Jul. 27th, 2010

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I was thinking about M. Night Shyamalan. In a recent interview, he strenuously denied that his recent movies have exhibited downward spiral of popularity and critical acclaim. The reporter seemed flummoxed by this and had no substantive followup questions, clearly not expecting to have to prove that the world is round.

I was wondering what it's like for people who know that thousands and thousands of people despise them for their work. I remember at the height of the anti-Microsoft hatred wondering what it's like to be Bill Gates and be blamed (rightly or wrongly) for all sorts of things going wrong with computers, the internet, and life in general. Same with Dubya - was he insulated from the sheer vituperative dislike of him personally?

When M. Night goes to pitch a movie, is he aware that there's this subtle undercurrent of "Why should we give you money ever again?". I'm presuming there is, but maybe Hollywood is different. Quentin Tarantino's output is lower, but doesn't anyone ever say "Look, maybe you won't ever again be as good as those early films."?

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