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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!

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