A miniseries covering the films of M. Night Shyamalan.
Summary[edit | edit source]
#TheTwoFriends sought to answer the questions: Is this guy a great filmmaker? A terrible filmmaker? Do you have to have made mostly good films to be a good filmmaker? Does money corrupt?
This was the first miniseries of the new "Blank Check with Griffin and David" era of the show, coming on the heels of their 2015 "year of Star Wars" which covered the Phantom Menace trilogy in exhaustive detail. Pod Night Shyamacast was the name chosen by Twitter fans of the show, beating out P. Cast Shyamalan for the official title of this miniseries.
In a later Mailbag episode of the show, Griffin said that no miniseries yet had caused his opinion of a filmmaker to do a 180... but the closest was Pod Night Shyamacast. As he put it, he went into this miniseries having discounted Shyamalan's directorial abilities in the wake of several consecutive disappointing films. But the film-by-film examination of the podcast helped remind him that M. Night was the real deal in terms of his talent. And of course, the later episodes on Split and Glass -- sequels to Griffin's favorite Shyamalan movie, even if he wasn't immediately enamored of Split -- were part of that turnaround as well. By contrast David loved Split and was all in on the weirdness of Glass.
Episodes[edit | edit source]
|40||Praying With Anger/Wide Awake||🔊||No||1:30||1/25/2016|
|41||The Sixth Sense||🔊||Katey Rich||The Guarantor||1:45||2/1/2016|
|45||The Village||🔊||David Ehrlich||Yes||1:42||2/28/2016|
|46||Lady in the Water||🔊||Richard Lawson||Yes||1:49||3/6/2016|
|48||The Last Airbender||🔊||Seaton Smith||No(?)||1:40||3/18/2016|
|49||After Earth||🔊||James III||Yes(?)||1:38||3/25/2016|
|50||The Visit||🔊||Louis Peitzman||No||1:54||4/1/2016|
|51||The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan||🔊||N/A||1:15||4/12/2016|
Ranking Their Filmography[edit | edit source]
- Griffin and David mentioned a portion of their rankings at the end of the Split episode but posted their full rankings on Letterboxd. Both Griffin and David later made note of where they slotted in Shyamalan's latest movie during the Glass episode.
- The Blankies ratings were aggregated in the r/Blankies sub-reddit, in the wake of the release of Glass. Final numbers were tallied here.
|1||Unbreakable||The Village||The Sixth Sense|
|2||The Sixth Sense||The Sixth Sense||Unbreakable|
|6||Lady in the Water||The Visit||Split|
|8||Split||Praying With Anger||The Lady in the Water|
|9||Wide Awake||The Happening||The Happening|
|10||The Happening||Wide Awake||Praying With Anger|
|11||After Earth||The Lady in the Water||Wide Awake|
|12||Praying With Anger||After Earth||After Earth|
|13||The Last Airbender||The Last Airbender||The Last Airbender|