Little White Lies, Issue No. 56
December 2014 Surprise Unwrapped!
Considered as being at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement, Little White Lies is a UK based all-about-the-world-of-cinema magazine. Recognized and awarded many times over for its iconic covers and stunning, creative design work, Little White Lies brings a refreshing and honest look at the world of cinemas - with cutting edge editorial pieces, no holds barred reviews and candid interviews of the cast and crew of various movies. The Guardian calls it "the best-designed film magazine on the shelf" with "unimpeachable good taste".
The cover gives you a hint of what’s in store in the pages ahead. Jim Carrey was the dumb man, The Mask, the pet detective, who stole the year 1994 and rightfully claims his status as the cover star of this issue of Little White Lies, an experiment in time travel which reels you back to the year 1994. On the occasion of its 56th issue, the editors of Little White Lies decided to ask themselves the question: what would this magazine have been like, had it existed back in good 'ol 1994?
From slam-dunk successes, to the movies that failed to leave a mark, the issue covers all 12 months of the year. Not just English language cinema, this issue also takes a closer look at the making of Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express, a surrealist masterpiece. And that’s not all, for those of us who wondered what POTUS liked to watch in his down-time - Adam Lee Davies dishes the dirt on ‘Tricky Dickie's’ (Richard M. Nixon, perhaps America's most controversial President) avid film-watching during his time in the White House.
Curious about what the Little White Lies team’s personal favorites were from the cine-year 1994, we asked the team to tell us which movie (or movies) from that year, they would like to see remade or see a sequel of.
Editor: David Jenkins
“I'd love to see a sequel to the film The Specialist starring Sharon Stone and Sylvester Stallone. The film sees Stallone as a pyrotechnics expert who assassinates his victims with strange contraptions. He blows them up, but makes the explosions omni-directional, so there's no collateral damage. Stallone plays the character he plays in all his films subsequent and previous, so he'd have no problem slinking back into the role. As a movie, it's not what I'd call a classic, but it would be interesting to see how far the world of omni-directional explosives has come in the last 20 years. It's an intriguing concept for an action movie.”
Deputy Editor: Adam Woodward “The Shawshank Redemption 2
Back in 1994, Frank Darabont's multi-Oscar nominated prison saga was released to little fanfare, yet over the past 20 years the film's popularity has skyrocketed. It's a world worth revisiting, if only for the chance to be taken back inside the walls of the eponymous prison to check in with some of the newer inmates.”
Staff Writer: Sofia Monks Kaufman “What's Eating Gilbert Grape 2
Now that Leonardo DiCaprio is a megastar, it would be compelling to see him revisiting the role he embodied in 1994 as a raw and emotional teenager with developmental disabilities. Arnie Grape would now be a man. Would brother Gilbert (Johnny Depp) still be looking after him? How would the sturdy figure that DiCaprio has become fare, out in the world?”
A time travel indeed, you find yourself reading the reviews as though to make up your mind whether to go to the cinemas to catch the movies or not, in circa 1994. And what a perfect timing for the issue, its holiday season and all you want to do is curl up in a warm corner and re-visit the books and the movies from the years gone by. We were compelled to watch Chungking Express and Dear Diaries all over again and the introduction to Three Colours: Red, was as surreal as the movie itself.
Sofie Monks Kaufman tells us how Linda Fiorentino was born to be a femme fatale, and introduces the role of Bridget Gregory played by Linda in The Last Seduction, which fits her like a glove, and we cannot help but nod our heads in collective and emphatic agreement.
Adam Woodward profiles actor Jim Carrey who toiled for years in the TV ranks before hitting it big on the silver screen. Stanley Ipkiss, we loved you then and we love you now!
For those amongst us who are planning a quiet and low-key transition into the New Year, let this issue of Little White Lies suggest a few indulgences.