Every movie right now, from Amsterdam to Glass Onion, stars a million A-listers (2023)

One recent Sunday night, I found myself at the premiere for Amsterdam, a movie for which the word “star-studded” is too modest. Having avoided trailers to that point, I didn’t realize what I was in for until director David O. Russell appeared onstage to introduce the movie and some of the cast. At these events, the more minor cast members are usually introduced first. “Please welcome ... Timothy Olyphant!” Russell said. Clad in cowboy boots, a scarf, and a rakish hat, Olyphant loped onto the stage.

Well, if this was the most minor character, then I was in for something.

Russell continued to bring on the cast. Andrea Riseborough. Michael Shannon. Mike Myers. Rami Malek. Robert De Niro. (De Niro, and they’re still not done!) Margot Robbie floated onto the stage in a lacy white dress, followed by John David Washington and, finally, Christian Bale.

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“Wow!” I thought. “That’s quite the cast!”

Then the movie started and I realized, quickly, that this was just a fraction. Alessandro Nivola is in this movie. Chris Rock pops by a few times. Matthias Schoenaerts weaves in and out, as does Zoe Saldana. Anya Taylor-Joy shows up. For Pete’s sake, Taylor Swift is in this movie.

Every movie right now, from Amsterdam to Glass Onion, stars a million A-listers (1) 20th Century Studios

So far I haven’t told you a single thing about the movie other than its cast. But it barely matters. Some time ago, the studios figured out that they could create marketing buzz, practically without paying for it, by simply “leaking” casting news to the press. It doesn’t even have to be accurate; it just has to be picked up, reminding potential ticket-buyers that the upcoming film project exists. In an age dominated by existing IP movies — from comic book universes to reboots of characters you’ve loved forever — the excitement of seeing a new actor in a familiar role is enough to generate a headline. Or at least a tweet.

(Video) Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery | Official Trailer | Netflix

This feeling of worlds colliding started to extend beyond IP movies and into original fare, as long as fans can still experience the thrill of seeing all their famous friends in one place. That has little to do with the actual quality of the film; plenty of terrific actors have been in abysmal movies. (Remember the tricked-out cast, led by Michael Fassbender, of The Snowman?)

And Amsterdam is pretty good, in part because these actors are enjoying being in a period romp. It’s the story of three friends (Bale, Washington, and Robbie) who met in the aftermath of World War I — in, yes, Amsterdam — and formed a friendship that broke apart when they all left town. Twelve years later, the tide of fascism is rising again in Europe, and the trio finds themselves unexpectedly reunited, thrust into the middle of a world-historical plot. (“A lot of this really happened,” the movie’s opening titles proclaim.)

Amsterdam’s rhythms never quite gel, thanks in part to an ill-advised flashback structure. But it’s lush and clever and vaguely relevant to our own headlines, and overall, a good time at the movies.

Yet it clearly draws most of its appeal from the familiar faces that appear onscreen, like quite a few other films this year. The upcoming Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a blast on its own, as expected, but it wouldn’t be half as hotly anticipated if it didn’t have such a huge cast of A-listers (Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Dave Bautista, Jessica Henwick, and, of course, Daniel Craig). That’s part of the heritage of certain detective stories; it was echoed in the considerably less fun See How They Run earlier this year (Saoirse Ronan, Sam Rockwell, Harris Dickinson, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Shirley Henderson, David Oyelowo, Sian Clifford, I could keep going).

Every movie right now, from Amsterdam to Glass Onion, stars a million A-listers (2) Netflix

Bullet Train’s massive appeal was partly due to its formula, but mostly its cast (Brad Pitt, Bad Bunny, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Logan Lerman, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Michael Shannon, and a bunch of fun cameos I won’t spoil). I have not yet seen Babylon, from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, but in December we’ll get to trundle into theaters and see Pitt, Robbie, Jean Smart, Olivia Wilde, Samara Weaving, Max Minghella, Tobey Maguire, Katherine Waterston, Spike Jonze, Jeff Garlin, and a bunch of other actors swim the waters of Hollywood’s decadent early decades. And next year, Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has a cast so overstuffed that I can’t even name them all here.

The “cast of thousands” effect has even spilled into TV. Recently, the massive, long-running Law & Order franchise sparked a three-hour “crossover event” combining characters and storylines from Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Law & Order: Organized Crime. Talk about a big cast.

It’s not that mega-star movies haven’t made their appearances in Hollywood before; take all iterations of the various Oceans movies, for instance. The films of Robert Altman, like Nashville, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park, often employed massive casts; his protegee Paul Thomas Anderson likes to do the same in films like Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Licorice Pizza. Recent years have seen anthology movies like The French Dispatch or the many-interwoven-stories films kicked off by Love Actually. Throw a rock into film history and you’ll hit a big cast list.

Still, this year, it has felt especially significant. Some of that, undoubtedly, is for practical reasons. With a huge cast, each actor generally takes up less screen time. With Covid protocols in place, it might seem counterintuitive that a big primary cast could be easier to handle, but actors often show up for just a few days to shoot out their scenes, and then they can leave, which could in theory cut down the risk of any one actor breaking out of the “bubble” and getting Covid-19. (And if they do, it might be easier to rejigger the schedule and not waste days.)

It’s convenient for actors, too, even without Covid in mind. Shooting for a few days or weeks is easier than committing to a months-long shoot, and it frees the calendar to pick up other work.

For audiences, the effect is more than just amusement. You get the sense, watching a movie like Amsterdam, that this whole world is familiar to you. You belong there because you know these people. It’s comforting, soothing, fun to watch and rewatch. You know, going in, you’re in good hands.

(Video) Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery | Official Teaser Trailer | Netflix

But I can’t shake the idea that the plethora of cast-of-thousands movies right now is the effect in a gargantuan cause-and-effect relationship. And I think the cause is Avengers: Endgame.

Remember, this was the ultimate crossover event, where all the stars you’d been watching in the great big cycle of the MCU for decades finally were in a movie together. Perhaps you remember, or were part of, the cheers that went up when all the characters finally showed up on the field of battle together. By now, even the ones who hadn’t been stars when they entered the MCU were surrounded by their own megawattage. The effect was electrifying.

And it translated to dollars, which in Hollywood is what matters. Avengers: Endgame is still the second-highest-grossing film of all time (the first is Avatar). It’s a gold standard for blockbusters. In Hollywood, whatever makes money spawns imitations. So you can imagine that even directors making original films manage to get them greenlit by studios by suggesting a top-heavy cast.

Every movie right now, from Amsterdam to Glass Onion, stars a million A-listers (3) Paramount Pictures

Is the phenomenon bad? No, not really. I like watching Knives Out as much as the next person. But you do have to wonder if it’s harder for new stars to fight their way up the ladder when even minor supporting roles are filled by known faces. Many of today’s “stars” are character actors at heart, and they’re good in the roles. But the sense of discovering a new face gets harder and harder.

All that can’t diminish the pleasure of watching Taylor Swift strut onto the screen in Amsterdam, or Kathryn Hahn smirk her way through Glass Onion. Movies, after all, have long been about the stars. Now, more than ever.

Amsterdam opens in theaters on October 7. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery opens in select cinemas in November and on Netflix on December 23.

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Is Glass Onion available on Netflix? ›

“Glass Onion” won't be available on Netflix until Dec. 23. Privately, theater owners wish that Netflix granted “Glass Onion” a longer theatrical window because it's the rare crowdpleaser that doesn't require superheroes or explosive stunts to appeal to audiences young and old.

How can I watch Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery? ›

Is Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Streaming Online? The murder mystery movie is getting a worldwide streaming release on Netflix, on December 23, 2022.

Is glass onion a sequel to Knives Out? ›

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (titled on screen as Glass Onion) is a 2022 American mystery film written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Johnson and Ram Bergman. It is the sequel to the 2019 film Knives Out, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as master detective Benoit Blanc as he takes on a new case.

What is Glass Onion movie about? ›

How do you unlock the secret menu on Netflix? ›

Here's How to Unlock the Secret Menu - CNET.
Here's how:
  1. Visit netflix-codes.com in your PC or mobile browser.
  2. Find the genre or subgenre you want to explore.
  3. In another tab, type in <http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/INSERTNUMBER>, but replace INSERTNUMBER with the specific genre or subgenre code.
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Where can I find hidden movies on Netflix? ›

To explore these collections — ordering off the secret menu, if you will — all you need to do is fire up your web browser, type in “netflix.com/browse/genre/” and then add your ID code of choice to the end of the URL.

Is there gonna be a Knives Out 2? ›

“Glass Onion” Makes Netflix History

The “Knives Out” sequel will premiere in theaters for a special one week only event from November 23 through 29 across approximately 600 theaters nationwide, with additional theaters around the world. The film premieres on Netflix December 23.

How long is glass onion on Netflix? ›

Does Netflix have mystery movies? ›

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Will there be a 4th Glass movie? ›

Shyamalan has said he plans on a trilogy, with the third film, Glass, released in 2019, being the last, but may continue making more if the inspiration for writing the material is there.

Will there be a part 4 to Glass? ›

Nope, “Glass” is the end of this trilogy and this chapter in Shyamalan's life. “This is only always supposed to be this story,” he says.

Will Knives Out be a trilogy? ›

In March 2021, Netflix paid $469 million for the rights to two standalone sequels written and directed by Johnson, with Craig reprising his role. The first sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, was released in theaters and on Netflix in 2022.
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Is there a part 2 to Glass? ›

Night Shyamalan Says No to 'Glass' Sequels, Originally Wrote the Horde From 'Split' Into 'Unbreakable'

Is Glass Onion a good movie? ›

November 25, 2022 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review… Glass Onion is a marvel to watch, at once gleeful and diverting while not lacking thematic resonance. It elicits a sense of wonder as Johnson pulls off a feat of engineering, creating pure pleasure with a finale that delivers satisfaction...

Is Glass a sequel or prequel? ›

Glass is a 2019 American superhero film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who also produced with Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, and Ashwin Rajan. The film is a crossover and sequel to Shyamalan's previous films Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) and the third and final installment in the Unbreakable trilogy.

Are Netflix secret codes real? ›

It turns out there are actually thousands of codes that will make searching through Netflix much easier for you. These codes correlate with some pretty specific genres, ranging from “Romantic Foreign Movies” to “B-Horror Movies”, and they've been put in one place for you to scroll through.

How do I access the hidden menu? ›

How to locate it
  1. Open the dialing pad as if you were making a phone call.
  2. Type *#0*#
  3. The menu will appear automatically.
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How do you enter cheat codes on Netflix? ›

Type https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/[code] into the address bar. Replace [code] with one of the genre-specific codes. Press Enter.

What is the secret movie on Netflix? ›

As she endures a storm of struggle, a widow meets an uplifting professor who hesitates to deliver a message that could change her life. Watch all you want. Based on Rhonda Byrne's best seller "The Secret," this drama stars Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas and more.

What is the secret show on Netflix? ›

A dentist and a Sunday school teacher begin a torrid extramarital affair that leads them to make a murderous pact. Based on a true story. Watch all you want.

What are the secret codes on Netflix? ›

Netflix secret codes: How to access hidden TV shows and movies on streaming service
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Is Jamie Lee Curtis in Knives Out 2? ›

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Are Knives Out 18+? ›

If your kids are OK with bad language, this is OK for tweens, so 10+. If your kids are sensitive, I believe this sticks to a PG13. Don't miss it - a great murder-mystery.

Who was responsible in Knives Out? ›

Who is the killer in 'Knives Out'? It is eventually revealed that Harlan Thrombey's grandson, Hugh Ransom Drysdale (Chris Evans), was the one who really wanted to kill him. Ransom switches out Harlan's usual injection with a lethal dose of morphine.

What all is Netflix taking off in 2022? ›

'Clueless,' 'Knight Rider,' and 'The Color Purple' are among the titles leaving Netflix in November 2022.

How long would it take to finish all of Netflix? ›

So, based on an individual spending 58% (or 13.84 hours) of their day watching films, TV shows and documentaries it would take 236.5 days to complete Netflix. If you can get the time off work, this sounds like a great way to spend just under eight months.

How long would it take to watch every 2022 Netflix? ›

Translated into years, that's just over four years of continuous content if you were to sit down and watch it all in a single sitting. That roughly translates to 36,000 hours in total.

What's the best thriller on Netflix at the moment? ›

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  • Spiderhead (2022)
  • 1922 (2017)
  • Operation Mincemeat (2022)
  • I Care a Lot (2020)
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What is the scariest thriller on Netflix? ›

  • Apostle.
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  • Crimson Peak.
  • Fear Street Trilogy.
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  • Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities.
  • In the Tall Grass.
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What is the best mystery drama on Netflix? ›

1. 'The Woods' 25 years after four teens — including his sister — mysteriously go missing one night during summer camp, Paweł tries to finally find out the truth about what went down that night.

Do they break real Glass in movies? ›

Breakaway resin.

It's common now for stunt glass to be made from synthetic breakaway resins, which are a form of plastic. Breakaway resins are very brittle when solid, so they break just like real glass, except they're super fragile and unlikely to hurt a trained stunt actor.

Is Glass a Marvel or DC movie? ›

Glass and the many personalities who inhabit the body of James McAvoy's Kevin Wendell Crumb, this universe has its roots not in the comic libraries of Marvel or DC but rather in Shyamalan's own imagination.

Is Glass the last movie? ›

Although we don't have the answers to those questions and likely never will, there is one thing that we can answer for you: is Glass actually the end of Shyamalan's trilogy or is another film in the works? At the moment, the director himself has asserted that yes, the Eastrail 177 series is done. For good.

Will there be a After 5? ›

Although at one stage it looked like After Ever Happy might be the final movie in the franchise, it was confirmed in August 2022 that a fifth film is also on the way. The latest film will be titled After Everything and filming has already wrapped on the project, as Hero Finnes Tiffin recently confirmed on Instagram.

What's next after we fell? ›

In October 2020, it was announced that After We Fell and After Ever Happy were greenlit to go into back-to-back production, with Castille Landon directing both films. After Ever Happy was released in September 2022. Filming began December 28, 2020 and concluded on February 16, 2022.

Does Glass have a good ending? ›

The film ends with its three superpowered men dead, but with Mr. Glass getting the last laugh; he's arranged for footage of their battle to be distributed around the world, thus informing humanity that superpowered beings are among them. That ending has been a point of contention among critics and film journalists.

Why does the detective play the piano in Knives Out? ›

Every time Benoit Blanc hits the piano key, it's a cue to the Detective to ask them about the time they arrived at the party, in order to find out if they had any motives.

Was Knives Out filmed in a real house? ›

The exterior of the house was a gothic revival mansion built in 1890 and located just outside of Boston, but the interior scenes were filmed at the Ames Mansion, a 20-room historic site located at Massachusetts' Borderland State Park.

What nationality is Marta in Knives Out? ›

Later it is said that she's from Uruguay. Even later someone referred to her as from Brazil. When Ransom is arguing with Harlan in a flashback towards the end of the film he refers to Marta as Harlan's 'Brazilian Nurse' yet earlier in the film it is revealed by Richard that Marta's family are from Uruguay.

Is there a part 3 to Glass? ›

Shyamalan has said in numerous interviews that he doesn't see himself doing a sequel to "Glass." It was a movie in three parts. It's unlikely someone else would take on a franchise for a followup. Shyamalan told Vulture he owns the rights to most of his movie sequels.

Is Glass a villain? ›

Glass, is the overall main antagonist of the Eastrail 177 film trilogy, serving as the main antagonist of the 2000 film Unbreakable, the unseen overarching antagonist of the 2017 film Split and the titular villainous main protagonist of the 2019 film Glass.

What is the clover in Glass? ›

Glass is referring to the fact that the “Clover” secret society, the one who Sarah Paulson's psychiatrist was working for, has just been bested by his masterplan. Glass always wanted “the Beast” to fight David Dunn, and expose superheroes, on camera, to the world.

Is Glass movie appropriate for my child? ›

glass had little to no violence or sexual themes and kevin didn't have sexual themes too. Overall Glass (2019) was good and I'd recommend it to ages 10 and under but 14 is WAY to high.

What should I watch before watching Glass? ›

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  • The Sixth Sense (1999) His most famous film that cemented his status as a visionary director, The Sixth Sense was brilliantly received by critics and audiences. ...
  • Split (2016) ...
  • Signs (2002) ...
  • The Village (2004) ...
  • The Visit (2015) ...
  • The Happening (2008)

Is Glass worth watching? ›

And perhaps that's why many reviewers were disappointed — audiences are used to the superhero being the strongest and the villain being the weakest. But if you're looking for a superhero flick that breaks traditional norms, “Glass” is definitely worth the watch.

What should I watch after Glass? ›

You Were Never Really Here (2017)

And like Glass, the movie presents a lot of its action through the perspective of security cameras. And like Glass, when I say “action” I just mean things that happen because it's light on action. Both films also deal with delusions.

Is Glass a spin off of Unbreakable? ›

While you may know it's a sequel to 2017's thriller "Split," starring James McAvoy as a man with multiple personalities, you may not have realized it's also a direct sequel to one of Shyamalan's first movies, "Unbreakable," distributed by Disney in 2000 under its Touchstone brand, which was created to release more ...

How is Split and Unbreakable related? ›

All three movies revolve around the train derailment that takes place in the opening minutes of Unbreakable. David Dunn is the only person to survive the accident in that film, which Elijah later reveals that he caused. In Split, Kevin must go to the train tracks in order to unleash his final personality, the Beast.

What platform can i watch glass on? ›

Watch Glass | Full movie | Disney+

What time does glass onion come out on Netflix? ›

You can check showtimes for Glass Onion, and get tickets, here. If you're not able to see the film in person: Do not fear, because the movie will drop on Netflix on December 23, 2022, just in time for the winter holidays.

What shows on Netflix are exclusive to Japan? ›

However, that's great for purists, native speakers, and those looking to learn Japanese.
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Where can I watch Glass 2022? ›

Watch Glass | Full movie | Disney+

Will there be a Part 3 of Glass? ›

Shyamalan has said he plans on a trilogy, with the third film, Glass, released in 2019, being the last, but may continue making more if the inspiration for writing the material is there.

Are any American shows popular in Japan? ›

In Japan, U.S. TV shows are popular, with even long-running hits such as "Columbo" still garnering viewers.

Is Netflix blocked in Japan? ›

If you try and watch Netflix Japan while traveling abroad you will find the movies and shows to be very different. This is because Netflix only lets you see the content library of the country you are in. Luckily by using a VPN for Netflix Japan you can regain access to all the shows you can watch back home.

How wealthy is Japan? ›

Japan has the third-largest financial assets in the world, valued at $12 trillion, or 8.6% of the global GDP total as of 2020.
Economy of Japan.
GDP$4.3 trillion (nominal; 2022 est.) $6.1 trillion (PPP; 2022 est.)
GDP rank3rd (nominal, 2022) 4th (PPP, 2022)
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