(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)

As the saying goes, everyone loves a comeback. The 2010s saw a number of creative entities emerge from the wilderness to enjoy renewed artistic credibility onscreen. There were so many comeback stories, actually, that this mere list of ten is guaranteed to smack of exclusions. FX’s The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, for instance, revived interest in the trial of the century while serving as a soft comeback for several actors. Be honest: when’s the last time you’d heard David Schwimmer’s name around the watercolor? Despite its use of John Travolta, however, there was no one actor on that show who made a resurgence on the level of Travolta’s in Pulp Fiction. If anything, the show was more memorable for its Emmy-winning turn by Sarah Paulson and for facilitating the breakout of Sterling K. Brown.

Stranger Things built its brand on ‘80s nostalgia and thrust faces from that decade, like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine, back in the spotlight…but there wasn’t room for it on this list, either, and that’s saying a lot. It should be noted, too, that a return to form, in and of itself, isn’t enough to qualify as a comeback. Christopher Nolan was back in top form with Dunkirk, yet while his previous two films may have revealed chinks in his critical armor, they were both still commercial successes. A slightly off-game Nolan is still better than your average blockbuster filmmaker.

Master of the “Nouveau Shamanic” acting style, Nicolas Cage, likewise marches to the beat of a different drum, where the notion of frail mortal comebacks is irrelevant. So alas, you won’t see Mandy on this list. But enough with the honorable mentions … let’s look back, in reverse chronological order, at ten of the decade’s best film and television comebacks.

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Glass Honest Trailer

Earlier this year, Glass hit theaters, bringing together M. Night Shyamalan‘s 19-year old grounded superhero drama Unbreakable and his kidnapping thriller Split into one single universe where a superhero finally faces off with two powerful super villains. And by face off, we meet quietly and calmly sit next to each other while a conniving doctor tries to convince them that they’re not characters from a real life comic book. It’s…something else, and the Glass Honest Trailer is just as perplexed as we are after watching this movie. Beware of spoilers! Read More »

Glass Blu-ray Contest

M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable trilogy (unofficially dubbed the Eastrail 177 Trilogy by some) has come to a close. The filmmaker started things off with Unbreakable in 2000, and then secretly followed-up with Split in 2017. Earlier this year, the filmmaker released Glass, bringing the threads of the previous two films together. Now, Glass is hitting Blu-ray, and we’re hosting a contest to celebrate. You can win a bundle which includes all three films in the trilogy on Blu-ray, including a copy of Glass signed by Shyamalan himself. Read More »

glass ending

Spoilers for Glass follow,obviously.

M. Night Shyamalan has completed his superhero trilogy with Glass, now playing in theaters everywhere. The film brings together both Unbreakable and Split for a denouement that left many critics (myself included) rather cold. In my humble opinion, the Glass ending feels like a betrayal of everything I held dear about Unbreakable. But according to Shyamalan himself, he always intended to end his saga this way.

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New M. Night Shyamalan Movies

Want to know how M. Night Shyamalan got back on top after falling from grace? He paid his way. The filmmaker, who has Glass hitting theaters this week, has been self-financing his recent films – The VisitSplit and now Glass. Shyamalan puts up the money for the movies himself, enabling him to maintain creative control. It’s a gamble, and so far, it’s paid off, and helped him reclaim box office (if not always critical) glory.

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glass review

With GlassM. Night Shyamalan brings together the worlds of Unbreakable and Split, and the result is depressing and disappointing. After regaining most of his directorial mojo with his most recent work, Shyamalan now takes a huge, unfortunate step backwards, tarnishing the legacy of Unbreakable, his best movie, in the process.

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unbreakable deleted scenes

M. Night Shyamalan is about to release a sequel to not one, but two of his films. Glass will conclude the story first begun in Unbreakable, and then (secretly) continued with Split. And he’s making sure he covers all his bases. To properly connect Unbreakable to Split, Shyamalan has cut unused Unbreakable deleted scenes into Glass. He also clarified the timeline of just when Glass takes place.

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glass twist

Peanut butter and jelly. Gin and tonic. Cookies and milk. M. Night Shyamalan and plot twists. All of these things go together – it’s common knowledge, and we’ve all learned to accept it. That said, you never know just what twist Shyamalan might have up his sleeve. The filmmaker has a new thriller hitting theaters in a month – Glass. And I bet you’re already guessing it has a twist. And you’re correct! In a new interview, Shyamalan confirms that there will indeed be a Glass twist, but you’re not going to be able to see it coming, that’s for damn sure.

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glass tv spot

Before Christopher Nolan gave superheroes the serious treatment with his Dark Knight trilogy, M. Night Shyamalan brought us Unbreakable, a film that asked: what if superheroes really existed?

Now, Shyamalan finishes what he started with Glass, a sequel to both Unbreakable and his 2017 thriller Split. Unbreakable‘s Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are back, and they’re going to have to deal with Split‘s James McAvoy and his many personalities. A new Glass TV spot below features new footage of the real-world superhero action.

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