Paris is the City of Light. This comes from the fact that it was (and is) literally bright, as they were at the vanguard when it came to adding gas lamps to their streets. It is also a name that is metaphorically true, as they were at the forefront of the Enlightenment, the 18th-century movement that made societal decisions based on reason and logic. There is nothing like visiting Paris for the first time. Here is a guide that will ensure that you will have the best experience possible.
The first decision you have to make is where to stay. If you want to be close to most of the picturesque monuments, you want to stay in the first district (the first “arrondissement” in French). However, if you are a student and looking to mingle with other students, the best place to stay would be the Latin Quarter, which is in the fifth arrondissement. The fifth arrondissement is where Ernest Hemingway used to roam around, looking for inspiration.
Now, let’s get to the important stuff- where to eat? Some highlights include the must-have cream puffs from Odette, which is in the Latin Quarter right near the Seine river. If you want to taste the food Picasso ate, have a croissant at Café de Flore. A place that many go to is Ladurée. Although Ladurée is a bit touristy, their macarons are unbelievable and worth the crowds. For thick, luscious hot chocolate, head to Angelina. It will be crowded, but you can take one to go and skip the line.
There is a lot to see in Paris beyond the Eifel Tower. One place to go is the bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, which used to be the old stomping grounds of Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you are an artist, you must visit the neighborhood called Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement. There, many artists paint on canvases outside.
Sometimes, while sitting in the theater, there is a twist, and that’s when you know a move is really special. There have been many great plot twists in the history of cinema, and we have pulled together some of those below.
Interstellar finds humans reaching out and looking for a new planet that can support them. All’s well and good until… duh… duh… The big twist. You find out that the lead character has lied about the planet’s capability to support life. He then gets rid of the only other person that knows the truth.
Murder On the Orient Express (2017)
This movie is based on the very famous Agatha Christie novel, and it is one of those movies that delivers one heck of a plot twist. A mystery ensues, and when the famous detective Hercules Poirot gets involved, it soon becomes evident that many of the suspects wanted to do Edward Ratchet in. In fact, in the end, it comes to light that everyone has conspired together to commit the crime.
Following the ratification of crime through several decades, this romantic war drama is one that has a significant twist. After accusing her sister’s beau of a horrific crime, the story turns into something completely different. The rough life and consequence of the false accusation become the core of the story, until it is revealed that the story is being written by the accuser to give the couple the ending that they deserved – in essence, atoning for her sin.
Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
When it comes to a coming-of-age story, there isn’t much that we haven’t seen. Typically, an outsider finds their way to a group of like-minded outsiders and then realizes it is okay to be themselves. However, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, there are some dark twists that take place in this film. The main character struggles and eventually stumbles upon a tragic repressed memory. The plot twist shocks the characters, as well as the viewers.
The hero’s journey can take many different versions – even a musician struggling to master his craft. In essence, that is what Whiplash is. It’s a story of a drummer, Andrew, who just can’t seem to get anything right. However, when the movie takes a nefarious twist at the very end, it looks like Andrew is going to fall prey to the machinations of his teacher. In a classic Hollywood-style ending, the underdog triumphs even when his teacher switches out the music.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Charlton Heston and his fellow astronauts land on a distant planet to discover a race of intelligent monkeys. These monkeys are the dominant species, and humans are enslaved to them. This is the plot for the 1968 film, Planet of the Apes. But wait, there is a twist coming for the stranded astronauts. The crew eventually come to realize that they haven’t crash-landed on a foreign planet at all. Instead, they have traveled to the future, and they have been struggling for freedom on Earth all along.
Everything, Everything (2017)
It would be tragic if you could never feel the sun on your skin or go out and hang with kids your own age. In this movie, that is what Maddy, the lead character, has to live with. However, she meets a boy, and soon a romance begins to brew. Being together is tricky, though, as she is not allowed outside of the house for her own protection. That is what she and the viewers are led to believe, but in a plot twist of epic proportions, it is revealed that her mom lied and that Maddy is not allergic to the sun.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Okay, Disney and Pixar movies are not notoriously known for their intricate plots. Typically, they are rather straightforward, but there are exceptions to every rule, as seen in Toy Story 2. As Woody would say, “there’s a snake in my boot!” In other words, there was a villain hidden amongst his friends the whole time. It was not a member of his tried and true gang, but rather his new (old) partners, Jessie and Stinky Pete. That’s right, the old miner Stinky Pete turns out to be the villain… Who would have guessed!?
Seven Pounds (2008)
This drama has a lot of impactful performances, but none are as powerful as to lead actor Will Smith’s performance. Though the whole movie is rife with tension and emotion, it isn’t until the big twist is revealed that you get the shivers. In the end, Will Smith’s character admits to taking seven strangers from their families while driving and texting. This is a shocking turn of events and is masterfully portrayed by Will in an epic finale.
Alfred Hitchcock was the master of suspense and the inspiration for a lot of young filmmakers. He excelled at the misdirect, and every one of his films was capped off with a plot twist of some sort. However, perhaps his most famous was in his classic thriller, Psycho. Throughout the film, we all think that it was Norman’s mother skulking around the hotel at night and getting rid of any temptations for her young impressionable son. In the end, we come to learn that Norman’s mother had passed a long time ago, and he had taken on a separate personality.
Shutter Island (2010)
Shutter Island is a period thriller that has Leonardo DiCaprio playing a US Marshal investigating the disappearance of a patient. There are cryptic notes left and clues to be found all over the psychiatric hospital. Unfortunately, things are not what they seem. In the end, DiCaprio wakes in the hospital to find out that he isn’t a US Marshal. In fact, he is a patient in the very psychiatric hospital he had been conducting his investigation in.
The Village (2004)
A small Amish community lives isolated, afraid to leave their village. Why? The village is surrounded by woods that have been inhabited by demons. One of their flock asks for permission to go to the city for medical supplies, which creates a domino effect that unravels the truth of the settlement. The truth! The truth is that the seemingly 19th-century village was actually constructed in the 1970s, the monsters in the woods are members of the village, and the city is set in the modern world.
Get Out (2017)
It already seems like a scary prospect – meeting your girlfriend’s parents – but it was much worse in the Jordan Peele thriller, Get Out. Once the couple arrives at the parents’ home, things begin to get a little weird. In fact, it gets so weird that the lead character tries to get his girlfriend to leave with him, but there are different plans underway. The girlfriend reveals that she and her parents work together to swap white brains into black men and that he is their next victim.
When you are writing or filming a series of movies, there have to be some unexpected twists and turns. If there weren’t, the franchise would fail and be forgotten as quickly as they hit the theaters. The Harry Potter franchise is a good example. There are many twists, but perhaps one of the biggest is what side Snape is truly on. Throughout the whole film series, it looks as if Snape is partnered with he who shall remain unnamed… But it is not so. In the end, it comes to light that Snape has been protecting Harry and his crew all along.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Crime thrillers are some of the biggest users of the plot twist mechanism in films. In this film, the big twist waits until the very end, and it is quite the doozy. Being investigated for a crime that they seemingly didn’t commit, five men begin meeting their end one by one. That is, all but one of them. It is then that the police finally realize that the only man left had been the architect of the crimes the whole time.
Ex Machina (2014)
The artificial intelligence question has been examined in many different films, and most of them do have some sort of plot twist to them, but maybe none as big as the one in Ex Machina. Ava, the main AI, seems like a sweet person and even seems like she is beginning to build a relationship with Caleb… Until she goes psycho and locks him in his house and escapes into the world.
Pixar has a way of tearing at your heartstrings. They did it with Up and then with their Latin culture-inspired film, Coco. A young boy finds himself in the underworld and goes on an epic adventure to find a way to change his family’s mind about music. Along the way, he meets Ernesto and thinks, who he thinks is his grandfather. He is not, though. In fact, Ernesto actually facilitated Hector’s (Coco’s real grandpa) trip to the land of the dead. Pretty serious stuff for a kid’s movie!
Now You See Me (2013)
There is nothing like a good heist movie, right? Typically, there are a few plot twists, and that makes for an exciting watch, but with Now You See Me, one of the biggest twists really made this movie what it was. FBI agent Dylan was after the team throughout the movie as they executed the heist. Come to find out, he was there for a good reason – he was the mastermind behind it all.
The Others (2001)
Sometimes, ghost stories can be scary and sometimes, they can be boring. However, there are few that have an epic plot twist like the one in the 2001 film, The Others. Set just after WWII, a young mother and two children live in a remote house. The two children are ailing, and the young mother hires some help. Throughout the film, strange things begin taking place, and soon Grace (Nicole Kidman) thinks the house is haunted. She was partly right. In the end, she learns that she is the ghost, and tragically, so are her children.
The Orphan (2009)
Adopting a child that needs a home is a very charitable and enriching thing, but that is not the case in this horror film. A nice husband and wife take in a nine-year-old girl in the hopes of building their family. Unfortunately for them, this “little” girl is not so little, as she suffers from a rare aging disorder and is actually a 33-year-old woman. On top of that, she is a wanted criminal who plans on getting rid of the wife.
The Prestige (2006)
Sleight of hand and illusions are the name of the game in the mystery thriller, The Prestige. A magician never reveals their secrets, but that doesn’t stop their competition from trying to figure them out. Unfortunately, the secret that Borden has leads to a whole slew of bad things, and eventually, his competition learns that Borden is one of a set of twins. Angier, the magician’s competitor, had used clones instead.
The Departed (2006)
Mafia movies hit big after The Godfather, and since the late 70s, they haven’t stopped coming. Many of them are straightforward, but every now and then, one gets a little twisty. That is the case with The Departed. Two moles, one from each side, struggle to figure out the identity of each other. The big twist comes when Mark Wahlberg’s character shows up and sends Matt Damon’s character to swim with the fishes.
The Boy (2016)
There are few things creepier than a doll, and that is why so many horror movies use them as a plot point or even the villain of the whole film. In 2016, the horror film, The Boy, managed to use a doll as a diversion in their plot. Throughout the whole movie, you are led to believe that the doll is the one creeping around the house. Surprise! It’s not the doll but rather a person living in the walls.
Black Swan (2010)
The world of dance can be pretty competitive, especially in the world of ballet. That is, if you believe what Black Swan portrays in its epic, dark take of ballet rivals clawing their way to the top. Or was it a rival? In the climax of the film, the writer laid out a big plot twist. After having fought and stabbed her competitor, Natalie Portman’s character moves to take the stage, only to realize that she had actually stabbed herself.
The Visit (2015)
Everybody loves going to visit their grandparents. You get to have fun and get away with murder when you are there. That is what horror movie The Visit trades on. Two children are sent off to spend time with their grandma and grandpa, but things start to get a little weird. Eventually, the two are able to find a way to contact their mom, and they get quite the shock. Plot twist… Those aren’t the mom’s parents, and they have been staying with strangers the whole time.
Wizard of Oz (1939)
There are few movies that can manage to have two big twists in a movie, but the classic Wizard of Oz certainly does. The first is the man behind the curtain. The “wizard” is just a man working a machine that he uses to keep control over the munchkins of the land. Then, there is the fact it was all just a dream. Nowadays, that’s pretty cliché, but in 1939, that was the height of a plot twist.
Mystic River (2003)
Misdirects and wrong assumptions lead to tragedy in this crime thriller. After a young girl goes missing and is found later, one of the local guys becomes a suspect. Certain that they have the right guy, some others take the law into their own hands. However, they are wrong, and as this crime takes place, the real perpetrator is revealed. It was too late for the poor accused man, though, as he has already been dealt with in the harshest way.
Fight Club (1999)
The first rule of a good plot twist is to not see it coming, and few saw the one that was laid in the script of the classic, Fight Club. After dealing with tragedy and meeting up with the unassuming Tyler Durden, the narrator of the movie soon finds himself embroiled in mayhem and mischief. Through the whole thing, one thing is clear – there is something not quite right. That is revealed when it comes to light that Tyler Durden is just a figment of the narrator’s imagination the whole time.
Inside Man (2006)
Is there such a thing as the perfect crime? This movie starts with a man telling the story of how he committed the perfect heist. As the movie progresses through the man’s story, the viewer assumes that he is telling the story from a jail cell. Not at all. In fact, the big twist is… He is in a secret room in the vault and has been the whole time. In the end, we watch him leave the vault and walk out a free man.
While trying to repair the effects of global warming, there is a big accident, and Earth is sent into an ice age. To survive, the remaining humans build a train that circumnavigates the globe. Some of the inhabitants rebel, and a war ensues on the train. When all is said and done, the survivors leave the train and find out that the fact that Earth could not support any life was nothing but a lie.
Lone Star (1996)
A crime in town opens up the newly elected sheriff’s eyes to some very interesting facts regarding his illustrious father’s past. He learns that there had been another woman. As the investigation goes on, so too does the young man’s venture into the past. Eventually, we find out that the young sheriff’s love interest is actually his half-sister. They are both shocked and hurt over the lies that they had been told.
The Mist (2017)
The mist moves in, and people begin to suddenly disappear… Or worse, they have their lives taken from them. With only a handful of people left, the lead character begins to lead them out of the city. There seems to be no way out of the situation, so to save the rest of the group any more pain, the lead character becomes the grim reaper. Once he has done this, the Army arrives to save all the people, only to find out he is the only one left.
The Uninvited (2009)
Having just been released from a psychiatric hospital, main character Anna returns home to her family. Throughout the movie, Anna is plagued with flashbacks of a horrific fire that took her mother’s life. By the time the memories complete their cycle, Anna realizes that being reunited with her sister has all been a hallucination, as her sister passed away in the fire with her mother. She had not been able to cope with the loss.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
A banker lands in prison for a horrific crime and then sets about making himself useful to the people in charge. Using his skills to help them launder money, they make quite a bit of money. All Andy asks for in return is a poster of Raquel Welch and a spoon. The big twist comes when Andy doesn’t show up for roll call, and the reason for the spoon and poster is revealed. He has been tunneling out of the prison for years.
There are a lot of twists and turns in every incarnation of the Saw films, but the first is probably the most iconic, and some may say the most epic, too. Waking to find himself chained to a corpse, the main character must struggle with the tests and tasks that the disembodied Jigsaw lays out in front of him. He finds out in the end that the body he had been attached to was, in fact, Jigsaw himself, who was very much alive.
Goodnight Mommy (2014)
Two sons welcome their mother home after a trip to the hospital and some major surgery. Their happiness turns into a fear that the woman who is now at home is not the same person who went to the hospital. Suddenly, the twins begin to lose their minds and commit horrible acts. The mother, afraid for her life, eventually breaks down and pleads with her son and tells him that his twin is no longer with them and that he hasn’t been for some time. That means that the twin he had been talking to the whole time was nothing but his imagination.
American Psycho (2000)
When you are dealing with a psychological thriller that is based on a guy who sends people to meet their maker on a regular basis, you would expect a lot of the red stuff. In fact, of all the plot twists in this classic thriller, that may be the biggest. Patrick, enamored with Paul, wants to see where he lives. He goes in expecting crimson everywhere, but instead, he is greeted with a pristinely clean and organized living space. Shocker!
Gone Girl (2014)
Gone Girl is one of those thrillers that was so craftily written that there are many plot twists we could talk about. For us, though, the biggest was how cunning the sweet, innocent Amy actually was. She had been crafty enough to frame Nick for the crime, and then halfway through, she lays out how she did it and that he was innocent. Perhaps, she wasn’t so sweet and innocent after all.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Ranse Stoddard is up for another political advancement and gets word of his friend’s passing. While attending the funeral, his conscience gets the better of him and he decides he will not take the appointment. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn what troubles him, and when all is said and done, we learn that he was not the man who shot Liberty Valance – the deed he had ridden to get to where he was. Another flashback reveals that his friend who had passed was the actual hero of the story.
Soylent Green (1973)
The future is filled with too many people, too much pollution, and climate troubles. All of this has left the world running short on food. The nations of the world had to figure something out, and a company called Soylent Industries figured it out. As a couple of detectives begin to investigate who has taken the life of a wealthy influential member of society, they soon learn a horrific truth. The new ingredient in the latest Soylent product is actually people.