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Split is episode 92 focusing on the movie of the same name, as a follow-up to the podcast's coverage of the filmography of M. Night Shyamalan - Pod Night Shyamacast. Posted 21 Jan 2017.


On the week of it’s release in January of 2017, Griffin and David discussed the new M. Night Shyamalan film: Split. Together they examine James McAvoy’s career, horror troupes, the outstanding cinematography and ruminate on the movie’s HUGE twist.[1]

For the first time in this podcast's history, #TheTwoFriends had to deliver on their promise to cover any new movie directed by a previous miniseries subject. It's a new movie from M. Night Shyamalan!

After a discussion of the casting and Griffin's previous real-world encounter with James McAvoy, the podcast gave ample warning of approaching spoiler territory... and then launched into the big spoiler with an breathless "So.... What the FUCK??!?!?" Did the end of this film break Griffin's brain?

But that twist isn't until the end of the movie, so first it's a discussion of the 'problematic' mental-illness issue that surrounded the movie's release. The term Disassociative Identity Disorder gets thrown around a lot in this movie, so the question is whether it's being used too sloppily. Or perhaps the movie is clearly 'schlocky' enough to make it clear that it's not supposed to be regarded rigorously. In fact, perhaps the twist at the end becomes the key that makes that work, possibly the first time since The Sixth Sense that Shyamalan lived up to his 'great twist' reputation.

Is Anya Taylor-Joy able to inhabit and transform the role of "slasher movie damsel" in this day and age, and does her character have a backstory that works or is that the real 'problematic' part of this film? Does Betty Buckley get shortchanged? James McAvoy has a role that could easily tip into parody - does he use too much paprika on his sandwich? Can Shyamalan give himself a good cameo role; and behind the camera, has he finally found a way to move past the pressure of being anointed as the next Spielberg-type... in a Blumhouse movie of all things?

Milestones and Ephemera

  • Origin of "too much paprika on the sandwich."
  • First episode recorded after the 2016 American presidential inauguration
  • better title for Meet Dave: let's go with Starship Dave
  • "There's always going to be a spectrum of taste, and there's always gonna be movies on the extreme ends of that taste. I mean, fuckin' Elle, man!"


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