Shyamalan has a movie coming out today. Its supposed to be scary. I'm not really concerned one way or another. I've not seen his movies but it seems to me that he is an important story teller in this generation.
In a brief write up in the Red Eye (does the RE have any other type of article?) the author reveals that Shyamalan has had a hard time dealing with recent "failures" (i.e. movies that only gross between 70 and 250 million dollars.)
"I'm surprised at how unnecessarily unhappy I've always made myself. If it ended right now, man, I've had the best career. But I was upset the whole way. About what? What a stupid way to go about life. You miss it all."
But now, "Shyamalan seems to have arrived at an oasis of gratitude and acceptance." The writer points out, though, that if reviews for this latest movie don't pan out, his "Zen-like detachment could quickly vanish."
And then Shyamalan says, "I can see the right way to think about things. I just can't always maintain it."
Sounds a lot like Paul in Romans 7. "I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate... I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out."
What was Paul's answer to this trouble? This challenge of merging what he knows and wants with what he does?
"Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!"