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Joaquin Phoenix

The Village dir. by

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For this year’s RIP challenge Carl has suggested that as well as reading horror-ific books we might also watch some suitable films and to get the ball rolling on my RIP films I decided to rewatch M. Night Shymalan’s The Village.

I quite enjoyed it the first time around. I don’t seem to recall having been all that surprised by any of the so-called twists or reveals, but it was an enjoyable film.

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We Own the Night dir. by

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Bobby is a night club manager. It is the 1980’s, New York. Life is good. Until the day his brother comes calling. Bobby’s brother, Joe, you see, is a cop. A drugs cop and he arrives in full on SWAT-mode at the club. This is not a way to ensure peaceful family get togethers. Especially considering that we already know

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The Village dir. by

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Its been two years since this came out in the cinema, and I’m finally getting to see it. Given that I’ve liked most of what Shyamalan has done, and given that Joaquin Phoenix is a star I’m a little surprised that it has taken me this long. I really enjoyed The Sixth Sense, and loved Unbreakable, but I did hate Signs.

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Walk The Line dir. by

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Almost everyone has heard of Johnny Cash. The “Man in Black” is famous for songs like Ring of Fire, Walk The Line, Don’t take your guns to town, I could go on. But I knew very little about Johnny Cash himself. I do have one of his “best of” albums, but I’m not what you call a huge fan. Still,

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Ladder 49 dir. by

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So you see firemen and Joaquin Phoenix and you think, hmmm, that’ll be fun. (Or you do if you’re me). Well it wasn’t. Honestly, yet another crappy film. 2005 has been very mixed so far. Ladder 49 starts with Phoenix as an experienced firefighter who, in rescuing a worker from a burning building, get trapped inside. The rest of the

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Signs dir. by

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I found this to be a very disappointing film. I had enjoyed Shyamalan’s films and had hoped for something equally as good. It wasn’t even a twist that I was looking for seeing as a friend had figured out the twist to The Sixth Sense after seeing a trailer and guessing it. Once I started watching Sixth Sense what she

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