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Why Francis Ford Coppola And Others Are Wrong About Superhero Movies

If you’ve been following the film news cycle in recent weeks, you’d know that a few legendary directors have been up in arms over superhero movies. This feud kicked back up with Martin Scorsese when he likened superhero movies more to theme parks than art. Now, following Scorsese doubling down on his remarks, acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola has now jumped to his defense and called Marvel movies despicable.

Those are some rough words to hurl around about the superhero movie genre, and while Scorsese and Coppola’s arguments have their merits, there are other things their strong takes overlook. Here’s what Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and other nay-saying directors in Hollywood get wrong about superhero movies.

Superhero Movies Absolutely Convey Emotion

A large part of both men’s statements on superhero movies is that they lack emotion and don’t have anything within them that features, as Scorsese put it, “Human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.” The implication, though not explicitly stated, essentially means that superhero movies are mindless fun with not a lot to chew on afterwards.

This one doesn’t take long to disprove, as most people know that superhero movies can convey deep emotion. Whether it’s Billy Batson confronting his biological mother who doesn’t want to be in his life in Shazam!, or Tony creating the perfect life and then being forced to sacrifice it in Avengers: Endgame, there’s plenty of emotion in superhero movies. Are they jam-packed with emotional moments? Absolutely not, but very few movies are.

With that said, it’s not like Martin Scorsese would know about these emotional moments or meaningful arcs. He’s stopped watching most new films for a few years now and admitted he had given up on superhero movies as well. Scorsese sounds somewhat jaded by the commercialism of modern cinema, so it tracks that he’d be against superhero movies.

There’s More Art In Marvel’s Process Than Coppola Gives Credit

Francis Ford Coppola has been critical of superhero movies for quite a while, but Martin Scorsese just gave him the excuse to get back on the soap box. Coppola said in 2017 The Godfather wouldn’t have been made because it wasn’t a superhero movie, and that studios are only concerned with how many movies they can make in a series. It’s almost as if he forgot his own trilogy has two other movies.

Which makes it a bit baffling, because surely Francis Ford Coppola can attest to the art of adapting another pre-existing work into a movie. The difference between the two is Marvel is adapting more than the novels of Mario Puzo; it’s working with the collective visions of decades of authors and crafting stories for characters that ultimately go on to be used by other directors in a massive collaboration that takes extensive planning. Whether Coppola recognizes it or not is moot, the MCU and the process of creating it is art.

Is it art akin to what Francis Ford Coppola did with Apocalypse Now? The answer is it doesn’t have to be, and no one said that it was. To flat out deny the merits of a genre simply because of its commercial viability isn’t really fair, nor is judging a story that has the potential to continue on.

Filmmakers View Movies Differently Than The Masses

When Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese said they dislike superhero movies, their reasoning is rooted mainly in what they represent for the concept of cinema. That being the presumed mindlessness of superhero movies and the fact that Hollywood’s love of them may prevent more inventive non-superhero movies from reaching a general audience. There could be more reasons, but this is just based off their published thoughts.

Most people watching superhero movies right now aren’t award-winning directors with decades of experience in the field. We don’t enjoy movies the same way they do, and we certainly don’t have the experience they do that shapes our opinion of superhero movies. Many of us see these movies and know exactly what we’re getting into. It’s about escapism, watching an action-packed adventure unfold and having a good time at the movies.

I think the major mistake many are making in regards to these comments is not recognizing who they come from, and thinking their disagreeing is a reflection on themselves. Marvel fans (and their directors) shouldn’t be offended by Scorsese’s or Coppola’s comments. As mentioned earlier, they’re both people who don’t represent the usual moviegoer, and admittedly, don’t watch super hero movies. All the filmmaking experience in the world makes an argument pretty thin when you’re not even watching the thing you hate.

Superhero Movies Aren’t Hindering Innovative Movies

Going back to Francis Ford Coppola’s point that studios only green light superhero projects and that films like The Godfather wouldn’t get made today, it’s just simply not true. While Warner Bros. could be turning down some scripts because it has DC projects in development, Marvel is only green-lighting stuff within its superhero brand.

On top of that, the superhero genre is elevating the profile of several Hollywood directors who are making increasingly daring projects outside the genre. Thor: Ragnarok elevated Taika Waititi to a household name, and allowed a film like Jojo Rabbit to get made. There’s no way in hell a movie that features a happy-go-lucky Hitler gets that kind of attention or funding without Waititi’s contributions to the MCU.

Beyond that, we live in an era where filmmaking is about as accessible as its ever been. Entire movies can be shot on a cell phone, and Video On Demand and streaming services have ensured there are other options to get a movie out there that don’t necessarily mean wooing a major studio for a theatrical release. The ability to make these bold and innovative movies is all there, but it’s up to the public to seek them out and prioritize them, and maybe even for these legendary directors to promote them?

We’ve heard the opinions of several directors and actors on superhero movies as of late, but what do audiences think? Share your thoughts in the comments below and continue to stick with CinemaBlend for all the latest news happening in movies and television.

New Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer Teaser Includes A Cool Rebels Nod

Look closely at the right side of the screen when the Millennium Falcon drops into view alongside all those other ships prepared for battle; that’s definitely The Ghost, right? It wouldn’t be the first time this ship has appeared in live action, as it was previously glimpsed during Rogue One. But that movie was set around the same time as Star Wars Rebels, so to see The Ghost is still active over three decades later in this footage (via Zcure1) is remarkable.

Like the Millennium Falcon, The Ghost has been through a lot over the years, but it’ll be a welcome addition to one of the final battles between The Resistance and The First Order, if not the final one. That said, it’s unlikely we should expect to see any of the ship’s occupants during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Even if someone like Hera Syndulla or Sabine Wren is still at the helm, there’s enough going on in the movie that there would barely be any time to get a peek at them.

Still, it’s nice to see this interconnectivity between a Star Wars movie and a project from elsewhere in a galaxy far, far away. And who knows, even if we don’t see who’s inside The Ghost during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, that doesn’t mean characters from Star Wars Rebels couldn’t appear in a different live action project; like one of the Disney+ shows, for example.

Looking at the bigger picture, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to not only wrap up the narrative of the Sequel Trilogy, but also concluded the entire Skywalker Saga. The Resistance and The First Order will clash one year after the events of The Last Jedi, and needless to say the outcome will determine the fate of the galaxy.

Besides the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy’s main cast being present and accounted for, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is introducing plenty of new characters, including Naomi Ackie’s Jannah, Richard E. Grant’s Allegiant General Pryde and Keri Russell’s Zorro Bliss. Some old favorites will also make their grand return, namely Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian and Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine, and unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was used to show Leia Organa being involved in the story.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20, and check back later today for the next full-length trailer. You can also plan your trips to the theater for the rest of the year accordingly with our 2019 release schedule.

Prince William Is Reportedly ‘Worried’ About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

According to a new report from BBC, Prince William is “worried” about his brother, [Prince Harry],(https://www.glamour.com/about/prince-harry) and sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, following their revealing documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which aired on ITV Sunday night (October 20).

In the documentary, which follows Markle and Prince Harry’s recent royal tour of southern Africa, the couple opens up about the tabloid scrutiny they’ve experienced over the past year. (It’s gotten so out of hand that they’ve taken legal action against a few outlets.)

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable,” Markle says in the documentary about how the incessant media attention has affected her mental health. “So that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know? And especially as a woman, it’s really, it’s a lot. So if you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed, it’s um…. Yeah, well, I guess, and also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay. But it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

It’s soundbites like this that allegedly have Prince William concerned. The BBC specifically reports the Duke of Cambridge is hoping his little brother and Markle “are all right.” A palace source also says there is view that Meghan and Harry are “in a fragile place.”

Prince Harry talked in the doc briefly about the rumors he and Prince William are feuding. “Inevitably stuff happens. But we’re brothers; we’ll always be brothers,” he said. “We’re certainly on different paths at the moment. I’ll always be there for him and as I know, he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly. The majority of [the press] is created out of nothing.”

Harry & Meghan: An African Journey will air in the U.S. this Wednesday, October 23, at 10 P.M. ET on ABC.

Yes, Chris Hemsworth Would Love To Join The Star Wars Franchise

Ever since news broke that Marvel Studios President (and now Marvel CCO) Kevin Feige would be developing a Star Wars movie, fans have been wondering what actors from the MCU he could bring to a galaxy far, far away. Multiple MCU heroes have expressed interest and you can now count the God of Thunder among their ranks. Yes, Chris Hemsworth would love to join the Star Wars franchise; when asked about the possibility the Aussie actor said:

If you’re booking a hyperspace journey to a galaxy far, far away, Chris Hemsworth wants a ticket. It seems that Chris Hemsworth if he wanted to be involved in Star Wars in some capacity was almost a question that didn’t need asking because the actor would love to be a part of the Star Wars franchise. And as he accurately noted at ACE Comic Con Midwest (via Comicbook.com), he’s not sure of many people that wouldn’t.

Chris Hemsworth would love to join the Star Wars franchise and be a part of that world, not just because of it’s popularity or what a big deal it is, but because he is a genuine fan. Like many of us, the actor says that he grew up with Star Wars, making any potential inclusion in that universe a no-brainer for him.

In his mind, being in a Star Wars project wouldn’t really be like acting for him. Because of how much he loves Star Wars, a role in a Star Wars project wouldn’t feel quite like a job or work and would instead feel like a fun experience he was getting to have as a fan. It seems that Chris Hemsworth would really value that sort of opportunity at this point in his career to just do something fun that he’d love to do as a fan of the material.

Chris Hemsworth is certainly no stranger to franchises, having had roles in Ghostbusters, Star Trek and Men in Black: International. But like fellow MCU’er and franchise collector Zoe Saldana, he still needs to check off the Star Wars box. He’s not the only one who wants in on Star Wars either. Captain America Chris Evans has also expressed interest and Captain Marvel Brie Larson is going hard and making her intentions known quite plainly that she wants to be a part of Feige’s movie.

Unlike his fellow original Avengers Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth still seems to have plenty of years left in the MCU, especially after the franchise was re-invented and revitalized by Thor: Ragnarok. He will next be playing Thor (of undetermined weight) in Thor: Love and Thunder in 2021. Still, there’s nothing that says he can’t be gallivanting around the galaxy in two universes.

There are plenty of MCU actors Kevin Feige could bring in to his Star Wars movie, but just because there’s the MCU connection there doesn’t mean Chris Hemsworth or Brie Larson or whoever couldn’t show up in different future feature film or one of the multiple Disney+ series on the way or whatever. Star Wars isn’t going anywhere and while Star Wars isn’t necessarily known for superheroic physiques, Chris Hemsworth still has a look that would fit in the galaxy far, far away.

Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on November 5, 2021. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what movies are still coming this year and let us know in the poll below what kind of character you’d like to see Chris Hemsworth play in a Star Wars movie or TV series.

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Brooke Candy Rides Choppers And Boogies With Alpacas In ‘FMU’

As the decade wraps up, it’s clear that straddling a Harley Davidson is the move for pop stars going into the new year. First, Katy Perry hopped on a Harley for the aptly named “Harleys in Hawaii” last week and, now, Brooke Candy‘s grabbed her own for a trip through the forest in the video for “FMU.” It’s a wild visual for her new single, which features Rico Nasty, that’s all about admiring the beastly bikes and the woman who tame them. There’s one word to describe it. Badass.

Brooke’s a master of the wardrobe. In “FMU” she looks like a punk rock version of Van Helsing. She puts a bandana and Lil Nas X-like hat and rides bikes, stands on crumpled cars in a junkyard, and dances with alpacas in a field. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it’s strangely adorable. In one of the coolest scenes, she finds a group of women in the forest with bikes and dances with them as they look at her strangely, as if the bit isn’t rehearsed. Brooke really knows how to have fun. Rico doesn’t appear in the video, which is a shame, because we can only imagine how much more energy she’d bring. She would have definitely popped a couple of wheelies on her bike.

“FMU” is set to appear on Brooke’s forthcoming album SEXORCISM that’s set to come out on October 25. The LP will also feature the previously released tunes “Drip” and “XXXTC.”

Watch Brooke’s beautiful, bike-obsessed video for “FMU” ” up above.

Why Joker Should Lead To An Anthology Rather Than A Franchise

Joker Arthur in full makeup walking down a hall

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Three weekends ago, Joker opened to a record setting October debut, which naturally spawned a ton of questions for a film that is supposed to be a one-off experience. With those questions, the big “S” word has been lingering around the conversation surrounding director Todd Phillips’ shocker: “Sequel.” While some feel there should be a direct sequel to Joker, I would argue that rather than a direct follow-up, there should be an anthology series of films originated by this film.

As tempting as it would be to continue the story of Arthur Fleck’s transformation into Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime, it makes much more sense for those in charge to enjoy the freedom of an anthology’s loosely-connected story. Through a handful of compelling reasons, we’ll see why the world of the Joker is better kept in the world of loosely-bound storytelling.

Joker Arthur staring with contempt

We Know That Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Isn’t The One That Will Terrorize Robert Pattinson

As much as everyone would love to see the opposite be the truth, Joaquin Phoenix’s version of The Joker isn’t the one that’s going to be roaming the streets in The Batman. The timing doesn’t line up, and ultimately, things just aren’t structured for this to be the truth in the world of DC’s Caped Crusader. But, of course, Phoenix’s Arthur doesn’t need to be totally unconnected from Pattinson’s crime fighting antics.

Joker would be the perfect prequel to the world of The Batman. With a series of windows into Gotham’s history between then and now, we could see the evolution that leads to the Joker variant that ultimately occupies our modern world. Through various Jokers, we’d see the character morphing from the “inspirational” meekness that Arthur used to become Version 1.0 into the totally unhinged psychopath that wears his manic heart on his lapel, right next to his poison squirting flower.

Batman: The Animated Series Joker grabs a guy by the neck in the park

A Joker Anthology Could Build The World Of The Batman’s Gotham Rather Effectively

Not only would the Joker character be able to evolve during a series of anthology style stories, but the world of Gotham City would also be able to progress through those various installments of madness. The history of the city’s fall from grace and into the decay that it eventually finds itself needing to be saved from is a story we haven’t seen in too great of detail. And who better to act as a tour guide than The Joker?

Acting as the end all/be all villain of the Batman canon, a series of Joker-inspired films could be seen as a way to develop characters and settings in the world of The Batman that reflects various eras of Gotham’s history. All the while, we see the city, and the enigmatic presence of its greatest foe, progressing to the point where it needs a savior to lift it from utter despair.

The Dark Knight The Joker threatens everyone with a grenade in his coat

The DC Universe Has Always Been Friendly To One-Off Interpretations

Before Warner Bros and DC engaged in its current era of filmmaking, the studio and its comic creation arm typically delivered interpretations of the various heroes and villains of its vast library in unconnected versions that, at most, spawned self-contained franchises. While the strategy is still very much in place to make a Justice League-connected universe happen, i.e. the DCEU, Joker’s continued history could continue without having to be connected to the world at large.

The character’s very nature is amenable to a one-off sort of context that would continue that fine tradition in the world of Joker’s gritty and grounded interpretation of Gotham City. Audiences would be allowed to see more of this Gotham, whether it links into The Batman or not. More importantly, DC might be motivated to develop and cultivate the character of The Joker in such an experimental method in this anthology that they could figure out how they want to use the antagonist in the grander scheme of things.

Batman (1989) The Joker smiles during his parade run

Using Different Jokers Means Differently Styled Joker Movies

People’s expectations of The Joker vary as much as the character’s appearances throughout the DC Extended Universe. What one person sees as the ideal Joker could be another person’s worst case scenario for the character. And yet, that’s what makes this particular Batman villain special, as each version has its own unique quirks to try and reason with. In that same respect, Joker wasn’t your typical DC Comics movie, and to see a series of films that honor that same sort of aesthetic would be truly effective.

Imagine various director and writer teams getting to do their own spins on what Todd Phillips did with his version of Joker. You could have a ‘90s Joker that’s very much different from the grimy, Scorsese inspired ‘80s variant; a man who takes on the sheen and the gaudiness of the era he’s supposed to fit into. You could even branch out into a female version of The Joker and really have fun with the possibilities of dropping the standard male playbook. An anthology wouldn’t limit The Joker to just one track or the other, allowing so many people to play in the sandbox. Or, in one particular case, it’d let someone back into the fray.

Suicide Squad Joker interrogates a man close up

Jared Leto’s Joker Would Still Have An Opportunity To Show Up

Like him or hate him, there’s a bit of sympathy that could be had for Jared Leto and his portrayal of Suicide Squad’s Joker. The man almost hasn’t gotten a fair shake when it comes to all of the potential that his character was teased to have in the run-up to the eventual finished product. With Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker having so much success, and after Leto tried to claim what seemed to be owed to his character, it feels like we might not see him back in the role in future films.

At least, that’s if DC is planning to go full steam ahead with more films centered around Arthur Fleck, which is still very much a possibility considering the numbers Joker has put up in its three weeks of release. Almost a billion dollars speaks volumes as to what the future could hold, but if Warner Bros wanted to turn that popularity into the opportunity to give The Joker the multiple choice past he’s always held so dear, there’s room for Jared Leto to come back at least once and have a true crack at the role he was once destined to reinvent.

Joker has its own similarly uncertain path to the future, but at this moment, it looks like DC and Warner Bros. have yet another franchise that they could use to bolster their fledgling cinematic enterprises. It’s really just a question of how they attack that challenge, and the best option open to the decision makers in the studio seems to be an anthology, rather than a directly connected series of films.

Let The Joker’s history develop through various protagonists, with the ultimate aim of providing background for another, more consequential franchise to take its inspiration from. It’s as close as all involved can come to having their cake and eating it too. Though if The Joker happens to be the chef, you might want to think twice before taking that first bite.

Joker is in theaters now, while The Batman is aiming to hit the silver screen on June 25, 2021. And if you feel like reading up on the adventures of any Joker you choose to call your own, why not head over to Comixology and check out such books as Batman: The Killing Joke or even the simply named Joker?

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Miley Cyrus’s New Album May Feature Cardi B And Shawn Mendes

Miley Cyrus is coming… again. After kicking off her new era in May with She Is Coming, Cyrus said she would follow up with two more EPs that would ultimately comprise a full-length project titled She Is Miley Cyrus. But it appears the 26-year-old may be jumping straight to album mode, if her recent Instagram Live is any indication.

On Sunday (October 20), Cyrus took to IG to give fans a tour of her animal-filled L.A. abode, which included her home office. There, viewers got a look at a whiteboard with what appears to be a tracklist and a November 23 release date (which also happens to be MC’s birthday). The 13-song list includes a smattering of tracks from She Is Coming — “Mother’s Daughter,” “Party Up The Street,” and the RuPaul-assisted “Cattitude” — as well as the recent single “Slide Away.” Interestingly, there may be a couple more collaborations on the docket — eagle-eyed fans noted that “Naked” appears to feature Cardi B, while Shawn Mendes may make an appearance on “Playing With Fire.” Other notable titles, if this tracklist is legit, include “Golden G-String” and “Mary Jane.”

In July, Cyrus spoke about the upcoming album in an interview with Elle, saying, “My record is called She Is Miley Cyrus. ‘She’ does not represent a gender. She is not just a woman. ‘She’ doesn’t refer to a vagina. She is a force of nature. She is power. She can be anything you want to be, therefore, she is everything. She is the super she. She is the she-ro. She is the She-E-O.”

Other highlights from Cyrus’s livestream included a throwback rendition of her Bolt theme song “I Thought I Lost You” (which came at the request of Justin Bieber, who hopped onto the stream at one point), and the debut of a song called “Bad Karma.” Singing a cappella, Cyrus belted, “They say it’s bad karma being such a heartbreaker / I’ve always picked a giver ’cause I’ve always been a taker.”

That wasn’t the only unreleased tune Cyrus sang for fans. At another point in the nearly one-hour stream, she sat down at the piano and played a song she said she’d been working on that week. “Just think about me before filling up the cup / Feels like nowadays everybody’s breaking up / But I wanna last, I wanna last / Baby just keep me from my past,” she sang, noting that the song probably won’t be on her album. She added that the melancholy tune was inspired by her sobriety; she revealed she’s four months sober and added, “It’s the best I’ve ever felt. … It’s my number one priority right now.”

Peep the rumored MC7 tracklist below, and mark those calendars for November 23, in case Cyrus does decide to release this thing.

1. “Sagitarius”

2. “Mother’s Daughter”

3. “Slide Away”

4. “Party Up The Street”

5. “American Dream”

6. “Naked” feat. Cardi B

7. “Golden G String”

8. “Mary Jane”

9. “Victoria”

10. “Cattitude”

11. “Bad Karma”

12. “Play With Fire” feat. Shawn Mendes

13. “Coldblood”

Billie Lourd Posts Musical Tribute To Carrie Fisher For Her Mother’s Birthday

It’s hard to believe, but the legendary Carrie Fisher’s death was already a number of years ago. The beloved actress and writer passed away in December of 2016, shortly after wrapping her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The generations of fans haven’t stopped mourning General Leia’s real-life death, and have been especially cognizant of her daughter Billie Lourd’s journey. Today would have marked Carrie Fisher’s 63rd birthday, and her daughter posted a musical tribute to mark the occasion.

Billie Lourd has made a name for herself as an actress in American Horror Story and Booksmart, but her history and training is also in music. And when it came to celebrating her mother Carrie Fisher’s birthday, Lourd went back to her roots to sing a cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.” Check it out below.

Wow, what a talent. Aside from being a great cover and showing of Billie Lourd’s voice, she also gave it an emotional caption. And it’s one that will likely touch the hearts of Fisher’s many fans, as well as anyone out there who was been faced with a devastating loss.

Billie Lourd’s video comes from her personal Instagram, which the actress/singer uses to communicate with the public. The video shows the American Horror Story actress in Carrie Fisher’s personal bath tub. Lourd says the tub was one of her late mother’s very favorite places, with “American Girl” being one of her favorite songs. The combination is a sweet tribute to Fisher’s bombastic spirit. What’s more, Lourd says she might have a Coca-Cola with her dinner, the late actress’ signature drink.

She sounds great, and it should be interesting to see if Billie Lourd’s career as a musician moves forward with her growing star power. The public has watched her develop as an actress, beginning with her brief role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And as her character Lieutenant Connix became a larger role, Lourd also booked some major gigs. That includes three seasons of American Horror Story… so far.

I’m eager to see how much Connix appears in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, especially since it’s a character he created. While Carrie Fisher’s Leia will be brought back through unused footage from the previous two movies, Abrams had the chance to work with Lourd on Episode IX. And it wouldn’t surprise me if a tribute to Leia came in the movie courtesy of her Resistance character.

While Star Wars: The Last Jedi made its way to theaters after Carrie Fisher’s death, her role in the movie was filmed in its entirety. As such, The Rise of Skywalker will be the first movie filmed without having Fisher on set. It’s currently unclear how Leia’s story will continue on through previously unused footage, but it gives the character the chance to have a true ending, and be included in the final installment in the Skywalker Saga.

We’ll be able to see both Billie Lourd and Carrie Fisher when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

8 Movies With Twist Endings Worth Streaming On Netflix After Fractured

American Psycho Ex Machina Fracture

I streamed the Sam Worthington thriller Fractured after its premiere last week on Netflix, and while it didn’t have one of the world’s great twist endings, it got me thinking about other twisty films. Every Monday, I recommend movies or TV shows to stream, and today I’m going for movies with twist endings that you can stream right now on Netflix.

Netflix doesn’t have the widest selection from this genre — I wish they had The Usual Suspects, The Others, Primal Fear, Seven, The Prestige, etc. — but here are a few good ones worth streaming after (or before, for you?) Fractured. No spoilers below, so I won’t actually reveal the endings. But obviously you know something’s coming!

The Perfection playing cello Netflix

The Perfection 

There are different types of twist endings. There are some twists you never see coming till the end, and they reshape the entire film. There are others, like Fractured, where you know some kind of explanatory twist is coming, it’s just a matter of what. Other films have multiple twists along the way. The Perfection takes multiple surprise turns. This psychological horror film is twisted in every way. Get Out‘s Allison Williams is fantastic as Charlotte, a talented cellist who was forced to leave a prestigious music school to care for her terminally ill mother. The Perfection gets pretty intense — and completely bonkers — but it’s also gripping with sharp writing and strong performances. It got polarizing reviews but you may join the many who found it masterful.

Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina

Ex Machina  

Alex Garland’s brilliant sci-fi film drops viewers into the mysterious world of tech CEO Nathan (Oscar Isaac) via protagonist Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson). We meet A.I. Ava (Alicia Vikander) and Kyoko (Sonoya Mizuno) at the same time as Caleb and mirror him in trying to figure out everyone and everything. Those are the only main characters in the spare, stylish, thought-provoking thriller. The movie saves multiple big twists for the very end, including a humdinger of a final power move. The 2015 movie was met with almost universal acclaim from critics with fans equally impressed.

The Invitation dinner party

The Invitation 

This 2015 horror film is a slow-burn movie worth watching more than once to catch the place-setting along the way. You may or may not figure out where it’s headed, but you’ll definitely feel the tension and suspense along the way. Not every movie with a twist depends upon the twist to be a solid movie — in fact, if your movie isn’t good without the twist, you probably don’t have a good movie. This one has solid twists explaining what had been happening the whole time. Whether you guess where it’s going or not, you should appreciate Karyn Kusama’s expertly paced drama.

Fracture Anthony Hopkins Ryan Gosling

Fracture 

Not to be confused with the new Netflix movie Fractured, Fracture stars Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling in a sharp battle of wits. In an interesting twist on its own, the movie starts with a confession. No need to wonder who did it, ’cause Hopkins’ Ted Crawford openly admits to the crime of shooting his wife Jennifer (Embeth Davidtz). The movie toys with viewers from there, just as Hopkins’ Ted toys with the characters around him, especially Gosling’s Willy Beachum. Hopkins is nothing if not an expert on being the smartest, smuggest, and yet most charming guy in the room. I won’t spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t seen the 2007 legal drama yet, but I found it pretty darn satisfying, and so did the majority of critics and fans.

Christian Bale smiles as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho

American Psycho 

Fans are still debating the ending of American Psycho almost 20 years after it came out in 2000. Some twists are ambiguous like that. What exactly did we just watch? Co-writer/director Mary Harron has spoken out about her intentions with the movie’s ending, as it was based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. But the Christian Bale movie still allows viewers to come to their own conclusions on what’s really happening with Patrick Bateman and in the world around him. Interestingly enough, American Psycho got a CinemaScore of D from moviegoers polled on opening night. Not sure what they were expecting to see, but I saw a modern classic.

The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio Jack Nicholson

The Departed 

Martin Scorsese’s instant classic won the Oscar for Best Picture, with William Monahan picking up a Best Adapted Screenplay for his whipsmahhht script. I hope everyone who sees this movie also tracks down the movie it was inspired by — the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. You can stream that one on Amazon, and you should. The Departed had multiple end twists on Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello and his moles on the inside. Mark Wahlberg earned an Oscar nomination as Sgt. Dignam, who has his own twist, and the entire movie is packed with strong performances from the leads to the supporting players. Scorsese may not like Marvel movies, but he has another highly acclaimed movie coming soon to Netflix in The Irishman, twist ending or not.

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47 Meters Down 

Not every twist ending is successful, and some viewers were irritated by the twist to this 2017 horror film. The survival film follows two sisters on vacation in Mexico who decide to join two locals to watch sharks in a diving cage. Things don’t go to plan, which is how we get the title of the film, since their cage cable breaks and they end up sinking to the bottom of the sea, 47 meters below the water’s surface. It’s a tense survival story from there for Kate (Claire Holt) and Lisa (Mandy Moore). Sure, it’s a B movie, but at 89 minutes I thought it was worth the ride, even with THAT ending.

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The Sixth Sense 

M. Night Shyamalan made himself a household name and established himself as a Twistmaster with this Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment film. I pity people who weren’t able to watch the movie fresh in 1999, with no idea that it was anything other than a horror film about a child psychologist trying to help a kid who thinks he sees ghosts. The Sixth Sense is a strong movie on its own, and would’ve still been good if it ended before THAT twist. But my god. This is the kind of twist that changes everything shown before it. It demands you go back and see the movie again. It’s not the first movie to have a major twist — heck, Citizen Kane had a twist ending — and besides, The Usual Suspects and Se7en just came out a few years before The Sixth Sense. Night has been hit-and-miss with twists since The Sixth Sense, but he always swings for the fences and that’s what I love about his movies.

If you’re looking for more streaming recommendations, check out these past features:

What other twist ending movies would you recommend on Netflix? Maybe Sandra Bullock’s Netflix movie Bird Box or would that not qualify/not be worth it?

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Gigi Hadid Wore a Designer Coat With $45 Bike Shorts

Now is the only time of the year where you can get away with wearing something as idiosyncratic as a pair of bike shorts with a full-length coat. and Gigi Hadid knows that.

The supermodel stepped out over the weekend in the most perfect transitional outfit, for the not-quite-hot-not-quite-cold weather typical of early fall. Her look isn’t as out there as Katie Holmes‘s viral cashmere bra—and it’s definitely easier to wear.

Hadid paired a long colorblocked coat from Ports 1961’s pre-fall 2016 collection (which has been long sold out) with a pair of Outdoor Voices bike shorts that retail for just $45. Her T-shirt is just as affordable, ringing in at $40.

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If you thought you could leave the bike shorts trend in the summer… well, we have bad news, because after seeing how Hadid styled hers for chillier temperatures, we’re having trouble envisioning an outfit we’d rather wear. Her exact Outdoor Voices Warmup Shorts are currently available in a green and grey colorway, in sizes XS to XL.

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Hadid kept the look casual with sneakers, a gold necklace, and a pair of sporty Westward Leaning sunglasses that are currently on sale.

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We will be wearing all of our teddy coats with our activewear and summer sunglasses until further notice. Shop some of our favorite bike shorts for year-round dressing, below.

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Ava & Viv Women’s Plus Size Bike Shorts

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Free People Seamless Rib Bike Short

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Universal Standard Knockout Bike Shorts

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Tara Gonzalez is the associate commerce editor at Glamour. You can follow her on Instagram here.