LETTER OF THE MONTH
Hey Empire, I had to write to you as a culmination of a project two years in the doing. Back in September 2015 I picked up a copy of your magazine ‘101 Movie Masterpieces’. Needless to say the essays were spectacularly written and I began the project which I called ‘Watching 101 Movie Masterpieces.’ I had already seen about 32 of the movies, but reading each essay before and after viewing each of the unseen movies made a huge difference to my viewing pleasure. I was extremely impressed with each and every movie in that they all had something to say in deep and meaningful ways — from the incredible achievements of the early silent movies mentioned (Intolerance and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari) through those with amazing stories to tell like Lost Horizon, Solaris, The Badlands, The Lives Of Others and Oldboy. Even the more difficult movies to penetrate (Eraserhead, A Clockwork Orange, 8½) all impacted and changed my thinking is some way. A lot of films highlighted how amazing some of the actors and directors were in the past. Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep? WOW! Billy Wilder’s direction of Double
Indemnity? WOW again. My favourite film of the lot — and now my favourite film of all time — is Top Hat in which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers are amazing as the leads. A truly funny movie with the best incorporation of dance into the plot ever. A perfect piece of cinema magic. So yes, two years on and I have seen all 101 movies. Now to go and find the 2016 ‘101 Movie Masterpieces Volume 2’! Thanks for a great journey, Empire. Be seeing you some more. DAVID CM, PALMWOODS, QLD
David, you are why we keep doing what we do. A standing ovation for your fine efforts!
Printed letter writers this month will be the recipients of a brand spankin’ new Blu-ray copy of mother!, the freaky-deaky psychodrama-horror starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem!