FORREST PUMPED

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In the 100 Great­est Movies pod­cast spe­cial you won­dered why so many peo­ple voted for

Forrest Gump. I was one of those peo­ple. The watch­ing of it is best com­pared to fondly leaf­ing through sev­eral decades of a fam­ily photo al­bum whilst si­mul­ta­ne­ously rec­ol­lect­ing and mar­vel­ling at how so much has hap­pened in the world dur­ing that time. Yes, it is schmaltzy, but such films aren’t of­ten set against the harsh re­al­i­ties of po­lio, child mo­lesta­tion, mu­ti­la­tion, drink and drug ad­dic­tion. Please re­con­sider it.

ANDY GOUT, VIA EMAIL

For your spir­ited de­fence of Robert Ze­meckis’ shrimp-packed clas­sic, you win a year’s Pic­ture­house Mem­ber­ship. Which re­minds us, life is like a Pic­ture­house — you never know what you’re go­ing to see. (Un­less you check the list­ings first.)

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