The Sixth Sense (1999)

logoDirector: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer: M. Night Shyamalan (Screenplay)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Trevor Morgan, Donnie Wahlberg

 

Plot: A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: One of the Best

 

Story: The Sixth Sense starts with married couple Dr Malcolm Crowe (Willis) and Anna (Williams) having a celebration over Malcolm’s work in child psychology. Their night is interrupted by a deranged man Vincent Grey (Wahlberg) a former patient of Malcolm’s. Vincent believes he was failed by Malcolm before shooting Malcolm then himself.

One year has passed and Malcolm is looking into Cole Sear (Osment) a young boy who is very disturbed. Malcolm tries to connect with Cole whose parents have gone through a divorce leaving him with glasses with no glass in, and his wrists with cut marks on. With the connection set up he returns home to find his wife ignoring him.

Strange thinks happen at Cole’s house including draws and cabinets opening but his mum Lynn (Collette) is very confused, returning from home Malcolm is waiting with his mum and we start to learn more about the problems that Cole is facing. Cole continues to push Malcolm away not believing he can help him. We continue to watch Cole and Malcolm’s discussion and learn that what Cole wants most is to be able to not be scared anymore.

We see just how lonely and isolated Cole is without the ability to talk to anyone about his problems, we see an episode at a birthday party which leaves Cole seeing Doctors but not answers. This is until Cole drops the bomb we have been waiting for to Malcolm, Cole sees dead people. It is now we get to see the true horror of a day in the life of Cole with the ghosts that appear with their graphic deaths almost replaying on front of him. Malcolm needing to put his personal life first wants to pass Cole onto another doctor but after listening to the tapes he had with Vincent Grey he sees this as a chance to make up for his mistakes and help a frightened little boy who sees dead people. Malcolm comes up with the idea for Cole to actually communicate with these ghosts to find out if he could help them.

Once Cole discovers what he is capable of with his gift, we end up seeing the ending people have been talking about ever since it first came out and one that shocked the audience to a new level.

The Sixth Sense is a film that is now reaching its 16th birthday and amazingly still stands the test of time, granted it may well have been ruined because of how talked about the ending is but let’s look at this without the ending. We have a doctor helping a patient understand his gift and learning how to live with them on a daily basis. Add into the mix that his gift is seeing dead people meaning that he needs to learn to talk to them and in the end he is just a messenger for the dead to the living. If you had never seen this film you would be enjoying everything up to the ending, now with the ending we get the shock that makes you need to re-watch to actually see if it was true, even though the hints are there early on. This is got to go down as good story telling because we have to think about what is going on, on the screen and look out for think rather than be spoon feed the answers and given silly amounts of jump scares. This will always go down as one of the greatest horrors ever made. (10/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Bruce Willis: Dr Malcolm Crowe child psychologist who upon wanting to make up for one of his own failings with a patient helps young Cole. Malcolm also has to deal with the idea of becoming distant with his wife but Cole’s secret is the thing that will change Malcolm forever. Bruce gives a great performance that for what he need was very calm and relaxed perfectly fitting the character. (9/10)

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Haley Joel Osment: Cole Sear a young boy who is very troubled, he is lonely in the world and doesn’t want to communicate with anyone in it, After he spills the lines ‘I see dead people’ we learn what is really troubling him and that is having ghosts visit him. Cole has to learn why they are visiting him and help them send their final message. Haley gives the performance of his career here and rightly deserved his Oscar nomination. (10/10)

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Support Cast: The Sixth Sense has a small supporting cast but compared to the interactions between Cole and Malcolm they are just there to add mystery to the story.

 

Director Review: M. Night Shyamalan – M. Night got his only Oscar nomination for this film and it is clear to see why, this is always going to be his masterpiece and he shows that he can both tell a story and honour the genre he was directing in. (10/10)

 

Mystery: The Sixth Sense as I expect everyone to know the basic idea of the film, if you didn’t this would be very interesting mystery to look into. (9/10)

Thriller: The Sixth Sense really does keep you guessing with all of the tension built up throughout the film. (10/10)

Settings: The Sixth Sense each setting tells a slightly different side story be it the marriage problems or the ghosts that visit Cole, they all help to make the film natural to the audience. (10/10)
Special Effects
: The Sixth Sense doesn’t rely on its effects but when it needs to use them for the ghosts it works very well indeed. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Sixth Sense is really one that has to be watch by all, it really is something you will only see once with its style and shock. (Watch)

 

Best Part: It is hard not to pick the twist ending but I like the first encounter with an unknown ghost.

Worst Part: The ending has been spoken about so many times, it ruins the surprise in the film.

Oh My God Moment: The twist.

Scariest Scene: The locked room as we just don’t know what happened in there.

Favourite Quote: Cole ‘I see dead people’

 

Believability: (/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Film Editing.

Box Office: $673 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Discover the secret of ‘The Sixth Sense’!

Trivia: Haley Joel Osment got the role of Cole Sear for one of three reasons: First, he was best for it. Second, he was the only boy at auditions who wore a tie. Third, M. Night Shyamalan was surprised when he asked Haley Joel Osment if he read his part. Osment replied, “I read it three times last night.” Shyamalan was impressed saying, “Wow, you read your part three times?” To which Osment replied, “No, I read *the script* three times.”

 

Overall: When it comes to this genre we usually end up getting basic storylines with cheap scares, we got something that will always go down in the film history as one of the bet here.

Rating 94

Pay It Forward (2000)

logoDirector: Mimi Leder

Writer: Leslie Dixon (Screenplay) Catherine Ryan Hyde (Book)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Mohr, Jim Caviezel, Jon Bon Jovi

 

Plot: A young boy attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Inspiringly Good Tale

 

Story: Pay it Forward starts by showing reporter Chris Chandler (Mohr) tracking down to find out what is happening with a hostage situation before his car gets smashed by the perk. With everyone gone Chris gets a surprise visit from a mystery man who gives him his car in a generosity idea.

Rewind 4 months we met Trevor McKinney (Osment) a young boy attending school where he meets his new teacher Eugene Simonet (Spacey), Eugene is scared and sets out the rules for his class as he teaches the middle school social studies. On the first day Mr Simonet sets his class an assignment ‘Think of an idea to change our world – and put it into ACTION!’ Trevor becomes obsessed with this idea and instantly gets his mind rolling with ideas.

Trevor lives with his mum Arlene (Hunt) who works at a strip bar but only as a bartender, Trevor finds himself having to look after himself after school on a regular occasion but this time he decides to start his idea, by bring home a homeless man Jerry (Caviezel) feeding him and giving him a roof for the night as well as a shower, cleaning him up. Arlene is furious about finding out finding the homeless man in their house and confronts Mr Simonet about the assignment before having to go to her next job as a croupier.

Returning to Chris we learn about why he got the car with the pay it forward idea and how it came about and how the mystery man got to the position to pass it on to Chris.

We move back to Jerry fixing Arlene’s car and we learn how Trevor helps Jerry get back on his feet. Trevor has come up with his idea to paying it forward, where one person helps three people by doing something to help them find something into life and by doing so those three people will then pay it forward to three more and so on. After feeling like he failed with Jerry, Trevor moves onto his next person Mr Simonet as Trevor starts to try him up with his mother. We also see the parallel story of Chris trying to uncover who really invented the idea of Pay It Forward.

We are treated to the story of one little boy who managed to think of a way to change the world for the better with a simple idea of putting faith in each other.

Pay it Forward manages to give us a story about what can be achieved if we put our minds to it, if we put a simple action into motion. It shows us that mistakes in life are going to happen, it is how we handle ourselves when we get a chance to redeem ourselves that matters. We see how one little boy has this idea that makes everyone it affects improve their own lives as well as the people it pays it forward too. The reality is we all have had an idea to improve things, change things and only a few people in history have ever put it into action, so this film manages to challenge us to prove we want to change things. I can’t go on without talking about the ending that is fitting for the story even if it is full of tragedy. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Kevin Spacey: Eugene Simonet the scared emotionless teacher who doesn’t believe anyone will ever treat him the same because of his burns. Eugene sets his pupils a simple assignment which ends up becoming a sensation. Kevin gives a great performance as the inspirational teacher. (9/10)

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Helen Hunt: Arlene McKinney single mother of Trevor who has to work two jobs to make ends meet, she has a drinking problem but is working on sorting herself out. Helen gives a great performance as the struggling mother. (9/10)

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Haley Joel Osment: Trevor McKinney young boy who gets inspired by his teacher to create the Pay it Forward movement which could make the world a better place, but after it doesn’t seem to work first time around he tries again and just as it appears like it is working things keep stopping what could be the very best idea the world would have seen. Haley gives a brilliant performance in an idea that should have helped change his career. (10/10)

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Jay Mohr: Chris Chandler a reporter who literally stumbles into the pay it forward idea and tries to uncover the truth about who started it in a journey that takes him across the country. Jay gives a good performance but never needs to put in more than he does. (7/10)

 

Jim Caviezel: Jerry homeless man who Trevor first helps and after it looks like he has let Trevor down we see that he does in fact Pay it Forward on his next travelling trip. Jim puts in a good performance in a supporting role. (7/10)

 

Support Cast: Pay it Forward as a supporting cast that has been helped out along the way by the idea that all show how people from different backgrounds change how people think about the world.

 

Director Review: Mimi Leder – Mimi does a great job directing this showing how one idea can spread so easily. (9/10)

 

Drama: Pay it Forward touches off all the emotional leaves in this film letting us know what the characters think and feel throughout the film. (9/10)

Settings: Pay it Forward Las Vegas is the setting and it shows how hard living there could be for a boy growing up with so much change. (9/10)

Suggestion: Pay it Forward is one that really has to be watch by everyone. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The Idea.

Worst Part: I like the end but it is hard to watch.

Lessons Learned: Pay it forward.

 

Believability: The story is made up by the idea really could work. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Very good chance at the end. (8/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Surprisingly not

Box Office: $55.5 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 3 Minutes

Tagline: Like some other kids, 12-year-old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world for the better. Unlike most other kids, he succeeded.

 

Overall: When it comes to a film that really does pass on a good message this really is one of them, brilliantly acted and wonderfully told this is something a lot of people should be seeing.

Rating 90

Sex Ed (2014)

logoDirector: Isaac Feder

Writer: Bill Kennedy (Screenplay)

Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Laura Harring, Abby Elliot, Glen Powell, Matt Walsh, Lorenza Izzo, George Eads, Chris Williams

 

Plot: Eddie lands his first teaching gig at an inner city middle school and finds his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn’t really equipped to teach them…he’s not exactly experienced romantically.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smart Comedy

 

Story: Sex Ed starts by seeing our protagonist Ed (Osment) struggling to find a teaching job. He lives with an over horny womanizing roommate JT (Powell) who gets all the luck with the woman compared to Ed. Ed decides to go and confront the school board about not even being given an interview. Finding out the only job available is an after schools activity co-ordinator. Upon learning that there is no sex education in the school he decides to teach the students. While JT thinks it is a bad idea because of his lack of experience. Ed goes ahead anyway and starts to learn more about his students and himself. Ed has to overcome a Reverend who wants no sex education in the school but the student have fast started calling Ed their favourite student this leads to Ed trying his luck with Pilar a student’s sister.

Sex Ed comes off mixing two types of films, the first is the teacher who starts off unpopular by both student and parents, while the second is a romantic comedy about finding yourself. Both stories in Sex Ed play next to each other and work with nice balance. Sex Ed looks at the importance of teaching young people about sex one way or another and without the proper education they will end up unaware of the side effects. While on the romantic comedy side we look at how one man’s problem are over analysed by both him and his friends when it comes to mixing up sex and love. We get to see most characters go through life lessons which people are not always brave enough to face. Sex Ed is a good comedy and easily one of the better ones out this year. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Haley Joel Osment: Ed Cole the teacher who can’t find a job, but by taking the chance he gets a job looking at after school activity co-ordinator and starts teaching them about sex education. Even though he doesn’t have the most experience he gets the message across while he learns more about himself. Haley does give a good performance here showing he might have overcome his personal problems and getting his career back on track. (8/10)

 

Glen Powell: JT best friend of Ed who gets all the girls and is always around to stick up and pump him up whenever Ed gets down. Glen gives a good performance in the supporting role and usually has extra laughs. (7/10)

 

Lorenza Izzo: Pilar sister of one of his student who Ed takes a shine to and joins for dinner along with the family. She does go on a date with Ed but she only teaches him about the woman who mistreat a guy. Lorenza gives a solid performance which is only here for her looks. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: Sex Ed support cast includes the students, family members of the students and a very wise landlady who each learn and/or give advice to Ed as the story unfolds.

 

Director Review: Isaac Feder – Isaac does a good job to create a good romantic comedy that balance to focused stories very well. (7/10)

 

Comedy: Sex Ed uses smart jokes instead of lazy jokes which most sex based comedies do. (8/10)

Romance: Sex Ed tells us not everything is about sex while love is what it is really about. (7/10)

Settings: Sex Ed only uses a couple of settings but each one gives us good identity to which story we are following. (8/10)

Suggestion: Sex Ed is a romantic comedy that is worth a watch, I will suggest this to any who asks. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Haley Joel Osment shines.

Worst Part: Not enough people will see this when it is clearly better than other comedies out there.

Funniest Scene: Ed walks in on JT for a second time.

 

Believability: Sex Ed tackles very real issues and looks at the challenging issue that could stop the issues getting solved. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Fake it till you make it

 

Overall: Funny Comedy Worth A Go

Rating79

Trailer Alert – Sex Ed

Plot – Eddie lands his first teaching gig at an inner city middle school and finds his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn’t really equipped to teach them…he’s not exactly experienced romantically.

Release Date:  Non set in the UK

Questions:

Could this continue Haley Joel Osment return to the top in acting?

Actually looks funny, but how much has just been used in the trailer?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – Tusk

When his best friend and podcast co-host goes missing in the backwoods of Canada, a young guy joins forces with his friend’s girlfriend to search for him. The man in question is kidnapped by one man he is interviewing with the intention of turning him into a walrus.

Release Date:  NA for UK yet

Questions:

A surprisingly dark film from Kevin Smith which also looks like it has some humour behind it all, will it work?

Twisted idea indeed, but is this cashing in on the ideas of the Human Centipede?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 85%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No