20/ 20 VISION
It wasn’t clear whether the 20 Greatest Films of SFX’s Lifetime ( issue 262) represented the favourites of SFX staff or the most significant fantasy/ horror/ science fiction pictures of the past 20 years. But if you intended to present the most important, there were a couple of major omissions from 1999. The Blair Witch Project may not have been the first “found footage” movie, but it’s the one that really kicked off the mini- genre. Likewise Star Wars: The Phantom Menace wasn’t cinema’s first prequel but other film franchises that went back to beginnings in the 21st century ( Batman Begins, Casino Royale, Star Trek) didn’t give it a try before George Lucas had the cojones to dip his toe in the water ( and get it bitten off ).
Bryn Hughes, Wrexham
the list was subjective, no question; if we didn’t like a film, it wasn’t going in. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t take impact into account. In most cases, the two aligned. and the
Phantom Menace: ha! good one. Oh, wait, you aren’t joking…