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Unbreakable is episode 42 focusing on the movie of the same name, as part of the Pod Night Shyamacast miniseries covering the filmography of M. Night Shyamalan. Posted 8 Feb 2016.


Matt Patches (Thrillist, Grantland) joins Griffin and David this week to discuss Shyamalan’s fourth feature, Unbreakable. This sad and muted superhero film where mostly nothing happens was seen by many critics and fans as a “sophomore slump” when released in 2000. But what are some of it’s redeeming qualities? How does it stand out among the Marvel superhero movie craze in the years that followed?

Oh and is there a twist you ask? Well listen along as the gang unpacks the making and reception of Unbreakable, together examine the stylistic choices incorporating the visual language of comic books, begin to notice a pattern of recurring themes related to loveless marriages and disturbed children, and try to shake the dead eyes of Spencer Treat Clark. [1]

Matt Patches is invited into the broom-closet-sized studio, as a native Philadelphian, to talk about M. Night's Philadelphia-set movie Unbreakable. The quietest and slowest superhero movie in history!

Teenaged Griffin believed this to be a perfect film. Can he be objective about it these many years later? M. Night Shyamalan was compared to Spielberg starting after this movie - are their instincts and tendencies really comparable? Is this score unreservedly great or is there maybe something that should be removed? Does Shyamalan have a problem with water, and if so might it have something to do with Philly?

To close it out, a Performance Review! Keep in mind that #TheTwoFriends only had the "River of Ham" analogy at their disposal back when this episode was recorded. "Paprika" didn't come into being until.... well..... let's just say it was kinda fun to hear the episode's discussion & dismissal of a sequel to this movie. SPOILER ALERT.

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • A shuffling emotionless golem: Bruce Willis
  • Ben's Edits: a montage in the weightlifting scene. "Take it to the limit, dah da dah dah dah."
  • The first X-Men movie, in retrospect: Charming
  • Kimmy Schmidt: Unbreakable