LWLies 96: The Glass Onion issue – Out now!

We hop on a deluxe yacht to visit Rian Johnson’s fiendishly entertaining, star-spangled nu-dunnit.

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It’s hard to actually confirm this, but it seems as if Elon Musk’s latest madcap foray into social media ownership is in fact a massive piece of stealth marketing for the new film by Rian Johnson – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. This fabulous new brain-teaser, which heralds the return of Southern sleuth and sartorial sensation, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), employs the structure of the timeworn whodunit to explore the very contemporary question of the political influence of the super rich.

Are they just plundering their reams of cash into day-dreamy schemes and self-affirming follies? Does power and money stoke the desire to have more power and money? Or is there any trace of positivity to their domineering schemes? The film, which drops into cinemas on 23 November, and onto Netflix on 23 December, poses these questions as we galavant through a murder mystery on a sun-bleached island in the Mediterranean, in the company of Ed Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr, Dave Bautista and more.

There’s even Johnson’s ol pal and totem, Noah Segan, popping up in the background a few times – an actor who has appeared in all of the director’s films. We here at LWLies feel a particular affinity for Rian Johnson, as his feature debut, Brick, was released in the same year as issue one of the magazine. So it feels a little like we’ve grown up together, albeit in different classes. Yet due to the stuff and nonsense of release dates and print schedules, the stars have never aligned to allow us to put one of Johnson’s films on the cover. So it gives us particularly great pleasure to welcome you to Little White Lies 96, the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery issue, which is both a celebration of the film, and also a shrine to Johnson’s immaculate craft as both director and writer.

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On the cover

We’ve long been a fan of Essex-based illustrator Jordan Andrew Carter, whose work combines intricate portraits with colourful, poppy embellishments. To capture both the fine craftsmanship and sense of whimsy in Glass Onion, Jordan produced an eye-popping cover with Benoit Blanc himself, dressed to the nines and eyeing up his new set of subjects. Elsewhere in the issue we have new illustrations from Stéphanie Sergeant, Melina Ghadimi, Nick Taylor and Thomas Rouzière.

In this issue

Lead Review: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

David Jenkins has the ride of a lifetime on Rian Johnson’s politically trenchant whodunit marvel.

Back in the Game

Adam Woodword has a long and winding chat with writer/director Rian Johnson on his inspirations behind the continuing saga of Benoit Blanc.

Blanc Check

The world needed an iconic super sleuth, and Daniel Craig delivered in Benoit Blanc. Hannah Strong meets him to talk fits, parties and his pivot to comedy.

The Artisans

Four below-the-line artists delve into the secrets of working with Rian Johnson and the craft behind Glass Onion.

The LWLies Short Film Detective Agency

A team of cine-sleuths look back at the first flirtations with moviemaking of a host of directorial legends.

A Page Ripped From the LWLies Gazette

Classified ads. Movie detectives A-Z.

In Search of Simenon

Jeff Billington embarked on a Georges Simenon odyssey and lived to tell the tale.

To Kill for Love is Such a Thrill

Kyle Turner on the intersections between musical-theatre godhead Stephen Sondheim, and the time-honoured murder mystery.

Across the Universe

Michael Leader explores how the Beatles have influenced movies beyond their music.

In the back section

Don Cheadle

Leila Latif meets the Hollywood legend to comb over his career as actor and activist, and his strange and brilliant new role in Noah Baumbach’s White Noise.

James Gray

The Queens-born director of Armageddon Time waxes philosophical on time and memory with Hannah Strong.

Luca Guadagnino

The beloved Bones and All director on how he jumped at the chance to work with his old muse Timothée Chalamet again.

Charlotte Wells

The Aftersun director chats to Rafa Sales Ross about personal cinema and the melancholy aspects of nostalgia.

Ruben Östlund

The double Palme d’Or-winner on Triangle of Sadness and his provocative take on the #MeToo movement.

Vicky Krieps

The star of Corsage speaks to Marina Ashioti about playing an Austrian queen and working alongside many cute dogs.

In review

Noah Baumbach’s White Noise
Laure de Clermont-Tonerre’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover
Li Ruijun’s Return to Dust
James Gray’s Armageddon Time
Alexandre Koberidze’s What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
Oliver Hermanus’ Living
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness
Sebastian Lelio’s The Wonder
Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun
Bianca Stigter’s Three Minutes: A Lengthening
Phyllis Nagy’s Call Jane
Nathalie Álvarez Mesén’s Clara Sola
Miryam Charles’ Cette Maison
Maria Schrader’s She Said
Alexandre O Philippe’s Lynch/Oz
Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All
Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s The Silent Twins
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Bardo
The Dardenne brothers’ Tori and Lokita
Jafar Panahi’s No Bears
Mark Mylod’s The Menu
Marie Kruzer’s Corsage

Plus, Matt Turner selects six key home ents releases for your consideration.

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Published 3 Nov 2022

Tags: Glass Onion Knives Out Rian Johnson

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