THIS MONTH AT EM­PIRE

Empire (Australasia) - - Contents - Yours in ex­cep­tional thiev­ery,

AS A COM­MU­NITY of kick-ass film fans, I’m will­ing to bet most Em­pire read­ers have a men­tal list of mo­ments where a truly great movie vil­lain will burn them­selves into the brain forever­more. It could be a strik­ing ap­pear­ance, a quotable line or a de­spi­ca­ble act of evil that makes a bad guy linger in your con­scious­ness. For me, it was all three at once (wit­nessed, co­in­ci­den­tally, when I was three): a tow­er­ing, ter­ri­fy­ing Darth Vader in his black death-mask and flow­ing cape de­mand­ing stolen plans in that wheeze-boom voice of his, be­fore pick­ing up a rebel sol­dier by his throat and squeez­ing it til it was bru­tally crushed (that sick­en­ing crunch sound! If I knew how to yell “Holy moth­er­flip­pin’ shit­balls!” as a tod­dler, that would’ve been the first thing out of my mouth).

So here we are with the afore­men­tioned Dark Lord of the Sith sit­ting atop our ‘Great­est Vil­lains’ poll, a rank­ing you can tell I’m pretty on-board with. He’s joined by some top-shelf vil­lain­ous lu­mi­nar­ies, al­though if I were to pick one as an equal win­ner, it would have to be the late, great alan rick man’ s“ex­cep­tional thief” hans gru­ber from Die Hard—now there’ s a guy who filled the strik­ing look / quotable lines / evil deeds cri­te­ria with aplomb.

(“Alas, your Mr. Tak­agi did not see it that way, so he won’t be join­ing us for the rest of his life.”) Turn to page 40 to see who the rest of the top-shelf sil­ver screen no-good­niks are.

As a big fan of both Moon and Source Code, it’s nice to see Dun­can Jones re­turn to screens this month on Net­flix with his new sci-fi fea­ture film Mute (p.60), which comes on the heels of box-of­fice dis­ap­point­ment War­craft. We go on set to hear from Dun­can how liv­ing in Ber­lin as a kid with his dad David Bowie in­formed the world of the film, as well as learn how Dun­can’s ear­lier films tie into this one (in 2018, ev­ery­body needs them­selves a shared uni­verse).

Else­where we grab the crys­tal ball to gaze into the filmic year ahead for our ‘2018 Pre­view’ (p.67), al­low­ing us a sneak peek at such heavy hit­ters as Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom, Deadpool 2, Mortal En­gines and loads more (in­clud­ing Bum­ble­bee — could it turn out to be — whis­per it — the first, y’know, ac­tu­ally re­ally good Trans­form­ers film?)

Also: an in-depth chat with the supremely tal­ented writer-di­rec­tor-ac­tor Greta Ger­wig about the bril­liant Lady Bird and her as­cen­dant ca­reer; re­views of sev­eral Os­car nom­i­nated films (The Shape Of Wa­ter and I, Tonya among them) and four posters — two of which are of cult clas­sic films cel­e­brat­ing their 20th an­niver­sary this year (come on down the Coens’

The Big Le­bowski and Terry Gil­liam’s de­ranged Fear And Loathing In Las Ve­gas).

JAMES JEN­NINGS EDI­TOR

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