THIS MONTH AT EM­PIRE

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RE­CENTLY I RE­CEIVED a won­der­ful, al­beit slightly per­turbed, voice­mail mes­sage at Em­pire HQ from an 89-year-old gen­tle­man with the stel­lar old-timey Hol­ly­wood star name of Gene Saint. Now Mr. Saint, bless him, was slightly aghast that not only had I nom­i­nated Back To The Fu­ture as my per­sonal great­est movie ever in the Au­gust issue (truth be told, what I con­sider to be my ‘great­est movie ever’ would dif­fer de­pend­ing on what time of the day you asked me), but that I’d given Big Trou­ble In Lit­tle China a shout out too. What about revered clas­sics such as The Good Earth, All Quiet On The West­ern Front and Bat­tle­ship Potemkin, he rightly won­dered? Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Saint, I was very much a sinner (sorry, I had to).

Here’s the thing: I’m well aware that nei­ther film would ever be mis­taken for any­thing ap­proach­ing High Art, but as far as I’m con­cerned that doesn’t make them any less en­joy­able. I love a Bergman or Fellini film as much as the next cinephile, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have space in my movie lovin’ heart for a great pop­corn flick (BTTF), a thor­oughly en­joy­able pulp B-movie (BTILC) or a so-bad-it’s-good piece of trash cinema (Oh, hi The Room!)

Taika Waititi, di­rec­tor of the bril­liant Hunt For The Wilder­peo­ple, is clearly a man af­ter my own heart. In our fea­ture on Thor: Rag­narok (p.36), Waititi ex­presses his love for cheesy ’80s cult sci-fi Flash Gor­don, a movie that seems to have in­formed the hy­per-coloured, free wheelin’ loose­ness of the next filmic out­ing for ol’ Goldilocks. Waititi wants you to have a ridicu­lously good time at the cinema, and he right­fully has no shame in mak­ing that hap­pen with the aid of a Norse god, a green rage mon­ster and, er, Jeff Gold­blum. Con­sider me ON BOARD.

On page 84, we in­ter­view an­other mas­ter of mak­ing movie au­di­ences have a ridicu­lously good time: Mr. James Cameron. From Ter­mi­na­tor to Aliens and Ti­tanic to Avatar, Cameron is the undis­puted King Of Pop­corn Cinema. Listen to the King talk about the up­com­ing Avatar sequels and the fu­ture of the Ter­mi­na­tor fran­chise in our ex­clu­sive in-depth chat.

And as it’s our job to make sure you, dear Em­pire reader, are ridicu­lously en­ter­tained, we present even more de­lec­ta­ble good­ness in this ripe, ro­bust issue: there’s our 26-page cov­er­age from the pop cul­ture mecca that is San Diego Comic-con on page 57; a look at God’s Own Coun­try (p.44), a low-bud­get drama tak­ing the fes­ti­val cir­cuit by storm and, last but not least, a scary clown thrown in for good mea­sure (a visit to the set of Stephen King’s IT on p.50).

As for Mr. Saint and I (now that’s a great movie ti­tle), I reckon there’s a place for ev­ery­one and every­thing within the mag­i­cal world of cinema. As The Room’s Tommy Wiseau once so sagely put it, “If a lot of peo­ple love each other, the world would be a bet­ter place to live.”

Here’s to the Saints and sin­ners,

JAMES JEN­NINGS EDI­TOR

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