It’s not exactly accurate that Rian Johnson’s follow-up Knives Out Mystery is called “-Glass Onion”- because the so-called ‘onion’ is actually a glass dome – with no layers and, essentially, hollow. Having relinquished his James Bond persona, Daniel Craig reprises the dapper Southern detective, Benoit Blanc, in this overly intricate Agatha Christie-like murder mystery set on a luxurious private island that’s populated by a motley assortment of colorful guests. Problem is: despite some intriguing cameos, none of the cast of characters in this whodunit is remotely likeable, so why should we care who murdered whom?Read more
Gone are the cardigans and libraries. Gone the bookish air of a British mystery. Gone the cozy. In their familiar places are technology, a pandemic, wizardry, and glass galore. Writer/director Rian Johnson created a blockbuster with Knives Out, appealing to British mystery fans. He’s now created a much noisier, more intricate, more boisterous mystery but, nonetheless, an intriguing one.Read more
Film Fest 919, with headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC, celebrated its 5th year with another high-caliber program of films. Beginning October 19, and running through October 23, it brought many of this year’s Oscar hopeful films to the festival. Most know a film festival is only as good as the programmers, and in this case, two seasoned film industry women founders are at the helm— Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall.Read more
When acclaimed mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead – his throat slit – just after his 85th birthday celebration, it’s thought to be suicide. But everyone in his extended family has a reason for killing him…Read more
This deliciously tart Thanksgiving treat mixes the twisty puzzles of Agatha Christie’s books, the sharp-edged humor of Mike Nichols’ films and Johnson’s own audacious storytelling style, which involves subtly seasoning the story with timely commentary on family affairs, class strife and immigration policy.Read more
In writer/director Rian Johnson’s comedy thriller, renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, and the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate and the plot twists wildly — and hilariously.Read more
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode Eight, is one of the biggest movies of the year. The Force Awakens, Episode Seven, came out two years ago. This is a continuation of that story. Rey is back, played by Daily Ridley, and she is trying to get Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, back to the resistance to fight the first order Andkylo Ren. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is Luke’s sister and is hoping Rey will convince him to come back and fight together with them.
Rey has a lot of force awakenings within herself and is hoping to be a Jedi and is hoping Luke will train her. The story goes from there.