Tuesday, November 28, 2023

List: Top 3 M. Night Shyamalan Scenes

This week on Episode 440 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by our review of Old, we discussed our favorite M. Night Shyamalan scenes. Say what you will about him as a filmmaker, but he’s directed some great films and has some iconic moments on his resume. Even recently, while his work doesn’t quite live up to his early years, there are some great scenes in his movies to consider here. No one makes movies like Shyamalan, and that’s what makes this exercise particularly exciting. His eye with the camera, the way he toys with genre tropes, the characters he’s written the last two decades, for better or worse he makes intriguing cinema. And boy did we have fun talking about that for our lists. That said, here are our lists:

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Cole / Lynn Conversation in Car – The Sixth Sense
2) Asthma Attack in Basement – Signs
3) Creature Attacks Village – The Village


1) Creature Attacks Village – The Village
2) Dinner Scene – Signs
3) Dr. Staple Interrogates Kevin, David, Elijah – Glass


1) Cole / Lynn Conversation in Car – The Sixth Sense
2) Ending – Unbreakable
3) Video Tape Funeral – The Sixth Sense

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Train Station – Unbreakable
Opening Scene – Unbreakable
Weightlifting – Unbreakable
Son Points Gun At Dad – Unbreakable
I See Dead People – The Sixth Sense
Stuttering Stanley – em>The Sixth Sense
Birthing Stories – Signs
Merrill Reacts to Alien on TV – Signs
Pantry Sequence – em>Signs
Elders Argument about Ivy – The Village
Silvertide Playing – Lady in the Water
Betty Buckley – The Happening
Ending – The Visit
Oven – The Visit
James McAvoy – Split
Zombie Dance – Split
Ending Reveal – Split
Casey’s Backstory – Split
Ending Battle Sequence – The Last Airbender
Sand Castle – Old
Guy Responds with Love – Old
Ending Scene – Wide Awake
The Race – Wide Awake
Revelation of Friend – Wide Awake

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duranhttps://insessionfilm.com
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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