31 - M. Night Shyamalan season: Unbreakable

M. Night Shyamalan season:
Part 1: "Unbreakable"
Part 2: "The Village"
Part 3: "The Happening"

Released 02/01/2017

Diminishing Returns bring you an episode on M. Night Shyamalan! Yes, in anticipation of the director/writer/sort-of-actor-but-not-really's upcoming film: Split, Diminishing Returns brings you M. Night Shyamalan season. Over the next three weeks, Diminishing Returns shall chronicle the meteoric rise and fall of the career of the infamous film-maker. In this, part 1, we look at M. Night's early work, making pit-stops at Praying with Anger, Wide Awake and The Sixth Sense before diving into Sol's favourite entry in the man's filmography: Unbreakable, a film in which Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson deconstructed the superhero genre before it had been constructed.
And, as usual, the gang top things off by pitching their own ideas for sequels.

Listen on:

Films covered in this episode:

Praying with Anger
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: n/s
Sol: n/s
Overall score: 60%

Wide Awake
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: n/s
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 55%

The Sixth Sense
Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Overall score: 77%

Stuart Little
Allen: n/s
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰
Overall score: 50%

Allen: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ½
Calvin: ✰ ✰ ✰
Sol: ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰
Overall score: 84%

Episodes covering the work of M. Night Shyamalan:
"M. Night Shyamalan season: Unbreakable"
"M. Night Shyamalan season: The Village"
"M. Night Shyamalan season: The Happening"

We review Split in:
"Review of the Year 2017: Part 1"

Allen's review of Split

Cut material from this episode's recording session can be heard in:
"So It's Come to This: A Diminishing Returns Outtakes Show"