Posts Tagged ‘Walt Disney Pictures’

Spoiler Alert! Some Thoughts On Twist Endings

By Ezra Stead

The Sixth Sense ruined twist endings for quite sometime after its 1999 release. Since M. Night Shyamalan’s much-ballyhooed 1999 feature The Sixth Sense, twist endings have gotten something of a bad rap, and usually with good reason. After all, in many cases they are a cheap way to add excitement to the climax of an otherwise dull story; sometimes they are a cop-out, negating all emotional involvement that may have been invested in a film up until that point; others seem to be the sole reason for a story’s existence, without which the whole thing crumbles. On the other hand, when they work, twist endings can make a good film great, and they occasionally even reward repeat viewings by revealing previously unseen layers that can only be recognized once the conclusion of the story is known.

As rightly reviled as are many recent examples of the technique, especially many of Shyamalan’s subsequent efforts, there are also many laudable examples to be found among some of history’s greatest cinematic achievements, old and new. Widely respected filmmakers from Alfred Hitchcock to David Fincher and Christopher Nolan have successfully employed the well-placed twist to wonderful effect, and even Orson Welles’s immortal classic Citizen Kane, considered by many to be the greatest American film ever made, concludes with what can only be deemed an elegant, emotionally rich twist ending. Read More

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides coming to TV?

Posted 27 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Film Industry News

By James Dohan ABC Family announced today the acquisition of the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” from Walt Disney Pictures.

ABC Family announced today the acquisition of the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” from Walt Disney Pictures. The deal provides ABC Family with the first-window rights to the network premiere which is scheduled for 2013.

Tom Zappala, executive VP of ABC described the film “as one of this summer’s most highly-anticipated movies” since the audiences love the world-known franchise that is thrilled with excitement, charm and good fun. In addition to the first three ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films Zappala mentioned that ‘ABC are thrilled to add this installment’.

The film will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, Read More