Director Wars: Nolan vs Shyamalan

March 11, 2010 at 12:57 am

Christopher Nolan M. Night Shyamala

M. Night Shyamalan has been my favorite director for years.  Signs is by far my favorite movie of all time and The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and to a lesser extent The Village are all solid and original movies.

That’s why he became my favorite director.

However, few would argue that he has been stumbling lately.

Christopher Nolan is a genius. The man behind The Dark Knight (My second favorite movie) deserves all the credit he has received over the years.  Memento, The Prestige to the Batman films are some of the most well made and entertaining films of all time.

With Inception, Batman 3 and even mentoring the new Superman movie on the horizon, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

So the title of Favorite Director is officially up for grabs.

The Battle Begins This Summer

Nolan’s Inception is my most anticipated movie of 2010 for about 2 million reasons. (Click here to read a few of them)  The movie just looks cool.  There aren’t many stylized action films with this level of originality, mystery and hype.  The last one I can think that had me this excited was The Matrix.

I can’t wait to see Inception.

M. Night Shyamalan also has a new movie coming out this summer.  The Last Airbender looks decent but it can’t claim half the hype that Inception has.  However, it does look like an incredibly fun ride.  I honestly think this movie will be a return to form for the director.

Both filmmakers are basically tied at this point but as the summer approaches, I’ll be allowing the film fanatic within to determine which film inspires me the most.

When the dust settles, Mr. Shyamalan may remain my favorite director. He’ll always be the director who truly inspired me to pursue screenwriting as more than just a hobby.

On the other hand, Mr. Nolan has created some of the most memorable film moments in recent history.

Who will win?

Movies inspire me. I’m loyal to directors who fuel my passion for films so this is definitely a difficult call.

I’ll be a fan of them both for the rest of my life no matter who comes out on top.  Having said that, there must be a winner of this epic battle.  I’ll let there movies do the talking this summer!

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