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The Sixth Sense is episode 41 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Pod Night Shyamacast miniseries. Posted 1 Feb 2016.

Summary[]

Joining Griffin and David on this week’s episode is special guest Katey Rich (Vanity Fair) to help examine Shyamalan’s 1999 breakout, career defining film: The Sixth Sense. How did this unknown writer/director convince Disney to pay him 3 million dollars for the script with the clause to direct? What is the significance of red in the movie? How did this same filmmaker go on to make Lady in the Water? Are there any SIGNS of what is to come!?

Together, they discuss ghost logic, actor Toni Collette’s amazing performance, munchausen by proxy, the climate in cinema during 1999 and so much more! Plus, the gang nerds out on box office stats, Griffin revisits working with Trevor Moore on ‘Butt Whistle’ and Producer Ben presents his own original endings."[1]

The first featured guest to be invited onto the show in the Blank Check era! Katey Rich (from the movie podcast "Fighting in the War Room," the awards podcast "Little Gold Men," and deputy editor for Vanity Fair) joins Griffin and David to talk about the film that earned M. Night Shyamalan his blank check.

#TheTwoFriends begin the discussion with the origins of the movie and its chronological place in Shyamalan's filmography. The spec script for Sixth Sense somehow netted M. Night three million bucks (and got the studio exec that bought it fired). But then it was a crazy huge hit despite being released in what was then considered to be the film graveyard of August, back in 1999. After lots more movie studio talk and box office data, they got into the actual film.

How did this hit movie just, like, appear out of nowhere from a pretty much unknown director? Who's the secret acting MVP of this film? Should Haley Joel Osment have won an Oscar and what is it like to see & listen to him now? What did M. Night think about his own acting? Which is better: TV, movies, or podcasts?

This movie famously hit in a big way, with exceptional box-office staying power, and in ways good and bad it also shaped the perception of its director for at least the next fifteen years. Shyamalan became known as the twist guy, the scary-movie guy. How would that manifest himself in directing decisions he made going forward? Tune in next time to find out!

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • Ben's nicknames: "We should write those down." I got you covered, guys.
  • It's called improv.
  • Segments! Ben's Twist Corner, Ben's Blank Check Merchandise Ideas, Ben's Gripes
  • What is a cheese-dick anyway?
  • Future episodes teased: Titanic, The Prestige, Memento.
  • Includes a proto-box office game!

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