you'll have to see. Just keep your eyes open. Shyamalan's writing style has grown to it's magnitude. He's gotten plenty of practice while writing Unbreakable, Stuart Little, The Sixth Sense, Wide Awake and Praying With Anger. One of his favorite directors is Hitchcock, who is probably doing giddy summersaults in his grave right now. You can bet Shyamalan is the Hitchcock of our time. He has lassoed: Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense, Wide Awake, and Praying With Anger. (You can see his childhood works on the dvd's. A guilty pleasure he had to do.)

Like hitchcock he likes to be on screen in his movies a bit. He can be seen in Unbreakable (Stadium Drug Dealer), The Sixth Sense (Dr.Hill), Praying With Anger (Dev Raman). (He also produced Unbreakable and Praying with anger.) It is recorded that Shyamalan's biggest fear, is being average. He is far above average in my book. Sign's is set in the quiet farming community (thus the crop circles) in Buck County, Pennsylvania. It a great setting that is rural enough to feel creepy and at the same time (with the family) a home that feels safe. I was so glad to see Joaquin Pheonix, who is currently my favorite actor. (River Pheonix's brother) (can be seen in Gladiator, and 8MM...thats Eight Millimeter, for the unknowing folks. And at his best in "Quill's". Also, he is astounding in Ladder 49, on dvd in March.) He has a heart felt, loving role as an uncle who cares for his family and is dealing with his past. An excellent choice as Mel's brother.

There are two young stars that are for sure to have awesome futures, if they keep this trend up: Rory Culkin and Abby {Abbigail} Breslin. I only have one one word for these kids - WOW. Yes he is Macauley's Brother, and hopefully he will stick around longer. These kids are natural's.

Sign's now lays to rest on DVD FOR anyone to own. The picture and sound qualities are near perfect, and the extra's are sufficient for the release. In its Theatrical run, Sign's knocked it out of the park with a 408 Million dollar run. I couldn't think of a more deserving film.

After Thousands of movies, and seven years of reviewing, I have a favorite. ~SAOS~

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review by . February 01, 2010
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Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
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Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
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review by . December 17, 2008
M.Night Shyamalan seems to be making quite a name for himself in the Hollywood sphere and is well on his way to becoming one of the greatest directors in history.  "Signs" is a story about a fractured family's reponse to a bunch of mysterious crop circles that begin to enclose their small farm-house in a remote village on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The film progresses as crop circles begin to appear all across the world, spreading mass panic amongst the populations and indicating an extra-terrestrial …
review by . April 25, 2004
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review by . March 05, 2004
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It's contaminated. That's what pint-sized Bo (Abigail Breslin) says about every glass of water that she tries to drink, then rejects. This is just one in a long list of strange occurrences that are changing the lives of the Hess family. Things go awry when Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), awake early one morning to find the dogs barking and the children--Bo, and her brother Morgan (Rory Culkin)--wandering bleary eyed in the corn fields. They discover a pattern of perfectly carved crop circles left the night before. Trying not to overreact, Graham ignores the media frenzy that has permeated all television and radio stations, and even shrugs off the oddly familiar information that Morgan reads in his book about extraterrestrials invading earth. The real challenge for Graham is to find the faith he needs to pull himself, and his family, through this unexplainable series of events. SIGNS is the long-anticipated film from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE,...
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Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: 2002, August 2, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 46min
Studio: Touchstone Pictures, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
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