Split, Part II: The fine print of M. Night Shyamalan

The apparent simplicity of Split conceals a surprising amount of ideas, refinement and subtlety. This is a moment-by-moment analysis of the brilliant abduction scene, plus a hard look at isolation, corridors, animals and flowers.

Fancy having your dreams documented?

Karlovy Vary 2017: Fancy having your dreams documented? Or maybe some tall story you made up for a laugh – or to get out of jail? Well, some indie filmmaker with an iPhone might just make you an offer you can’t refuse!

The Last Airbender, Part II: Ritualised form

During the monumental, relentlessly hypnotic climax, M. Night Shyamalan succeeds in finding a cinematic equivalent of the effortless unfolding of superhuman powers, in a formal framework also suggesting the hero’s ritualised path to that state.

The Last Airbender, Part I: Harmony of elements

When M. Night Shyamalan’s flawed film starts working, its elements play in unison as in a symphonic work, where the sketchily drawn characters become pieces in a formal game of harmony.

After Earth, Part II: Figure in a landscape

We look at three outstanding scenes in this better-than-you-think M. Night Shyamalan film, along with its pervasive motif of figures in a landscape, visual rhymes and many occasions of elegant staging.

After Earth, Part I: Much better than you think

With the artistic, commercial and critical success of The Visit and Split, it is about time to soberly unearth the very real qualities of M. Night Shyamalan’s disproportionally maligned middle period.