THE ONE-HIT WONDER
M. Night Shyamalan 15 credits
M. Night Shyamalan is a case study in how to stretch 15 minutes of fame into 15 years. His moody, surreal “Sixth Sense” (1999) tells us that all it takes is one good twist ending. The director followed up seeing dead people with a bunch of other brooding supernatural, thrillerish dramas that all underperformed even though many sported his tell-tale lastminute curveball. He’s still hard at work, bringing the distinctly meh “Wayward Pines” to TV and getting ready to terrorize grandchildren everywhere with his upcoming movie “The Visit,” in which Nana and Gramps turn into monsters after sunset.
See also: “Chappie” (2015) director Neill Blomkamp, who hasn’t been able to replicate the success of his thinking man’s action movie “District 9” (2009), and the Wachowski siblings, who may forever be living in the shadow of their “Matrix” movies.